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
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
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
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
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.
EXTREMELY FINE AND CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THE $5.00 UNWATERMARKED 1894 ISSUE.
With 1998 P.F. certificate.
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.
EXTREMELY FINE AND CHOICE. A RARE AND BEAUTIFUL BLOCK OF THE $2.00 1895 BUREAU ISSUE.
With 1999 P.F. certificate