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Sale 863 — 2003 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Saturday, 31 May, 2003

Category — 1908-23 Issues (Scott 537a to 546a)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
579
 
Sale Number 863, Lot Number 579, 1908-23 Issues (Scott 537a to 546a)3c Deep Violet (537a), 3c Deep Violet (537a)3c Deep Violet (537a). Deep rich color on brilliant paper, bold "Salem Ohio" precancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. ONLY SIXTEEN USED EXAMPLES OF THE RED VIOLET ARE CURRENTLY KNOWN.

The Philatelic Foundation has certified only four singles, one pair (now split) and one block of four as genuine. The other block has a straight edge at right and slight thinning.

With photocopy of 2002 P.F. certificate for vertical pair, this being the bottom stamp

2,000
3,750
580
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Sale Number 863, Lot Number 580, 1908-23 Issues (Scott 537a to 546a)2c Carmine Rose, Ty. II, Rotary Perf 11 x 10 (539), 2c Carmine Rose, Ty. II, Rotary Perf 11 x 10 (539)2c Carmine Rose, Ty. II, Rotary Perf 11 x 10 (539). Mint N.H., bright fresh color, well-centered for this notoriously challenging issue

VERY FINE MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 1919 2-CENT TYPE II ROTARY PRESS WASTE ISSUE, SCOTT 539.

The rotary waste sheets were rarely perforated in a uniform manner. Many are very poorly centered and have been hinged

4,000
4,500
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581
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Sale Number 863, Lot Number 581, 1908-23 Issues (Scott 537a to 546a)1c Green, Rotary Perf 11 (544), 1c Green, Rotary Perf 11 (544)1c Green, Rotary Perf 11 (544). Barely hinged (if at all), deep rich color on remarkably fresh paper, centered to right

FINE AND EXTREMELY RARE. APPROXIMATELY 30 UNUSED EXAMPLES HAVE BEEN CERTIFIED BY THE PHILATELIC FOUNDATION.

A small quantity of 1c Rotary Press stamps was perforated 11 at the end of 1922, using remainder sheets from the earlier printings that were normally perforated in 10 gauge or 11/10 compound gauge. Its existence as a Perf 11 variety was discovered in 1936, and the stamp received its Scott catalogue listing in 1938.

With 1992 P.F. certificate

18,000
22,000
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582
 
Sale Number 863, Lot Number 582, 1908-23 Issues (Scott 537a to 546a)1c Green, Rotary Perf 11 (544), 1c Green, Rotary Perf 11 (544)1c Green, Rotary Perf 11 (544). Light circular datestamp, remarkably well-centered for this notoriously challenging issue, fresh and bright color

EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THIS MAJOR 20TH CENTURY RARITY.

Most of the recorded copies of Scott 544 are off-center or have been damaged as a result of lower production standards and poor handling.

With 1987 and 2001 P.F. certificates.

3,250
8,500
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583
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Sale Number 863, Lot Number 583, 1908-23 Issues (Scott 537a to 546a)2c Carmine Rose, Ty. III, Perf 10 on Left Side (546a), 2c Carmine Rose, Ty. III, Perf 10 on Left Side (546a)2c Carmine Rose, Ty. III, Perf 10 on Left Side (546a). Top margin block of eight with hollow star, both stamps at left the variety, brilliant color, small h.r.

FINE-VERY FINE. THE UNIQUE TOP SHEET-MARGIN BLOCK CONTAINING TWO EXAMPLES OF THE 2-CENT 1921 ROTARY PRINTING PERFORATED 10 ON THE LEFT SIDE. A REMARKABLE SHOWPIECE.

Our records of Scott 546a contain this unique unused block, another block containing two examples of the error (which we believe has since been broken into two strips of four), and one used single, for a total of four unused and one used. We believe that the strip of four in our records (ex Grunin and Schilling) comes from a block mentioned in a 1956 letter from C. B. Durland to Eugene Costales.

The block offered here is important, as it identifies the location on the sheet where the error occurred. With 1967 P.F. certificate and accompanied by letter from C. B. Durland (a previous owner of this block) to Eugene Costales. Scott Retail as two unused singles. We are unaware of the basis for the existing Scott Catalogue value.

13,000
14,000
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