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Sale 811 — 1999 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Saturday, 15 May, 1999

Category — Columbian Issue

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
154
P
Sale Number 811, Lot Number 154, Columbian Issue1c-$5.00 Columbian, Large Die Proofs (230P1 var-245P1 var), 1c-$5.00 Columbian, Large Die Proofs (230P1 var-245P1 var)1c-$5.00 Columbian, Large Die Proofs (230P1 var-245P1 var). The complete set printed directly on cards, each card approximately 218 x 143 mm, each with "American Bank Note Co. New York" imprint at bottom, all have fresh colors

EXTREMELY FINE AND CHOICE. A RARE SET PRINTED DIRECTLY ON CARD.

Ex King Farouk, and all values except for 1c and 8c with backstamps from his collection. The 2c with 1979 P.F. certificate

4,725
3,500
155
c
Sale Number 811, Lot Number 155, Columbian Issue1c-$5.00 Columbian, 10c Orange, Special Delivery (230-245, E3), 1c-$5.00 Columbian, 10c Orange, Special Delivery (230-245, E3)1c-$5.00 Columbian, 10c Orange, Special Delivery (230-245, E3). The complete set of stamps issued to commemorate the 1893 Columbian Exposition, tied by multiple strikes of "World's Fair Sta. Chicago Ill. Oct. 30 11 AM 1893" exposition duplex datestamp on registered 10c Slate Brown Columbian entire (351) to Savannah Georgia and forwarded to Mexico City, Mexico, the Special Delivery stamp tied by World's Fair Registered handstamp, Savannah receiving backstamp (Nov. 3), with original enclosure which states "Columbus Day Oct. 30/93. Last Day of Fair. Friend Raal: It is so cold in this building, I can hardly write. Will mail this letter as requested and hope it gets there O.K. Columbus Cards got scarce all at once. Will see if I can get any today. Hastily, P. M. Wolsieffer", $5.00 stamp trivial sealed tear

VERY FINE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE AND COLORFUL COVER BEARING THE COMPLETE SET OF THE FIRST COMMEMORATIVE STAMPS ISSUED BY THE UNITED STATES, POSTMARKED ON THE LAST DAY OF THE EXPOSITION. BELIEVED TO BE A UNIQUE COMBINATION OF STAMPS AND MARKINGS. A BEAUTIFUL COVER, AND ONE OF THE GREAT COLUMBIAN ISSUE RARITIES.

The cover was created by 19th Century stamp dealer, A.P.S. President and Hall of Famer, Philip M. Wolsieffer. He invested a total of $16.54 in postage to create this philatelic masterpiece. The addressee was no longer at Savannah when Wolsieffer's creation arrived on November 3, but forwarding instructions were written over the first address. The cover was redirected to a hotel in Mexico City. There are no postal markings indicating that it was received in Mexico.

Perhaps five or six covers exist with the full sixteen Columbian Issue stamps. This cover is believed to be unique with this combination of stamps and exposition markings.

E. 40,000-50,000
45,000
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156
c
Sale Number 811, Lot Number 156, Columbian Issue1c-$5.00 Columbian (230-245), 1c-$5.00 Columbian (230-245)1c-$5.00 Columbian (230-245). Tied by "New York N.Y. Apr. 13, 1894" postmark on separate covers, the 10c bearing same postmark though cancelled by obliterator, each addressed to Joseph Wagner in New York, some of the high value stamps are very well-centered including the 50c and $1.00, $4.00 natural wide s.e. at top, few negligible faults incl. $3.00 cover creased away from stamp and marking

FINE-EXTREMELY FINE. A VERY DESIRABLE AND RARE SET OF COLUMBIAN ISSUE COVERS.

With 1977 Friedl certificate for the $5.00 cover

16,878
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157°
og
Sale Number 811, Lot Number 157, Columbian Issue4c Columbian, Error of Color (233a), 4c Columbian, Error of Color (233a)4c Columbian, Error of Color (233a). Full original gum, lightly hinged, well-centered, wonderful deep shade on bright fresh paper

VERY FINE. A CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THE BLUE ERROR OF COLOR IN THE MORE INTENSE OF THE TWO KNOWN SHADES.

With 1974 P.F. certificate

17,000
16,500
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158°
og
Sale Number 811, Lot Number 158, Columbian Issue50c Columbian (240), 50c Columbian (240)50c Columbian (240). Bottom imprint, plate no. 77 and letter "S" strip of four, original gum, lightly hinged, deep rich color, remarkably well-centered, post-office fresh and Extremely Fine, probably the finest imprint and plate number strip extant, with 1995 P.F. certificate

3,250
3,750
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159°
nhbl
Sale Number 811, Lot Number 159, Columbian Issue$1.00 Columbian (241), $1.00 Columbian (241)$1.00 Columbian (241). Mint N.H. bottom left corner sheet margin imprint, plate no. 93 and letter "W" block of ten, incredibly fresh color, full long perfs, fresh paper

EXTREMELY FINE POST-OFFICE FRESH PLATE BLOCK OF THE $1.00 COLUMBIAN. A GREAT CONDITION RARITY.

From the ex-Lilly sheet of 100, which has since been broken into smaller units. Scott Retail for hinged imprint and plate no. block of eight and two Mint N.H. singles

79,800
115,000
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160
og
Sale Number 811, Lot Number 160, Columbian Issue$3.00 Columbian (243), $3.00 Columbian (243)$3.00 Columbian (243). Full original gum, perfectly centered with gigantic margins, rich color on fresh paper, sharp proof-like impression

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN OUTSTANDING EXAMPLE OF THE $3.00 COLUMBIAN.

With 1999 P.F. certificate

2,400
3,000
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161
nhbl
Sale Number 811, Lot Number 161, Columbian Issue$4.00 Columbian (244), $4.00 Columbian (244)$4.00 Columbian (244). Bottom right corner margin block of four with letters "C C", all four stamps Mint N.H., single hinge at top right in selvage only, beautiful bright color, very well-centered, trivial natural inclusions on top left and bottom right stamps

EXTREMELY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE CORNER SHEET MARGIN BLOCK OF THE $4.00 COLUMBIAN.

A beautiful position piece

20,000
30,000
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162°
ogbl
Sale Number 811, Lot Number 162, Columbian Issue$5.00 Columbian (245), $5.00 Columbian (245)$5.00 Columbian (245). Block of four, top pair lightly hinged and Very Fine, bottom pair Mint N.H. and Extremely Fine, but both bottom stamps have a completely natural horizontal line in the paper mesh that shows dark in fluid but is definitely not a crease, fresh and choice block

19,000
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