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

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

Category — Parcel Post Issues

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
305°
ogbl
Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 305, Parcel Post IssuesA spectacular full top "ONE DOLLAR" imprint and plate number block of the $1, A spectacular full top "ONE DOLLAR" imprint and plate number block of the $1A spectacular full top "ONE DOLLAR" imprint and plate number block of the $1.00 Parcel Post Issue

DESCRIPTION

$1.00 Parcel Post (Q12), full top "ONE DOLLAR" and plate number 6262 block of six with interpane margin and guide arrow at right, lightly hinged, well-proportioned margins with beautiful centering throughout, deep rich color and proof-like impression

PROVENANCE

Amos Eno, Harmer, Rooke sale, 2/7-9/1950, lot 846

Shreves Philatelic Galleries, 6/21/1996, lot 1103, to William H. Gross

CERTIFICATION

The Philatelic Foundation (1979)

CONDITION NOTES

Extremely Fine

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$20,000.00

HISTORY AND COMMENTARY

"ONE DOLLAR"

The Parcel Post issues were printed from plates of 180, consisting of four panes of 45. According to Johl, the uniform color of the twelve denominations confused postal clerks, who complained that they were forced to examine the stamps in detail to ensure they had the correct values. In response, on January 27, 1913, large capital letters were added to the margins near each plate number. At the top and bottom of each plate, the imprint is in the selvage next to the plate number; on the sides it is separated by stamp-size blank selvage for some values, depending on the length of the imprint. This top position plate block comes from the upper left pane, with the guide arrow at right.

We have offered only two others with the "ONE DOLLAR" imprint since keeping computerized records. Both were offered in our sale of the "MLG" collection; one has perforations almost touching the design. The plate block offered here is the finest we have encountered.

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