Sale 777 — 1996 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Tuesday, 21 May, 1996

Category — U.S. Possessions

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
236
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Sale 777, Lot 236, U.S. PossessionsDANISH WEST INDIES, 1874-79, 1c-14c Numerals (5-13). Left corner margin blocks of 25, o.g., Facit nos. 5gv, 6d, 7b, 8c, 9a, 10e, 11b, 12, 13a, printings include: 1c (VII), 3c (IV), 4c (II), 5c (III), 7c (I), 10c (V), 12c (II), 14c & 50c (each I), many stamps Mint, some very minor hinge reinforcement, 4c with toning spots on gum, generally Fine-Very Fine, a very rare set (Facit SKr 630,300)

94,545
0
237
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DANISH WEST INDIES, 1905, 50b Red & Gray (J8). Complete sheet of 100, stamps Mint, dealer's notations in selvage at top, normal crackly gum, Fine-Very Fine, very scarce (Facit SKr 30,000)

4,000
0
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238
 
Sale 777, Lot 238, U.S. Possessions1851, 5c Blue (2). Type II, full margins to barely in at B.R., 7-bar grid cancel struck in slightly criss-cross fashion, trace of red cancel, light horizontal crease and tiny thin at top

A FINE AND CHOICE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT MISSIONARY. FOR ALL PRACTICAL PURPOSES, A SOUND USED EXAMPLE OF THIS RARITY.

Our census records only eleven 5c Missionaries off cover that are sound or have only minor faults such as this example (Census No. 2-II-CAN-59 as one of three sound used stamps). Ex Atherton. With 1995 P.F. certificate

25,000
14,500
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239
 
Sale 777, Lot 239, U.S. Possessions1851, 5c Blue (2). Type I, clear strike of "San Francisco Cal." cds, no other cancels, expertly rebacked with minor portions of the design drawn in

A CHOICE APPEARING MISSIONARY. THE ONLY RECORDED 5-CENT MISSIONARY WITH A SAN FRANCISCO DATESTAMP.

Census No. 2-1-CAN-45. Ex W. H. Crocker, Collector C. With 1994 P.F. certificate

25,000
13,000
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240
 
Sale 777, Lot 240, U.S. Possessions1851, 5c Blue (2). Type I, ample margins to barely touching, vivid red "Honolulu U.S. Postage Paid" cds with "U.S. Pos" showing clearly, boldly struck, two small tears and small repairs

THE ONLY RECORDED 5-CENT MISSIONARY WITH THE "U.S. POSTAGE PAID" CIRCULAR DATESTAMP OF HONOLULU.

The few 5c Missionaries with the Honolulu datestamp present are, in all but this case, found with the "Honolulu Hawaiian-Islands" datestamp, which was used when only the 5c Hawaiian postage was paid and U.S. postage was collected from the addressee. This example is extraordinary and must have been used in conjunction with other stamps to pay the 2c ship captain's fee and U.S. postage (either 6c or 10c). It is the only 5c, on or off cover, with the Honolulu "U.S. Postage Paid" datestamp used as a cancel. The famous 2c and 5c Missionary cover also bears this marking.

Census No. 2-I-CAN-44. Ex Clapp, Harris, Ishikawa. With 1977 P.F. certificate

25,000
14,000
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241
 
Sale 777, Lot 241, U.S. Possessions1851, 13c Blue, "Hawaiian Postage" (3). Type I, mostly large to huge margins, clear of frame line at right, cancelled by bright red Sugar Cane cancel, relatively minor faults and carefully rebacked

A VERY FINE APPEARING MISSIONARY. AMONG THE FINEST OF THE TEN AVAILABLE EXAMPLES OF THE SUGAR CANE CANCELLATION.

The Sugar Cane cancellation, struck from the cut-off end of a cane, was used in February 1852 and is found almost exclusively on the 13c "Hawaiian Islands" Missionary (one 2c is known on piece with a 13c).

Census No. 3-I-CAN-100. Ex Ferrary, Burrus, Ishikawa, Collector C. With 1994 P.F. certificate

15,500
13,500
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242
 
Sale 777, Lot 242, U.S. Possessions1851, 13c Blue, "Hawaiian Postage" (3). Type II, ample to large margins except touching at lower right, two strikes of red Honolulu cds showing part of integral "U.S. Postage Paid", small thins and a sealed tear

A FINE APPEARING MISSIONARY. ONE OF SEVEN 13c "HAWAIIAN ISLANDS" MISSIONARIES CANCELLED BY THE RED HONOLULU DATESTAMP.

Of the nine off-cover 13c "Hawaiian Island" stamps with the Honolulu marking, one is in the Tapling collection and another is only a fragment.

Census No. 3-II-CAN-112. Ex Hind, Harris. With 1994 P.F. certificate

15,500
11,000
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243
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Sale 777, Lot 243, U.S. Possessions1852, 13c Blue, "H.I. & U.S. Postage" (4). Type I, unused, frame lines showing all around except for tiny nick at T., faint rust spots and small tears at left, free of repairs

A FINE APPEARING STAMP. ONLY SIX UNUSED 13-CENT "H.I. & U.S. POSTAGE" MISSIONARIES ARE AVAILABLE TO COLLECTORS, OF WHICH ONLY TWO ARE FREE OF REPAIRS.

With the acquisition of the sound and superb 13c "H.I. & U.S. Postage" Missionary by the National Postal Museum in our Honolulu Advertiser sale, there remains only six unused examples in private hands. Of these, the one potentially sound stamp has not been seen publicly since the 1939 William H. Crocker sale, leaving four repaired stamps and this fine-appearing stamp with minor faults. For the collector who desires an unused Scott 4 free of repair, this is an extraordinary opportunity.

Census No. 4-I-UNC-151. With 1995 P.F. certificate

45,000
0
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244
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Sale 777, Lot 244, U.S. Possessions1864, 2c Black, "NTER" (24a). Plate 7-A, Ty. III, Pos. 3, unused (no gum), large margins, Extremely Fine, rare, with 1995 P.F. certificate

2,100
3,000
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245
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Sale 777, Lot 245, U.S. Possessions1893, 6c Green, Black Overprint (66C). Pos. 6, part o.g., small natural gum creases, Fine and rare, ex Ostheimer, Advertiser, with 1963 P.F. certificate

12,500
7,000
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246
c
Sale 777, Lot 246, U.S. Possessions1864, 2c Rose Vermilion (31). Strip of three, pen-cancelled, tied by target and light strike of red "G.P.O. Honolulu Paid All" double-circle datestamp on cover to Boston Mass., forwarded to Bethlehem N.H. with U.S. 3c Ultramarine (114), tied by cork cancel and bit of Boston cds, bold "San Francisco Cal. Aug. 5 Paid" magenta transit cds, strip with faint scrapes probably from the Honolulu clerk's attempts to cancel it with a dry pen, otherwise fresh and Very Fine, a rare and attractive franking, after the 6c U.S.-Hawaii treaty rate became effective, mixed frankings were necessary only on forwarded letters (as in this case) or mail addressed beyond U.S. borders

E. 2,500-3,500
5,500
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247
c
Sale 777, Lot 247, U.S. Possessions1871, 6c Green (33). Mostly wide margins, tied by target on 1875 folded cover to England, used with U.S. 10c Brown (161), tied by segmented cork cancel and red New York cds, blue merchant's ds and London cds, very trivial toning in address panel (not mentioned in certificate), Very Fine, the 10c U.S. stamp presumably intended for double rate, this combination is extremely rare, with 1996 P.F. certificate

E. 2,000-3,000
1,800
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248
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Sale 777, Lot 248, U.S. PossessionsPHILIPPINES, 1939, 2c Rose, "WEALTH COMMON" Error (433b). Unexploded booklet of four panes

VERY FINE. ONE OF TWO KNOWN COMPLETE BOOKLETS CONTAINING THE OVERPRINT ERROR.

In a survey conducted several years ago among USPSS members, eight panes and one booklet were recorded, not including the booklet offered here, very rare

16,000
8,500
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