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Sale 1200 — The William H. Gross Collection: U.S. Stamp Multiples

Sale Date — Wednesday-Thursday, 8-9 May, 2019

Category — 1902-08 Issues (Scott 300-320)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
186°
ogbl
Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 186, 1902-08 Issues (Scott 300-320), The finest known top plate block of the 50¢ 1902 Issue

DESCRIPTION

50¢ Orange (310), full top "BUREAU, ENGRAVING & PRINTING" imprint and plate number 1602 block of six, lightly hinged, choice centering throughout, radiant color on bright paper#

PROVENANCE

W. Parsons Todd, Siegel Auction Galleries, 1/10/1978, Sale 521, lot 692

James H. Gray, Jr., Shreves Philatelic Galleries, 9/30/2005, lot 23, to William H. Gross

CERTIFICATION

The Philatelic Foundation (1978)

CONDITION NOTES

Extremely Fine

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$7,250.00

HISTORY AND COMMENTARY

The Wide Selvage Makes the Difference

The 50¢ is the first denomination of the 1902 Issue printed from a single plate--number 1602. Top plate positions, which are the most desirable, tend to have narrow selvage. The example offered here is the exception. Power Search found only two from the top position, both with narrow selvage. Todd had two others with wide selvage, but one has disturbed gum and another has a piece out of the selvage. The example offered here may well be the finest full top plate block of this issue in existence.

E. 10,000-15,000
24,000
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