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Sale 769 — The Honolulu Advertiser Collection

Sale Date — Tuesday, 7 November, 1995

Category — 1859-65 Numeral Issue (Scott 21)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
360°
ogbl
Sale Number 769, Lot Number 360, 1859-65 Numeral Issue (Scott 21)1865, 5c Blue, Tete Beche (21a), 1865, 5c Blue, Tete Beche (21a)1865, 5c Blue, Tete Beche (21a). Plate 9-A, Ty. X-II/VIII-IV, Pos. 2-9, 3-8, tete-beche block of four, full brownish original gum, large margins, slight crease that appears to be gum-related

THE LARGEST TETE-BECHE MULTIPLE OF THE 5-CENT "HAWAIIAN POSTAGE" NUMERAL

Ex Ferrary, Tows. Unlisted in Scott as a block, value for two tete-beche pairs

9,000
26,000
361°
ogbl
Sale Number 769, Lot Number 361, 1859-65 Numeral Issue (Scott 21)1865, 5c Blue on Blue (21), 1865, 5c Blue on Blue (21)1865, 5c Blue on Blue (21). Plate 9-A, Ty. I-X, Pos. 1-10, complete pane of ten with original gum, large margins all around, deep shade and impression on fresh paper, scissors cut at top right, horizontal crease between two rows, corner crease at top left and two tiny thin specks - these are trivial and unnoticeable flaws

AN EXTREMELY FINE MULTIPLE, WHICH IS THE ONLY RECORDED COMPLETE PANE OF THE 5-CENT "HAWAIIAN POSTAGE" NUMERAL

Ex Ferrary, Adm. Harris, Ostheimer. Scott Retail for two blocks and pair

6,100
14,000
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362°
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Sale Number 769, Lot Number 362, 1859-65 Numeral Issue (Scott 21)1865, 5c Blue on Blue (21), 1865, 5c Blue on Blue (21)1865, 5c Blue on Blue (21). Plate 9-A, Ty. I-II, Pos. 9-10, horizontal pair, original gum, large margins, faint thin in right stamp, otherwise Extremely Fine

1,100
1,100
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363°
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Sale Number 769, Lot Number 363, 1859-65 Numeral Issue (Scott 21)1865, 5c Blue on Blue (21), 1865, 5c Blue on Blue (21)1865, 5c Blue on Blue (21). Plate 9-A, Ty. IV-III, Pos. 8-7, straddle-pane pair, original gum, large margins, fresh and Extremely Fine Gem, ex Caspary, Lilly

1,100
2,900
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364°
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Sale Number 769, Lot Number 364, 1859-65 Numeral Issue (Scott 21)1865, 5c Blue on Blue (21), 1865, 5c Blue on Blue (21)1865, 5c Blue on Blue (21). Plate 9-A, Ty. II, Pos. 10, original gum, large margins, Extremely Fine Gem, ex Caspary

550
950
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365°
 
Sale Number 769, Lot Number 365, 1859-65 Numeral Issue (Scott 21)1865, 5c Blue on Blue (21), 1865, 5c Blue on Blue (21)1865, 5c Blue on Blue (21). Plate 9-A, Ty. IX-X, Pos. 1-2, horizontal pair, large margins except at top right, black square grids and trace of San Francisco cds at lower right, thin spot, small tear at left, still Very Fine, used pairs of the 5c Numeral are extremely scarce, ex Caspary, Burrus, Middendorf, Ostheimer, unlisted in Scott, value for two used singles

800
1,000
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366°
 
Sale Number 769, Lot Number 366, 1859-65 Numeral Issue (Scott 21)1865, 5c Blue on Blue (21), 1865, 5c Blue on Blue (21)1865, 5c Blue on Blue (21). Plate 9-A, Ty. IV, Pos. 8, large margins, used with United States 1863 2c Black (73), pair, clipped perfs, 5c tied by square grid, 2c pair tied by targets (San Francisco) on piece, Numeral is Extremely Fine and the piece is very attractive

E. 500-750
1,350
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367°
 
Sale Number 769, Lot Number 367, 1859-65 Numeral Issue (Scott 21)1865, 5c Blue on Blue (21), 1865, 5c Blue on Blue (21)1865, 5c Blue on Blue (21). Plate 9-A, Ty. V, Pos. 5, large margins, black square grid, small brown spot in cancel, Extremely Fine and choice used condition, ex Caspary

400
575
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368°
 
Sale Number 769, Lot Number 368, 1859-65 Numeral Issue (Scott 21)1865, 5c Blue on Blue (21), 1865, 5c Blue on Blue (21)1865, 5c Blue on Blue (21). Plate 9-A, Ty. III, Pos. 7, large margins, perfectly clear "San Francisco Cal. Jul. 18, 1865" double-circle ds, thinning and tear at upper left, Extremely Fine appearance, rare canceled by S.F. datestamp, ex Ishikawa

400
550
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369°
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Sale Number 769, Lot Number 369, 1859-65 Numeral Issue (Scott 21)1865, 5c Blue, Grayish White (21b), 1865, 5c Blue, Grayish White (21b)1865, 5c Blue, Grayish White (21b). Plate 9-A, Ty. V, Pos. 5, unused, large even margins, a tiny negligible thin speck shows in fluid

THE UNIQUE BLACK 5-CENT NUMERAL IN EXTREMELY FINE CONDITION

This stamp is printed on thin yellowish white wove paper, which is similar in color and texture to Scott 20, but slightly thinner. The color of the printed design is superficially black; however, when held to intense light the ink shows a hybrid mixture of blue and black, which suggests that the printer was experimenting with ink and paper colors when this stamp was printed. Whether it is a proof (no Numeral proofs are known) or an issued stamp (no other examples are known, unused or used), we cannot say.

Ex Crocker, Atherton. Listed but unpriced in Scott

E. 5,000-7,500
10,500
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370°
c
Sale Number 769, Lot Number 370, 1859-65 Numeral Issue (Scott 21)1865, 5c Blue on Blue (21), 1865, 5c Blue on Blue (21)1865, 5c Blue on Blue (21). Plate 9-A, Ty. II, Pos. 10, large marrgins all around, tied by black square grid, used with United States 1861 10c Green (68), three well-centered singles, tied by cogwheel cancels, red "Honolulu U.S. Postage Paid Oct. 7" large circular datestamp on buff cover to Marburg, Germany, "San Francisco Cal. Oct. 28, 1865" double-circle datestamp and red "N.York Br. Pkt. 7 Paid Nov. 21" credit datestamp both tie 5c Numeral, blue Aachen framed transit, Marburg receiving backstamp, small piece of flaps torn away when opened

AN EXTREMELY FINE AND UNIQUE UNITED STATES-HAWAIIAN MIXED-FRANKING COVER, BEING THE ONLY RECORDED USE OF THE NUMERAL ISSUE ON A COVER DESTINED BEYOND THE BORDERS OF THE UNITED STATES

This cover left Honolulu on October 7, 1865, aboard the D. C. Murray, arriving in San Francisco on October 27. The sender, whose style of manuscript indicates someone of European origin, was very specific in detailing the route intended for this letter. At upper is a three-line instruction, "per D. C. Murray to Sanfrancisco/"Steamerline to NewYork/"German Steamerline from New York." The three U.S. 10c stamps prepaid the 28c rate for Prussian Closed Mail and the 2c ship captain's fee. Because the sender marked the letter "Paid" ("Franco") at lower left, we can assume that the U.S. postage was affixed in Hawaii.

Our records show no other example of a Numeral stamp used on cover to a destination outside of Hawaii or the United States. Although such usage was perfectly acceptable, as demonstrated by this cover, there must have been circumstances that resulted in the extreme rarity of surviving examples. We can think of two. The 1c and 2c Numerals were used almost exclusively on inter-island mail, and the 5c Numeral was not issued until late 1864 or early 1865 when a shortage of 5c stamps necessitated their provisional usage. Until this point it would be very unlikely that any 1c or 2c Numeral stamp would find its way on a cover sent to or through the United States, and, by 1864-65, when the 5c Numeral was printed, the Numerals were very popular with stamp collectors in Europe. Any cover reaching Europe that happened to display a 5c Numeral would be prone to assault from a philatelist looking to procure an exotic Hawaiian Numeral for his stamp album. Thus, we have in this cover a rare survivor of circumstance.

Illustrated in Letters of Gold, Jesse L. Coburn (p. 135). Ex Krug, Haas. Ashbrook signed note on back, describing this as "Quite a Rare Cover...This cover is a GEM And GENUINE." With 1954 R.P.S. certificate

E. 30,000-40,000
52,500
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371°
c
Sale Number 769, Lot Number 371, 1859-65 Numeral Issue (Scott 21)1865, 5c Blue on Blue (21), 1865, 5c Blue on Blue (21)1865, 5c Blue on Blue (21). Plate 9-A, Ty. IX-X, Pos. 1-2, horizontal pair, large margins to just touching at top, tied by black square grids, used with United States 1861-63 3c Rose, 5c Brown (65, 76), each canceled by cogwheel, red "Honolulu U.S. Postage Paid Dec. 13" large circular datestamp, black "San Francisco Cal. Jan. 11, 1866" double-circle datestamp on buff cover to A. L. Sturges at Woodburn, Ill., carried from Honolulu to S.F. on the Onward (cleared Dec. 13, arrived Jan. 10); skilfully cleaned with stamps lifted and replaced to remove stains, some small edge tears and nicks mended, a few slight wrinkles and small faults in stamps but no serious repair of any kind

ONE OF TWO PAIRS OF THE 5-CENT "HAWAIIAN POSTAGE" NUMERAL KNOWN ON COVER

Accompanied by an earlier letter from the same writer with interesting comments on life on the islands. Illustrated in Meyer-Harris (p. 174) in unrestored condition, showing that the cleaning was minimal.

E. 7,500-10,000
6,250
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372°
c
Sale Number 769, Lot Number 372, 1859-65 Numeral Issue (Scott 21)1865, 5c Blue on Blue (21), 1865, 5c Blue on Blue (21)1865, 5c Blue on Blue (21). Plate 9-A, Ty. I, Pos. 9, full even margins, tied by large target, used with United States 1861 3c Rose (65), two, tied by cogwheel cancels, red "Honolulu U.S. Postage Paid Oct. 1" large circular datestamp, black "San Francisco Cal. Oct. 29" double-circle datestamp on small 1866 cover to Terryville, Conn., carried from Honolulu to S.F. on the Russian schooner Milton Badger (cleared Oct. 1, arrived Oct. 27) [Gregory], Very Fine, 1c overpayment of the U.S. rate, ex White, Gibson, Ostheimer

E. 5,000-7,500
9,500
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373°
c
Sale Number 769, Lot Number 373, 1859-65 Numeral Issue (Scott 21)1865, 5c Blue on Blue (21), 1865, 5c Blue on Blue (21)1865, 5c Blue on Blue (21). Plate 9-A, Ty. I, Pos. 9 (bottom border dropped more than usual), ample to large margins except margin nicked at top (touched frameline), tied by black square grid, used with United States 1863 5c Brown (76), fine impression, tied by cogwheel cancel, red "Honolulu U.S. Postage Paid Oct. 7" large circular datestamp, black "San Francisco Cal. Oct. 28, 1865" double-circle datestamp, on buff cover to Schenectady, N.Y., carried from Honolulu to S.F. on the D. C. Murray (cleared Oct. 7, arrived Oct. 27), bottom flap missing and edge of cover barely nicked from opening, fresh and otherwise Very Fine, a very attractive mixed-franking cover, ex Brown, Krug

E. 5,000-7,500
9,500
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374°
c
Sale Number 769, Lot Number 374, 1859-65 Numeral Issue (Scott 21)1865, 5c Blue on Blue (21), 1865, 5c Blue on Blue (21)1865, 5c Blue on Blue (21). Plate 9-A, Ty. X, Pos. 2, large margins, small tear at left, tied by black square grid, used with United States 1863 5c Brown (76), perfs in, tied by target, red "Honolulu U.S. Postage Paid Oct. 7" large circular datestamp, black "San Francisco Cal. Oct. 27, 1865" double-circle datestamp on buff cover to Salt Lake City, Utah, forwarded to Huntsville with ms. due notation, carried from Honolulu to S.F. on the D. C. Murray (cleared Oct. 7, arrived Oct. 27); slightly reduced at right and some minor wear, still Very Fine, this is a most uncommon destination for Hawaiian mail, signed Ashbrook

E. 5,000-7,500
5,250
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375°
c
Sale Number 769, Lot Number 375, 1859-65 Numeral Issue (Scott 21)1865, 5c Blue on Blue (21), 1865, 5c Blue on Blue (21)1865, 5c Blue on Blue (21). Plate 9-A, Ty. II, Pos. 10, close margins touching frameline in places, small repair at top right with corner added and drawn in, tied by large target cancel, used with United States 1863 5c Brown (76), perfs in, tied by "Portland Orgn. Oct. 17" circular datestamp and grid, red "Honolulu U.S. Postage Paid Sep. 18" large circular datestamp on 1866 cover to Spencerport, N.Y.; this cover was part of the mail carried on the A. A. Eldridge from Honolulu to Portalnd, which was expected to reach there one week ahead of the next packet for S.F. (Gregory); small opening tear at B.R., Fine appearance, a very rare Portland transit usage (three recorded)

E. 4,000-5,000
8,500
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376°
c
Sale Number 769, Lot Number 376, 1859-65 Numeral Issue (Scott 21)1865, 5c Blue on Blue (21), 1865, 5c Blue on Blue (21)1865, 5c Blue on Blue (21). Plate 9-A, Ty. VIII, X, Pos. 4, 2, singles of each, tied by large targets, additional pen strokes, used with United States 1861-63 3c Rose, 5c Brown (65, 76), tied by cogwheels, red "Honolulu U.S. Postage Paid Apr. 4" large circular datestamp, black "San Francisco Cal. Apr. 18" double-circle datestamp on 1866 cover to Lowell, Mass., carried from Honolulu to S.F. by the Ajax (cleared Apr. 4, arrived Apr. 17), the full corners of the cover where the stamps are affioxed were torn off - the corner, together with the envelope, have been restored to their original appearance with considerable silking; an exhibitable and impressive double-rate mixed franking, ex Knapp, Juhring

E. 2,000-3,000
3,000
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