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Sale 769 — The Honolulu Advertiser Collection

Sale Date — Tuesday, 7 November, 1995

Category — 1859-65 Numeral Issue (Scott 18)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
321°
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Sale Number 769, Lot Number 321, 1859-65 Numeral Issue (Scott 18)1863, 2c Black, Blue Gray (18), 1863, 2c Black, Blue Gray (18)1863, 2c Black, Blue Gray (18). Plate 5-A, Ty. V, Pos. 5, unused, large margins, strong bluish cast, fresh and Extremely Fine, a superb stamp

1,500
3,700
322°
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Sale Number 769, Lot Number 322, 1859-65 Numeral Issue (Scott 18)1863, 2c Black, Blue Gray (18 var), 1863, 2c Black, Blue Gray (18 var)1863, 2c Black, Blue Gray (18 var). Plate 5-A, Ty. IV, Pos. 4, broken toe of "2" variety, unused, large even margins, strong bluish cast, Extremely Fine, unlisted in Scott, value for normal unused stamp

1,500
2,900
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323°
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Sale Number 769, Lot Number 323, 1859-65 Numeral Issue (Scott 18)1863, 2c Black, Blue Gray (18 var), 1863, 2c Black, Blue Gray (18 var)1863, 2c Black, Blue Gray (18 var). Plate 5-A, Ty. IX, Pos. 9, dropped "I" of "INTER" variety, unused, large even margins, strong bluish cast, tiny break in lower right margin, otherwise Extremely Fine, unlisted in Scott, value for normal unused stamp

1,500
7,500
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324°
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Sale Number 769, Lot Number 324, 1859-65 Numeral Issue (Scott 18)1863, 2c Black, Blue Gray (18), 1863, 2c Black, Blue Gray (18)1863, 2c Black, Blue Gray (18). Plate 5-A, Ty. IX, Pos. 9 (bottom border shifted to left - minor variety), unused, an extraordinary stamp with three gigantic margins, strong bluish cast, faint crease at T.R., Extremely Fine appearance, ex Caspary where described the late Herbert J. Bloch as a "tremendous record copy"

1,500
3,250
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325°
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Sale Number 769, Lot Number 325, 1859-65 Numeral Issue (Scott 18)1863, 2c Black, Blue Gray (18), 1863, 2c Black, Blue Gray (18)1863, 2c Black, Blue Gray (18). Plate 5-A, Ty. VII, Pos. 7 ("I" of "INTER" tilted slightly - a minor variety), unused, strong bluish cast, large margins, thin spot, Extremely Fine appearance

1,500
1,100
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326°
 
Sale Number 769, Lot Number 326, 1859-65 Numeral Issue (Scott 18)1863, 2c Black, Blue Gray (18), 1863, 2c Black, Blue Gray (18)1863, 2c Black, Blue Gray (18). Plate 5-A, Ty. III, Pos. 3, large even margins, fine impression on deeply blued paper, used with United States 1863 2c Black (73), tiny corner crease, both stamps tied by a single strike of "San Francisco Cal. Jul. 9, 1863" double-circle datestamp on a large piece of craft paper undoubtedly cut from a newspaper wrapper, carried on the Onward, which cleared Honolulu on June 18, 1864, and arrived in San Francisco on July 9, carrying 818 letters (Gregory)

EXTREMELY FINE AND A MOST REMARKABLE PIECE, SHOWING THE PROPER MIXED FRANKING FOR THE PRINTED-MATTER RATE, FRANKED WITH ONE OF THE RAREST NUMERAL ISSUES IN USED CONDITION

From July 1863 the United States postage for printed matter (open circulars, newspapers, etc.) was 2c. The rate from Hawaii remained at 2c. In this instance, we have a large part of a newspaper wrapper, franked with the correct combination of 2c U.S. and 2c Hawaiian postage. The 1863 2c Black on Gray Blue Numeral is scarce unused and extremely rare in used condition - we know of no examples on cover - and the mixed franking for this rate is unique within the entire Numeral Issue.

With 1978 H.P.S. certificate

E. 4,000-5,000
7,500
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327°
 
Sale Number 769, Lot Number 327, 1859-65 Numeral Issue (Scott 18)1863, 2c Black, Blue Gray (18), 1863, 2c Black, Blue Gray (18)1863, 2c Black, Blue Gray (18). Plate 5-A, Ty. I, Pos. 1, ample to large margins, black square grid cancel, strong bluish cast (very unusual for used examples), Very Fine, sound used examples of this stamp are exceedingly rare and underpriced in the Scott Catalogue

2,000
6,000
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328°
 
Sale Number 769, Lot Number 328, 1859-65 Numeral Issue (Scott 18)1863, 2c Black, Blue Gray (18), 1863, 2c Black, Blue Gray (18)1863, 2c Black, Blue Gray (18). Plate 5-A, Ty. X, Pos. 10, margins slightly in, thins and tear, but strong bluish cast and canceled by black Honolulu cds and thus extremely rare and desirable

2,000
0
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329°
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Sale Number 769, Lot Number 329, 1859-65 Numeral Issue (Scott 18)1863, 2c Black, Blue Gray (18), 1863, 2c Black, Blue Gray (18)1863, 2c Black, Blue Gray (18). Plate 5-A, Ty. VII, Pos. 7, with crackly original gum, large margins, Extremely Fine Gem

1,500
0
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330°
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Sale Number 769, Lot Number 330, 1859-65 Numeral Issue (Scott 18)1863, 2c Black, Blue Gray (18), 1863, 2c Black, Blue Gray (18)1863, 2c Black, Blue Gray (18). Plate 5-A, Ty. IX, Pos. 9, unused, large margins, deep shade, Extremely Fine, ex Wilcox

1,500
6,000
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331°
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Sale Number 769, Lot Number 331, 1859-65 Numeral Issue (Scott 18)1863, 2c Black, Blue Gray (18), 1863, 2c Black, Blue Gray (18)1863, 2c Black, Blue Gray (18). Plate 5-A, Ty. II, Pos. 2, unused, large margins, rule cuts paper at one point, Extremely Fine, ex Wilcox

1,500
2,300
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332°
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Sale Number 769, Lot Number 332, 1859-65 Numeral Issue (Scott 18)1863, 2c Black, Blue Gray (18), 1863, 2c Black, Blue Gray (18)1863, 2c Black, Blue Gray (18). Plate 5-A, Ty. I, Pos. 1, unused, large margins, fresh and Extremely Fine

1,500
2,400
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333°
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Sale Number 769, Lot Number 333, 1859-65 Numeral Issue (Scott 18)1863, 2c Black, Blue Gray (18 var), 1863, 2c Black, Blue Gray (18 var)1863, 2c Black, Blue Gray (18 var). Plate 5-A, Ty. IV, Pos. 4, broken toe of "2" variety, unused, large even margins, very faint crease, Extremely Fine appearance, unlisted in Scott, value for normal unused stamp

1,500
1,050
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334°
 
Sale Number 769, Lot Number 334, 1859-65 Numeral Issue (Scott 18)1863, 2c Black, Blue Gray (18), 1863, 2c Black, Blue Gray (18)1863, 2c Black, Blue Gray (18). Plate 5-A, Ty. IX, Pos. 9, contemporary pen stroke cancellation, ample to large margins, Very Fine and rare used, ex Wilcox

2,000
2,500
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335°
 
Sale Number 769, Lot Number 335, 1859-65 Numeral Issue (Scott 18)1863, 2c Black, Blue Gray (18), 1863, 2c Black, Blue Gray (18)1863, 2c Black, Blue Gray (18). Plate 5-A, Ty. III, Pos. 3, full margins except touched at topr right corner, black square grid cancel, tiny thin spots, Very Fine appearance, ex Wilcox

2,000
1,000
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336°
 
Sale Number 769, Lot Number 336, 1859-65 Numeral Issue (Scott 18)1863, 2c Black, Blue Gray (18), 1863, 2c Black, Blue Gray (18)1863, 2c Black, Blue Gray (18). Plate 5-A, Ty. IX, Pos. 9 (bottom border shifted further to left, charcteristic of 5-B-IX), mostly full margins, close or touching at places, black Honolulu cds, tiny thins around margins, faint toning, still Fine and extremely rare with circular datestamp

2,000
900
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337°
 
Sale Number 769, Lot Number 337, 1859-65 Numeral Issue (Scott 18)1863, 2c Black, Blue Gray (18), 1863, 2c Black, Blue Gray (18)1863, 2c Black, Blue Gray (18). Plate 5-A, Ty. IV/VI, Pos. 4/6, vertical pair, top stamp broken toe of "2" variety, large margins all around, black square grid cancels, minor toning, two small scissors cuts, sharp crease at center breaks paper but is barely noticeable except when held to light

ONE OF THREE RECORDED MULTIPLES OF THIS RARE NUMERAL ISSUE, OF WHICH ONLY TWO USED PAIRS ARE AVAILABLE TO COLLECTORS

Only two other mutliples are recorded: an unused block in the Tapling collection at the British Library and another used pair shown in the Caspary sale (lot 238). This pair is the finer of the two known, and, of course, only these pairs are available to collectors. For a stamp of such great rarity in used condition, the survival of a multiple is truly remarkable.

Ex Wilcox

4,750
10,500
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338°
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Sale Number 769, Lot Number 338, 1859-65 Numeral Issue (Scott 18)1863, 2c Black, Plate 5-A on Medium Gray (18 var), 1863, 2c Black, Plate 5-A on Medium Gray (18 var)1863, 2c Black, Plate 5-A on Medium Gray (18 var). Plate 5-Ax, Ty.. III, Pos. 3, unused, large margins, slight thins, Extremely Fine appearance, this stamp has the appearance of Scott 16, but the typography of Plate 5-A (Scott 18)

1,500
2,700
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339°
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Sale Number 769, Lot Number 339, 1859-65 Numeral Issue (Scott 18)1863, 2c Black, Plate 5-A on Medium Bluish Gray (18 var), 1863, 2c Black, Plate 5-A on Medium Bluish Gray (18 var)1863, 2c Black, Plate 5-A on Medium Bluish Gray (18 var). Plate 5-Az, Ty. V, Pos. 5, unused, full margins all around, Very Fine, a distinctive paper shade with much less blue tint than Scott 18, but printed from the same plate, ex Twigg-Smith

1,500
0
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340°
 
Sale Number 769, Lot Number 340, 1859-65 Numeral Issue (Scott 18)1863, 2c Black, Plate 5-A on White Medium Wove Paper (18 var), 1863, 2c Black, Plate 5-A on White Medium Wove Paper (18 var)1863, 2c Black, Plate 5-A on White Medium Wove Paper (18 var). Plate 5-Ay, Ty. III, Pos. 3 (full "e" of "Cents"), on paper similar to No. 20, ample margins to just touched, black grid cancel, thin speck, Fine appearance, based on the Plate 5-A stamps we have seen, it seems that at least four kinds of paper were used with this plate, including Gray Blue (Scott 18), Gray, White and Medium Bluish Gray - they are all classified as Scott 18 - with 1974 A.P.S. certificate

2,000
3,500
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341°
 
Sale Number 769, Lot Number 341, 1859-65 Numeral Issue (Scott 18)1863, 2c Black, Plate 5-A on White Medium Wove Paper (18 var), 1863, 2c Black, Plate 5-A on White Medium Wove Paper (18 var)1863, 2c Black, Plate 5-A on White Medium Wove Paper (18 var). Plate 5-Ay, Ty. VI, Pos. 6 (full top inner rule), on paper similar to No. 20, large to huge margins, black grid cancel, minor toning, otherwise Extremely Fine, another example of the Scott 18 variety from Plate 5-A

2,000
9,500
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