50¢ Violet (422), bright color, choice centering, tied by "Vera Cruz, Mexico, U.S. Mail Agency" boxed handstamp on green registered cover to Manchester, England, two clear strikes of purple "Vera Cruz, Mex., U. S. M. Ag. Registered Oct. 31, 1914" double-circle datestamp on back, Vera Cruz registry handstamp, "New York Rec'd (8) For'gn 11-7 1914" double-oval datestamp on back, missing part of top flap, stamp lifted from cover to confirm watermark identification and hinged back in place, Very Fine, this is the only recorded example of Scott 422 on cover, a marvelous use from the U.S. occupation of Vera Cruz, Mexico to England, the occupation lasted from April to early November 1914, ex Berkun ("Alpha" collection), with 2000 P.F. certificate
50¢ Violet (422), full top "BUREAU, ENGRAVING & PRINTING" imprint and plate number A 5749 block of six, hinge remnants straddling two stamps at bottom and between selvage, rich color, well-centered with wide margins
Paul Cheyney (collection sold privately to Mr. Gross)
Extremely Fine; perf separations reinforced between bottom two left stamps and in selvage, negligible light creases in selvage
SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)
HISTORY AND COMMENTARY
50¢ Perf 12 Double-Line Watermarked Issue
There is a simple way to differentiate between the two 50¢ Violet Perf 12 1914 Issues, Scott 421 (single-line watermark) and Scott 422 (double-line watermark), without even looking at the watermark. Scott 421 almost always has printing ink offset on the gum (unless it is regummed), and Scott 422 never does. Lewis Kaufman records only nine full top and five bottom plate blocks.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A GORGEOUS MINT NEVER-HINGED PLATE NUMBER SINGLE OF SCOTT 422, GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E. -- ONLY ONE HAS GRADED HIGHER.
With 1985 and 1998 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $2,650.00). Only one has graded higher (at 98), and only seven others share this desirable grade.
VERY FINE. A RARE AND DESIRABLE TOP POSITION PLATE BLOCK OF THE 50-CENT PERF 12 DOUBLE-LINE WATERMARKED ISSUE.
We have offered only four other top position plate blocks of Scott 422 since keeping computerized records, each of which was hinged. We have also offered two from the bottom position, with narrow selvage.
Ex Curtis. With 1985 P.F. certificate
FINE AND SCARCE TOP POSITION PLATE BLOCK OF THE 50-CENT PERF 12 DOUBLE-LINE WATERMARKED ISSUE.
We have offered only three other top position plate blocks of Scott 422 since keeping computerized records, each of which was hinged.
With 2014 P.F. certificate