1869 30c pictorial issue stamp beats all the estimations at Robert Siegel. One more rarity is sold…

1869 30c pictorial issue stamp beats all the estimations at Robert Siegel. One more rarity is sold…
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Shield, Eagle and Flags, 1869 30c ultramarine and carmine pictorial issue stamp made US$35,000 at Robert A Siegel in New York on April 7. It exceeded an estimate of US$5,000 by 600%, providing the highlight of the first instalment of the Hanover Collection of Superb-Quality US Stamps sale.

The 30¢ stamp was probably issued in early April, 1869, and has as its earliest known use, a cover from New York to Hong Kong, dated May 22, 1869. The 30¢ stamp has a largest known mint block of six, although there is a block of 15 of the 30¢ stamp without grill, and the largest known used multiple is a block of 12. Used blocks of the 30¢ are quite common, and there are known to be approximately 20 such used blocks in existence today.

Approximately 60 covers with the 30¢ stamps are recorded to date, and approximately 25 of them were sent to France, usually paying either the two or four times the treaty rate in 1869 of 15¢ per quarter ounce. The 30¢ stamp was also used to the following destinations: Germany, Guatemala, Mexico, India, Spain, Italy, England, Norway, the Philippines, Java, China, Peru and Japan.

The stamp is graded XF-Superb 95 by the Philatelic Foundation and is one of the finest three specimens of its type. The pictorial issue was introduced under the administration of Ulysses S Grant and was the first official US series to display images other than former statesmen.

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