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Sale 878 — 2004 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Saturday, 12 June, 2004

Category — Pan-American Issue

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
465
 
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 465, Pan-American Issue1c Pan-American, Center Inverted (294a), 1c Pan-American, Center Inverted (294a)1c Pan-American, Center Inverted (294a). Deep rich colors and proof-like impressions, neat strike of "Syracuse N.Y." oval cancel, few light perf creases and faint toning

VERY FINE APPEARING USED EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT PAN-AMERICAN INVERT.

The 1c Pan-American Inverts were found in at least four different post offices around the country, soon after release of the issue in May 1901. According to the revised Johl-King book (p.7) "The first known copies of this error were discovered at Bessemer, Alabama, by the Carrell Jewelry Company on some circulars just prior to mailing them. When they realized the find they had made they lost no time in removing the stamps from the circulars and thus saved them to philately." Three covers are known with one each used from Bessemer Ala., Oakland Cal. and St. Louis Mo.

The 1c Pan-American Invert in used condition is considerably scarcer than unused. With the increased collector demand for 20th century stamps, especially in used condition, the price of a used 1c Pan-American Invert has surged ahead from $7,000.00 in 2001 to $10,000.00 in 2004.

With copy of 2004 A.P.S. certificate.

10,000
8,500
466
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Sale Number 878, Lot Number 466, Pan-American Issue2c Pan-American, Center Inverted (295a), 2c Pan-American, Center Inverted (295a)2c Pan-American, Center Inverted (295a). Original gum, rich color and clear impressions of vignette and frame

VERY FINE AND CHOICE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT PAN-AMERICAN INVERT.

The 2c is the rarest of the three Pan-American Inverts. It is surmised that approximately 200 were issued through the post office, with two distinct shades known. Estimates of surviving examples range from an early count (1945) of 55 unused and 2-3 used to the 1998 Datz estimate of 150 unused, 3-5 used and a block of four intact. Our Levi records contain the intact block (4), reconstructed block (4), 64 unused singles and 6 used singles, for a total of 72 unused and 6 used. Many of the unused singles have disturbed gum or no gum, and/or are off center to top or top left. The example offered here has better centering than most, and is in sound condition.

Ex Lyons. With 1965 and 1991 P.F. certificates. Scott footnote states "Almost all unused copies of No. 295a have partial or disturbed gum. Values are for examples with full original gum that is slightly disturbed."

42,500
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467
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Sale Number 878, Lot Number 467, Pan-American Issue4c Pan-American, Center Inverted (296a), 4c Pan-American, Center Inverted (296a)4c Pan-American, Center Inverted (296a). Slightly disturbed original gum, h.r., deep rich colors, small expert repair at right center

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARING ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 4-CENT PAN-AMERICAN INVERT.

The 4c Pan-American Invert was a special printing and not regularly issued. Examples were distributed through two official channels, and the gum on the majority of stamps without "Specimen" overprint was disturbed due to its removal from mounting paper. In fact, many of these stamps are thinned or have seriously disturbed gum.

Ex Lyons. With 1999 P.F. certificate.

35,000
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468
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Sale Number 878, Lot Number 468, Pan-American Issue4c Pan-American, Center Inverted (296a), 4c Pan-American, Center Inverted (296a)4c Pan-American, Center Inverted (296a). Original gum, rich colors and fine impressions, few small thin spots and small corner crease

FINE EXAMPLE OF THE 4-CENT PAN-AMERICAN INVERT.

The 4c Pan-American Invert was a special printing and not regularly issued. Examples were distributed through two official channels, and the gum on the majority of stamps without "Specimen" overprint was disturbed due to its removal from mounting paper. In fact, many of these stamps are thinned or have seriously disturbed gum.

35,000
8,000
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469
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Sale Number 878, Lot Number 469, Pan-American Issue1c-10c Pan-American, "I.R." Overprints (294var-299var), 1c-10c Pan-American, "I.R." Overprints (294var-299var)1c-10c Pan-American, "I.R." Overprints (294var-299var). Each stamp with purple "I.R." overprint, original gum, rich colors, 1c and 5c small thin spots, otherwise Fine-Very Fine, scarce, overprinted for use as Revenue stamps

E. 1,000-1,500
2,000
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470
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Sale Number 878, Lot Number 470, Pan-American Issue8c Pan American (298), 8c Pan American (298)8c Pan American (298). Pane of 100 with plate nos. 1150 and 1143 at bottom, natural s.e. at top, most stamps on top row with traces of hinges, bottom right corner stamp thinned, other 89 stamps incl. both plate blocks Mint N.H., exceptional centering throughout with many perfectly centered, printer's ink mark on reverse at bottom as often found on these issues, few perf separations at top, few usual and trivial selvage faults

EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE WELL-CENTERED COMPLETE PANE OF THE 8-CENT PAN-AMERICAN ISSUE.

Most well-centered panes have been broken for singles and plate blocks. This most likely ranks among the finest remaining panes extant. Scott Retail as two Mint N.H. plate blocks, 73 Mint N.H. singles and 11 hinged singles.

33,840
26,000
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