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

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

Category — 1916-17 Issues (Scott 462-480)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
247°
ogbl
Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 247, 1916-17 Issues (Scott 462-480)One of the finest known full top plate blocks of the $1, One of the finest known full top plate blocks of the $1One of the finest known full top plate blocks of the $1.00 1916 Unwatermarked Perf 10 Issue--rarely found with such a wide top margin

DESCRIPTION

$1.00 Violet Black (478), full top "BUREAU, ENGRAVING & PRINTING" imprint and plate number A 5782 block of six, five stamps Mint N.H., only the bottom center stamp hinged, nearly perfect centering, rich color on bright paper

PROVENANCE

Weill Brothers' Stock, Christie's Robson Lowe, 10/12/1989, lot 305

Paul Cheyney (collection sold privately to Mr. Gross)

CERTIFICATION

The Philatelic Foundation (1989)

CONDITION NOTES

Extremely Fine Gem

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$11,000.00

HISTORY AND COMMENTARY

Selvage Size Matters

Plate 5782 was the only plate used to print the $1.00 Franklin (Scott 423, 460, 478 and 518). Lewis Kaufman records 13 available top plate number blocks of Scott 478 (plus four bottom plate blocks), but not all of these are full tops as several have reduced selvage (there is a top position in the Miller collection owned by The New York Public Library).

E. 7,500-10,000
10,500
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