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FILTER: Area=United States, Sub Area=U.S. Stamps, General=20th Century Issues, Issue/Country=Washington-Franklin Issues, All Sale Dates thru 2023/01/01, Catalogue = 476A, Symbol IN ("NH,BL")
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2019-05-08
The William H. Gross Collection: Outstanding U.S. Stamp Multiples
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 244, 1916-17 Issues (Scott 462-480), The unique bottom plate block of the 30¢ 1916 Unwatermarked Perf 10 Issue

DESCRIPTION

30¢ Orange Red, Perf 10 (476A), Mint N.H. bottom plate number 6917 block of six from lower right pane, centered to left

PROVENANCE

As pane of 100 (Plate 6917 Lower Right): Percy McGraw Mann, pane of 100, Plate 6917, discovered in 1917

The Philatelic Foundation certificate 547 (1947) to Robson Lowe

Jack E. Molesworth, resubmitted the pane to P.F. in 1960 (reportedly acquired from New Jersey collector James Hughes)

R. D. Brown, Arizona collector (from Jack Molesworth, pane broken into blocks and singles by 1972), sold to Nagel

As plate block: Lawson Nagel, Siegel Auction Galleries, 1993 Rarities of the World, 11/20/1993, Sale 755, lot 272

Dr. J. Paul Wampler, Shreves Philatelic Galleries, 4/24-25/1998, lot 252, to William H. Gross

CENSUS, LITERATURE AND EXHIBITION REFERENCES

One of four recorded plate blocks--the only bottom position

American Philatelist (March 1961, full pane pictured on front cover)

Opinions V, The Philatelic Foundation, 1988

Ken Lawrence, "The Stamp of Controversy," 2015 Linn's online

CERTIFICATION

The Philatelic Foundation (pane--1947, 1960; plate block--1972)

CONDITION NOTES

Fine; a few minor telescoped perfs at bottom

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$80,000.00

HISTORY AND COMMENTARY

The Missing Watermark

The 30¢ Orange Red Perf 10 Unwatermarked Issue, Scott 476A, was discovered in 1917 and was reported to the philatelic press by stamp dealer Percy McGraw Mann, who is also known for his role in selling William Robey's Inverted Jenny sheet to Colonel Green through fellow dealer Eugene Klein. An early believer in the stamp was Benjamin K. Miller, who acquired a margin block of four in 1918 (Rarity Revealed: The Benjamin K. Miller Collection, Trepel-Lawrence, p. 126). A comprehensive analysis and survey of the issue was written by Ken Lawrence and included a concise summary of the production history of the 30¢ Franklin stamps ("The Stamp of Controversy," Linn's 7/1/2015). We quote:

Stamps of the 30¢ Franklin design were first issued in April 1914, primarily to use on parcels after dedicated parcel post stamps had been phased out. Four 400-subject plates were prepared and sent to press--Nos. 6899, 6911, 6914 and 6917. At that time, gauge 12 was the perforation standard, and stamp paper included single-line watermarks. Those stamps are listed as Scott 420. A few months later, the same plates went back to press. By the time those prints were finished and issued in September 1914, gauge 10 had become the perforation standard, listed as Scott 439. A third printing in June 1916, about two months before the change to unwatermarked paper, replenished the depleted inventory with another Scott 439 batch. The fourth printing of the same four plates occurred from March 13 to 17, 1917, after the switch to unwatermarked paper. The BEP had begun to replace worn-out gauge 10 perforating wheels with new gauge 11 wheels at that time, but did not complete the changeover until May 10. It's likely that some of the printed sheets were finished on one or more old perforators, yielding stamps now listed as Scott 476A...

Official Bureau records do not specifically identify a printing of the 30¢ value on unwatermarked paper that was perforated gauge 10. However, in the past 100 years two panes of 100 each (200 stamps in all) have surfaced--both of which have been certified by The Philatelic Foundation--clearly attesting to the existence of such a variety. The first pane discovered was a lower right pane from Plate 6917, which was first certified by the P.F. in 1947. This pane had plate blocks at the bottom (offered here) and at right. The second pane discovered was an upper right pane from Plate 6911 with plate blocks at the top (ex Fogelson) and at right (ex Hall). These four plate blocks come from these two panes, and the bottom and top positions are each unique. A bottom Plate 6914 single has been certified, obviously from a different pane.

E. 15,000-20,000
15,500
United States
U.S. Stamps
20th Century Issues
Washington-Franklin Issues
2019-05-08
The William H. Gross Collection: Outstanding U.S. Stamp Multiples
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 245, 1916-17 Issues (Scott 462-480), One of the finest centered blocks of the 30¢ 1916 Unwatermarked Perf 10 Issue

DESCRIPTION

30¢ Orange Red, Perf 10 (476A), Positions 32-33/42-43, Mint N.H. block of four from the discovery Plate 6917 pane of 100, vivid color, exceptional centering for this issue--the vast majority of known examples are off center

PROVENANCE

As pane of 100 (Plate 6917 Lower Right): Percy McGraw Mann, pane of 100, Plate 6917, discovered in 1917

The Philatelic Foundation certificate 547 (1947) to Robson Lowe

Jack E. Molesworth, resubmitted the pane to P.F. in 1960 (reportedly acquired from New Jersey collector James Hughes)

R. D. Brown, Arizona collector (from Jack Molesworth, pane broken into blocks and singles by 1972), sold to Nagel

CERTIFICATION

The Philatelic Foundation (pane--1947, 1960; block--1988)

CONDITION NOTES

Extremely Fine

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$23,000.00

HISTORY AND COMMENTARY

Exceptionally Choice 30¢ Unwatermarked Perf 10

The history of the 30¢ 1916 Unwatermarked Perf 10, Scott 476A, is provided in the description of lot 244, the bottom plate block from Plate 6917 (Lower Right pane). This block of four originates from the same pane, which was discovered in 1917 and certified in 1947.

Two complete panes of 100 of Scott 476A have been certified by The Philatelic Foundation and subsequently broken up into singles, blocks and four plate blocks. Many of the stamps from the lower right pane of 100 from Plate 6917 are centered to the left. This block is exceptional for that pane, as all four stamps are well-centered with wide margins. Position 32, the upper left stamp in this block, is very choice. Interestingly, one of the finest centered stamps from the Plate 6911 pane of 100 is also from Position 32 (graded VF-XF 85 by The Philatelic Foundation).

E. 10,000-15,000
17,000
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United States
U.S. Stamps
20th Century Issues
Washington-Franklin Issues
2015-04-28
The Robert R. Hall Collection of Outstanding United States Stamps
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Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 725, 1916-17 Issues (Scott 462-491)30c Orange Red, Perf 10 (476A), 30c Orange Red, Perf 10 (476A)30c Orange Red, Perf 10 (476A). Mint N.H. right plate no. 6911 block of six, radiant color on bright paper, typical centering for this difficult issue, some rejoined perf separations in ungummed selvage and couple small creases in left edge of selvage at lower right

FINE. THE UNIQUE RIGHT POSITION PLATE BLOCK OF THE 30-CENT PERF 10 FRANKLIN ON UNWATERMARKED PAPER. ONE OF THE GREAT RARITIES OF THE ISSUE.

The 30c Perf 10 Unwatermarked, Scott 476A, has no trace of the single-line watermark. Although one or two stamps from the discovery sheets have been found with "ghost" watermarks, the Scott Catalogue and The Philatelic Foundation continue to recognize Scott 476A.

In an article in Opinions V, published by The Philatelic Foundation, William T. Crowe, former head of the Expert Committee, discussed the discovery of this rare stamp and how it might have been issued. The production of Scott 476A occurred during the period of transition from gauge-10 perfs to gauge 11. Bureau records do not list a 30c printing on unwatermarked paper that was perforated 10, but the existence of two certified panes -- one bottom-right pane from Plate 6917 and one top-right pane from Plate 6911 -- is evidence that the combination of new unwatermarked paper and old 10-gauge perfs occurred, even if inadvertently. Stamps from these two panes (200 total), two left sheet-margin blocks of four and a bottom plate no. 6914 single, none of which have any trace of watermark, are the only accepted examples of Scott 476A.

With 1984 P.F. certificate (does not mention trivial selvage flaws)

90,000
21,000
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United States
U.S. Stamps
20th Century Issues
Washington-Franklin Issues
1995-06-05
1995 Rarities of the World
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Sale Number 767, Lot Number 285, Later Issues30c Orange Red, Unwatermarked (476A), 30c Orange Red, Unwatermarked (476A)30c Orange Red, Unwatermarked (476A). Right plate no. 6911 block of six, Mint, tiny natural inclusion speck, few perf separations in selvage, still Fine and very rare, with 1984 P.F. certificate

E. 30,000-35,000
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U.S. Stamps
20th Century Issues
Washington-Franklin Issues
1993-11-20
1993 Rarities of the World
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Sale Number 755, Lot Number 272, 20th Century up to 1922 Issue30c Orange Red, Unwatermarked (476A), 30c Orange Red, Unwatermarked (476A)30c Orange Red, Unwatermarked (476A). Mint bottom plate no. 6917 block of six, bright color, centered to left as is three-quarters of the original discovery sheet, few telescoped perfs at bottom

ONE OF THE RAREST 20TH CENTURY PLATE BLOCKS AND THE FINER OF THE TWO AVAILABLE TO COLLECTORS

This plate block rarity is listed but unpriced in Scott's U.S. Specialized. The 50c Violet plate block from the same issue (Scott 477), of which there are ten or so known, is priced at $40,000 - approximately 45 times the price of an unused single, and 11 times the price of a block of four. Using the same relative values, a plate block of the 30c unwatermarked should carry a catalogue price of approximately $135,000 (45 x $3,000, or 11 x $12,500). The Scott price is based on the grade of Fine.

With 1972 P.F. certificate

E. 40,000-50,000
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