Sale 869 — Fall 2003 U.S. Rarities: United States, Confederate States, Historic Flights and Hawaii
Sale Date — Saturday, 15 November, 2003
Category — 1922-25 and Later Issues
VERY FINE APPEARING AND RARE COMPLETE PANE OF THE $5.00 AMERICA. OFFERED TO THE MARKET FOR THE FIRST TIME.
Scott Retail as hinged plate block, Mint N.H. center line block, 82 Mint N.H. singles and six hinged singles
VERY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE RARE SCOTT 594. FEWER THAN 100 COPIES EXIST.
The 1c Green, Scott 594, is waste from a horizontal rotary printing used to make coils. At the beginning or end of a coil-stamp print run from the 170-subject rotary plates, some leading or trailing paper was produced that was too short for rolling into 500-stamp rolls. In 1919 the Bureau devised a plan to salvage this waste by perforating and cutting the sheets into panes. They were put through the 11-gauge flat-plate perforator in use at the time, giving the sheets full perforations on all sides. In 1923 coil waste from the new 1c and 2c rotary production was turned into stamps later classified as Scott 578-579 and 594-595. These were the last of the coil-waste issues. The existence of Scott 594 was not reported until four months after the final sheets were delivered, and the 1c Rotary Perf 11 was soon recognized as one of the rarest United States stamps. There are today fewer than 100 confirmed examples of Scott 594.
With 1982 S.P.A. certificate (incorrectly stating No. 578)
EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED PLATE BLOCK BLOCK OF SCOTT 634A IN THE FINEST ATTAINABLE CONDITION.
We do not recall ever offering a finer example of this plate block.
VERY FINE-EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL MINT NEVER-HINGED PANE OF THE $5.00 HAMILTON ISSUE.
Each year there are fewer and fewer intact panes of the $5.00 Hamilton
EXTREMELY FINE AND PROBABLY UNIQUE. AN IMPORTANT MAJOR ERROR AND HIGHLY EXHIBITABLE ITEM.
Datz notes there are sixteen blocks of four reported, and only five of them are intact and undamaged. Clearly, this fresh and intact pane is not in his census. Normal accompanies for comparison. Scott Retail as only eight Mint N.H. blocks