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Sale 1025 — 2012 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Tuesday, 26 June, 2012

Category — Later Issues

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
242
nh
Sale Number 1025, Lot Number 242, Later Issues$1.00 Candle Holder, Intaglio Brown Color Inverted (1610c), $1.00 Candle Holder, Intaglio Brown Color Inverted (1610c)$1.00 Candle Holder, Intaglio Brown Color Inverted (1610c). Mint N.H., fresh colors and well-centered

EXTREMELY FINE. A PRISTINE MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THIS POPULAR MODERN ERROR -- THE C.I.A. INVERT.

Popularly called the "C.I.A. Invert", a single pane of 100 stamps was purchased at the McLean Va. Post Office by employees of the C.I.A., for use on mail from the agency. They noticed the error, pooled together funds to buy a replacement sheet and kept the pane for themselves. When it was discovered who had purchased the stamps, a scandal ensued over who actually owned the stamps. Of the pane of 100, only 93 sound examples reached collectors.

Ex Hoffman. With 2004 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; unpriced in SMQ)

18,000
12,500
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