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U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1894-98 Bureau Issues
2019-05-08
The William H. Gross Collection: Outstanding U.S. Stamp Multiples
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 167, 1894-98  Bureau Issue (Scott 246-278)The finest imprint and plate number block of the $2, The finest imprint and plate number block of the $2The finest imprint and plate number block of the $2.00 1895 Watermarked Bureau Issue, of which only five are recorded

DESCRIPTION

$2.00 Dark Blue (277a), full top "BUREAU, ENGRAVING & PRINTING" imprint and plate number 84 block of six, bottom side stamps hinge remnants, tiny hinge slivers are barely noticeable and placed as a preventive measure, unusually choice centering throughout, rich color

PROVENANCE

Order of U.S. Trust Company, H. R. Harmer 1/19/1971, lot 306

Siegel Auction Galleries, 1986 Rarities of the World, 4/5/1986, lot 187

"MLG" collection, Siegel Auction Galleries, 4/21/2009, lot 1167, to William H. Gross

CERTIFICATION

The Philatelic Foundation (1971)

CONDITION NOTES

Extremely Fine

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$85,000.00

HISTORY AND COMMENTARY

A Gem Quality "Little Jemmy" Plate Block

The $2.00 regular issue designed by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in 1894 was the first stamp to depict this Founding Father and the nation's fourth president, James Madison, whose diminutive stature earned him the unflattering nickname "Little Jemmy." This was also the first $2.00 regular issue (preceded by the Columbian $2.00 stamp).

The die was engraved by Lyman F. Ellis and George F. C. Smillie. It was printed from one printing plate--Plate 84. Lewis Kaufman's records contain five plate blocks of this stamp (all described as the Dark Blue shade), but only three are free of serious condition problems, which are noted below:

1) Full top plate block of 6, 1986 Rarities of the World sale and "MLG" collection, offered in this sale

2) Bottom plate block of 6, 1985 Rarities of the World sale, ex Wampler and "MLG" collection

3) Wide top plate block of 6, 1967 Rarities of the World sale, illustrated in Durland book

4) Top plate block of 6, regummed, ex Simon (1975 Siegel sale)

5) Full top plate block of 6, selvage partly separated and rejoined, October 1974 Siegel sale and more recently in the 2008 "Newport" sale (Weiss).

E. 75,000-100,000
85,000
United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1894-98 Bureau Issues
2019-05-01
Gem-Quality United States Stamps
 
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1370, 1895 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 264-278)$2.00 Dark Blue (277a), $2.00 Dark Blue (277a)$2.00 Dark Blue (277a). Unusually choice centering with wide and balanced margins, deep shade, unobtrusive cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a beautiful stamp, with 1999 P.S.E. certificate, for comparison purposes the highest grade awarded to a used copy of this shade is XF 90

400
2,000
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1894-98 Bureau Issues
2018-07-25
United States Stamps
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Sale Number 1187, Lot Number 409, 1894-98 Bureau Issues (Scott 246-284)$2.00 Dark Blue (277a), $2.00 Dark Blue (277a)$2.00 Dark Blue (277a). Original gum, lightly hinged, deep rich color, Very Fine

900
650
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1894-98 Bureau Issues
2017-07-25
United States Stamps
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Sale Number 1162, Lot Number 372, 1895 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 264-278)$2.00 Dark Blue (277a), $2.00 Dark Blue (277a)$2.00 Dark Blue (277a). Original gum, lightly hinged, detailed impression on bright paper, well-proportioned margins, Very Fine, a pretty stamp, with 1988 and 2003 P.F. certificates

900
600
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1894-98 Bureau Issues
2015-07-28
United States Stamps
369
PSE 85
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Sale Number 1107, Lot Number 369, 1894-98 Bureau Issues (Scott 246-283)$2.00 Dark Blue (277a), $2.00 Dark Blue (277a)$2.00 Dark Blue (277a). Original gum, exceptional depth of color, well-balanced margins, Very Fine and choice, with 2007 P.S.E. certificate (OGh, VF-XF 85; SMQ $1,150.00)

900
700
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1894-98 Bureau Issues
2015-07-28
United States Stamps
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Sale Number 1107, Lot Number 370, 1894-98 Bureau Issues (Scott 246-283)$2.00 Dark Blue (277a), $2.00 Dark Blue (277a)$2.00 Dark Blue (277a). Original gum, h.r., choice margins and handsomely centered, intense color, tiny thin spot, Very Fine appearance, with 2015 P.F. certificate

950
400
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1894-98 Bureau Issues
2015-04-28
The Robert R. Hall Collection of Outstanding United States Stamps
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Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 486, 1895-98 Watermarked Bureau Issues (Scott 264-284)$2.00 Dark Blue (277a), $2.00 Dark Blue (277a)$2.00 Dark Blue (277a). Block of four with bottom imprint selvage, original gum, deep rich color and detailed impression, better centering than normally seen

VERY FINE-EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 1895 $2.00 WATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE IN THE DARK BLUE SHADE.

With 1970 P.F. certificate

4,000
2,200
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1894-98 Bureau Issues
2015-04-28
The Robert R. Hall Collection of Outstanding United States Stamps
 
Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 487, 1895-98 Watermarked Bureau Issues (Scott 264-284)$2.00 Dark Blue (277a), $2.00 Dark Blue (277a)$2.00 Dark Blue (277a). Rich color on bright paper, well-balanced margins, unobtrusive strike of New York registry oval cancel, reperfed at left (not noted on certificate), looks Extremely Fine, with 2000 P.F. certificate

425
325
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1894-98 Bureau Issues
2015-02-19
Outstanding United States Stamps
1216
PF 85
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Sale Number 1092, Lot Number 1216, 1894-1903 Bureau Issues (Scott 246-284)$2.00 Dark Blue (277a), $2.00 Dark Blue (277a)$2.00 Dark Blue (277a). Original gum, lightly hinged, intense shade and impression, well-proportioned margins, Extremely Fine, a pretty stamp, with 2014 P.F. certificate (VF-XF 85)

900
800
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1894-98 Bureau Issues
2015-02-19
Outstanding United States Stamps
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Sale Number 1092, Lot Number 1217, 1894-1903 Bureau Issues (Scott 246-284)$2.00 Dark Blue (277a), $2.00 Dark Blue (277a)$2.00 Dark Blue (277a). Original gum, h.r., choice margins and handsomely centered, intense color with sharp impression, Very Fine

950
500
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