Robert A. Siegel International would be offering three rare postage stamps from the Calgary collection of Canada on 13th March.
Unused examples of the first three Canadian laid-paper stamps issued in 1851 would be offered. They include the 3-penny red Beaver with no gum, the 6d slate violet Prince Albert with no gum, and the 12d black Queen Victoria with original gum. The latter is a lightly hinged example with big balanced margins. It has a contrasting detailed design on crisp paper and features visible laid lines. It has an estimated value of $175,000 and comes along with a 1959 RPS certificate. 18 original-gum singles and four to five pairs of 12d black stamps exist. The 6d Prince Albert stamp is rarer in unused condition is rarer than the 3d Beaver or the 12d black.
A mint never-hinged example of the 1959 5¢ St. Lawrence Seaway with red inverted will also be offered. Almost 400 examples of these stamps were sold but very few exist in mint never-hinged condition or without imperfections. This stamp has an officially listed value of $9,500.
A rare original-gum example of the 1849 1-franc dull orange-red Ceres stamp will also be offered. It is the rarest stamp of the first issue of France. It has an officially listed value of $95,000.
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