Lot 4, Canada 1851 three penny orange red Beaver on laid paper, VF unused, sold for C$39,780

One of the showpieces of the first part of Outaouais Collection.

Lot 4, Canada 1851 three penny orange red Beaver on laid paper, VF unusedLot 4 Canada #1a 1851 3d Orange Red Beaver Imperforate on Laid Paper. Canada’s first stamp, engraved by Alfred Jones using a very similar design proposed by (later Sir) Sanford Fleming. This stamp has two certificates of authenticity: a 1985 Greene Foundation certificate stating “…Mint, O.G., genuine…” and a 2015 Greene Foundation Certificate stating “…#1a, unused, on laid paper, orange red shade, genuine in all respects”. The gum was removed after 1985 to preserve the overall freshness and quality of the stamp. For the record there is a tiny faint crease entirely in the lower right margin which was not mentioned in either certificate; this could be literally cut away and there would still be four full large margins. This very fine stamp with fresh colour and full margins is a very rare example of Canada’s first stamp. It once adorned the Lindeman and the “Outaouais” collections, and was sold by us in part one of the latter sale in September 2017 for $75,900 (including buyer’s fee). Its new owner thought it fitting to re-offer it at the same time as part two of this lovely collection here, after a 2½ year ownership. One census of unused mint laid paper three penny beavers puts the number at about twenty. Although this might be a little bit low, unfortunately many of these mint and unused are cut into or have faults and some are in institutional collections. It is likely that fewer than a handful of very fine four margin mint number ones are available to private collectors. Rsv. $30,000. Unitrade CV$60,000, sold for $34,000 plus 17% buyer’s premium.

Lot 6, Canada 1851 three penny orange red beaver on laid paper, imperf used strip of four, sold for $3220

Lot 6, Canada 1851 three penny orange red beaver on laid paper, imperf used strip of four, sold for $3220Lot 6 Canada #1a 1851 3d orange red Beaver Imperforate, on Laid Paper, a lovely used horizontal strip of four, with ideal and clear target cancels on each stamp. Margins are mostly very large all around (close in two places) and the laid lines are quite clear, very fine. Accompanied by a 2015 Greene Foundation certificate stating “tiny tear between 1st and 2nd stamp, vertical folds between two stamps”. An outstanding and desirable multiple, worthy of the finest collections. Ex. Ed Richardson. Unitrade CV$6,400, sold for C$2,800 plus buyer’s premium.
2015 V.G. Greene certificate

Lot 1, Canada 1851 three penny orange red beaver imperforate on laid paper, mint, sold for $75,900

Lot 1 Canada #1a 1851 3d orange red Beaver Imperforate on Laid Paper. Canada’s first stamp, a three penny value paying the domestic rate and showing a beaver was engraved by Alfred Jones using a very similar design proposed by (later Sir) Sanford Fleming. One census of unused mint laid paper three penny beavers put the number at 18. Although this might be a little bit low, unfortunately many of these are cut into or have faults and some are in institutional collections. It is likely that fewer than a handful of very fine four margin number ones are in private collections.

This stamp has two Certificates of Authenticity: A 1985 Greene Foundation Certificate states”…Mint, O.G., genuine…” and a 2015 Greene Foundation Certificate states …”#1a, unused, on laid paper, orange red shade, genuine in all respects”. It is unclear to us what happened to the gum after 1985 but assume that the authenticity of the “original gum” was questioned and a previous owner soaked off the gum. For the record there is a tiny faint crease entirely in the lower right margin which was not mentioned in either certificate; this could be literally cut away and there would still be four full large margins.

This stamp with fresh colour and full margins is a very rare example of a very fine Canada’s first stamp. From the Outaouais Collection.

1985 V. G. Greene Foundation certificate2015 V. G. Greene Foundation certificate

UNITRADE #1a $60,000
SCOTT #1a USD $40,000
S.G. #1a £38,000
Sold for C$66,000 plus buyer’s premium.

Lot 1, Canada 1851 three penny orange red beaver imperforate on laid paper, mint

Lot 1, Canada 1851 three penny orange red beaver imperforate on laid paper, mintLot 1 Canada #1a 1851 3d orange red Beaver Imperforate on Laid Paper. Canada’s first stamp, a three penny value paying the domestic rate and showing a beaver was engraved by Alfred Jones using a very similar design proposed by (later Sir) Sanford Fleming. One census of unused mint laid paper three penny beavers put the number at 18. Although this might be a little bit low, unfortunately many of these are cut into or have faults and some are in institutional collections. It is likely that fewer than a handful of very fine four margin number ones are in private collections.

This stamp has two Certificates of Authenticity: A 1985 Greene Foundation Certificate states”…Mint, O.G., genuine…” and a 2015 Greene Foundation Certificate states …”#1a, unused, on laid paper, orange red shade, genuine in all respects”. It is unclear to us what happened to the gum after 1985 but assume that the authenticity of the “original gum” was questioned and a previous owner soaked off the gum. For the record there is a tiny faint crease entirely in the lower right margin which was not mentioned in either certificate; this could be literally cut away and there would still be four full large margins.

This stamp with fresh colour and full margins is a very rare example of a very fine Canada’s first stamp. From the Outaouais Collection.

1985 V. G. Greene Foundation certificate2015 V. G. Greene Foundation certificate

UNITRADE #1a $60,000
SCOTT #1a USD $40,000
S.G. #1a £38,000

Lot 6, Canada 1851 three penny orange red beaver on laid paper, imperf used strip of four

Lot 6, Canada 1851 three penny orange red beaver on laid paper, imperf used strip of fourLot 6 Canada #1a 1851 3d orange red Beaver Imperforate, on Laid Paper, a lovely used horizontal strip of four, with ideal and clear target cancels on each stamp. Margins are mostly very large all around (close in two places) and the laid lines are quite clear, very fine. Accompanied by a 2015 Greene Foundation certificate stating “tiny tear between 1st and 2nd stamp, vertical folds between two stamps”. An outstanding and desirable multiple, worthy of the finest collections. Ex. Ed Richardson. Unitrade CV C$6,400.
2015 V.G. Greene certificate