Sale 804 — The Robert Zoellner Collection of United States
Sale Date — Thursday-Saturday, 8-10 October, 1998
Category — Postage Dues
EXTREMELY FINE AND CHOICE. WONDERFULLY CHOICE CONDITION FOR THE RARE 1-CENT POSTAGE DUE SPECIAL PRINTING.
The 1c, 2c and 3c are undoubtedly the rarest values of the American Bank Note Co. Postage Due Special Printings, although the sold quantities in the official records are relatively high. William E. Mooz, in an article on the 1c appearing in Chronicle No. 170, May 1996, offers evidence to support his theory that the actual number of true Special Printings sold was significantly lower than the reported figures. For the 1c, Mooz estimates 500 sold, but it is possible that as many as 400 purchased by G. B. Calman were destroyed. It is widely accepted that nearly 9,000 1c stamps sold as Special Printings were actually regular issues.
With 1994 P.F. and P.S.E. certificates
EXTREMELY FINE AND CHOICE. ONE OF THE FINEST EXAMPLES OF THE RARE 2-CENT.
The comments made regarding the 1c (lot 743) are also belived true for the 2c.
Ex Clifford Cole. With 1949 A.P.S. and 1988 P.F. certificates
FINE AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE. THE 3-CENT IS POSSIBLY THE RAREST POSTAGE DUE SPECIAL PRINTING. Although 436 copies reached the public, it is believed that 100 copies were destroyed in the Calman lot. A thorough search of the marketplace combined with conversations with dealers and collectors, has confirmed the rarity of this stamp.
With smal blue owner's mark on back
EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF THE FINEST EXAMPLES OF THE 5-CENT POSTAGE DUE SPECIAL PRINTING.
It has been estimated that only 249 of the 5c Postage Due Special Printing reached the public.
With 1994 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. EASILY ONE OF THE FINEST EXAMPLES OF THE 10-CENT.
It has been estimated that no more than 174 examples of the 10c Postage Due Special Printing reached the public.
Ex Clifford Cole. With 1988 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE AND CHOICE. A MAGNIFICENT 30-CENT SPECIAL PRINTING.
It has been estimated that no more than 179 examples of the 30c Postage Due Special Printing reached the public.
With 1992 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE AND CHOICE. POSSIBLY THE FINEST 50-CENT POSTAGE DUE SPECIAL PRINTING EXTANT.
It has been estimated that no more than 179 examples of the 50c Postage Due Special Printing reached the public.
With 1979 P.F. certificate
AN EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THE 1914 50-+CENT POSTAGE DUE WITH ORIGINAL GUM IS ONE OF THE RAREST OF ALL POSTAGE DUE STAMPS.
With 1988 P.F. certificate
FRESH AND VERY FINE. THE 1916 1-CENT PERF 10 UNWATERMARKED POSTAGE DUE IS ONE OF THE UNDERRATED RARITIES OF TWENTIETH CENTURY PHILATELY.
The Perf 10 stamps were printed on unwatermarked paper for a brief time. Well-centered original-gum examples are exceedingly rare.
With 1980 P.F. certificate