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Sale 878 — 2004 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Saturday, 12 June, 2004

Category — Columbian Issue

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
431
c
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 431, Columbian Issue2c Columbian (231), 2c Columbian (231)2c Columbian (231). Tied by "Lowell Mass. Jan. 2, 1893" first day duplex cancel on cover with printed Lawrence Mass. address, Pharmacist's small red sticker at top left, stamp with small faults from placement at extreme edges of cover

VERY FINE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT COLUMBIAN USED ON JANUARY 2, 1893, THE MONDAY ISSUE DATE.

The 2c Columbian was issued on Sunday, January 1, 1893, but most post offices were closed. January 2 is accepted as the First Day of Issue.

3,500
0
432
nh
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 432, Columbian Issue4c Columbian, Error of Color (233a). Mint N.H, 4c Columbian, Error of Color (233a). Mint N.H4c Columbian, Error of Color (233a). Mint N.H., deep rich color on fresh and bright paper

FINE AND PRISTINE. ONE OF THE FEW AVAILABLE MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLES OF THE RARE 4-CENT COLUMBIAN ERROR OF COLOR.

The 4c Columbian color error was caused by the use of a wrong batch of ink, and spectrographic analysis has shown that the blue inks of the 4c error and 1c Columbian have the same components.

Stamps from at least two panes reached collectors, and the few cancelled examples indicate that stamps used by the public came from additional panes. It is likely that a number of full sheets were printed using the wrong ink, and most of the stamps have simply been lost to philately.

Ex Drucker. With 1972 and 2002 P.F. certificates.

32,500
18,500
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433
og
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 433, Columbian Issue4c Columbian, Error of Color (233a), 4c Columbian, Error of Color (233a)4c Columbian, Error of Color (233a). Slightly disturbed original gum, lightly hinged, deep rich color in the more intense of the two error shades, fresh and bright paper, wide margins

VERY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 4-CENT COLUMBIAN ERROR OF COLOR.

With 2001 P.S.E. certificate.

19,500
10,000
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434
og
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 434, Columbian Issue4c Columbian, Error of Color (233a), 4c Columbian, Error of Color (233a)4c Columbian, Error of Color (233a). Original gum, lightly hinged, deep rich color, detailed proof-like impression, fresh and bright paper, three Jumbo margins

A FINE EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 4-CENT COLUMBIAN ERROR OF COLOR.

This is the more intense of the two error shades.

19,500
8,000
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435
 
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 435, Columbian Issue4c Columbian, Error of Color (233a), 4c Columbian, Error of Color (233a)4c Columbian, Error of Color (233a). Beautiful deep rich color in the more intense of the two error shades, bold strike of duplex circular datestamp and "2" oval grid, small filled thin in corner not noted on accompanying certificate

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. ONLY THIRTEEN USED EXAMPLES OF THE 4-CENT COLUMBIAN ERROR OF COLOR HAVE BEEN CERTIFIED BY THE PHILATELIC FOUNDATION. ONE OF THE GREAT RARITIES OF USED UNITED STATES STAMPS.

Only four of the thirteen are sound, and two of the sound copies have not been re-examined for faults since the 1940's. Therefore, the number of sound copies may actually be less than four, and may only be two. Most of the used examples are also off-center to some degree, with eight having the perforations either close or touching on at least one side. The stamp offered here is among the three best-centered of all known used examples. In the last six years, this is only the third used example of this rarity we have handled.

With 1978 P.F. certificate

15,000
9,000
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436
nh
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 436, Columbian Issue30c Columbian (239), 30c Columbian (239)30c Columbian (239). Mint N.H., intense color on brilliant paper with long full perfs all around, perfectly centered with even Jumbo margins, post-office fresh

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED 30-CENT COLUMBIAN THAT RANKS AMONG THE FINEST EXTANT.

With 2004 P.F. certificate

675
8,500
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437
nh
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 437, Columbian Issue$1.00 Columbian (241). Mint N.H, $1.00 Columbian (241). Mint N.H$1.00 Columbian (241). Mint N.H. with sheet selvage at left, radiant color and almost perfect centering on post-office fresh white paper

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL MINT NEVER-HINGED $1.00 COLUMBIAN IN POST-OFFICE FRESH CONDITON..

The superb centering and remarkable Mint Never-Hinged state make this stamp one of the most outstanding $1.00 Columbians we have offered. With copy of 2003 P.F. certificate for block of four

3,250
8,000
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438
og
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 438, Columbian Issue$1.00 Columbian (241), $1.00 Columbian (241)$1.00 Columbian (241). Selvage at bottom with letter "W", original gum, lightly hinged, almost perfectly centered with wide margins, brilliant color,

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE $1.00 COLUMBIAN.

With 1990 P.F. certificate

1,250
2,500
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439
bl
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 439, Columbian Issue$1.00 Columbian (241), $1.00 Columbian (241)$1.00 Columbian (241). Block of four, rich color, centrally-struck "Los Angeles Calif. 402" oval cancel

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A SCARCE USED BLOCK OF THE $1.00 COLUMBIAN.

A wonderful and remarkably intact used block

4,500
0
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440
nh
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 440, Columbian Issue$2.00 Columbian (242), $2.00 Columbian (242)$2.00 Columbian (242). Pristine Mint N.H. gum, deep shade with color and paper as fresh as the day it was issued, choice centering with full perfs all around

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE $2.00 COLUMBIAN IN REMARKABLE CONDITION. A PHENOMENAL STAMP IN EVERY RESPECT.

Typically, when a collector assembles an Extremely Fine, Mint Never-Hinged set of Columbians, the $2.00 space remains empty to the very end due to the low supply and high demand. It is simply one of the rarest stamps of the set in this condition. The Zoellner collection sold by the Siegel firm had a lightly hinged stamp. The Weisman collection had a Mint N.H. stamp, but it was not centered, and the Lyons collection had a used $2.00. The Scott value of $3,500.00 for a Mint N.H. stamp (in Very Fine grade) does not begin to reflect the true rarity of such examples, as demonstrated by the $30,000 realization in our March sale (Sale 872, lot 658).

With 2002 P.F. certificate.

3,500
15,500
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441
ng
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 441, Columbian Issue$4.00 Columbian (244), $4.00 Columbian (244)$4.00 Columbian (244). Unused (no gum), bright color, Jumbo margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. EASILY ONE OF THE WIDEST-MARGINED EXAMPLES OF THE $4.00 COLUMBIAN IN EXISTENCE.

With 1988 P.F. certificate

1,400
2,100
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442
og
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 442, Columbian Issue$5.00 Columbian (245), $5.00 Columbian (245)$5.00 Columbian (245). Original gum, perfect centering with Jumbo margins, sharp proof-like impression

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB AND HUGE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE $5.00 COLUMBIAN.

We feel confident in stating that this is one of the three or four largest-margined examples of the $5.00 Columbian we have encountered.

With 1999 P.F. certificate.

3,100
0
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443
og
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 443, Columbian Issue$5.00 Columbian (245), $5.00 Columbian (245)$5.00 Columbian (245). Slightly mount-glazed original gum described on accompanying certificate as original gum, perfectly centered with enormous margins all around, sharp proof-like impression

EXTREMELY FINE. A HUGE-MARGINED EXAMPLE OF THE $5.00 COLUMBIAN.

With 1991 P.F. certificate

3,100
3,000
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