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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
Columbian Issue
2019-11-20
Superb United States Stamps and Private Die Proprietary Stamps
43°
PSE 95
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Sale Number 1212, Lot Number 43, 1893 Columbian Issue$3.00 Columbian (243), $3.00 Columbian (243)$3.00 Columbian (243). Original gum, lightly hinged, deep rich color and intense impression, exceptionally choice centering with wide and balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM LIGHTLY-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE $3.00 COLUMBIAN ISSUE.

With 2019 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, XF-Superb 95; SMQ $4,800.00).

1,350
4,750
United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
Columbian Issue
2019-10-22
United States Stamps
1189
PSE 95
og
Sale Number 1209, Lot Number 1189, 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 230-245)$3.00 Columbian (243), $3.00 Columbian (243)$3.00 Columbian (243). Disturbed original gum, rich color, intense impression, outstanding centering with wide and balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE $3.00 COLUMBIAN ISSUE.

With 2019 P.S.E. certificate (DOG, XF-Superb 95; SMQ $4,800.00).

1,500
0
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
Columbian Issue
2019-10-22
United States Stamps
og
Sale Number 1209, Lot Number 1190, 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 230-245)$3.00 Columbian (243), $3.00 Columbian (243)$3.00 Columbian (243). Disturbed original gum, well-centered with balanced margins, Very Fine and choice

1,350
550
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
Columbian Issue
2019-07-23
United States Stamps and Confederate States
og
Sale Number 1206, Lot Number 255, 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 230-245)$3.00 Columbian (243), $3.00 Columbian (243)$3.00 Columbian (243). Original gum, deep rich color, well-balanced margins, natural inclusion at left, Very Fine

1,350
1,200
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
Columbian Issue
2019-07-23
United States Stamps and Confederate States
ng
Sale Number 1206, Lot Number 256, 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 230-245)$3.00 Columbian (243), $3.00 Columbian (243)$3.00 Columbian (243). Unused (regummed), crisp impression on bright paper, Very Fine

675
350
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
Columbian Issue
2019-06-26
2019 Rarities of the World
2065
PSE 98J
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Sale Number 1205, Lot Number 2065, 1893 Columbian Issue$3.00 Columbian (243), $3.00 Columbian (243)$3.00 Columbian (243). Original gum, hinge marks, perfectly centered with Jumbo margins, deep rich color and proof-like impression

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS STUNNING STAMP HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 JUMBO BY P.S.E. -- THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED TO THE $3.00 COLUMBIAN AND THE ONLY EXAMPLE TO ACHIEVE THIS GRADE. A TRUE RARITY.

The $3.00 Columbian is one of the most difficult of the dollar values to obtain in such choice condition. Only 24,713 were issued, which is approximately half the number of the $1.00 and $2.00. The margins are generally narrow on this denomination. The stamp offered here is the exception to the rule. It is beautifully centered and the color and paper are bright and fresh.

With 2010 P.S.E. certificate (OGh, Superb 98 Jumbo; SMQ $11,500.00). This is the highest grade awarded and the only example to achieve it. The highest grade awarded to a Mint N.H. example is 95.

1,350
9,500
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
Columbian Issue
2019-05-08
The William H. Gross Collection: Outstanding U.S. Stamp Multiples
ogbl
Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 153, Dollar Value Columbians (Scott 241-245)A brilliant and fresh bottom plate block of the $3, A brilliant and fresh bottom plate block of the $3A brilliant and fresh bottom plate block of the $3.00 Columbian Issue--one of only three plate blocks recorded and the finest in terms of centering and overall condition

DESCRIPTION

$3.00 Columbian (243), block of six from bottom of left pane with "AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY." imprint and "No. 106" plate number, original gum, barely hinged, exceptional centering, fresh color and paper

PROVENANCE

Josiah K. Lilly, Jr., Siegel Auction Galleries, 2/7-8/1968, Sale 327, lot 197, to Weill

Arthur J. Kobacker, Christie's Robson Lowe, 9/25/1991, lot 521

Bought privately from Harry Hagendorf (Columbian Stamp Co.)

CONDITION NOTES

Extremely Fine; Lilly sale mentions "pinpoint thin speck" which might exist, but is all but undetectable and a "light gum wrinkle" which is utterly inconsequential

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$275,000.00

HISTORY AND COMMENTARY

The Best of the Three $3.00 Columbian Plate Blocks

The $3.00 Columbian, depicting "Columbus Describing Third Voyage," is based on a painting by Francisco Jover y Casanova, reported to be in a museum in Spain. The vignette was engraved by Robert Savage and the frame and lettering by Douglas S. Ronaldson. 27,652 stamps were printed from Plate 106, and according to Luff 2,937 were destroyed.

For the Columbian series, all of the 1¢ stamps and most but not all of the 2¢ stamps were printed from 200-subject plates, with horizontal guide arrows between the two panes of 100. The perforating machine simultaneously applied horizontal perforations and cut the 200-stamp sheets into panes of 100, normally leaving a trace of the guide arrow on the straight edge of each pane. Some of the 2¢ stamps and all of the 3¢-$5.00 stamps were printed on smaller presses from plates of 100 subjects, with no guide arrows. When the perforating machine applied horizontal perforations to sheets from the 100-subject plates, the cutting blade, in the same position, removed either the top or bottom sheet margin (and plate number), depending on how the sheet was fed into the perforator, reducing by half the potential number of Columbian plate blocks that might have been available to collectors. This is also why so many Columbian stamps are reperforated at top or bottom rather than at the sides--10 stamps from every 100-subject sheet (or pane) would have a straight edge at either top or bottom. The 100-subject sheets were then divided into panes of 50 for distribution and sale at post offices. The undivided full sheets of 100 were only available from the Philatelic Agency in Washington D.C.

All of the values printed from 100-subject plates are known with both top and bottom plate blocks except for the 50¢ and $4.00, from which only bottom plate blocks are known. As explained, depending on how the sheet was fed into the perforator, either the top or bottom selvage was cut away and a straight edge was left in its place. For the 50¢ and $4.00, it appears that the entire supply was fed into the perforator in the same manner, preserving the bottom selvage and eliminating all top plate blocks (or any kind of top selvage). It is interesting that top and bottom plate blocks of the other dollar values exist.

The $3.00 Columbian is one of the great rarities of plate block collecting. Only three are recorded:

1) Top right plate no. 106 block of six, reinforced perf separations, ex Crocker (1938) as plate block of 10, offered in Eugene Klein auction (1940) as plate block of six and block of four with the option to keep it together (photo shows the intact block of ten), Siegel 1988 Rarities sale in its present form, "World's Fair" collection (Siegel Sale 1055, lot 60)

2) Bottom left plate no. 106 block of six, lightly hinged and Extremely Fine centering, ex Lilly and Kobacker, offered in this sale

3) Bottom left plate no. 106 block of six, narrow selvage, no gum, top left stamp slight thin, ex Franklin J. Willock (Harmer, Rooke sale, 1/13/1953, lot 429), 1980 Greg Manning, 2004 Shreves Philatelic Galleries.

E. 100,000-150,000
120,000
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
Columbian Issue
2019-03-14
United States Stamps
1843°
PSE 95
og
Sale Number 1197, Lot Number 1843, 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 230-245)$3.00 Columbian (243), $3.00 Columbian (243)$3.00 Columbian (243). Disturbed original gum, rich color, intense impression, outstanding centering with wide and balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE $3.00 COLUMBIAN ISSUE.

With 2019 P.S.E. certificate (DOG, XF-Superb 95; SMQ $4,800.00). Only six grade higher

1,500
1,900
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
Columbian Issue
2019-03-14
United States Stamps
og
Sale Number 1197, Lot Number 1845, 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 230-245)$3.00 Columbian (243), $3.00 Columbian (243)$3.00 Columbian (243). Original gum, lightly hinged, bright color, Very Fine

1,350
700
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
Columbian Issue
2019-03-14
United States Stamps
og
Sale Number 1197, Lot Number 1846, 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 230-245)$3.00 Columbian (243), $3.00 Columbian (243)$3.00 Columbian (243). Disturbed original gum, deep rich color on bright paper, Extremely Fine, with 1990 P.F. certificate

1,350
1,000
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