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FILTER: Area=United States, Sub Area=U.S. Possessions, Issue/Country=Puerto Rico, All Sale Dates thru 2020/01/01, Catalogue = 201
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Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1116, CaribbeanPUERTO RICO, Coamo Provisional, 1898, 5c Black, Ty. III-III (201), PUERTO RICO, Coamo Provisional, 1898, 5c Black, Ty. III-III (201)PUERTO RICO, Coamo Provisional, 1898, 5c Black, Ty. III-III (201). Positions 6-7, horizontal pair showing the fancy outlined "5" which is found only on these two positions from the sheet of 10, full framelines all around, uncancelled and affixed to cover to Mrs. R. D. Potts at The Presidio, San Francisco Cal., "Military Sta. 1 Porto Rico. Wash D.C. Aug. 30 '98 12 M." duplex cancel struck partly off top of cover next to pair, backstamped with "San Francisco Sep. 12 '98 11 PM" duplex and "Presidio Cal. Rec'd. Sep. 13, 1898 9 AM", minor soiling and bottom of cover with small tears, accompanied by letter from Capt. Potts to the New England Stamp Company offering Coamo stamps and covers for sale

VERY FINE COVER AND LETTER. THIS IS ONE OF ONLY TWO KNOWN COVERS BEARING A PAIR OF THE RARE 5-CENT 1898 COAMO PROVISIONAL. IT IS ALSO ONE OF ONLY THREE KNOWN FRANKINGS TO SAN FRANCISCO.

The first knowledge in the philatelic world of the existence of the Coamo provisional stamps was most likely provided by Captain R. D. Potts's use of the stamps on mail to his wife in San Francisco, rather than Alfred O. Tittmann's purchase of the remainder sheets, which became known later. Shortly after Potts mailed his letters an article about the Coamo Provisional appeared in Mekeel's Weekly Stamp News. The cover offered here is the first of three sent by Potts to his wife and may have been the source of the Mekeels article. One other Potts cover also bears a pair and these two are the only Coamo covers recorded with pairs. While the stamps were not valid on mail sent outside of Puerto Rico, Potts was a collector and recognized the philatelic significance of using the Coamo Provisional on his mail. Ten Coamo covers are known in total, including the three which were sent by Captain Potts. Our census is available at https://siegelauctions.com/census/puertorico/scott/201

The accompanying letter from Capt. Potts to the New England Stamp Co. is dated January 28, 1900. It describes how he came into possession of provisional stamps while serving in the U.S. force that captured Coamo, and states that he sent three covers to his wife, using a total of five stamps. This exactly matches the known population of Potts covers and stamps used on them.

Census No. 201-COV-05. Ex Junghanns. Listed in Scott as pair on cover but unpriced. Scott Retail as single on cover $27,500.00

E. 7,500-10,000
5,250
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U.S. Possessions
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2019-03-11
United States Postal History including The Angel Collection
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Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1117, CaribbeanPUERTO RICO, Coamo Provisional, 1898, 5c Black, Ty. I (201), PUERTO RICO, Coamo Provisional, 1898, 5c Black, Ty. I (201)PUERTO RICO, Coamo Provisional, 1898, 5c Black, Ty. I (201). Position 5, full framelines all around, uncancelled and affixed to green cover addressed to Playa de Ponce P.R., clear strike of "Postage Due 2 cts" handstamp applied at receiving office with "2" in manuscript, magenta "Santiago Hermoso Coamo, Puerto-Rico" oval forwarders handstamp, "Military Sta. 1 Porto Rico, Wash. D.C. Recd. Sep. 1 '98" backstamp, irregular top left corner, stamp with some inconsequential edge toning

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE COVER WITH THE 5-CENT 1898 COAMO PROVISIONAL AND THE U.S. POSTAGE DUE HANDSTAMP APPLIED AT PLAYA DE PONCE. ONLY ONE OTHER COVER IS KNOWN WITH THE POSTAGE DUE HANDSTAMP.

The origin of the Coamo covers was discussed in a 1988 article in Possessions by Ovidio Davila. Davila states that Alfred O. Tittmann, the stamp collector who is known to have purchased the remainder sheets and brought them to the United States for sale, also obtained a number of Coamo covers with single stamps used to Ponce. He sold these covers to Mr. Robert L. Junghanns between 1920 and 1923. The six Coamo covers offered in this section come from the Junghanns collection.

Ten Coamo covers are known in total, including three which were used by Captain R. D. Potts on mail to San Francisco. Seven are known with single Coamo stamps exhibiting the proper local use within Puerto Rico during the approximate three-week period when regular stamps were not available. None of the stamps was cancelled at its origination, probably because there were no cancelling devices left in Coamo when the Spanish evacuated. Our census is available at https://siegelauctions.com/census/puertorico/scott/201

The presence of the postage due handstamp on this and the cover offered in the following lot is evidence that military postal officials in Ponce did not regard the Coamo stamp as paying U.S. postage. However, this was not applied consistently as these are the only two covers that have evidence of postage due.

Census No. 201-COV-06. Ex Tittmann and Junghanns. Scott Retail $27,500.00

E. 5,000-7,500
4,250
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U.S. Possessions
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Puerto Rico
2019-03-11
United States Postal History including The Angel Collection
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Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1118, CaribbeanPUERTO RICO, Coamo Provisional, 1898, 5c Black, Ty. II (201), PUERTO RICO, Coamo Provisional, 1898, 5c Black, Ty. II (201)PUERTO RICO, Coamo Provisional, 1898, 5c Black, Ty. II (201). Position 10, three full framelines to just in at top, tied by light strike of receiving handstamp on textured cover to Ponce P.R., clear strike of "Postage Due 2 cts" handstamp applied at receiving office with "2" in manuscript, "Military Sta. 1 Porto Rico, Wash. D.C. Recd. Aug. 24 '98" backstamp, two more faint strikes on front including one that ties the stamp, central file fold, irregular top left edge and small cover tear to left of stamp

VERY FINE. THIS IS ONE OF ONLY TWO LOCAL USES OF THE RARE 5-CENT 1898 COAMO PROVISIONAL ISSUE TIED ON COVER. IT IS ALSO ONE OF ONLY TWO KNOWN USES WITH THE U.S. POSTAGE DUE HANDSTAMP, APPLIED AT PLAYA DE PONCE.

The origin of the Coamo covers was discussed in a 1988 article in Possessions by Ovidio Davila. Davila states that Alfred O. Tittmann, the stamp collector who is known to have purchased the remainder sheets and brought them to the United States for sale, also obtained a number of Coamo covers with single stamps used to Ponce. He sold these covers to Mr. Robert L. Junghanns between 1920 and 1923. The six Coamo covers offered in this section come from the Junghanns collection.

Ten Coamo covers are known in total, including three which were used by Captain R. D. Potts on mail to San Francisco. Seven are known with single Coamo stamps exhibiting the proper local use within Puerto Rico during the approximate three-week period when regular stamps were not available. None of the stamps was cancelled at its origination, probably because there were no cancelling devices left in Coamo when the Spanish evacuated. Our census is available at https://siegelauctions.com/census/puertorico/scott/201

The four known tied Coamo Provisionals on cover, including one of the two local uses offered here, were cancelled in transit or at the receiving post office (two are from the group sent by Potts). The presence of the postage due handstamp on this and the cover offered in the previous lot is evidence that military postal officials in Ponce did not regard the Coamo stamp as paying U.S. postage. However, this was not applied consistently as these are the only two covers that have evidence of postage due.

Census No. 201-COV-03. Ex Tittmann and Junghanns. Scott Retail $27,500.00

E. 5,000-7,500
3,250
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U.S. Possessions
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Puerto Rico
2019-03-11
United States Postal History including The Angel Collection
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Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1119, CaribbeanPUERTO RICO, Coamo Provisional, 1898, 5c Black, Ty. I (201), PUERTO RICO, Coamo Provisional, 1898, 5c Black, Ty. I (201)PUERTO RICO, Coamo Provisional, 1898, 5c Black, Ty. I (201). Position 3, full framelines all around, uncancelled and affixed to cover to Ponce P.R., "Military Sta. 1 Porto Rico, Wash. D.C. Recd. Aug. 19, '98" backstamp, opened roughly at right slightly into address and small tears on back

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE 5-CENT 1898 COAMO PROVISIONAL ISSUE USED LOCALLY ON COVER, DURING THE APPROXIMATE THREE-WEEK PERIOD IN WHICH REGULAR STAMPS WERE NOT AVAILABLE. THIS IS THE EARLIEST KNOWN ON-COVER USE. (SEE ALSO LOT 1121).

The origin of the Coamo covers was discussed in a 1988 article in Possessions by Ovidio Davila. Davila states that Alfred O. Tittmann, the stamp collector who is known to have purchased the remainder sheets and brought them to the United States for sale, also obtained a number of Coamo covers with single stamps used to Ponce. He sold these covers to Mr. Robert L. Junghanns between 1920 and 1923. The six Coamo covers offered in this section come from the Junghanns collection.

Ten Coamo covers are known in total, including three which were used by Captain R. D. Potts on mail to San Francisco. Seven are known with single Coamo stamps exhibiting the proper local use within Puerto Rico during the approximate three-week period when regular stamps were not available. None of the stamps was cancelled at its origination, probably because there were no cancelling devices left in Coamo when the Spanish evacuated. Our census is available at https://siegelauctions.com/census/puertorico/scott/201

Census No. 201-COV-01. Ex Tittmann and Junghanns. Scott Retail $27,500.00

E. 5,000-7,500
4,250
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U.S. Possessions
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2019-03-11
United States Postal History including The Angel Collection
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Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1120, CaribbeanPUERTO RICO, Coamo Provisional, 1898, 5c Black, Ty. II (201), PUERTO RICO, Coamo Provisional, 1898, 5c Black, Ty. II (201)PUERTO RICO, Coamo Provisional, 1898, 5c Black, Ty. II (201). Position 1, full framelines all around, uncancelled and affixed to cover to Playa Ponce P.R., manuscript "Correo" (mail) at top, no receiving backstamp, stamp with minor edge gum soaks, cover opened roughly at bottom with small tears including into address

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE 5-CENT 1898 COAMO PROVISIONAL ISSUE USED LOCALLY ON COVER, DURING THE APPROXIMATE THREE-WEEK PERIOD IN WHICH REGULAR STAMPS WERE NOT AVAILABLE. THIS IS THE LATEST KNOWN USE.

The origin of the Coamo covers was discussed in a 1988 article in Possessions by Ovidio Davila. Davila states that Alfred O. Tittmann, the stamp collector who is known to have purchased the remainder sheets and brought them to the United States for sale, also obtained a number of Coamo covers with single stamps used to Ponce. He sold these covers to Mr. Robert L. Junghanns between 1920 and 1923. The six Coamo covers offered in this section come from the Junghanns collection.

Ten Coamo covers are known in total, including three which were used by Captain R. D. Potts on mail to San Francisco. Seven are known with single Coamo stamps exhibiting the proper local use within Puerto Rico during the approximate three-week period when regular stamps were not available. None of the stamps was cancelled at its origination, probably because there were no cancelling devices left in Coamo when the Spanish evacuated. Our census is available at https://siegelauctions.com/census/puertorico/scott/201

Census No. 201-COV-10. Ex Tittmann and Junghanns. Scott Retail $27,500.00

E. 5,000-7,500
2,500
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2019-03-11
United States Postal History including The Angel Collection
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Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1121, CaribbeanPUERTO RICO, Coamo Provisional, 1898, 5c Black, Ty. I (201), PUERTO RICO, Coamo Provisional, 1898, 5c Black, Ty. I (201)PUERTO RICO, Coamo Provisional, 1898, 5c Black, Ty. I (201). Position 4, full framelines to touched at right, small bit of ink smearing at right of stamp extends to cover and may be a tying cancel but ambiguous, affixed to typed-address cover to "Director de El Autonomista" in Ponce P.R., "Military Sta. 1 Porto Rico, Wash. D.C. Recd. Aug. 19, '98" backstamp, opened roughly at right, heavy central file fold, stamp with slight edge scuff along frameline at right

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE 5-CENT 1898 COAMO PROVISIONAL ISSUE USED LOCALLY ON COVER, DURING THE APPROXIMATE THREE WEEK PERIOD IN WHICH REGULAR STAMPS WERE NOT AVAILABLE. THIS IS THE EARLIEST KNOWN ON-COVER USE. (SEE ALSO LOT 1119).

The origin of the Coamo covers was discussed in a 1988 article in Possessions by Ovidio Davila. Davila states that Alfred O. Tittmann, the stamp collector who is known to have purchased the remainder sheets and brought them to the United States for sale, also obtained a number of Coamo covers with single stamps used to Ponce. He sold these covers to Mr. Robert L. Junghanns between 1920 and 1923. The six Coamo covers offered in this section come from the Junghanns collection.

Ten Coamo covers are known in total, including three which were used by Captain R. D. Potts on mail to San Francisco. Seven are known with single Coamo stamps exhibiting the proper local use within Puerto Rico during the approximate three-week period when regular stamps were not available. None of the stamps was cancelled at its origination, probably because there were no cancelling devices left in Coamo when the Spanish evacuated. Our census is available at https://siegelauctions.com/census/puertorico/scott/201

Census No. 201-COV-02. Ex Tittmann and Junghanns. Scott Retail $27,500.00

E. 4,000-5,000
2,000
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Puerto Rico
2016-11-09
U.S. and Possessions, featuring The Weinberg Inventory
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Sale Number 1140, Lot Number 1531, U.S. Possessions, Philippines, Collections and GroupsPUERTO RICO, Coamo Provisional, 1898, 5c Black, Ty. II/III (201), PUERTO RICO, Coamo Provisional, 1898, 5c Black, Ty. II/III (201)PUERTO RICO, Coamo Provisional, 1898, 5c Black, Ty. II/III (201). Positions 1/6, vertical pair, original gum, bottom stamp without "F. Santiago" control mark, large margins to clear, fresh and Fine, signed A. Roig, Scott Retail as singles

1,475
375
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U.S. Possessions
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Puerto Rico
2015-12-16
United States Stamps and Possessions
 
Sale Number 1116, Lot Number 3694, U.S. Possessions: Philippines, Puerto Rico, GroupsPUERTO RICO, 1898, 5c Black, Ty. I (201), PUERTO RICO, 1898, 5c Black, Ty. I (201)PUERTO RICO, 1898, 5c Black, Ty. I (201). Position 2, full framelines to just touching at top left, violet "(San)tiago" control handstamp, blue double-circle forwarders handstamp at top right, Fine, rare and one of the relatively few surviving genuine used Coamo Provisionals of the 500 or so issued with only 10 known on full covers, with 1975 P.F. certificate

1,050
1,300
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Puerto Rico
2014-12-17
U.S., Possessions and Confederate States Stamps & Postal History
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Sale Number 1090, Lot Number 1773, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, RyukusPUERTO RICO, Coamo Provisional, 1898, 5c Black, Ty. I-II-III-IV (201), PUERTO RICO, Coamo Provisional, 1898, 5c Black, Ty. I-II-III-IV (201)PUERTO RICO, Coamo Provisional, 1898, 5c Black, Ty. I-II-III-IV (201). Complete sheet of ten, tropicalized original gum described on accompanying certificate as original gum, F. Santiago control mark, top right stamp with tiny thin spot at top

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE COMPLETE SHEET OF THE PUERTO RICO 1898 COAMO ISSUE.

The Coamo stamps were created in August 1898 during the Spanish-American War, in response to the lack of a functioning postal service and the absence of stamps in the period between the retreat of Spanish forces and the full establishment of an American military postal system. Fifty sheets of ten stamps were typeset in black on unwatermarked paper, on which was applied a brownish gum. Four different types exist based on differences in the numeral "5". The violet "F Santiago" (mayor of Coamo) handstamp was applied as a control mark to avoid counterfeits. Few of the stamps were ultimately used and only 10 covers survive.

Approximately 30 of the unused sheets were purchased by Mr. Alfred O. Tittmann, a stamp collector, on Oct. 26, 1898. Tittmann brought the sheets to the United States and Charles E. Mekeel cut up and sold many of the stamps as singles. While various writers have estimated that between six and ten sheets survive, Dr. Ronald H. Gonzalez identifies 21 different full sheets in his census, though some are from old photos and may not be genuine or may have been cut apart.

Ex Laila. With 2005 P.F. certificate.

10,000
5,250
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U.S. Possessions
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Puerto Rico
2014-03-24
United States Stamps
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Sale Number 1067, Lot Number 2014, U.S. Possessions: Puerto Rico, Ryuku Islands, Samoa, Group LotsPUERTO RICO, Coamo Provisional, 1898, 5c Black, Ty. I, II (201), PUERTO RICO, Coamo Provisional, 1898, 5c Black, Ty. I, II (201)PUERTO RICO, Coamo Provisional, 1898, 5c Black, Ty. I, II (201). Two singles, Positions 2 and 10, first original gum, h.r., large margins to just touched and small vertical crease at top, second unused (no gum), large margins to touched and small corner crease at bottom right, Fine-Very Fine appearance, with 1978 and 2008 P.F. certificates respectively

1,300
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