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Sale 824 — 2000 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Saturday, 13 May, 2000

Category — 1894-98 Bureau Issues

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
265
P
Sale Number 824, Lot Number 265, 1894-98 Bureau Issues1894 Bureau of Engraving & Printing Proof Presentation Album, 1894 Bureau of Engraving & Printing Proof Presentation Album1894 Bureau of Engraving & Printing Proof Presentation Album. Leatherbound and gold-stamped album with "U.S. Stamps, Vol. IV Die Proofs" on the spine, containing 33 gold-edged large die proofs, each 144 x 197mm and showing full die sinkage, comprising Nos. 247P1, 250P1, 253AP1, 254P1-260P1, 261P1, 262P1, 263P1, E4P1, J31P1-J37P1, PR102P1-PR113P1, all have toned spots of varying degrees, still an attractive and rare presentation album

7,530
4,250
266
nh
Sale Number 824, Lot Number 266, 1894-98 Bureau Issues8c Violet Brown (257), 8c Violet Brown (257)8c Violet Brown (257). Mint N.H. with left sheet margin, extraordinarily well-centered with gargantuan margins all around, gorgeous deep shade on bright white paper

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN OUTSTANDING EXAMPLE OF THE 8-CENT UNWATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE.

The Unwatermarked 1894 Issue, the Bureau's first effort at perforating postage stamps, is notorious among collectors for poor centering. Every Rarities sale, we include a stamp that is far from rare in typical condition, but deserves Rarities status by virtue of its extraordinary quality. Here we have this year's Condition Rarity.

With 1987 P.F. certificate

250
3,500
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267
og
Sale Number 824, Lot Number 267, 1894-98 Bureau Issues$2.00 Bright Blue (262), $2.00 Bright Blue (262)$2.00 Bright Blue (262). Original gum, lightly hinged, gorgeous rich color on bright white paper, remarkably well-centered with enormous margins all around

EXTREMELY FINE AND CHOICE. VERY RARE IN THIS QUALITY WITH ORIGINAL GUM. THIS EXAMPLE WITH ITS HUGE MARGINS REPRESENTS THE FINEST ATTAINABLE QUALITY.

The 1894 unwatermarked issue was the first U.S. stamp issue printed by the Bureau of Engraving & Printing. This issue is notoriously difficult to find well-centered, as production was marred by initial problems as the Bureau feverishly worked to satisfy the public demand for stamps. The $2.00 is one of the rarest of the set in this original-gum condition and choice grade.

With 2000 P.F. certificate

3,000
6,500
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268
 
Sale Number 824, Lot Number 268, 1894-98 Bureau Issues$2.00 Bright Blue (262), $2.00 Bright Blue (262)$2.00 Bright Blue (262). Perfectly centered with extra wide margins, beautiful color and detailed impression on bright white paper

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THE $2.00 WATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE.

The previous lot provides the background to explain why the 1894 Bureau issue is so rare in choice condition. Used dollar values are comparably rare in Extremely Fine grade. This $2.00 represents absolute perfection.

With 1997 P.F. certificate

875
4,250
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269
og
Sale Number 824, Lot Number 269, 1894-98 Bureau Issues$5.00 Dark Green (263), $5.00 Dark Green (263)$5.00 Dark Green (263). Original gum, lightly hinged, perfectly centered with wide and evenly-balanced margins all around, beautiful deep rich color and incredibly detailed impression showing all of the fine engraving lines in the background, bright and fresh paper

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB EXAMPLE OF THE $5.00 UNWATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE IN THE FINEST CONDITION OBTAINABLE. A BEAUTIFUL STAMP.

The two most difficult denominations of the 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue to find in superb original-gum condition are the $1.00 Type II (Scott 261A), and the $5.00. The example offered here is among the finest we have encountered.

With 1996 P.F. certificate

4,500
0
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270
ogbl
Sale Number 824, Lot Number 270, 1894-98 Bureau Issues$5.00 Dark Green (263), $5.00 Dark Green (263)$5.00 Dark Green (263). Block of four, original gum, lightly hinged, deep rich color and sharp impression, few natural gum wrinkles as often found on this issue

A VERY RARE BLOCK OF THE 1894 $5.00 UNWATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE CONTAINING TWO VERY FINE-EXTREMELY FINE STAMPS AT RIGHT.

As stated in the previous description, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing initially struggled with gumming and perforating postage stamps. This block vividly demonstrates the Bureau's quality-control problems: the left pair is Fine with perfs close, the right pair is well-centered, with an Extremely Fine stamp at top right.

18,500
8,000
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271
 
Sale Number 824, Lot Number 271, 1894-98 Bureau Issues$5.00 Dark Green (263), $5.00 Dark Green (263)$5.00 Dark Green (263). Stunning deep shade, lightly cancelled, incredibly detailed impression clearly showing all of the background lines, bright and fresh

EXTREMELY FINE AND CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THE $5.00 UNWATERMARKED 1894 ISSUE.

With 1998 P.F. certificate.

1,900
4,500
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272
ogbl
Sale Number 824, Lot Number 272, 1894-98 Bureau Issues50c Orange (275), 50c Orange (275)50c Orange (275). Top margin plate no. 75 and imprint block of six, barest trace of hinging, extraordinarily well-centered, vibrant color on fresh paper

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A MAGNIFICENT EXAMPLE OF THIS RARE 50-CENT 1895 PLATE BLOCK -- EXCEEDINGLY RARE WITH FULL TOP SELVAGE AND THIS INCREDIBLE CENTERING.

This is easily the finest 50c 1895 Bureau plate number block we have seen. The Scott Catalogue value is meaningless for a full-selvage top position plate block.

5,400
10,000
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273
ogbl
Sale Number 824, Lot Number 273, 1894-98 Bureau Issues$2.00 Dark Blue (277a), $2.00 Dark Blue (277a)$2.00 Dark Blue (277a). Block of four, original gum, lightly hinged, rich color on fresh paper, wonderful centering

EXTREMELY FINE AND CHOICE. A RARE AND BEAUTIFUL BLOCK OF THE $2.00 1895 BUREAU ISSUE.

With 1999 P.F. certificate

4,400
0
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274
og
Sale Number 824, Lot Number 274, 1894-98 Bureau Issues$5.00 Dark Green, Imperforate (278a), $5.00 Dark Green, Imperforate (278a)$5.00 Dark Green, Imperforate (278a). Large even margins all around, original gum, lightly hinged, deep rich color, Extremely Fine and choice

4,000
4,000
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