Sale 895 — 2005 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Friday, 3 June, 2005

Category — 1908-23 Issues (Scott 388 thru 491)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
333
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Sale 895, Lot 333, 1908-23 Issues (Scott 388 thru 491)2c Carmine, Coil (388). Pair with 3mm spacing, lightly hinged, brilliant color and proof-like impression, left stamp small natural inclusion (not mentioned on accompanying certificates)

VERY FINE AND CHOICE PAIR OF THE 2-CENT 1911 PERF 12 HORIZONTAL COIL.

This 2c coil was in production for only a short period of time before being superseded by the Perf 8-1/2 issue. Due to the greater popularity of the horizontal coils with users, combined with a wary attitude by many collectors that early coils were simply trimmed stamps, many were used and few preserved.

With 1968, 1987 and 2004 P.F. certificates

3,500
0
334
c
Sale 895, Lot 334, 1908-23 Issues (Scott 388 thru 491)3c Deep Violet, Orangeburg Coil (389). Deep rich color and sharp proof-like impression, tied by "Orangeburg N.Y. Jun 3 3PM 1911" machine cancel on cover to Columbus O., usual "Bell & Company Incorporated Manufacturing Chemists" corner card

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A BEAUTIFUL SOUND EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 3-CENT ORANGEBURG COIL ON A FRESH COVER. ONLY TWELVE ORANGEBURG COIL COVERS HAVE BEEN CERTIFIED AS GENUINE BY THE PHILATELIC FOUNDATION.

The Orangeburg coil was made by the Post Office Department in 1911, specifically for use by the Bell Pharmaceutical Company. The 3c coil stamps were used to send samples of their products to physicians. Due to the quantity of mail, they were put through the first-class cancelling machine at Orangeburg, New York. The Orangeburg coil stamps' use on third-class mail, and the fact that philatelists were generally unaware of their production accounts for their rarity.

With 1970 and 2001P.F. certificates.

27,500
25,000
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335
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Sale 895, Lot 335, 1908-23 Issues (Scott 388 thru 491)10c Orange Yellow, Panama-Pacific (400). Bottom plate no. block of six, radiant color, each stamp with mathematically perfect centering, free from the usual gum skips and bends which often plague this issue, latest certificate notes four stamps Mint N.H. and bottom right horizontal pair lightly hinged between stamps

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB PLATE BLOCK OF THE 10-CENT ORANGE YELLOW PERF 12 PANAMA-PACIFIC ISSUE. REMARKABLE FOR ITS FRESH GUM, BRIGHT COLOR, CENTERING, AND INTACT PERFORATIONS.

Ex Silver Lake. With 1985 and 1991 P.F. certificates which state that "it is genuine" (Mint N.H.) and with 2004 P.F. certificate.

2,350
2,800
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336
c
Sale 895, Lot 336, 1908-23 Issues (Scott 388 thru 491)10c Panama-Pacific, Perf 10 (404). Block of four with selvage at right, rich color, tied (between perfs) by well-struck New York oval registry cancels, "New York N.Y. 8-27 1915 Rec'd (18) Reg'y" purple backstamps on cover to Washington D.C., block also tied by purple "Fee Claimed at Washington D.C." handstamp, light strike of "Registered Receipt Demanded" at left, receiving backstamps, slightly reduced at right

FRESH AND VERY FINE. THIS IS THE EARLIEST DOCUMENTED USE OF THE 10-CENT PANAMA-PACIFIC ISSUE WITH THE 10-GAUGE PERFORATIONS.

According to Johl, Scott 404 was the last of the series to be issued. The Panama-Pacific stamps had been in use for a period of over two years, and the Perf 10 issue was not publicized.

E. 5,000-7,500
4,500
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337
E
Sale 895, Lot 337, 1908-23 Issues (Scott 388 thru 491)(8c) Franklin, Vignette Only, Die Essay on India (414-E2). Die sunk on 152 x 202mm card with full die sinkage, bright and fresh color, blue control no. "490311" on back, card with corner creases at top

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS ESSAY FOR THE HEAD OF FRANKLIN IS LIKELY UNIQUE. A WONDERFUL EXHIBITION PIECE.

This essay is noteworthy as an early impression of the design, in which the background is completely blank.

Listed but unpriced in Scott.

E. 2,000-3,000
1,900
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338
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Sale 895, Lot 338, 1908-23 Issues (Scott 388 thru 491)1c Green, Booklet Pane of Six, Imperforate (424e). Unused (no gum) as are all of the 60 reported booklet panes, rich color, three stamps with natural paper creases

A FINE EXAMPLE OF THIS RARITY -- THIS IS THE ONLY IMPERFORATE BOOKLET PANE IN U.S. PHILATELY.

This unusual error was first discovered in 1968. Despite the numbers reported, these do not appear on the market with any frequency -- the last example we offered was in our Sale 826 in September 2000.

With 1968 P.F. certificate

1,600
1,050
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339°
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Sale 895, Lot 339, 1908-23 Issues (Scott 388 thru 491)2c Red, Ty. I, Coil (449). Joint line pair, lightly hinged, fresh and bright color, wide margins

VERY FINE AND CHOICE JOINT LINE PAIR OF THE RARE TYPE I ROTARY PRESS VERTICAL COIL.

The 2c Type I rotary plate was used very briefly to make vertical coils issued in December 1915. It was superseded in February 1916 by the Type III plate. The early printing of the 2c rotary vertical coil was almost completely overlooked by contemporary collectors and dealers, who did not anticipate further production of vertical coils.

With 1988 and 1993 P.F. certificates.

15,000
0
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340
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Sale 895, Lot 340, 1908-23 Issues (Scott 388 thru 491)2c Red, Ty. I, Coil (449). Single hinge mark at top, pretty pastel color, wide margins

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL-GUM SINGLE OF THE 1915 TYPE I VERTICAL COIL..

With 2005 P.F. certificate

2,700
3,000
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341
nh
Sale 895, Lot 341, 1908-23 Issues (Scott 388 thru 491)$1.00 Violet Black (460). Mint N.H., mathematically perfect centering with wide and well-balanced margins, deep rich color and sharp proof-like impression on bright paper

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS SUPERB EXAMPLE OF THE PERF 10 DOUBLE-LINE WATERMARK $1.00 FRANKLIN IS EASILY ONE OF THE FINEST IN EXISTENCE, AND IS GRADED XF-SUP 95. A REMARKABLE CONDITION RARITY.

Even though this issue is not particularly rare, collectors who have been searching know the extremely difficulty obtaining examples with such perfect centering and in such pristine condition.

With 2005 P.S.E. certificate (XF-SUP 95)

1,850
10,000
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342
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Sale 895, Lot 342, 1908-23 Issues (Scott 388 thru 491)10c Orange Yellow (472). Mint N.H. top plate no. block of six with wide selvage, radiant color that is as fresh as the day it was printed, each stamp is almost perfectly centered

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS MINT NEVER-HINGED PLATE BLOCK OF THE 10-CENT PERF 10 UNWATERMARKED 1916-17 ISSUE ISSUE IS SURELY THE FINEST IN EXISTENCE. A REMARKABLE PLATE BLOCK.

A search of past auction catalogues has failed to find the equal of this block. We have only found hinged plate blocks, and of these almost none are from the desirable top position.

With 1999 P.F. certificate.

2,250
8,000
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343
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Sale 895, Lot 343, 1908-23 Issues (Scott 388 thru 491)2c Carmine, Ty. II, Coil (491). Lightly hinged, rich color and detailed impression, almost perfectly centered

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 2-CENT TYPE II PERF 10 HORIZONTAL COIL ON UNWATERMARKED PAPER.

With 1956 and 2005 P.F. certificates.

2,200
3,750
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