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Sale 863 — 2003 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Saturday, 31 May, 2003

Category — 1908-23 Issues (Scott 449 to 478)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
559
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Sale Number 863, Lot Number 559, 1908-23 Issues (Scott 449 to 478)2c Red, Ty. I, Coil (449), 2c Red, Ty. I, Coil (449)2c Red, Ty. I, Coil (449). Mint N.H. joint line pair, exceptional centering with wide margins all around, brilliant color and detailed impression.

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN EXTRAORDINARILY RARE MINT NEVER-HINGED JOINT LINE PAIR OF THE 1915 2-CENT TYPE I VERTICAL COIL. AN OUTSTANDING RARITY.

Type I rotary press stamps were produced using the same master dies as had been used for flat plate printings. However, due to the curve of the plate to fit the rotary press, the impressions lacked some of the details of the flat plate printings. New dies were made with strengthened lines, resulting in the Type II stamps. After plate wear was noticed, further strengthening was necessary, resulting in the Type III stamps. Scott 449 was not produced until almost a year and a half after the Type I horizontal coil, Scott 453. Due to the unpopularity of vertical coils, this Type I stamp was in production for only a short period of time before being discontinued. The joint line pair offered here, in Mint N.H. condition and with such choice centering and color, is a major rarity, and it is arguably the finest Scott 449 line pair extant.

With 1999 P.F. certificate

30,000
60,000
560
og
Sale Number 863, Lot Number 560, 1908-23 Issues (Scott 449 to 478)2c Red, Ty. I, Coil (449), 2c Red, Ty. I, Coil (449)2c Red, Ty. I, Coil (449). Joint line pair, lightly hinged, fresh and bright color, wide margins

EXTREMELY FINE JOINT LINE PAIR OF THE RARE TYPE I ROTARY PRESS VERTICAL COIL.

With 2001 P.F. certificate

15,000
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561
nh
Sale Number 863, Lot Number 561, 1908-23 Issues (Scott 449 to 478)2c Red, Ty. I, Coil (449), 2c Red, Ty. I, Coil (449)2c Red, Ty. I, Coil (449). Mint N.H. pair, rich color, unusually well-centered

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A BEAUTIFUL AND RARE MINT NEVER-HINGED COIL PAIR OF THE 2-CENT 1915 TYPE I COIL.

With 1998 P.F. certificate

12,000
14,500
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562
nh
Sale Number 863, Lot Number 562, 1908-23 Issues (Scott 449 to 478)2c Red, Ty. I, Coil (449), 2c Red, Ty. I, Coil (449)2c Red, Ty. I, Coil (449). Mint N.H., exceptional centering with even margins, brilliant color and detailed impression.

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1915 2-CENT TYPE I VERTICAL COIL IN THE FINEST CONDITION ATTAINABLE.

With 2002 P.F. certificate

5,250
11,000
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563
nh
Sale Number 863, Lot Number 563, 1908-23 Issues (Scott 449 to 478)2c Red, Ty. I, Coil (449), 2c Red, Ty. I, Coil (449)2c Red, Ty. I, Coil (449). Mint N.H., rich color, post-office fresh

VERY FINE AND CHOICE MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT TYPE I SCOTT 449.

With 2000 P.F. certificate for pair, this being the top stamp

5,250
4,250
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564
nh
Sale Number 863, Lot Number 564, 1908-23 Issues (Scott 449 to 478)3c Violet, Coil (456), 3c Violet, Coil (456)3c Violet, Coil (456). Mint N.H. pair, beautifully centered, fresh color and detailed impression on bright white paper

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED PAIR.

With 1997 P.F. certificate

1,200
2,800
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565
nh
Sale Number 863, Lot Number 565, 1908-23 Issues (Scott 449 to 478)3c Violet, Coil (456), 3c Violet, Coil (456)3c Violet, Coil (456). Mint N.H. pair, choice centering, rich color, post-office fresh

EXTREMELY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING MINT NEVER-HINGED PAIR.

With 2001 P.F. certificate

1,200
2,700
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566
nhbl
Sale Number 863, Lot Number 566, 1908-23 Issues (Scott 449 to 478)5c Carmine, Error (467), 5c Carmine, Error (467)5c Carmine, Error (467). Single error in Mint N.H. pane of 100, natural s.e. at top and left, plate nos. at right and bottom, brilliant color, choice centering, few perf separations at selvage at right, small h.r. on front of selvage at bottom

VERY FINE. A RARE MINT NEVER-HINGED PANE OF THE PERF 10 5-CENT CARMINE ERROR.

Scott Retail as two Mint N.H. plate blocks and the Mint N.H. error block of nine.

2,010
2,800
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567
nhbl
Sale Number 863, Lot Number 567, 1908-23 Issues (Scott 449 to 478)6c Red Orange (468), 6c Red Orange (468)6c Red Orange (468). Mint N.H. top plate no. block of six with full selvage, rich color, well-centered, post-office fresh and intact

EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB TOP PLATE NUMBER BLOCK OF THE 6-CENT 1916 ISSUE.

The 6c 1916 Issue is exceedingly rare as a full top plate block in Mint N.H. condition. We have never seen another plate block of Scott No. 468 approaching this condition.

With 2003 P.F. certificate

2,200
8,500
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568
nh
Sale Number 863, Lot Number 568, 1908-23 Issues (Scott 449 to 478)$1.00 Violet Black (478), $1.00 Violet Black (478)$1.00 Violet Black (478). Mint N.H., perfect centering with wide and well-balanced margins, intense color and impression on bright paper

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB EXAMPLE OF THE $1.00 PERF 10 UNWATERMARKED FRANKLIN STAMP IN THE FINEST CONDITION ATTAINABLE.

This stamp was only used for less than six months before the Perf 11 stamps were produced. Due to its short production run and the only difference between this and the previous $1.00 stamp (Scott 460) being the watermark, many collectors and dealers of the day overlooked this stamp. It is especially scarce with such perfect centering.

With 1999 P.F. certificate for horizontal pair, this being the right stamp

1,700
3,750
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