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Sale 999 — The Beginning of Adhesive Postage in the United States

Sale Date — Wednesday, 8 December, 2010

Category — N.Y. Postmaster`s Provisionals - Blue Paper

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
580°
 
Sale Number 999, Lot Number 580, N.Y. Postmaster`s Provisionals - Blue PaperNew York N.Y., 5c Black on Blue, "ACM" Initials (9X2), New York N.Y., 5c Black on Blue, "ACM" Initials (9X2)New York N.Y., 5c Black on Blue, "ACM" Initials (9X2). Large to huge margins, proof-like impression, neat New York red square grid cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB EXAMPLE OF THE RARE NEW YORK POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ON BLUE WOVE.

In The New York Postmaster's Provisional, Stanley Piller cites Luff's statement that the last printing of the New York provisional took place on January 7, 1847, when 100 sheets were delivered. Piller also conveys Philip Wall's belief that most if not all of the stamps on Gray (Scott 9X3) and Blue (Scott 9X2) papers come from this last printing, as all the known covers are used after that date.

As an indication of rarity, in addition to the following lot in this sale this is only the fourth off-cover example we have offered in the last ten years. A search of the Philatelic Foundation's records reveals that they have certified only six sound stamps off cover and one sound copy on cover

With 1998 P.F. certificate

3,500
6,750
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