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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Special Delivery
2019-10-22
United States Stamps
1356
PSE 95
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Sale Number 1209, Lot Number 1356, Special Delivery thru Offices in China10c Blue, Special Delivery (E4), 10c Blue, Special Delivery (E4)10c Blue, Special Delivery (E4). Mint N.H., essentially perfect centering, deep rich color nicely on bright white paper, fresh in every respect

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THE 10-CENT 1894 UNWATERMARKED SPECIAL DELIVERY ISSUE IS A NOTORIOUSLY CHALLENGING ISSUE TO OBTAIN IN THIS SUPERIOR GRADE -- P.S.E. HAS GRADED THIS STAMP XF-SUPERB 95.

The 1894 series, being the first printed by the Bureau, encountered many production problems. Most stamps were poorly centered and have small margins.

With 1984 P.F. and 2011 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $14,000.00). Only two grade higher and three others share this grade.

2,100
13,000
United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Special Delivery
2019-07-23
United States Stamps and Confederate States
686
PSE 90J
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Sale Number 1206, Lot Number 686, Special Delivery, Registration10c Blue, Special Delivery (E4), 10c Blue, Special Delivery (E4)10c Blue, Special Delivery (E4). Lightly hinged, with wide bottom plate no. 77 selvage, wide margins and well-centered, lovely rich color, Extremely Fine, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90 Jumbo, OGph; SMQ $1,700.00)

850
1,100
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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Special Delivery
2019-07-23
United States Stamps and Confederate States
og
Sale Number 1206, Lot Number 687, Special Delivery, Registration10c Blue, Special Delivery (E4), 10c Blue, Special Delivery (E4)10c Blue, Special Delivery (E4). Original gum, lightly hinged, intense color and detailed impression, well-balanced margins, Extremely Fine, with copy of 1983 P.F. certificate

850
700
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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Special Delivery
2019-05-08
The William H. Gross Collection: Outstanding U.S. Stamp Multiples
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 286, Special Delivery Issues, A rare Mint Never-Hinged plate block of the 10¢ 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Special Delivery Issue

DESCRIPTION

10¢ Blue, Special Delivery (E4), Mint N.H. wide top "BUREAU, ENGRAVING & PRINTING" imprint and plate number 77 block of six, better centering than normally seen on plate blocks of this issue, deep rich color and proof-like impression

PROVENANCE

Siegel Auction Galleries, 1966 Rarities of the World, 2/24/1966, lot 146

Eliot Weisman, Shreves Philatelic Galleries, 5/8/1998, lot 1300, to William H. Gross

CERTIFICATION

The Philatelic Foundation (1990)

CONDITION NOTES

Very Fine; small hole at top of left selvage next to the plate outline

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$29,000.00

HISTORY AND COMMENTARY

The First Bureau Special Delivery Issue

There are perhaps a dozen plate blocks known of the 1894 Issue, E4. Only one plate number was used for this issue--Plate 77. This was issued concurrently with the 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 245-263). The difficulties experienced by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing during their early attempts at producing postage stamps are well known to collectors. Poor centering and numerous unpunched perforations are the norm for this issue.

Our informal survey of the records of The Philatelic Foundation and auction catalogues found ten plate blocks. Only one other is in Mint N.H. condition; it also has wide selvage, but the perforations touch the design on the bottom stamps.

E. 7,500-10,000
9,000
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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Special Delivery
2019-05-01
Gem-Quality United States Stamps
1584
PSE 98J
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Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1584, Special Delivery, Offices in China, Parcel Post10c Blue, Special Delivery (E4), 10c Blue, Special Delivery (E4)10c Blue, Special Delivery (E4). Original gum, barely hinged, near perfect centering with wide margins, deep rich color

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN EXCEPTIONALLY BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE 1894 FIRST BUREAU UNWATERMARKED SPECIAL DELIVERY ISSUE, GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E.

With 2016 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, Superb 98; SMQ $4,300.00). One other hinged stamp shares this grade and only two grade higher (at 98J)

900
2,700
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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Special Delivery
2018-03-27
United States and Possessions
2515
PF 75
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Sale Number 1179, Lot Number 2515, Back-of-Book: Special Delivery thru Parcel Post10c Blue, Special Delivery (E4), 10c Blue, Special Delivery (E4)10c Blue, Special Delivery (E4). Mint N.H., deep rich color, three wide margins, fresh and Very Fine, with 2015 P.F. certificate (F-VF 75)

2,100
800
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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Special Delivery
2018-03-07
The J. R. Helton, Jr. Collection of Used United States Stamps
275
PSE 98J
 
Sale Number 1174, Lot Number 275, Special Delivery, Registration, Postage Due, Offices in China10c Blue, Special Delivery (E4), 10c Blue, Special Delivery (E4)10c Blue, Special Delivery (E4). Perfectly centered with Jumbo margins, deep rich color on bright paper, unobtrusive circular datestamp, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98 Jumbo; SMQ $1,500.00), this is the highest grade recorded with only one other equal

110
1,100
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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Special Delivery
2017-10-24
United States Stamps
og
Sale Number 1166, Lot Number 1224, Special Delivery, Registration10c Blue, Special Delivery (E4), 10c Blue, Special Delivery (E4)10c Blue, Special Delivery (E4). Original gum, lightly hinged, Jumbo margins and outstanding centering, rich color, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2011 P.S.A.G. certificate (OGph, 95 Jumbo)

850
1,500
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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Special Delivery
2017-07-25
United States Stamps
660
PF 90J
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Sale Number 1162, Lot Number 660, Special Delivery, Registration (E, F)10c Blue, Special Delivery (E4), 10c Blue, Special Delivery (E4)10c Blue, Special Delivery (E4). Original gum, deep rich color on bright paper, gorgeous centering with wide margins, Extremely Fine, a beautiful stamp, with 1999 and 2016 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90 Jumbo)

850
1,100
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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Special Delivery
2017-07-25
United States Stamps
og
Sale Number 1162, Lot Number 661, Special Delivery, Registration (E, F)10c Blue, Special Delivery (E4), 10c Blue, Special Delivery (E4)10c Blue, Special Delivery (E4). Original gum, lightly hinged, intense shade and impression, Jumbo margins, Extremely Fine, a beautiful stamp, with 1991 P.S.E. certificate

850
750
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