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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Postage Due
2019-05-08
The William H. Gross Collection: Outstanding U.S. Stamp Multiples
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 294, Postage Due, Offices In China Issues, The only recorded 30¢ 1891 Bright Claret Postage Due plate block--in Mint Never-Hinged condition

DESCRIPTION

30¢ Bright Claret (J27), Mint N.H. block of ten from top of pane with "AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY" imprint and "No. 332" plate number, brilliant color in the distinctive Bright Claret shade

PROVENANCE

Louis Grunin, Siegel Auction Galleries, 11/30/1971, Sale 404, lot 761

Dr. J. Paul Wampler, Shreves Philatelic Galleries, 4/24-25/1998, lot 428, to William H. Gross

CONDITION NOTES

Very Fine; a few reinforced perfs in ungummed selvage, light crease in selvage well above the imprint and plate number

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$8,700.00 as hinged

HISTORY AND COMMENTARY

According to George Arfken's book on Postage Due stamps, in 1891 the American Bank Note Co. switched to a new kind of ink, which included aniline dye. The color is significantly brighter than the older Postage Due issues, and, unlike the older issues, it fluoresces under ultraviolet light. When questioned at the time, the Third Assistant Postmaster General Haven responded in a letter "the changes... are due partly to inappreciable differences in the fibre of the paper... and to mistakes in the mixing of the ink preparatory to printing."

The high denomination Postage Dues were not used very often. When American Bank Note Co. turned over plates, transfer rolls and stamps on hand to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) in 1893, there was an ample supply of stamps. The BEP did not release their own 30¢ Postage Due stamps until 1895, after trying to exhaust the existing supply of American Bank Note Co. stamps. It is not known how many were printed in the new Bright Claret color, but it seems reasonable to assume that quantities were extremely limited.

Our exhaustive search of auction records and The Philatelic Foundation failed to find another plate block. The Todd collection, which was probably the most comprehensive plate block collection ever formed, contained a top imprint and plate number strip of six. The Philatelic Foundation has only certified a bottom imprint and plate number strip of six.

E. 4,000-5,000
4,750
United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Postage Due
2018-03-07
The J. R. Helton, Jr. Collection of Used United States Stamps
282
PF 85
 
Sale Number 1174, Lot Number 282, Special Delivery, Registration, Postage Due, Offices in China30c Bright Claret (J27), 30c Bright Claret (J27)30c Bright Claret (J27). Deep rich color, well-centered, oval registry cancels, Extremely Fine, with 2015 P.F. certificate (VF-XF 85)

225
180
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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Postage Due
2017-07-25
United States Stamps
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Sale Number 1162, Lot Number 677, Postage Due (J)30c Bright Claret (J27), 30c Bright Claret (J27)30c Bright Claret (J27). Original gum, single hinge mark, rich color, Very Fine and choice, with 1998 P.F. certificate

575
650
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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Postage Due
2015-03-25
The Curtis Collection: Back of Book and Possessions
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Sale Number 1094, Lot Number 64, Postage Due: 1879-91 Issues (Scott J1-J28)30c Bright Claret (J27), 30c Bright Claret (J27)30c Bright Claret (J27). Block of four, rich color and detailed impression, two neat strikes of New York oval cancel, few expertly rejoined perf separations, Fine-Very Fine block, ex Twigg-Smith, Scott Retail as singles

900
225
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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Postage Due
2015-03-25
The Curtis Collection: Back of Book and Possessions
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Sale Number 1094, Lot Number 65, Postage Due: 1879-91 Issues (Scott J1-J28)30c Bright Claret (J27), 30c Bright Claret (J27)30c Bright Claret (J27). Two horizontal blocks of eight and two singles, on piece, tied by New York "UD" ovals, the paper to which the stamps are affixed was creased before use (stamps not creased), one stamp faulty, couple other minor faults, otherwise Fine-Very Fine, used blocks are listed but unpriced and are very scarce, Scott Retail for used singles

4,050
1,400
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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Postage Due
2014-07-29
United States Stamps and Possessions
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Sale Number 1077, Lot Number 397, Postage Due (J)30c Bright Claret (J27), 30c Bright Claret (J27)30c Bright Claret (J27). Mint N.H. pair with plate no. 332 selvage at bottom, deep rich color, fresh and Fine, a scarce plate no. multiple, we have not offered a full plate block of this issue since keeping computerized records, Scott Retail as singles with no premium for the plate no.

3,500
325
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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Postage Due
2013-12-17
The Golden Oak Collection of Superb United States
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Sale Number 1062, Lot Number 797, Postage Due30c Bright Claret (J27), 30c Bright Claret (J27)30c Bright Claret (J27). Original gum, rich color, perfectly centered, Extremely Fine, ex Clifford Cole and Zoellner, with 1988 P.F. certificate

575
500
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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Postage Due
2013-03-26
United States Stamps
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Sale Number 1040, Lot Number 2120, Postage Due (Scott J2-J96a)30c Bright Claret (J27), 30c Bright Claret (J27)30c Bright Claret (J27). Mint N.H., brilliant color and detailed impression, beautiful centering with wide margins, negligible perf toning mentioned on most recent certificate, appears Extremely Fine, we have offered only eight other Mint N.H. examples in the last ten years, ex Whitman, with 1993 P.F. and 2012 P.S.E. certificates

1,900
1,600
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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Postage Due
2012-12-10
United States and Foreign Stamps and Covers
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Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2271, Postage Due Featuring Blocks and Plate Blocks (Scott J1-J28)30c Bright Claret (J27), 30c Bright Claret (J27)30c Bright Claret (J27). Mint N.H. pair with plate no. 332 selvage at bottom, deep rich color, fresh and Fine, a scarce plate no. multiple, we have not offered a full plate block of this issue since keeping computerized records, Scott Retail as singles with no premium for the plate no.

3,800
550
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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Postage Due
2012-12-10
United States and Foreign Stamps and Covers
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Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2272, Postage Due Featuring Blocks and Plate Blocks (Scott J1-J28)30c Bright Claret (J27), 30c Bright Claret (J27)30c Bright Claret (J27). Block of four, original gum, h.r., deep rich color and detailed impression, bottom right stamp tiny perf tear at bottom, Fine-Very Fine appearance, scarce block

2,750
0
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