FINE APPEARANCE. A VERY RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 1917 3-CENT PERF 10 AT BOTTOM. ONE OF ONLY NINE EXAMPLES WE RECORD IN OUR CENSUS.
Our census of Scott 502e, available at https://siegelauctions.com/census/us/scott/502e , contains nine examples, two of which are part of a block of three stamps (ex Zoellner and Natalee Grace). This is the only example in our census with the Janesville Wis. precancel.
Census No. 502e-CAN-03. With 2002 P.F. certificate
FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 1917 3-CENT PERF 10 AT EITHER TOP OR BOTTOM. NONE ARE KNOWN UNUSED, AND ONLY SEVEN SINGLES AND A PAIR ARE KNOWN USED.
Our census of Scott 502e, available at https://siegelauctions.com/census/us/scott/502e , contains seven singles, all with precancels, and two in a block of three with handstamp cancels. One other is known with the Holyoke Mass. precancel.
Census No. 502e-CAN-07. With 2001 A.P.S. and 2018 P.S.E. certificates
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 1917 3-CENT PERF 10 AT BOTTOM. ONE OF ONLY SEVEN PRECANCELLED EXAMPLES WE RECORD IN OUR CENSUS.
Our census of Scott 502e (available at http://www.siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/502e/502e.pdf) contains eight examples (not including this example), two of which are part of a block of three stamps (ex Zoellner and Natalee Grace). Only one other example in our census has the Holyoke precancel.
With 2001 A.P.S. certificate
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED MULTIPLE OF THIS PERF 10 RARITY, WHICH IS ALSO ONE OF THE RAREST OF ALL PERF 10 ON ONE SIDE VARIETIES. ONLY SIX SINGLES AND THIS PAIR HAVE BEEN CERTIFIED AS GENUINE. THESE ARE ALSO THE ONLY EXAMPLES IN EXISTENCE WITH A HANDSTAMPED (OR MACHINE) CANCELLATION. NONE IS KNOWN UNUSED.
At a certain point during production one of the perforating wheels became defective. In the course of repairs part of one perforation wheel was inadvertently changed from Perf 11 to Perf 10. Based on the physical evidence of surviving copies, this was the nineteenth row of pins on the wheel.
Many examples of the Perf 10 on One Side rarities show transitional perfs from 10 to 11 or from 11 to 10. This is because the out-of-gauge perforation pins would frequently cross the span of more than one stamp, depending on where the wheel contacted the sheet.
The Perf 10 on One Side varieties span both the 1917 Washington-Franklin and 1922-23 Issues. It is interesting to note that, apart from the 2c, there is no duplication of denomination between the issues. This would seem to indicate that the improperly repaired wheel was in use for only a short period of time, as there was little overlap in production of the issues. Based on dates of issue of the basic stamps, this probably occurred early in 1923.
Our census of this issue, shown below and available at our website at http://siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/502e/502e.pdf , contains six singles and the multiple offered here. All of the singles are precancelled; the multiple offered here contains the only regularly cancelled copies.
Census No. 502e-CAN-PR-01. Ex Zoellner. With 1990 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail as two singles.
VERY FINE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 1917 3-CENT PERF 10 AT TOP. WE RECORD ONLY SEVEN IN OUR CENSUS.
Our census of Scott 502e (available at http://www.siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/502e/502e.pdf) and printed on p. 89 of this catalogue contains seven examples, including two that are part of a block of three stamps (ex Zoellner), another with the same Caldwell precancel and three others with different precancels. The last example we sold in 2009, Perf 10 at bottom with slight creasing, realized $26,000 hammer.
Census No. 502e-CAN-02.
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 1918 3-CENT DARK VIOLET WITH GAUGUE 10 PERFORATIONS AT BOTTOM. WE RECORD ONLY SEVEN IN OUR UNPUBLISHED CENSUS.
With 2009 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE. ONLY FOUR EXAMPLES ARE KNOWN OF THIS RARE PERF 10 VARIETY.
Our records contain four examples of Scott 502e, including two that are part of a block of three stamps (ex Zoellner) and another with the same Caldwell precancel.
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. AN EXTREMELY RARE USED MULTIPLE OF THE 3-CENT DARK VIOLET TYPE III PERFORATED 10 AT BOTTOM.
The rare perforation variety is explained in the introduction on page 303.
With 1991 P.F. certificate. Listed but unpriced as used in Scott