Sale 895 — 2005 Rarities of the World
Sale Date — Friday, 3 June, 2005
Category — United States Possessions (Philippines)
EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1901 $1.00 TYPE II WITH PHILIPPINES OVERPRINT.
The fifteen left vertical rows of Plate 76 are Type I; the remaining five rows are Type II. Only 3,000 $1.00 1895 stamps were overprinted for use in the Philippines. Therefore, only 750 Type II stamps were produced.
FINE-VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A REMARKABLE SET OF BLOCKS OF THE 1907 BUREAU OF INSULAR AFFAIRS SPECIAL PRINTING. ONE OF THE GREATEST RARITIES OF PHILIPPINES PHILATELY.
Little is known about these special printings. An article in a 1938 edition of The Philatelic Gazette reproduces a letter from the War Department's Bureau of Insular Affairs regarding an inquiry into these special printings. The letter notes that "In May 1907, the bureau had printed one hundred sets of each denomination of stamps formerly used in the Philippines -- that is United States stamps surcharged across their face with the word 'Philippines'. These stamps were printed at the suggestion of the United States Post Office Department for the purpose of supplying requests, which were then frequent, for specimen Philippine stamps. Of the one hundred sets printed, seventy-five were delivered to the Post Office Department for distribution, and I am unable to say whether that department now has any of them". According to the article, the 75 sets received by the Post Office department were turned over, intact, to the National Postal Museum.
Scott Retail as singles.
VERY FINE. A MAGNIFICENT COVER BEARING A BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 16C DARK BLUE "VICTORY" OVERPRINT USED IN COMBINATION WITH SPECIAL DELIVERY AND POSTAGE DUE "VICTORY" OVERPRINTS. A TRULY SCARCE USAGE.
The Postage Due set lacks only the 4c to be complete. There are only two recorded covers with complete sets of the Postage Dues.
With 1965 P.F. certificate.
VERY FINE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES 4-CENTAVOS 1926 AIR POST WITH INVERTED OVERPRINT. ONLY 100 WERE OVERPRINTED.
Signed Koslow and with 2005 P.F. certificate.
EXTREMELY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 1926 16-CENTAVOS AIR POST OVERPRINT. ONLY 300 WERE OVERPRINTED.
This is only the second example we have offered since keeping computerized records.
Signed Sloane and Friedl and with 1978 Friedl certificate
FINE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 16-CENTAVO OLIVE BISTER MADRID-MANILA AIR POST ISSUE. ONLY 100 WERE OVERPRINTED.
Signed Bloch and with 1978 Friedl certificate. Also with 2005 P.F. certificate
FINE EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 26-CENTAVO PERF 12 SINGLE-LINE WATERMARK AIR POST ISSUE. ONLY 100 WERE OVERPRINTED.
Signed Koslow. With 2005 P.F. certificate.
FRESH AND FINE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 4-CENTAVOS "VICTORY" OVERPRINTED AIR POST ISSUE. ONLY 122 ISSUED.
This is only the third unused example we have sold since keeping computerized records. One had tropicalized original gum, and the other had part tropicalized original gum.
Signed Bloch and with 2005 P.F. certificate.
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 6-CENTAVO DARK BROWN OFFICIAL WITH "VICTORY" OVERPRINT. ONE OF THE RAREST OF ALL OF THE PHILIPPINES VICTORY OVERPRINT ISSUES.
We have only sold one other since keeping computerized records, in our Sale 872.
With copy of 1974 P.F. certificate for block of four and with 2005 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE. A RARE USAGE OF THE 2-CENTAVO GUERILLA POSTAL SERVICE ISSUE. THIS MAY BE THE FINEST KNOWN COVER.
During World War II, this stamp was issued for use on the island of Mindanao. Only 500 stamps were printed. 36 covers are known, but many are unaddressed. This cover, actually used postally, is a great rarity.
Accompanied by an American Philatelist article discussing this issue.