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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 2020/01/01, Catalogue = 539
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United States
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20th Century Issues
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2019-10-29
The William H. Gross Collection: United States Postal History
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Sale Number 1211, Lot Number 557, 20th Century Issues, The only recorded cover with the 2¢ Type II Rotary Perf 11 x 10, Scott 539, an issue which is extremely rare in used condition

2¢ Carmine Rose, Type II, Rotary Perf 11 x 10 (539), radiant color, wide margins and choice centering for this difficult issue, tied by "New York, N.Y. Grand Central Sta. Jun. 30 10PM 1919" wavy-line machine cancel on cover to Dr. B. D. Spence at 659 West 183rd Street in New York City, sender's 106 West 78th Street return address on top flap

Very Fine. The only recorded Scott 539 on cover and one of the great cover rarities of 20th century United States philately. Only 14 singles, a block of four and this cover are recorded in used condition.

At the beginning or end of a coil-stamp print run from the 170-subject rotary plates, some leading or trailing paper was left over that was too short for rolling into 500-stamp rolls. In 1919 the Bureau devised an economical plan to salvage this waste by converting the leftovers from coil stamps into sheet stamps. This was accomplished by cutting the sheets into panes and running them through the flat-plate perforator for the horizontal perforations, giving the stamps perforations on all sides. The Type III design was far more plentiful (producing Scott 540) but a small number of Type II (Scott 539) was also produced.

Since Scott 539 was put through two different perforating machines (perforated 10 vertically on the rotary perforator during the coil part of production and then perforated 11 on the flat plate perforator), most of the stamps are off-center. The rotary press sheets also had a natural tendency to curl, making perforating on the flat plate perforator especially difficult.

Our census of Scott 539, available at our website at https://siegelauctions.com/census/us/scott/539, records only fourteen used singles, one used block of four and this sole example on cover. Most are off-center--only two off cover have decent centering and are confirmed as sound. The stamp on the cover offered here is the only recorded example on cover, and it is in sound well-centered condition.

Ex Alan Berkun ("Alpha" collection). Census no. 539-COV-01. With 1994 P.F., 1997 P.S.E. and 1998 A.P.S. certificates. Scott value on cover is $60,000.00.

E. 15,000-20,000
32,500
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 259, 1922-23 Issues (Scott 485-550), Top plate block of the 2¢ Carmine Rose Type II, Rotary Perf 11 x 10 Issue

DESCRIPTION

2¢ Carmine Rose, Type II, Rotary Perf 11 x 10 (539), top plate number 7463 and "S20" block of four, lightly hinged, rich color, centered to left but with perfs clear, virtually all Scott 539 stamps are off center and most more severely than this block

PROVENANCE

Max L. Simon, Siegel Auction Galleries, 10/27-28/1965, Sale 292, lot 583

Dr. J. Paul Wampler, Shreves Philatelic Galleries, 4/24-25/1998, lot 290, to William H. Gross

CERTIFICATION

The Philatelic Foundation (1963)

CONDITION NOTES

Sound and Fine

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$17,500.00

HISTORY AND COMMENTARY

Valuable Stamp Waste

At the beginning or end of a coil-stamp print run from the 170-subject rotary plates, some leading or trailing paper was left over that was too short for rolling into 500-stamp rolls. In 1919 the Bureau of Engraving and Printing devised an economical plan to salvage this waste by converting the leftovers from coil stamps into sheet stamps.

This was accomplished by creating panes with perforations from the coil perforator in one direction and applying perforations in the other direction on the line perforator normally used for flat-plate sheet and booklet stamps. Fully perforated rotary waste stamps have either compound gauge perforations--in this case, 11 by 10--or are Perforated 11 all around.

The 2¢ Type III design was produced on the rotary press in large quantities. The Type II is scarce as a Perf 10 horizontal coil (Scott 491), and the sheet stamps made from the Type II horizontal coil waste (Scott 539) are also quite rare.

Achieving a precisely perforated product was difficult since coil waste sheets were put through two different perforating machines and the coil waste had a natural tendency to curl. Plate blocks of Scott 539 are very rare and invariably off center. We located four with Power Search, and none of them were centered.

E. 7,500-10,000
7,000
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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 596, 1918-22 Offset and Rotary Issues (Scott 525-550)2c Carmine Rose, Ty. II, Rotary Perf 11 x 10 (539), 2c Carmine Rose, Ty. II, Rotary Perf 11 x 10 (539)2c Carmine Rose, Ty. II, Rotary Perf 11 x 10 (539). Mint N.H., brilliant color, fresh and Fine, scarce in Mint N.H. condition, with 2016 P.S.E. certificate

4,250
2,400
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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 650, 1919-20 Issues (Scott 537-550)2c Carmine Rose, Ty. II, Rotary Perf 11 x 10 (539), 2c Carmine Rose, Ty. II, Rotary Perf 11 x 10 (539)2c Carmine Rose, Ty. II, Rotary Perf 11 x 10 (539). Lightly hinged, brilliant color, Fine, with copy of 1983 P.F. certificate for block of four

2,700
1,900
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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 651, 1919-20 Issues (Scott 537-550)2c Carmine Rose, Ty. II, Rotary Perf 11 x 10 (539), 2c Carmine Rose, Ty. II, Rotary Perf 11 x 10 (539)2c Carmine Rose, Ty. II, Rotary Perf 11 x 10 (539). Bright color, small pencil notation on gum and dealer's backstamp, Fine, with 2013 Weiss certificate

2,700
1,700
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United States
U.S. Stamps
20th Century Issues
Washington-Franklin Issues
2018-04-11
The David Wingate Collection of United States Stamps
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Sale Number 1180, Lot Number 385, 1918-20 Issues (Scott 525-550)2c Carmine Rose, Ty. II, Rotary Perf 11 x 10 (539), 2c Carmine Rose, Ty. II, Rotary Perf 11 x 10 (539)2c Carmine Rose, Ty. II, Rotary Perf 11 x 10 (539). Mint N.H., brilliant color in the characteristic shade, fresh and Fine, scarce in Mint N.H. condition, with 1983 P.F. certificate

4,250
2,300
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United States
U.S. Stamps
20th Century Issues
Washington-Franklin Issues
2018-03-27
United States and Possessions
2426
PSE 50
PF 70
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Sale Number 1179, Lot Number 2426, 1918-20 Issues (Scott 525-547)2c Carmine Rose, Ty. II, Rotary Perf 11 x 10 (539), 2c Carmine Rose, Ty. II, Rotary Perf 11 x 10 (539)2c Carmine Rose, Ty. II, Rotary Perf 11 x 10 (539). Mint N.H., brilliant color, three wide margins, perfs clear to just touched at top, Fine, scarce in Mint N.H. condition, with 1992 and 2006 P.F. certificates (F 70), with 2007 P.S.E. certificate (VG 50)

4,250
2,300
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United States
U.S. Stamps
20th Century Issues
Washington-Franklin Issues
2017-12-19
United States Stamps and Hawaii
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Sale Number 1172, Lot Number 830, 1918-20 Issues (Scott 525-550)2c Carmine Rose, Ty. II, Rotary Perf 11 x 10 (539), 2c Carmine Rose, Ty. II, Rotary Perf 11 x 10 (539)2c Carmine Rose, Ty. II, Rotary Perf 11 x 10 (539). Mint N.H., rich color in the characteristic shade, Fine, with 2017 P.F. certificate

4,250
2,200
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United States
U.S. Stamps
20th Century Issues
Washington-Franklin Issues
2017-10-24
United States Stamps
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Sale Number 1166, Lot Number 1114, 1919-20 Issues (Scott 537-550)2c Carmine Rose, Ty. II, Rotary Perf 11 x 10 (539), 2c Carmine Rose, Ty. II, Rotary Perf 11 x 10 (539)2c Carmine Rose, Ty. II, Rotary Perf 11 x 10 (539). Mint N.H. but described on accompanying certificate as "previously hinged due to fingerprints on the gum", the "fingerprint" is so faint it is barely visible, rich color and detailed impression, three wide margins, fresh and Fine, with copy of 1983 P.F. certificate for block and 2017 P.F. certificate as single, Scott Retail as hinged

2,700
2,600
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United States
U.S. Stamps
20th Century Issues
Washington-Franklin Issues
2017-09-19
The Clipper City Collection of Superb U.S. Stamps
404
PSE 75
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Sale Number 1163, Lot Number 404, 1919-20 Issues (Scott 537-550)2c Carmine Rose, Ty. II, Rotary Perf 11 x 10 (539), 2c Carmine Rose, Ty. II, Rotary Perf 11 x 10 (539)2c Carmine Rose, Ty. II, Rotary Perf 11 x 10 (539). Mint N.H., rich color and sharp impression, well-balanced margins and attractive centering

VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THIS RARE ROTARY-PRESS WASTE ISSUE.

At the beginning or end of a coil-stamp print run from the 170-subject rotary plates, some leading or trailing paper was left over that was too short for rolling into 500-stamp rolls. In 1919, the Bureau devised a plan to salvage this waste by converting the stamps from coil stamps into sheet stamps. This was accomplished by cutting the sheets into panes and putting the panes through the flat-plate perforator in use at the time, giving the stamps perforations on all sides.

Since Scott 539 was put through two different perforating machines of differing gauges at different times, most of the stamps are off-center.

With 1986 P.F. and 2013 P.S.E. certificates (F-VF 75; SMQ $7,200.00). Only one stamp has been graded higher in the P.S.E. Population Report -- at VF 80 -- and only one other shares this grade. The $7,200.00 SMQ value for a 75 grade speaks volumes about the centering normally encountered on this rare stamp

4,250
3,500
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