Sale 924 — The Scarsdale Collection, Part 3: Bank Note and Bureau Issues and Postage Dues

Sale Date — Tuesday, 14 November, 2006

Category — 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
90
og
Sale 924, Lot 90, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue$5.00 Dark Green (263). Original gum, lightly hinged, deep rich color, detailed impression, remarkably choice centering with wide and balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN OUTSTANDING EXAMPLE OF THE 1894 $5.00 UNWATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE. A BEAUTIFUL STAMP, OF WHICH A MERE 25,000 WERE ISSUED.

As noted for the $2.00, the 1894 Unwatermarked issue was the first U.S. postage issue to be printed by the Bureau of Engraving & Printing, after the contract with American Bank Note Co. expired. The first stamps printed by the Bureau are notoriously difficult to find well-centered, as production was marred by initial problems as they geared up to meet the needs of the public for stamps. The designs were kept the same from the 1890 ABN Co. issue, with the addition of corner triangles to distinguish the printings. The use of the same designs is another indication of the time pressure that may have caused some of the initial production problems. Perhaps the two most difficult denominations to find in superb condition are the $1.00 Type II (Scott 261A), and the $5.00.

Ex Saadi and Zoellner. With 1988 and 1989 P.F. certificates. With 2004 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $11,200.00)

5,000
12,000