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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
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 155, Dollar Value Columbians (Scott 241-245)The unique top plate block of the $5, The unique top plate block of the $5The unique top plate block of the $5.00 Columbian Issue--one of only four plate blocks extant and the only block from the premium top position--a highlight of the Gross collection and one of the most important of all United States plate blocks

DESCRIPTION

$5.00 Columbian (245), block of six from top of left pane with "AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY." imprint and "No. 108" plate number, original gum, five stamps Mint N.H., bottom right stamp barely hinged, intense shade, attractive centering and margins

PROVENANCE

As block of 10: William H. Crocker, Harmer, Rooke sale, 11/23-25/1938, lot 417, as a block of ten described as "immaculate mint condition and with full original gum"

As block of 6: Josiah K. Lilly, Jr., Siegel Auction Galleries, 2/7-8/1968, Sale 327, lot 199, to Jacques Minkus

Bought privately from Harry Hagendorf (Columbian Stamp Co.)

CERTIFICATION

The Philatelic Foundation (1991)

CONDITION NOTES

Fine-Very Fine; Lilly sale mentions "negligible gum wrinkle" which is utterly inconsequential

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$290,000.00

HISTORY AND COMMENTARY

The High Value of the Columbians

The $5.00 Columbian, depicting "Columbus" is based on a portrait taken from a medal, possibly of Spanish origin. The same portrait design was used for the commemorative half-dollar issued for the 1893 Columbian Exposition. The vignette was engraved by Alfred Jones, the frame by George Skinner and Douglas S. Ronaldson, and the lettering by Ronaldson alone. A total of 27,350 stamps were printed from Plate 108, and according to Luff 5,506 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 $5.00 Columbian is perhaps the most iconic value of the series. Only four plate blocks are recorded, including three blocks of six and one block of eight:

1) Bottom left plate no. 108 block of 8, part disturbed original gum, perf separations reinforced, small flaws, ex Col. Green, Col. Stillwell (Sale 413, lot 249), "MLG" collection (Sale 971, lot 1164)

2) Top left plate no. 108 block of 6, ex Crocker as plate block of 10, ex Lilly as plate block of 6 (Sale 327, lot 199), 5 stamps Mint N.H., sound, offered in this sale

3) Bottom right plate no. 108 block of six, top left stamp small tear, small tear in bottom left selvage, ex Moody (H. R. Harmer Part 2, lot 614), Dr. Guillermo Guinle H. R. Harmer 6/15/1953), "Ambassador" (Sale 300, lot 294), Kobacker (Christie's RL, lot 522) and Sale 836 (lot 1617), illustrated in Luff book

4) Bottom right plate no. 108 block of six, narrow selvage, ex T. Charlton Henry (Harmer, Rooke 12/14/1960, lot 606), "World's Fair" (Sale 1055, lot 62).

E. 200,000-300,000
200,000
United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
Columbian Issue
2017-07-25
United States Stamps
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Sale Number 1162, Lot Number 346, 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 230-245)$5.00 Columbian (245), $5.00 Columbian (245)$5.00 Columbian (245). Block of four, original gum, intense shade, bottom right stamp small natural inclusion

FINE-VERY FINE BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE $5.00 COLUMBIAN ISSUE.

With 2013 P.S.E. certificate

12,000
6,000
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
Columbian Issue
2015-12-16
United States Stamps and Possessions
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Sale Number 1116, Lot Number 3253, 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 230-245)$5.00 Columbian (245), $5.00 Columbian (245)$5.00 Columbian (245). Block of four, original gum, intense shade and impression, some perf separations between bottom pair

FINE-VERY FINE BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE $5.00 COLUMBIAN ISSUE.

The bottom stamps have particularly wide margins

12,000
5,000
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
Columbian Issue
2015-07-28
United States Stamps
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Sale Number 1107, Lot Number 346, 50c-$5.00 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 240-245)$5.00 Columbian (245), $5.00 Columbian (245)$5.00 Columbian (245). Block of four, disturbed original gum, intense shade and impression, beautifully centered and well-balanced margins, top right stamp has two toned perfs at right

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARING BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE $5.00 COLUMBIAN ISSUE.

A scarce multiple with such choice centering.

12,000
2,900
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
Columbian Issue
2015-04-28
The Robert R. Hall Collection of Outstanding United States Stamps
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Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 433, 50c-$5.00 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 240-245)$5.00 Columbian (245), $5.00 Columbian (245)$5.00 Columbian (245). Block of four, slightly disturbed original gum, intense shade and impression, beautifully centered and well-balanced margins, top right stamp has two toned perfs at right

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARING BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE $5.00 COLUMBIAN ISSUE.

A scarce multiple with such choice centering.

12,000
4,250
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
Columbian Issue
2015-02-19
Outstanding United States Stamps
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Sale Number 1092, Lot Number 1194, 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 230-245)$5.00 Columbian (245), $5.00 Columbian (245)$5.00 Columbian (245). Block of four, original gum, lightly hinged, detailed impression, attractive margins and centering, light natural gum crease left pair

FRESH AND FINE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE $5.00 COLUMBIAN ISSUE.

Most blocks have been broken over the years to feed demand for singles. We have offered only six others since 2001 plus the unique plate block of eight and a plate block of six

12,000
6,000
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
Columbian Issue
2013-11-06
The World's Fair Collection - 1893 Columbian Issue
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Sale Number 1055, Lot Number 62, Imprint and Plate Number Blocks ($1.00-$5.00)$5.00 Columbian (245), $5.00 Columbian (245)$5.00 Columbian (245). Bottom imprint and plate no. 108 block of six, original gum, few small h.r. where trivial perf separations sensibly reinforced, intense shade and proof-like impression

EXTREMELY FINE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE IMPRINT AND PLATE NUMBER BLOCK OF THE $5.00 COLUMBIAN ISSUE, OF WHICH ONLY FOUR ARE RECORDED.

Our records contain only three plate blocks of six and the plate block of eight, as follows: 1) unique bottom plate no. 108 block of eight, large part disturbed original gum, few perf separations expertly and sensibly reinforced, minor light gum soaks, few shortish perfs at top right, trivial diagonal crease in selvage at bottom right, ex Colonel Green and our sale of the MLG Collection (Siegel Sale 971, lot 1164, realized $190,000 hammer); 2) top plate no. 108 and imprint block of six, negligible gum wrinkle, ex Crocker as a plate block of ten and ex Lilly as a plate block of six; 3) bottom imprint and plate no. 108 block of six, top left stamp small tear, small tear in bottom left selvage, ex Moody, Dr. Guillermo Guinle (of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, H.R. Harmer sale of June 15, 1953), Ambassador, Kobacker and Siegel Sale 836 (lot 1617, realized $150,000 hammer); and 4) bottom imprint and plate no. 108 block of six, narrow selvage, ex T. Charlton Henry (Harmer, Rooke Dec. 14, 1960, lot 606, realized $4,000 hammer versus $2,750 catalogue value at the time), the block offered here.

Ex T. Charlton Henry. With 1975 P.F. certificate.

225,000
250,000
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
Columbian Issue
2012-12-10
United States and Foreign Stamps and Covers
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Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 1861, 1893 Columbian Issue, 50c thru $5.00 (Scott 240-245)$5.00 Columbian (245), $5.00 Columbian (245)$5.00 Columbian (245). Block of four, original gum, small h.r., detailed impression

FRESH AND FINE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE $5.00 COLUMBIAN ISSUE.

Most blocks have been broken over the years and few remain. We have offered only five others since 2001 plus the unique plate block of eight

13,000
3,000
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
Columbian Issue
2011-03-08
United States Stamps
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Sale Number 1007, Lot Number 2488, 1893 Columbian Issue Multiples (30c thru $5.00, Scott 239-245)$5.00 Columbian (245), $5.00 Columbian (245)$5.00 Columbian (245). Block of four, disturbed original gum and small h.r., attractive margins and strong shade, slightly folded horizontal perfs cause a couple minor separations

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A SCARCE BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE $5.00 COLUMBIAN ISSUE.

We have offered only four others since 2001 plus the unique plate block of eight

13,500
8,000
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
Columbian Issue
2009-04-21
The MLG Collection of United States Plate Blocks
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Sale Number 971, Lot Number 1164, $1.00, $2.00 and $5.00 Columbians (Scott 241, 242, 245)$5.00 Columbian (245), $5.00 Columbian (245)$5.00 Columbian (245). Bottom imprint, plate no. 108 and letter "D D" at left block of eight, large part disturbed original gum, h.r., intense shade and impression, few perf separations expertly and sensibly reinforced, minor light gum soaks, few shortish perfs at top right, trivial diagonal crease in selvage at bottom right

FINE-VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS UNIQUE PIECE IS THE LARGEST IMPRINT AND PLATE NUMBER MULTIPLE OF THE $5.00 COLUMBIAN ISSUE. ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT ITEMS IN UNITED STATES PHILATELY.

Our records contain only three plate blocks of six and this plate block of eight, as follows: 1) The unique imprint and plate no. block of eight, from our 1985 Rarities sale and offered here; 2) top plate no. 108 and imprint block of six, negnigible gum wrinkle, ex Lilly; 3) bottom imprint and plate no. 108 block of six, top left stamp small tear, small tear in bottom left selvage, ex Moody, Ambassador, Kobacker and Siegel Sale 836 (lot 1617, realized $150,000 hammer); and 4) bottom imprint and plate no. 108 block of six, narrow selvage, gum disturbances, Siegel 1989 Rarities sale.

With copy of 1972 P.F. certificate.

300,000
190,000
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