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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 251, 1922-23 Issues (Scott 485-550), A spectacular imperforate block of 36 with the double 5¢ Carmine transfer errors from the upper left quadrant of the sheet

DESCRIPTION

5¢ Carmine, Imperforate, Error (485), Positions UL 74/84 Plate 7942, double error in a block of 36 with left sheet margin and full arrow, the errors are Mint N.H., one stamp in the surrounding block of 12 lightly hinged, very fresh

CERTIFICATION

The Philatelic Foundation (1991)

CONDITION NOTES

Extremely Fine

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$28,000.00 as two Mint N.H. singles

HISTORY AND COMMENTARY

The Wrong Value Produced the Wrong Color

During the course of production of the normal 2¢ plate--Plate 7942--three subjects were noted to be weakly transferred: Positions 74 and 84 in the upper left quadrant, and Position 18 in the lower right. The plate was sent back to the siderographer, who burnished out the three entries and re-entered them. Instead of the 2¢ transfer roll, he mistakenly used the 5¢ transfer roll for the 2¢ plate. The sheets were printed in the normal 2¢ Red color, but three stamps in each sheet of 400 were 5¢ stamps, which were normally printed in blue--that is how the 5¢ Red errors came to be.

The misentered plate and the sheets produced from it passed unnoticed, and the 5¢ error stamps were issued to the public. The largest number of sheets to reach collectors were perforated 11 (Scott 505). A smaller number were perforated 10 (Scott 467). The rarest of the errors are the imperforate stamps (Scott 485). On May 2, 1917, the Third Assistant Postmaster General sent out a printed notice informing postmasters of the error and recalling the "mis-printed" sheets, but by then the red cats were out of the bag.

The largest group of sheets discovered at one time were all imperforate, but they never made it to collectors. 755 imperforate sheets of 400 stamps (2,265 errors) were on their way to a company for private perforating when they were found in the Chicago post office and returned to Washington, D.C., for destruction. Three of the Chicago sheets were kept for the National Philatelic Collection.

Philip H. Ward, Jr. later reported that he bought two sheets from John Klemann, a New York dealer, who said he acquired them from Joseph Leavy, curator of the national collection, but Klemann may have been lying about his source, since he was involved in the purchase and sale of the New York find of imperforate sheets--48 sheets of 400, also intended for private perforating. The hoard was found in a New York post office and bought in two stages (25 and 23) by Edgar Nelton, a stamp dealer. He and a partner named George Tuttle sought financing from Klemann and accepted becoming one-quarter partners (whether it was one-quarter each or together is unclear). Sometime later, Klemann reported to his partners that he sold most of the sheets to Col. Edward H. R. Green. Years later, Nelton's account reflected his bitterness over what he considered to be a poor financial outcome from the discovery and Klemann's role in the sale. It does not take much imagination to see that Klemann told his partners one thing and did another, taking more than his share by underreporting profits.

An excellent series of articles on the 5¢ error by Kevin Lowther was published in 2012 in the U.S. Specialist and is available online to members. We recommend it to anyone who wants to know more about this fascinating episode of philatelic history--and we recommend this block as an impressive example of the double error in a large multiple.

May, 2, 1917, official notice from Third Assistant Postmaster General recalling 5¢ errors

E. 10,000-15,000
25,000
United States
U.S. Stamps
20th Century Issues
Washington-Franklin Issues
2018-11-14
United States Stamps including Confederate States and Hawaii
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Sale Number 1192, Lot Number 542, 1917-19 Issues (Scott 481-524)5c Carmine, Imperforate, Error (485), 5c Carmine, Imperforate, Error (485)5c Carmine, Imperforate, Error (485). Single error in a block of nine, the error at center, lightly hinged, large margins, radiant color

VERY FINE AND CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT IMPERFORATE ERROR IN A BLOCK OF NINE.

During the course of production of the normal 2c plate No. 7942, three positions were noted to be defective. The plate was returned to the siderographer, who burnished out the three positions and mistakenly re-entered them using a transfer roll for the 5c stamp. The error passed unnoticed and the sheets were issued to the public Perf 10, Imperforate and Perf 11 (Scott 467, 485 and 505). The imperforate is by far the rarest of the three.

With 2015 P.F. certificate

16,500
11,500
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United States
U.S. Stamps
20th Century Issues
Washington-Franklin Issues
2018-07-25
United States Stamps
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Sale Number 1187, Lot Number 617, 1917-19 Issues (Scott 481-524)5c Carmine, Imperforate, Error (485), 5c Carmine, Imperforate, Error (485)5c Carmine, Imperforate, Error (485). Single error in a block of nine, the error at top center, lightly hinged, large margins, rich color

VERY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT IMPERFORATE ERROR IN A BLOCK WITH NORMAL 2-CENT STAMPS.

During the course of production of the normal 2c plate No. 7942, three positions were noted to be defective. The plate was returned to the siderographer, who burnished out the three positions and mistakenly re-entered them using a transfer roll for the 5c stamp. The error passed unnoticed and the sheets were issued to the public Perf 10, Imperforate and Perf 11 (Scott 467, 485 and 505). The imperforate is by far the rarest of the three.

We doubt this will last much longer as a block -- this is a prime candidate to be made into a strip of three with the center stamp the error. Scott Retail as single error with no premium for the 2c stamps

9,000
9,000
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U.S. Stamps
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2018-04-11
The David Wingate Collection of United States Stamps
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Sale Number 1180, Lot Number 371, 1917-19 Issues (Scott 481-524)5c Carmine, Imperforate, Error (485), 5c Carmine, Imperforate, Error (485)5c Carmine, Imperforate, Error (485). Single error in block of nine, huge margins all around including part of all adjoining stamps, accompanying certificate notes small hinge at top above the center line and at bottom center in the incomplete stamp, meaning the actual block of nine could be Mint N.H., radiant color

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND RARE MINT EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT IMPERFORATE ERROR IN A BLOCK OF NINE, WHICH IS ESSENTIALLY IN MINT NEVER-HINGED CONDITION.

During the course of production of the normal 2c plate No. 7942, three positions were noted to be defective. The plate was returned to the siderographer, who burnished out the three positions and mistakenly re-entered them using a transfer roll for the 5c stamp. The error passed unnoticed and the sheets were issued to the public Perf 10, Imperforate and Perf 11 (Scott 467, 485 and 505). The imperforate is by far the rarest of the three.

With 1988 and 1999 P.F. certificates. Scott Retail as Mint N.H. $24,000.00, Scott Retail as hinged

16,500
13,000
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United States
U.S. Stamps
20th Century Issues
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2018-04-11
The David Wingate Collection of United States Stamps
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Sale Number 1180, Lot Number 372, 1917-19 Issues (Scott 481-524)5c Carmine, Imperforate, Error (485), 5c Carmine, Imperforate, Error (485)5c Carmine, Imperforate, Error (485). Mint N.H. double error in block of twelve, large margins all around, brilliant color

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A RARE MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT IMPERFORATE ERROR IN A BLOCK OF TWELVE.

During the course of production of the normal 2c plate No. 7942, three positions were noted to be defective. The plate was returned to the siderographer, who burnished out the three positions and mistakenly re-entered them using a transfer roll for the 5c stamp. The error passed unnoticed and the sheets were issued to the public Perf 10, Imperforate and Perf 11 (Scott 467, 485 and 505). The imperforate is by far the rarest of the three.

With 1996 P.F. certificate

40,000
19,500
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U.S. Stamps
20th Century Issues
Washington-Franklin Issues
2017-06-27
2017 Rarities of the World
245
PSE 100J
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Sale Number 1159, Lot Number 245, 1910-22 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 389-539)5c Carmine, Imperforate, Error (485), 5c Carmine, Imperforate, Error (485)5c Carmine, Imperforate, Error (485). Mint N.H. single error in a block of nine, top three stamps and bottom center stamp lightly hinged, large margin all around, brilliant color, few tiny natural inclusions

EXTREMELY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING MINT NEVER HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT IMPERFORATE ERROR IN A BLOCK OF NINE.

During the course of production of the normal 2c plate No. 7942, three positions were noted to be defective. The plate was returned to the siderographer, who burnished out the three positions and mistakenly re-entered them using a transfer roll for the 5c stamp. The error passed unnoticed and the sheets were issued to the public in Perf 10, Imperforate and Perf 11 formats (Scott 467, 485 and 505). The imperforate is by far the rarest of the three.

Ex Hoffman. With 2004 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail as a hinged block of nine

16,500
12,500
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U.S. Stamps
20th Century Issues
Washington-Franklin Issues
2017-03-01
United States Stamps
1074°
PSE 100J
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Sale Number 1150, Lot Number 1074, 1917-20 Issues (Scott 485-550)5c Carmine, Imperforate, Error (485), 5c Carmine, Imperforate, Error (485)5c Carmine, Imperforate, Error (485). Mint N.H. single error in a block of nine, huge margins with portions of all 16 adjoining stamps, brilliant color, pristine gum

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT IMPERFORATE ERROR IN A BLOCK OF NINE, GRADED GEM 100 JUMBO BY P.S.E.

During the course of production of the normal 2c plate No. 7942, three positions were noted to be defective. The plate was returned to the siderographer, who burnished out the three positions and mistakenly re-entered them using a transfer roll for the 5c stamp. The error passed unnoticed and the sheets were issued to the public in Perf 10, Imperforate and Perf 11 formats (Scott 467, 485 and 505). The imperforate is by far the rarest of the three.

With 2017 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ as a block, SMQ $40,000.00 as a Gem 100 single -- the highest grade priced)

16,500
21,000
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United States
U.S. Stamps
20th Century Issues
Washington-Franklin Issues
2016-10-06
The Hanover Collection of Superb-Quality U.S. Stamps-Part 2
1634°
PSE 100J
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Sale Number 1138, Lot Number 1634, 1912-23 Issues (Scott 482A-518b)5c Carmine, Imperforate, Error (485), 5c Carmine, Imperforate, Error (485)5c Carmine, Imperforate, Error (485). Mint N.H., massive margins including significant portions of all eight adjoining stamps, clearly showing the 2c denomination on five of the adjoining stamps, deep rich color

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS PHENOMENAL MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT CARMINE ERROR OF COLOR IS GRADED GEM 100 JUMBO BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE POSSIBLE ON THE GRADING CHART AND ONLY ONE EQUALS THIS GRADE.

During the course of production of the normal 2c plate No. 7942, three positions were noted to be defective. The plate was returned to the siderographer, who burnished out the three positions and mistakenly re-entered them using a transfer roll for the 5c stamp. The error passed unnoticed and the sheets were issued to the public Perf 10, Imperforate and Perf 11 (Scott 467, 485 and 505). The imperforate is by far the rarest of the three.

With 2005 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100 Jumbo; unpriced in this grade in SMQ, SMQ $40,000.00 as 100). This is the highest grade possible on the grading chart and only one other shares this grade. This error is normally seen as part of a block, for the singles collector this represents a rare opportunity to acquire an example that also shows surrounding 2c stamps.

14,000
12,000
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U.S. Stamps
20th Century Issues
Washington-Franklin Issues
2016-09-14
The Alan Collection of United States Stamps
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Sale Number 1134, Lot Number 409, 1917-19 Issues (Scott 481-524)5c Carmine, Imperforate, Error (485), 5c Carmine, Imperforate, Error (485)5c Carmine, Imperforate, Error (485). Single error in block of nine, huge margins all around including parts of eleven adjoining stamps and guideline at top, error and few 2c stamps very lightly hinged, brilliant color

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT IMPERFORATE ERROR IN A BLOCK OF NINE.

During the course of production of the normal 2c plate no. 7942, three positions were noted to be defective. The plate was returned to the siderographer, who burnished out the three positions and mistakenly re-entered them using a transfer roll for the 5c stamp. The error passed unnoticed and the sheets were issued to the public Perf 10, Imperforate and Perf 11 (Scott 467, 485 and 505). The imperforate is by far the rarest of the three.

With 2006 P.S.E. certificate

16,500
14,000
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U.S. Stamps
20th Century Issues
Washington-Franklin Issues
2015-10-27
United States Stamps
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Sale Number 1111, Lot Number 544, 1917-19 Issues (Scott 481-505)5c Carmine, Imperforate, Error (485), 5c Carmine, Imperforate, Error (485)5c Carmine, Imperforate, Error (485). Mint N.H. single error in a block of nine, top 2c stamp lightly hinged, huge margins showing significant portions of eleven adjoining stamps, brilliant color, natural gum wrinkles, one on the error stamps called a crease on accompanying certificate

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARING MINT NEVER HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT IMPERFORATE ERROR IN A BLOCK OF NINE.

During the course of production of the normal 2c plate No. 7942, three positions were noted to be defective. The plate was returned to the siderographer, who burnished out the three positions and mistakenly re-entered them using a transfer roll for the 5c stamp. The error passed unnoticed and the sheets were issued.

With 2015 P.F. certificate

17,500
12,000
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