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Sale 821 — United States Stamps

Sale Date — Tuesday, 28 March, 2000

Category — 1894-98 Bureau Issues (Scott 246 - 263)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
708
nh
1c Dark Ultramarine (246). Mint N.H., well-centered with large margins, naturally short gum at L., rich color, Extremely Fine, with 1998 P.F. certificate

50
95
709
nh
Sale Number 821, Lot Number 709, 1894-98 Bureau Issues (Scott 246 - 263)2c Carmine Lake, Ty. I (249), 2c Carmine Lake, Ty. I (249)2c Carmine Lake, Ty. I (249). Mint N.H. left margin single with part imprint, very well-centered with extra wide margins, sharp impression, few usual light natural gum creases, Extremely Fine, with 2000 P.F. certificate

225
800
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710
og
2c Carmine, Ty. II (251). O.g., bright color on fresh paper, beautiful color and centering, Extremely Fine, with 1999 P.F. certificate

230
575
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711
nh
2c Carmine, Ty. III (252). Mint N.H. top margin imprint and plate no. strip of three, incredibly vivid color, L. stamp trivial natural inclusion, Fine-Very Fine and choice, Scott Retail as singles

570
200
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712
og
3c-10c 1894 Issue, Imperforate (253a, 254a, 255a, 258a). Horizontal pairs, o.g., h.r., ample to large margins except 4c just in at R., few small faults, all appear Fine-Very Fine

1,700
300
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713
og
4c Dark Brown (254). T. margin imprint and plate no. strip of three, o.g., lightly hinged, rich color, natural pre-printing paper fold at R., Fine

475
80
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714
ogbl
4c Dark Brown, Imperforate (254a). Block of four, o.g., barely hinged, large margins, deep rich color, fresh and Very Fine

750
240
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715
nh
5c Chocolate (255). Mint N.H., deep rich color on bright white paper, post-office fresh Extremely Fine Gem, with 2000 P.F. certificate

160
700
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716
ogbl
5c Chocolate, Imperforate (255b). Block of four, o.g., large margins, deep rich color, fresh and Very Fine

750
230
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717
nh
6c Dull Brown (256). Mint N.H., deep dark color, Extremely Fine and choice, with 2000 P.F. certificate

250
850
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718
og
6c Dull Brown (256). Slightly disturbed o.g., deep shade, Very Fine and choice, with 1998 P.F. certificate (which reads "never hinged with slightly disturbed o.g.)

140
250
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719
ogbl
6c Dull Brown (256). Block of twelve, six stamps Mint N.H., other six o.g., incl. five stamps with fingerprints on gum and one stamp with tiny disturbed gum spot, rich color and sharp impression, Very Good-Fine

2,340
350
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720
og
6c Dull Brown, Imperforate Horizontally (256a). Vertical pair, part o.g., small faults, Fine

850
240
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721
og
8c Violet Brown (257). O.g., lightly hinged, well-centered, deep rich color, Extremely Fine, with 1999 P.F. certificate

130
270
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722
ogbl
10c Green, Imperforate (258a). Block of four, o.g., large margins all around, fresh and Very Fine

1,400
450
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723
ogbl
10c Green, Imperforate (258a). Block of four, o.g., lightl hinged, ample to large margins, light natural gum wrinkles, Very Fine

1,400
425
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724
nh
Sale Number 821, Lot Number 724, 1894-98 Bureau Issues (Scott 246 - 263)15c Dark Blue (259), 15c Dark Blue (259)15c Dark Blue (259). Mint N.H. bottom margin single with part imprint, gorgeous deep dark shade on bright fresh paper, Extremely Fine Gem, the unwatermarked 1894 issue is notoriously difficult to obtain in this superb condition, with 1992 P.F. certificate

475
2,600
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725
og
50c Orange (260). O.g., barest trace of hinging, vibrant color, fresh and Very Fine, with 1998 P.F. certificate

400
220
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726
og
Sale Number 821, Lot Number 726, 1894-98 Bureau Issues (Scott 246 - 263)$1.00 Black (261), $1.00 Black (261)$1.00 Black (261). O.g., lightly hinged, beautifully centered, incredibly intense impression on bright paper

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB EXAMPLE OF THE $1.00 TYPE I UNWATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE.

With 1997 P.F. certificate

850
2,200
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727
og
$1.00 Black (261). O.g., h.r., sharp impression, natural gum wrinkle, Very Fine

850
450
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728
 
Sale Number 821, Lot Number 728, 1894-98 Bureau Issues (Scott 246 - 263)$1.00 Black (261), $1.00 Black (261)$1.00 Black (261). Perfectly centered with immense margins, registry oval cancel, sharp impression on bright white paper

EXTREMELY FINE GEM COPY OF THE NOTORIOUSLY DIFFICULT $1.00 UNWATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE. A TRUE CONDITION RARITY.

With 1999 P.F.certificate

275
2,200
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729
nh
Sale Number 821, Lot Number 729, 1894-98 Bureau Issues (Scott 246 - 263)$1.00 Black, Ty. II (261A), $1.00 Black, Ty. II (261A)$1.00 Black, Ty. II (261A). Mint N.H., sharp proof-like impression on bright paper

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A REMARKABLE EXAMPLE OF THE 1894 UNWATERMARKED TYPE II BUREAU ISSUE -- RARE IN MINT NEVER HINGED CONDITION.

With 2000 P.F. certificate for block

3,500
6,250
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730
og
$1.00 Black, Ty. II (261A). O.g., lightly hinged, light natural gum wrinkle, reperfed at T. and R., Very Fine appearance

2,000
575
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731
og
Sale Number 821, Lot Number 731, 1894-98 Bureau Issues (Scott 246 - 263)$2.00 Bright Blue (262), $2.00 Bright Blue (262)$2.00 Bright Blue (262). O.g., lightly hinged, gorgeous color on fresh paper, remarkably well-centered

EXTREMELY FINE AND CHOICE. VERY RARE IN THIS QUALITY WITH ORIGINAL GUM.

The 1894 unwatermarked issue was the first U.S. stamp issue to be printed by the Bureau of Engraving & Printing, after the contract with American Bank Note Co. expired. The first stamps printed by the Bureau are notoriously difficult to find well-centered, as production was marred by initial problems as they geared up to meet the needs of the public for stamps. The designs were kept the same from the 1890 ABN Co. issue, with the addition of corner triangles to distinguish the printings. The use of the same designs is another indication of the time pressure that may have caused some of the initial production problems. The $2.00 is one of the rarest of the set in this original-gum condition and choice grade.

With 2000 P.F. certificate

2,850
7,500
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732
 
$2.00 Bright Blue (262). Well-centered, rich color, bold registry cancels, small filled thin spot, otherwise Extremely Fine

875
1,800
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733
og
Sale Number 821, Lot Number 733, 1894-98 Bureau Issues (Scott 246 - 263)$5.00 Dark Green (263), $5.00 Dark Green (263)$5.00 Dark Green (263). Original gum, gorgeous bright color

EXTREMELY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING EXAMPLE OF THE $5.00 UNWATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE, OF WHICH A PALTRY 25,000 WERE ISSUED.

As noted for the $2.00, the 1894 unwatermarked issue was the first U.S. stamp issue to be printed by the Bureau of Engraving & Printing, after the contract with American Bank Note Co. expired. The first stamps printed by the Bureau are notoriously difficult to find well-centered, as production was marred by initial problems as they geared up to meet the needs of the public for stamps. The designs were kept the same from the 1890 ABN Co. issue, with the addition of corner triangles to distinguish the printings. The use of the same designs is another indication of the time pressure that may have caused some of the initial production problems. Perhaps the two most difficult denominations to find in superb condition are the $1.00 Type II (Scott 261A), and the $5.00.

With 1999 P.F. certificate

4,250
11,000
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734
og
$5.00 Dark Green (263). O.g., deep rich color, small corner crease, otherwise Very Fine, the first stamps printed by the Bureau are notriously difficult to find well-centered, with 2000 P.F. certificate

4,250
900
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735
og
$5.00 Dark Green (263). Slightly disturbed o.g., tiny thin specks, reperfed at T. and R., Very Fine appearance

4,250
550
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736
 
Sale Number 821, Lot Number 736, 1894-98 Bureau Issues (Scott 246 - 263)$5.00 Dark Green (263), $5.00 Dark Green (263)$5.00 Dark Green (263). Perfectly centered with wide balanced margins, light cancel, deep rich color

EXTREMELY FINE AND CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THE $5.00 UNWATERMARKED 1894 ISSUE. TREMENDOUSLY DIFFICULT TO FIND IN THIS SUPERB CONDITION.

As noted previously the $5.00 1894 unwatermarked stamp is notoriously difficult to find well-centered, as production was marred by initial problems as the Bureau geared up to meet the needs of the public for stamps.

With 1999 P.F. certificate.

1,900
4,750
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737
 
$5.00 Dark Green (263). Deep rich color, face-free cancel, Very Fine, with 1983 and 1998 P.F. certificates

1,900
1,700
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