Sale 895 — 2005 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Friday, 3 June, 2005

Category — Back-of-Book Issues (Officials thru Parcel Post)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
390
S
Sale 895, Lot 390, Back-of-Book Issues (Officials thru Parcel Post)$2.00 State, Specimen Ovpt. (O68SD). Unused (no gum), choice centering with wide margins

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE RARE $2.00 STATE DEPARTMENT WITH "SPECIMEN" OVERPRINT. ONLY 32 WERE SOLD.

With 1985 P.F. certificate.

12,000
10,000
391
og
Sale 895, Lot 391, Back-of-Book Issues (Officials thru Parcel Post)$5.00 State (O69). Original gum, lightly hinged for this issue, deep rich colors and proof-like impressions

VERY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE $5.00 STATE DEPARTMENT ISSUE.

Many examples of this issue have small faults. This sound and attractive copy is a condition rarity.

6,000
2,600
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392
og
Sale 895, Lot 392, Back-of-Book Issues (Officials thru Parcel Post)$10.00 State (O70). Original gum, barest trace of what may be hinging, bright color, wide margins

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE $10.00 STATE IN A REMARKABLE STATE OF PRESERVATION.

Ex Silver Lake. With 1992 and 2004 P.F. certificates, the former stating that "it is genuine" (Mint N.H.).

4,500
4,750
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393
og
Sale 895, Lot 393, Back-of-Book Issues (Officials thru Parcel Post)$10.00 State (O70). Original gum, rich colors, unusually precise centering

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE $10.00 STATE DEPARTMENT ISSUE.

Scarce in such superb condition.

4,500
5,250
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394
og
Sale 895, Lot 394, Back-of-Book Issues (Officials thru Parcel Post)$20.00 State (O71). Original gum, deep rich colors, choice centering

VERY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE $20.00 STATE DEPARTMENT ISSUE.

Scarce in sound, centered and original-gum condition.

3,750
4,500
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395
og
Sale 895, Lot 395, Back-of-Book Issues (Officials thru Parcel Post)24c Interior, Soft Paper (O103). Original gum, radiant color, wide margins

VERY FINE AND CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THE SCARCE 24-CENT INTERIOR AMERICAN BANK NOTE PRINTING.

Blue pen notation on back.

4,000
2,800
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396
og
Sale 895, Lot 396, Back-of-Book Issues (Officials thru Parcel Post)5c Dull Blue, 1875 Reprint, Printed on Both Sides (PR5a). Without gum as issued, crisp, impression and bright color on front, back with clear impression at right which is underinked at left, s.e. at bottom, few small faults as usually found on these oversize issues

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS THE RAREST OF ALL OF THE NEWSPAPER PRINTED-ON-BOTH-SIDES VARIETIES. THIS MAY BE UNIQUE.

There were two documented examples of this rarity until recently, when one of them (repaired) was lost or stolen. If the lost copy is not found, then this would be the only recorded example available to collectors. In any case, it is the finer of the two.

5,750
7,500
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397
nhbl
Sale 895, Lot 397, Back-of-Book Issues (Officials thru Parcel Post)75c Parcel Post (Q11). Mint N.H. bottom right corner plate no. block of eight, rich color and proof-like impression, choice centering throughout

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND RARE MINT NEVER-HINGED PLATE BLOCK OF THE 75-CENT PARCEL POST STAMP.

As an indication of rarity, Scott Catalogue assigns a 440% premium for the Mint N.H. plate block over the price of six Mint N.H. singles. Traditionally, the Scott Catalogue underprices Mint N.H. plate blocks.

Scott Retail as Mint N.H. plate block and two Mint N.H. singles

4,980
5,000
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