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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Special Delivery
2019-11-20
Superb United States Stamps and Private Die Proprietary Stamps
322°
PSE 98
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Sale Number 1212, Lot Number 322, Special Delivery10c Blue, Special Delivery, Dots in Curved Frame Above Messenger (E5a), 10c Blue, Special Delivery, Dots in Curved Frame Above Messenger (E5a)10c Blue, Special Delivery, Dots in Curved Frame Above Messenger (E5a). Mint N.H. with huge bottom selvage showing a bit of the imprint, exceptionally choice centering with wide margins, rich color and fresh paper

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A MAGNIFICENT MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1895 10-CENT WATERMARKED SPECIAL DELIVERY ISSUE WITH DOTS ABOVE THE MESSENGER VARIETY. A TRUE CONDITION RARITY WITH THE LOFTY GRADE OF SUPERB 98 -- THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED.

The Dots in Curved Frame above Messenger variety (E5a) comes only from plate 882. It is priced in Scott at approximately double the normal E5.

With 2019 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 90). The normal Scott E5 has an SMQ value of $7,000.00 for Superb 98. Given the relative rarity of Scott E5a versus E5, the SMQ value for this stamp should be well in excess of that for E5. This is the highest grade awarded for Scott E5a and it is shared by no others. The normal E5 has two at Superb 98 with none higher

800
10,000
United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Special Delivery
2019-05-08
The William H. Gross Collection: Outstanding U.S. Stamp Multiples
ogbl
Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 288, Special Delivery Issues, A rare plate block of Scott E5 from Plate 882, showing dots in curved line above messenger

DESCRIPTION

10¢ Blue, Special Delivery, Dot in Curved Frame Above Messenger (E5a), wide bottom "BUREAU, ENGRAVING & PRINTING" imprint and plate number 882 block of six, top stamps lightly hinged, others Mint N.H., gorgeous centering, deep rich color

PROVENANCE

Siegel Auction Galleries, 1995 Rarities of the World, 6/5/1995, Sale 767, lot 309, to Mr. Gross

CONDITION NOTES

Extremely Fine

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$5,000.00 as normal plate block without premium for the variety

HISTORY AND COMMENTARY

Only stamps from Plate 882 show the dots in frame that are found on the earlier American Bank Note Co. stamps (Scott E1-E3). The Bureau of Engraving and Printing removed the dots from the transfer rolls used to make the Special Delivery plates, except for Plate 882, which was made from a transfer roll with the dots left intact. This is one of only two plate blocks from this plate we have been able to locate with assistance from Lewis Kaufman.

E. 2,000-3,000
8,500
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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Special Delivery
2019-05-01
Gem-Quality United States Stamps
1585
PSE 95
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Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1585, Special Delivery, Offices in China, Parcel Post10c Blue, Special Delivery, Dots in Curved Frame Above Messenger (E5a), 10c Blue, Special Delivery, Dots in Curved Frame Above Messenger (E5a)10c Blue, Special Delivery, Dots in Curved Frame Above Messenger (E5a). Original gum, lightly hinged, intense color, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb example of this early Bureau variety, which comes only from plate 882, with 2012 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, XF-Superb 95; SMQ $750.00), this is the highest grade awarded by P.S.E. to an unused Scott E5a, with none equal, the highest Mint N.H. grade is XF 90

400
1,100
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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Special Delivery
2017-10-24
United States Stamps
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Sale Number 1166, Lot Number 1226, Special Delivery, Registration10c Deep Blue, Imperforate (E5a), 10c Deep Blue, Imperforate (E5a)10c Deep Blue, Imperforate (E5a). Vertical pair, original gum, h.r., large margins, few tiny thins and tiny scrape on bottom stamp

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE IMPERFORATE PAIR OF THE 1895 SPECIAL DELIVERY ISSUE.

We have offered only two others since our 1992 Rarities sale, both of which had small faults.

With 1979 P.F. certificate

4,500
1,000
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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Special Delivery
2017-05-11
United States Stamps
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Sale Number 1156, Lot Number 3819, Special Delivery thru Offices in China10c Deep Blue, Imperforate (E5a), 10c Deep Blue, Imperforate (E5a)10c Deep Blue, Imperforate (E5a). Vertical pair, original gum, h.r., large margins, few tiny thins and tiny scrape on bottom stamp

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE IMPERFORATE PAIR OF THE 1895 SPECIAL DELIVERY ISSUE.

Using the logic behind including No. E3 as a part of the Columbian issues, one can argue Nos. E4 and E5 are part of the 1894 and 1895 Bureau issues. Perhaps this is why Nos. E4 and E5 are the only Special Delivery issues found imperforate. However, unlike its regular-issue counterparts, which exist in abundant quantities, Nos. E4a and E5a are very rare. We have offered only two others since our 1992 Rarities sale, both of which had small faults.

With 1979 P.F. certificate

4,500
0
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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Special Delivery
2009-12-02
The Whitpain Collection of U.S. 1894-98 Bureau Issues
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Sale Number 977, Lot Number 612, Special Delivery - 1895 Watermarked Issue, Balances (Scott E5)10c Blue, Special Delivery (E5, E5a), 10c Blue, Special Delivery (E5, E5a)10c Blue, Special Delivery (E5, E5a). One of each, Mint N.H., No. E5 with wide top part imprint selvage, No. E5a with plate no. 882 at top, rich colors, Fine and attractive, No. E5a became a Scott-listed variety in 2007, it is distinguished by dots in the curved frame above the messenger and comes only from plate no. 882

1,125
300
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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Special Delivery
2009-12-02
The Whitpain Collection of U.S. 1894-98 Bureau Issues
ogbl
Sale Number 977, Lot Number 615, Special Delivery - 1895 Watermarked Issue, Balances (Scott E5)10c Dark Blue, Special Delivery (E5a), 10c Dark Blue, Special Delivery (E5a)10c Dark Blue, Special Delivery (E5a). Block of four, original gum, small h.r., deep rich rich color, Very Fine, No. E5a became a Scott listed variety in 2007, it is distinguished by dots in the curved frame above the messenger and comes only from plate no. 882, Scott Retail as singles

1,200
300
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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Special Delivery
2009-12-02
The Whitpain Collection of U.S. 1894-98 Bureau Issues
og
Sale Number 977, Lot Number 618, Special Delivery - 1895 Watermarked Issue, Balances (Scott E5)10c Blue, Special Delivery, Dot in Curved Frame Above Messenger (E5a), 10c Blue, Special Delivery, Dot in Curved Frame Above Messenger (E5a)10c Blue, Special Delivery, Dot in Curved Frame Above Messenger (E5a). Top imprint and plate no. 882 strip of three with wide selvage, stamps Mint N.H., rich color on bright paper, fresh and Very Fine, Scott Retail as singles with no premium for the position

1,950
450
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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Special Delivery
2009-12-02
The Whitpain Collection of U.S. 1894-98 Bureau Issues
og
Sale Number 977, Lot Number 619, Special Delivery - 1895 Watermarked Issue, Balances (Scott E5)10c Blue, Special Delivery, Dot in Curved Frame Above Messenger (E5a), 10c Blue, Special Delivery, Dot in Curved Frame Above Messenger (E5a)10c Blue, Special Delivery, Dot in Curved Frame Above Messenger (E5a). Bottom imprint and plate no. 882 strip of three, original gum, barely hinged, deep rich color on bright paper, Very Fine, this variety only occurs on plate 882, Scott Retail as singles with no premium for the position

900
250
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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Special Delivery
2009-12-02
The Whitpain Collection of U.S. 1894-98 Bureau Issues
c
Sale Number 977, Lot Number 628, Special Delivery - 1895 Watermarked Issue, Balances (Scott E5)10c Blue, Special Delivery, Dot in Curved Frame Above Messenger (E5a), 10c Blue, Special Delivery, Dot in Curved Frame Above Messenger (E5a)10c Blue, Special Delivery, Dot in Curved Frame Above Messenger (E5a). Two covers, each bearing single and each with line thru "Postal" variety, first tied by "Boston Mass. Aug. 19, 1902" cancel on 2c entire to Buffalo N.Y., second tied by "Summit N.J. Dec. 18, 1901" duplex to New York, Very Fine pair of covers

E. 300-400
120
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