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Sale#/
Date
Lot#/
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Symbol
Photo/Description
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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Parcel Post (Q, JQ, JE)
2019-07-23
United States Stamps and Confederate States
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Sale Number 1206, Lot Number 741, Parcel Post50c Parcel Post (Q10), 50c Parcel Post (Q10)50c Parcel Post (Q10). Full top "FIFTY" and plate no. 6424 block of four, lightly hinged, strong color, Fine

1,750
275
United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Parcel Post (Q, JQ, JE)
2019-05-08
The William H. Gross Collection: Outstanding U.S. Stamp Multiples
nhbl
Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 303, Parcel Post Issues, Probably the finest Mint Never-Hinged plate block of the 50¢ Parcel Post in existence

DESCRIPTION

50¢ Parcel Post (Q10), Mint N.H. full right "FIFTY" and plate number 6428 block of eight, unusually choice centering throughout, brilliant color and crisp impression on bright paper

PROVENANCE

H. R. Harmer San Francisco, 12/8/1980, lot 353

"MLG" collection, Siegel Auction Galleries, 4/21-23/2009, Sale 971, lot 2188, to William H. Gross

CONDITION NOTES

Extremely Fine; faint natural gum bend of little consequence, one or two trivial perf separations at top center

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$27,500.00

HISTORY AND COMMENTARY

Pastoral Scenes on the Parcel Post Issue

Since the new Parcel Post service was intended to compete with private express companies in transporting farmers' products, the three high values pictured scenes of rural agricultural industry. The 50¢ value paid tribute to American dairy farmers with a bucolic scene of grazing cows.

The Parcel Post issues were printed from plates of 180, consisting of four panes of 45. According to Johl, the uniform color of the twelve denominations confused postal clerks, who complained that they were forced to examine the stamps in detail to ensure they had the correct values. In response, on January 27, 1913, large capital letters were added to the margins near each plate number. At the top and bottom of each plate, the imprint is in the selvage next to the plate number; on the sides it is separated by stamp-size blank selvage for some values, depending on the length of the imprint. The plate block offered here comes from the upper right pane.

E. 10,000-15,000
13,500
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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Parcel Post (Q, JQ, JE)
2018-11-14
United States Stamps including Confederate States and Hawaii
766
PF 85
nh
Sale Number 1192, Lot Number 766, Parcel Post50c Parcel Post (Q10), 50c Parcel Post (Q10)50c Parcel Post (Q10). Mint N.H., brilliant color, Very Fine and choice, with 2007 P.F. certificate (VF-XF 85)

550
400
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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Parcel Post (Q, JQ, JE)
2018-11-14
United States Stamps including Confederate States and Hawaii
nh
Sale Number 1192, Lot Number 767, Parcel Post50c Parcel Post (Q10), 50c Parcel Post (Q10)50c Parcel Post (Q10). Mint N.H., wide margins, fresh color, Very Fine, with 2002 P.S.E. certificate

550
250
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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Parcel Post (Q, JQ, JE)
2018-06-27
2018 Rarities of the World
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Sale Number 1185, Lot Number 102, Air Post, Back-of-Book Issues50c Parcel Post (Q10), 50c Parcel Post (Q10)50c Parcel Post (Q10). Mint N.H. right plate no. 6427 and "FIFTY" at bottom block of eight with wide selvage, radiant color and crisp impression, choice centering, small and light pencil notation on back of selvage at bottom

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE MINT NEVER-HINGED PLATE NUMBER AND "FIFTY" BLOCK OF EIGHT OF THE 50-CENT PARCEL POST ISSUE. A BEAUTIFUL PLATE BLOCK.

The Parcel Post issues were printed from plates of 180 which consisted of four panes of 45. According to Johl, the uniform color of the twelve denominations led to confusion on the part of postal clerks, who complained that they were forced to examine the stamps in detail to ensure they had the correct values. In response, on January 27, 1913, large capital letters were added to the margins near each plate number. At top and bottom the imprint is in the selvage next to the plate number on all denominations; on the sides it is separated by a stamp with blank selvage for some (depending on the length of the imprint).

The plate block offered here comes from the top right pane. A block of six is sufficient to qualify as a plate block for the 50c value, in contrast to the 25c offered in the previous lot, which requires a plate block of eight from the side in order to capture the full imprint. The two extra stamps at the top of this plate block beautifully balance out the appearance by placing the plate number in the more traditional middle position.

Ex Wampler, where this was described as one of the great plate block rarities of the 20th Century. Scott Retail as plate block of six plus two singles

29,000
10,000
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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Parcel Post (Q, JQ, JE)
2018-03-27
United States and Possessions
2536
PSE 95
og
Sale Number 1179, Lot Number 2536, Back-of-Book: Special Delivery thru Parcel Post50c Parcel Post (Q10), 50c Parcel Post (Q10)50c Parcel Post (Q10). Brilliant color, choice centering with balanced margins, fresh, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2014 P.S.E. certificate (OGh, XF-Sup 95; SMQ $600.00)

220
275
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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Parcel Post (Q, JQ, JE)
2017-12-19
United States Stamps and Hawaii
935
PSE 98
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Sale Number 1172, Lot Number 935, Special Delivery thru Parcel Post50c Parcel Post (Q10), 50c Parcel Post (Q10)50c Parcel Post (Q10). Barely hinged, vivid color, wide and exceptionally well-balanced margins, Extremely Fine Gem, with 1996 P.F. and 2016 P.S.E. certificates (OGph, Superb 98; SMQ $1,200.00)

220
550
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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Parcel Post (Q, JQ, JE)
2017-10-24
United States Stamps
1253
PSE 95J
 
Sale Number 1166, Lot Number 1253, Parcel Post, Carrier, Postal Stationery50c Parcel Post (Q10), 50c Parcel Post (Q10)50c Parcel Post (Q10). Brilliant color, detailed impression, neat strike of registry oval cancel, Jumbo margins, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2017 P.S.E. certificate, (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $650.00), only four have graded higher (highest is 98J) and two others share this grade

50
500
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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Parcel Post (Q, JQ, JE)
2017-07-25
United States Stamps
nh
Sale Number 1162, Lot Number 761, Parcel Post (Q)50c Parcel Post (Q10), 50c Parcel Post (Q10)50c Parcel Post (Q10). Mint N.H., rich color on bright paper, three wide margins, Very Fine, with 1998 P.F. certificate

600
300
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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Parcel Post (Q, JQ, JE)
2017-07-25
United States Stamps
762
PSE 98J
og
Sale Number 1162, Lot Number 762, Parcel Post (Q)50c Parcel Post (Q10), 50c Parcel Post (Q10)50c Parcel Post (Q10). Lightly hinged, radiant color, perfectly centered with Jumbo margins, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2016 P.S.E. certificate (OGph,Superb 98 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $1,200.00 as 98), this is the highest grade awarded and no others share it, by way of comparison in the Mint N.H. category there is one at 100 and one at 98J

235
650
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