Newfoundland 1857 one-shilling scarlet vermillion to auction

A Newfoundland 1857 one-shilling scarlet vermillion stamp is among the top lots of Spink's New York auction on January 30.

The Drs Joanne and Edward Dauer Collection features a selection of early stamps from Canada and North America.

Newfoundland one shilling scarlet
The Newfoundland 1857 one shilling scarlet vermillion is among the rarest Canadian issues

The $45,000-valued stamp is a classic rarity - the first ever issued in the region, and is offered unused with strong colour and a well-centred impression on clean paper.

It features equal and well-balanced margins marred only by a horizontal crease, although this has been smoothed out.

An 1865 five cent rose imperforate is another important lot, valued at $40,000.

The stamp was issued on Vancouver Island, but was also valid in the neighbouring region of British Columbia.

It features bold colour and large margins, capped with a detailed and well-rendered impression, and is described by Spink as being "among the finest mint examples available."

The sale will also feature an 1851 12d Canada Black, valued at $140,000 - one of just 18 extant examples.

We have the finest known example of the 1851 12d Canada Black for sale. It is in mint, unhinged condition with the original gum.

Known as The Black Empress, it was graded Superb 98 by the Philatelic Foundation of New York in 2010.

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