VERY FINE AND CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THE EXTREMELY RARE 4-CENT BLUISH PAPER.
Stanley Gibbons backstamp, signed E. Stern
FRESH AND EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE MINT NEVER-HINGED FULL TOP PLATE BLOCK OF THE 2-CENT LINCOLN ON BLUISH PAPER.
With 1972 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE AND CHOICE. ONE OF THE FINEST EXAMPLES OF THIS RARE IMPERFORATE PANE. THIS IS THE ONLY IMPERFORATE BOOKLET PANE IN U.S. PHILATELY.
This unusual error was first discovered in 1968. A similar pane realized $3,300 in the Zoellner sale. With 1990 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE AND CHOICE JOINT LINE PAIR OF THE RARE TYPE I ROTARY PRESS VERTICAL COIL.
The 2c Type I rotary plate was used very briefly to make vertical coils issued in December 1915. It was superseded in February 1916 by the Type III plate. The early printing of the 2c rotary vertical coil was almost completely overlooked by contemporary collectors and dealers, who did not anticipate further production of vertical coils.
With 1997 P.F. certificate
FINE-VERY FINE. AN ENORMOUSLY RARE USED JOINT LINE PAIR OF THE TYPE I ROTARY PRESS VERTICAL COIL.
The vast majority of 2c stamps were used as singles, and very few pairs of Scott 449 have survived in used condition. Joint line pairs are extremely rare.
With 1971 P.F. certificate
FRESH AND EXTREMELY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING EXAMPLE OF THE VERY RARE 30-CENT PERF 10 WASHINGTON-FRANKLIN ON UNWATERMARKED PAPER.
In an article in Philatelic Opinions V published by the Philatelic Foundation, William T. Crowe, head of the Expert Committee, discusses the discovery of this rare stamp and how it might have been issued. The production of Scott 476A occurred during the period of transition from gauge-10 perfs to gauge 11. Bureau records do not list a 30c printing on unwatermarked paper that was perforated 10, but the existence of two certified panes--one bottom-right pane from Plate 6917 and one top-right pane from Plate 6911--is evidence that the combination of new unwatermarked paper and old 10-gauge perfs occurred, even if inadvertantly. Stamps from these two panes (200 total), two left sheet-margin blocks of four and a bottom plate no. 6914 single, none of which have any trace of watermark, are the only accepted examples of Scott 476A.
With 1984 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF THE BEST-CENTERED OF THE 209 RECORDED 30-CENT UNWATERMARKED PERF 10 STAMPS.
With 1973 P.F. certificate for left sheet margin pair
VERY FINE. A WELL-CENTERED JOINT LINE PAIR OF THE RARE TYPE II ROTARY COIL.
With 1993 P.S.E. certificate
VERY FINE. A RARE SINGLE USAGE OF THE 1-CENT A.E.F. BOOKLET STAMP. THIS IS ONE OF THE EARLIEST RECORDED USAGES OF THE A.E.F. STAMPS. A GREAT TWENTIETH CENTURY RARITY.
According to Post Office records, two shipments of A.E.F. panes were made to France. The first likely arrived sometime in early to mid-August, and the second shipment arrived in early September. Usages that can be tied to this first shipment are particularly rare. This single franking is especially scarce. Active-duty soldiers were given free-franking privileges, and the 1c post card rate was raised to 2c on November 2.
With 1996 A.P.S. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE AND CHOICE PAIR OF THE RARE 2-CENT TYPE VII IMPERFORATE.
Most Type VII stamps were used by private vending and affixing-machine companies. However, unlike Scott 314A and 482A, a small supply of the imperforate 2c Type VII stamps did reach the public.
With 1999 P.F. certificate
FINE AND VERY RARE PAIR. ONE OF THE FINEST OF THE EIGHT KNOWN PAIRS OF SCOTT 594.
The 1c Green, Scott 594, is waste from a horizontal rotary printing used to make coils. At the beginning or end of a coil-stamp print run from the 170-subject rotary plates, some leading or trailing paper was produced that was too short for rolling into 500-stamp rolls. In 1919 the Bureau devised a plan to salvage this waste by perforating and cutting the sheets into panes. They were put through the 11-gauge flat-plate perforator in use at the time, giving the sheets full perforations on all sides. In 1923 coil waste from the new 1c and 2c rotary production was turned into stamps later classified as Scott 578-579 and 594-595. These were the last of the coil-waste issues. The existence of Scott 594 was not reported until four months after the final sheets were delivered, and the 1c Rotary Perf 11 was soon recognized as one of the rarest United States stamps.
There are today fewer than 100 confirmed examples of Scott 594. The first major find of this stamp was made in 1934 by Ernest E. Fairbanks, who retrieved nine pairs (18 stamps, one or two damaged) on nine separate covers that were returned by the post office years earlier from a bulk mailing. All were postmarked at New York City on October 4, 1924. The nine Fairbanks covers were cut down into pieces, and today there are perhaps five of these pairs on piece still intact.
There is one intact cover bearing a pair (not from the Fairbanks correspondence), and two pairs off cover. Of the five pairs on piece, three have major faults, as does one of the two known used pairs on piece. There are no known unused multiples.
With 1973 and 1999 P.F. certificates
FINE-VERY FINE GROUP OF THE SCARCE LINN CACHETED HARDING COVERS, WIDELY RECOGNIZED AS THE FIRST CACHETED FIRST DAY COVERS.
Planty's Photo Encyclopedia of Cacheted F.D.C.'s states that "All complete classic collections [of FDC's] should start with this cover"
FRESH AND FINE. ONE OF THE FEW SOUND AND ATTRACTIVE SINGLES OF THE 43 2-CENT HARDING ROTARY PERF 11 STAMPS RECORDED IN OUR CENSUS.
Our census of the 2c Harding Rotary Perf 11 (see Zoellner sale, Appendix, p. 389) records 39 used singles (one faintly cancelled, if at all) and two used pairs. Of the singles, 22 are sound, but of these quite a few are centered strongly to one corner.
The 2c Harding Rotary Perf 11 stamp was first discovered in 1938 by Leslie Lewis of the New York firm, Stanley Gibbons Inc. The Weills discovered three additional singles among unsorted 2c stamps soaked off envelopes postmarked at New Orleans, circa November 1923.
Gary Griffith presents his hypothesis in United States Stamps 1922-26 that rotary-printed sheets of 400 were first reduced to panes of 100 and then fed through the 11-gauge perforating machine normally used for flat plate sheets. This method distinguishes sheet-waste stamps--Scott 544, 596 and 613--from the coil-waste stamps and explains the existence of a straight-edge on Scott 613.
Census No. 613-CAN-04. Signed Weill. With 1986 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE AND CHOICE. A PRISTINE EXAMPLE OF THIS POPULAR MODERN ERROR.
Popularly called the "C.I.A. Invert", a single pane of 100 stamps was purchased at a the McLean Va. Post Office by employees of the C.I.A., for use on mail from the agency. They noticed the error, pooled together funds to buy a replacement sheet and kept the pane for themselves. When it was discovered who had purchased the stamps, a scandal ensued over who actually owned the stamps. Of the pane of 100, only 79 sound examples reached collectors.