Sale 863 — 2003 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Saturday, 31 May, 2003

Category — 1894-98 Bureau Issues (Scott 255c to 282C)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
518
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Sale Number 863, Lot Number 518, 1894-98 Bureau Issues (Scott 255c to 282C)5c Chocolate, Vertical Pair, Imperforate Horizontally (255c), 5c Chocolate, Vertical Pair, Imperforate Horizontally (255c)5c Chocolate, Vertical Pair, Imperforate Horizontally (255c). Original gum, lightly hinged, wide margins at top and bottom, fresh color and detailed impression

EXTREMELY FINE PAIR OF THE RARE UNWATERMARKED 5-CENT 1894 ISSUE IMPERFORATE HORIZONTALLY.

It is believed that most examples of this error originate from a part sheet purchased by a collector at the Richmond Va. post office. The unique unused block of nine with imprint and plate number, ex Col. Green collection, also originated from this find.

With 1999 P.F. certificate

2,500
4,000
519
og
Sale Number 863, Lot Number 519, 1894-98 Bureau Issues (Scott 255c to 282C)$1.00 Black, Ty. II (261A), $1.00 Black, Ty. II (261A)$1.00 Black, Ty. II (261A). Original gum, lightly hinged, beautiful intense shade and sharp proof-like impression on bright fresh paper

EXTREMELY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING EXAMPLE OF THE $1.00 TYPE II UNWATERMARKED 1894 ISSUE.

The production problems experienced by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in printing and perforating the first Bureau issues resulted in generally poor examples. The stamp offered here is a remarkable exception, with nearly-perfect centering and well-formed perforations. It is also the unwatermarked Type II variety, which is the rarest of the four $1.00 1894-95 Bureau issues.

With 1990 P.F. certificate

2,300
2,600
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520
og
Sale Number 863, Lot Number 520, 1894-98 Bureau Issues (Scott 255c to 282C)$2.00 Bright Blue (262), $2.00 Bright Blue (262)$2.00 Bright Blue (262). Original gum, lightly hinged, rich color and proof-like impression on bright paper, choice centering with well-proportioned margins

VERY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE $2.00 UNWATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE. EXCEEDINGLY RARE IN SUCH PRISTINE CONDITION AND WITH SUCH OUTSTANDING CENTERING.

The higher values of the 1894 unwatermarked Bureau Issue can be difficult to find in well-centered and sound condition, due to production problems. Examples such as the stamp offered here should be considered condition rarities.

With 1995 P.F. certificate

3,100
3,000
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521
og
Sale Number 863, Lot Number 521, 1894-98 Bureau Issues (Scott 255c to 282C)$5.00 Dark Green (263), $5.00 Dark Green (263)$5.00 Dark Green (263). Original gum, lightly hinged, deep rich color and sharp proof-like impression, choice centering with huge margins at top and bottom

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THE $5.00 1894 UNWATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE IS A RARE STAMP THAT IS SELDOM SEEN WITH SUCH WIDE MARGINS AND CHOICE CENTERING.

With 2002 P.F. certificate

5,000
6,250
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522
og
Sale Number 863, Lot Number 522, 1894-98 Bureau Issues (Scott 255c to 282C)$5.00 Dark Green (263), $5.00 Dark Green (263)$5.00 Dark Green (263). Original gum, single small hinge mark at top, deep rich color and proof-like impression, unusually wide margins all around

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE $5.00 UNWATERMARKED 1894 BUREAU ISSUE.

This stamp is exceedingly rare with such enormous margins, With 2002 P.F. certificate for block of four.

5,000
0
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523
ng
Sale Number 863, Lot Number 523, 1894-98 Bureau Issues (Scott 255c to 282C)8c Violet Brown, USIR Watermark (272a), 8c Violet Brown, USIR Watermark (272a)8c Violet Brown, USIR Watermark (272a). Horizontal pair with full imprint at top, unused (no gum), "I" of wmk. in selvage and "R" of wmk. split between stamps, few perf separations sensibly reinforced, some light staining at top

FINE-VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE "IR" POSITION PAIR OF THE 8-CENT 1895 ISSUE WITH "U S I R" WATERMARK.

Our records of unused Scott 272a contain four singles, two imprint and plate no. strips of three, and the pair offered here. We do not know if more than one stamp in the other two multiples have the watermark variety.

With 1975 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail as two singles.

10,000
3,750
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524
 
Sale Number 863, Lot Number 524, 1894-98 Bureau Issues (Scott 255c to 282C)6c Dull Brown, USIR Watermark (271a), 6c Dull Brown, USIR Watermark (271a)6c Dull Brown, USIR Watermark (271a). Showing clear "I" of watermark, deep rich color, bold New York double oval cancel

EXTREMELY FINE. ONLY FIFTEEN USED COPIES OF THE 6-CENT 1895 USIR WATERMARK STAMP HAVE BEEN CERTIFIED BY THE PHILATELIC FOUNDATION.

Unlike its more common 8c counterpart, the 6c is an extremely rare stamp (only seventeen known). Of the fifteen used copies certified by the Philatelic Foundation, eight have perfs either close or touching the design (including both stamps in the only known pair), and one has a straight edge. The stamp offered here is one of the finest extant.

With 1986 and 2002 P.F. certificates

5,000
7,500
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525
c
Sale Number 863, Lot Number 525, 1894-98 Bureau Issues (Scott 255c to 282C)15c Dark Blue (274), 15c Dark Blue (274)15c Dark Blue (274). Intense shade and well-centered, tied by numeral "2" grid and "Mar 10-98 New York 630PM" oval emergency duplex datestamp device on cover to Germany, receiving backstamps, small piece of backflap removed, Extremely Fine -- this is an extremely rare example of the emergency hand-cancellers supplied by the Post Office Dept. and used briefly in early 1898, which were necessary due to overwhelming demand to replace worn-out devices and to supply new offices and military camps during the Spanish-American War -- an accompanying article by K. F. Olson identifies the oval as Type I (from Washington D.C. only)

E. 1,000-1,500
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526
nh
Sale Number 863, Lot Number 526, 1894-98 Bureau Issues (Scott 255c to 282C)$2.00 Bright Blue (277). Mint N.H, $2.00 Bright Blue (277). Mint N.H$2.00 Bright Blue (277). Mint N.H., fresh color on brilliant white paper, choice centering with balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN OUTSTANDING MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1894 $2.00 WATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE.

With 1997 P.F. certificate

2,500
5,250
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527
nh
Sale Number 863, Lot Number 527, 1894-98 Bureau Issues (Scott 255c to 282C)$5.00 Dark Green (278). Mint N.H, $5.00 Dark Green (278). Mint N.H$5.00 Dark Green (278). Mint N.H., deep rich color and sharp proof-like impression on fresh and bright paper, precise centering with even margins all around

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE $5.00 1895 WATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE. A REMARKABLE STAMP.

An exceedingly rare stamp in sound superb Mint N.H. condition

5,500
22,000
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528
nh
Sale Number 863, Lot Number 528, 1894-98 Bureau Issues (Scott 255c to 282C)10c Brown, Ty. I (282C). Mint N.H, 10c Brown, Ty. I (282C). Mint N.H10c Brown, Ty. I (282C). Mint N.H., rich color and crisp impression, precise centering with even margins

EXTREMELY FINE. THE 10c BROWN TY. I IS VERY RARE IN MINT NEVER-HINGED CONDITION -- FAR MORE ELUSIVE THAN MOST COLLECTORS REALIZE.

With 2002 P.F. certificate

400
1,800
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