Sale 904 — Superb United States Stamps

Sale Date — Saturday, 10 December, 2005

Category — 1894-98 Bureau Issues

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
235
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Sale 904, Lot 235, 1894-98 Bureau Issues1c Ultramarine (246). Mint N.H., detailed impression on white paper, almost perfectly centered with enormous margins, Extremely Fine Gem, a phenomenal stamp, with 2001 P.F. certificate for pair

85
475
236
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Sale 904, Lot 236, 1894-98 Bureau Issues1c Ultramarine (246). Mint N.H., pretty pastel color on brilliant white paper, perfectly centered with unusually wide margins, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb stamp in every respect, with 2002 P.F. and 2004 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95)

85
675
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237
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Sale 904, Lot 237, 1894-98 Bureau Issues1c Blue (247). Mint N.H. with part imprint at left, rich color, perfect centering with well-proportioned margins, Extremely Fine Gem, a stamp of great visual appeal

200
1,600
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238
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Sale 904, Lot 238, 1894-98 Bureau Issues2c Pink, Ty. I (248). Mint N.H. with selvage at right, vibrant color, perfect centering with wide and balanced margins, Extremely Fine Gem, a spectacular stamp meeting the high standards for a Superb 98 grade, with 2000 P.F. and 2004 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98)

77
1,400
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239
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Sale 904, Lot 239, 1894-98 Bureau Issues2c Carmine Lake, Ty. I (249). Mint N.H., intense shade, perfectly centered with wide and balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT CARMINE LAKE TYPE I UNWATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE.

With 2001 P.F. certificate and 2005 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95)

450
4,500
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240
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Sale 904, Lot 240, 1894-98 Bureau Issues2c Carmine Lake, Ty. I (249). Original gum, single hinge mark, rich color, choice centering, fresh and Extremely Fine, with 2005 P.F. certificate

175
475
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241
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Sale 904, Lot 241, 1894-98 Bureau Issues2c Carmine, Ty. I (250). Mint N.H., brilliant color on bright paper, unusually wide margins for this issue, Extremely Fine, with 2001 P.F. certificate for pair and 2005 P.S.E. certificate as single (XF-Superb 95)

77
800
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242
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Sale 904, Lot 242, 1894-98 Bureau Issues2c Carmine, Ty. II (251). Mint N.H. with part imprint at left, brilliant color, fresh and Extremely Fine, with 2004 P.S.E. certificate

900
1,500
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243
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Sale 904, Lot 243, 1894-98 Bureau Issues2c Carmine, Ty. III (252). Mint N.H. with part imprint at left, brilliant color on bright paper, post-office fresh

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS IS EASILY ONE OF THE FINEST EXAMPLES OF SCOTT 252 WE HAVE EVER ENCOUNTERED. A REMARKABLE STAMP IN EVERY RESPECT.

With 2002 P.F. certificate

350
2,400
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244
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Sale 904, Lot 244, 1894-98 Bureau Issues3c Purple (253). Mint N.H. with part imprint at right, bright color and crisp impression contrasts nicely with bright paper, perfectly centered with enormous margins all around

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. WE FEEL CONFIDENT IN STATING THAT THIS IS ONE OF THE FINEST EXAMPLES OF THE 1894 3-CENT UNWATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE IN EXISTENCE.

With 1984 and 2002 P.F. certificates

325
2,900
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245
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Sale 904, Lot 245, 1894-98 Bureau Issues5c Chocolate (255). Mint N.H., rich color on bright paper, almost perfectly centered with balanced margins al around

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT UNWATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE.

With 2003 and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95)

300
2,400
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246
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Sale 904, Lot 246, 1894-98 Bureau Issues5c Chocolate (255). Mint N.H., deep shade, wide and balanced margins, fresh and Extremely Fine, with 1991 and 2002 P.F. certificates

300
1,600
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247
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Sale 904, Lot 247, 1894-98 Bureau Issues6c Dull Brown (256). Mint N.H., brilliant color, perfectly centered with wide and balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS IS CLEARLY ONE OF THE FINEST EXISTING MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLES OF THE 1894 6-CENT UNWATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE.

The First Bureau Issue of 1894 was a rough start for the government printers given the task of producing postage stamps after the American Bank Note Company contract expired. After quickly altering the 1890 Issue dies by adding triangles, the Bureau started printing stamps on unwatermarked paper. The quality controls for perforating stamps were obviously not in place for the Bureau's first issue, and the stamps released are notorious among collectors for poor centering and unpunched perf holes.

Although the demand for other values was far greater, the 6c was actually the first value released by the Post Office Department (announced for July 1894; EDU 8/11/1894). Other values followed, beginning in September to as late as March 1895 (the 8c). Reviewing auction records of Scott 256, it is obvious that even when judged against normal standards, this stamp is exceptionally choice. Judged by the standards of the 1894 Issue, it is nothing less than a miraculous and fortuitous fluke of quality. We could find only one other (Sale 872, lot 706) that rivals this Gem.

With 2002 P.F. certificate

450
5,750
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248
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Sale 904, Lot 248, 1894-98 Bureau Issues10c Dark Green (258). Original gum, lightly hinged, deep rich color, wide margins, fresh and Extremely Fine, difficult to find with such wide margins and in such exceptional condition, with 2005 P.F. certificate

300
750
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249
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Sale 904, Lot 249, 1894-98 Bureau Issues15c Dark Blue (259). Mint N.H., deep rich color on bright paper, unusually wide margins for this difficult issue

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. WITHOUT QUESTION THIS IS ONE OF THE FINEST MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLES OF THE 15-CENT UNWATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE IN EXISTENCE.

In our description of lot 203 in this sale, the 1890 counterpart to the 15c 1894 Issue offered here, we pointed out the extraordinary beauty of this issue's design and deep blue color. The same comments apply to this First Bureau issue, with the added footnote regarding the notoriously poor quality of the Bureau's early effort in perforating stamps. This stamp stands out as one of the finest 15c 1894's in Mint N.H. condition.

With 1999 and 2004 P.F. certificates and 2005 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95)

850
10,500
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250
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Sale 904, Lot 250, 1894-98 Bureau Issues50c Orange (260). Original gum, perfectly framed with enormous even margins all around, brilliant color and sharp impression

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB JUMBO EXAMPLE OF THE 50-CENT 1894 UNWATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE. A FANTASTIC STAMP.

The stamp offered here has huge margins and centering comparable to the example offered in our Sale 829 (lot 582). That stamp, which was in Mint N.H. condition, realized $17,000 hammer.

With 2000 P.F. certificate and 2004 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo)

575
2,500
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251
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Sale 904, Lot 251, 1894-98 Bureau Issues$1.00 Black (261). Original gum, lightly hinged, sharp proof-like impression, Jumbo margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB JUMBO EXAMPLE OF THE $1.00 TYPE I 1894 UNWATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE.

With 1984 and 2005 P.F. certificates and 2005 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo)

1,100
3,500
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252
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Sale 904, Lot 252, 1894-98 Bureau Issues$1.00 Black, Ty. II (261A). Original gum, lightly hinged, intense shade and impression, choice centering with well-proportioned margins

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE TYPE II 1894 UNWATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE.

With 1995 and 2001 P.F. certificates

2,300
3,750
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253
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Sale 904, Lot 253, 1894-98 Bureau Issues$1.00 Black, Ty. II (261A). Original gum, lightly hinged, intense shade and impression, almost perfectly centered

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL LIGHTLY-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE $1.00 TYPE II UNWATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE.

With 2000 P.S.E. certificate

2,300
2,200
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254
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Sale 904, Lot 254, 1894-98 Bureau Issues$2.00 Bright Blue (262). Original gum, lightly hinged, bright shade on crisp paper, unusually choice centering with wide and balanced margins all around

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THE $2.00 1894 UNWATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE IS ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT STAMPS OF THE SERIES TO OBTAIN IN SUCH SUPERB CONDITION. A TRUE CONDITION RARITY.

Ex Floyd. With 1982 and 2002 P.F. certificates.

3,250
6,250
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255
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Sale 904, Lot 255, 1894-98 Bureau Issues$5.00 Dark Green (263). Original gum, barest trace of hinging, rich color on bright paper, extra wide margins

EXTREMELY FINE. THE $5.00 1894 UNWATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE IS A RARE STAMP THAT IS SELDOM SEEN WITH SUCH WIDE MARGINS AND CHOICE CENTERING.

With 2002 P.F. certificate

5,000
11,000
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256
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Sale 904, Lot 256, 1894-98 Bureau Issues1c Blue (264). Mint N.H., rich color, well-balanced margins, Extremely Fine Gem

17
130
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257
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Sale 904, Lot 257, 1894-98 Bureau Issues2c Carmine, Ty. I (265). Mint N.H., radiant color on bright paper, almost perfectly centered with wide margins, Extremely Fine Gem, with copy of 1992 and with 2001 P.F. certificates and with 2005 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95)

77
635
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258
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Sale 904, Lot 258, 1894-98 Bureau Issues2c Carmine, Ty. II (266). Mint N.H. with part imprint at right, brilliant color, perfectly centered, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb stamp in every respect, with 2002 P.F. certificate

90
700
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259
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Sale 904, Lot 259, 1894-98 Bureau Issues2c Reddish Carmine, Ty. III (267 var). Mint N.H., unusually intense color, perfectly centered with wide margins all around, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb example of this color variety, with 2005 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95)

14
300
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260
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Sale 904, Lot 260, 1894-98 Bureau Issues3c Purple (268). Mint N.H., detailed impression, choice centering, post-office fresh and Extremely Fine, with 2000 P.F. certificate

97
260
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261
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Sale 904, Lot 261, 1894-98 Bureau Issues4c Dark Brown (269). Mint N.H. with plate no. at bottom, crisp impression, almost perfectly centered with well-proportioned margins, Extremely Fine, a gorgeous stamp, with 2003 P.F. and 2004 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90)

125
300
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262
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Sale 904, Lot 262, 1894-98 Bureau Issues4c Dark Brown (269). Mint N.H., deep rich color, detailed impression, choice centering, fresh and Extremely Fine, with 1997 P.F. certificate

125
375
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263
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Sale 904, Lot 263, 1894-98 Bureau Issues5c Chocolate (270). Mint N.H., bright color, almost perfectly centered with wide and balanced margins, Extremely Fine Gem, a gorgeous stamp, with 1999 P.F. certificate

97
525
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264
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Sale 904, Lot 264, 1894-98 Bureau Issues5c Chocolate (270). Mint N.H., pretty shade on bright paper, choice centering, fresh and Extremely Fine, with 2004 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90)

97
290
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265
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Sale 904, Lot 265, 1894-98 Bureau Issues6c Dull Brown (271). Mint N.H., perfectly centered, pretty shade on bright paper

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A MAGNIFICENT MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 6-CENT 1894 WATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE.

With 2000 P.F. certificate and 2005 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95)

325
3,000
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266
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Sale 904, Lot 266, 1894-98 Bureau Issues8c Violet Brown (272). Mint N.H., deep rich color and sharp proof-like impression on bright paper, Jumbo margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS IS EASILY ONE OF THE FINEST MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLES OF THE 1895 8-CENT WATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE, SCOTT 272, THAT WE HAVE EVER HANDLED.

With 2003 P.F. certificate and 2005 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo)

180
3,250
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267
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Sale 904, Lot 267, 1894-98 Bureau Issues10c Dark Green (273). Mint N.H., rich color, choice centering with well-proportioned margins, Extremely Fine, a stamp of great visual appeal, with 2000 P.F. certificate

260
750
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268
og
Sale 904, Lot 268, 1894-98 Bureau Issues10c Dark Green (273). Original gum, lightly hinged, pretty pastel color, wide margins, Extremely Fine, with 2004 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90)

100
200
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269
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Sale 904, Lot 269, 1894-98 Bureau Issues15c Dark Blue (274). Mint N.H., deep rich color and proof-like impression on bright paper, well-balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE AND FRESH MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1895 15-CENT WATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE.

With 2000 P.F. certificate

625
1,600
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270
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Sale 904, Lot 270, 1894-98 Bureau Issues15c Dark Blue (274). Mint N.H., deep rich color on bright paper, wide and balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1895 15-CENT WATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE.

With 2002 P.F. and 2004 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90)

625
1,350
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271
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Sale 904, Lot 271, 1894-98 Bureau Issues50c Orange (275). Original gum, lightly hinged, radiant color, perfectly centered with well-balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1895 50-CENT WATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE.

With 2002 P.F. certificate

300
900
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272
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Sale 904, Lot 272, 1894-98 Bureau Issues50c Orange (275). Original gum, barest trace of hinging, brilliant color, almost perfectly centered, Extremely Fine, with 2004 P.F. and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (VF-XF 85)

300
550
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273
 
Sale 904, Lot 273, 1894-98 Bureau Issues$1.00 Black, Ty. I-II (276-276A). Horizontal pair with full imprint at bottom, original gum, lightly hinged, intense shade and impression, choice centering

EXTREMELY FINE. A MAGNIFICENT ORIGINAL-GUM COMBINATION PAIR OF THE TYPE I AND TYPE II UNWATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE. A HIGHLY DESIRABLE POSITION PIECE.

The plate of the $1.00 1894 Bureau Issue consisted of fifteen vertical rows of Type I and five vertical rows of Type II, which accounts for the scarcity of Type II compared with Type I. There are only ten positions on the plate which yield combination pairs. This pair, with the full imprint at bottom, is particularly desirable.

With 2002 P.F. certificate

2,600
5,250
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274
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Sale 904, Lot 274, 1894-98 Bureau Issues$1.00 Black, Ty. I (276). Original gum, lightly hinged, intense shade and detailed impression, Extremely Fine, with 2002 P.F. and 2004 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90)

675
1,000
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275
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Sale 904, Lot 275, 1894-98 Bureau Issues$2.00 Dark Blue (277a). Original gum, lightly hinged, deep rich color on bright paper, unusually wide margins which are well-proportioned

EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1895 $2.00 WATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE IN THE DARK BLUE SHADE.

With 1990 and 2001 P.F. certificates, the former describing it as Bright Blue and with 2005 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95)

1,100
3,000
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276
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Sale 904, Lot 276, 1894-98 Bureau Issues$2.00 Bright Blue (277). Original gum, lightly hinged, deep rich color on bright paper, wide margins, fresh and Extremely Fine, with 2004 P.F. and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (VF-XF 85)

1,100
1,200
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277
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Sale 904, Lot 277, 1894-98 Bureau Issues$5.00 Dark Green (278). Original gum, lightly hinged, deep rich color, almost perfectly centered with well-balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE $5.00 WATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE.

With 1997 P.F. certificate

2,300
4,000
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278
 
Sale 904, Lot 278, 1894-98 Bureau Issues$5.00 Dark Green (278). Rich color on bright paper nicely contrasted by purple cancel, well-proportioned margins, fresh and Extremely Fine, with 2005 P.F. certificate

650
1,150
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279
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Sale 904, Lot 279, 1894-98 Bureau Issues1c Deep Green (279). Mint N.H. with plate no. at top, radiant color on bright paper, mathematically perfect centering, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb stamp in every respect, with 1992 P.F. certificate as strip of three and 2005 P.S.E. certificate as single (Superb 98)

22
1,500
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280
og
Sale 904, Lot 280, 1894-98 Bureau Issues2c Rose Carmine, Ty. III (279Bc). Original gum, barest trace of hinging, brilliant color, Extremely Fine, ex Floyd, with 1990 and 2003 P.F. certificates

250
450
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281
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Sale 904, Lot 281, 1894-98 Bureau Issues2c Deep Red, Ty. III (279B var). Mint N.H. with part imprint at top, intense color, well-balanced margins, Extremely Fine example of this shade variety, with 2001 P.F. certificate

32
260
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282
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Sale 904, Lot 282, 1894-98 Bureau Issues4c Orange Brown (280b). Mint N.H., deep rich color, almost perfectly centered, Extremely Fine, with 1998 P.F. certificate

75
425
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283
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Sale 904, Lot 283, 1894-98 Bureau Issues5c Dark Blue (281). Mint N.H., intense color and detailed impression, perfect centering with wide margins, Extremely Fine Gem, with 1991 P.F. certificate and 2005 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95)

87
1,100
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284
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Sale 904, Lot 284, 1894-98 Bureau Issues5c Dark Blue (281). Mint N.H., deep rich color on bright paper, wide margins, fresh and Extremely Fine, with 2002 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90)

87
280
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285
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Sale 904, Lot 285, 1894-98 Bureau Issues5c Dark Blue (281). Mint N.H. top imprint and plate no. 409 block of six, deep rich color, almost perfectly centered throughout

EXTREMELY FINE. A MAGNIFICENT MINT NEVER-HINGED WIDE TOP-MARGIN PLATE BLOCK OF THE 5-CENT 1898 ISSUE.

With 1999 P.F. certificate

1,250
9,500
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286
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Sale 904, Lot 286, 1894-98 Bureau Issues6c Lake (282). Mint N.H., brilliant color, perfectly centered with balanced margins, Extremely Fine Gem, one of the most difficult stamps of the series to obtain in such superb condition, with 2001 P.F. certificate and 2005 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95)

120
1,500
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287
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Sale 904, Lot 287, 1894-98 Bureau Issues10c Brown, Ty. I (282C). Original gum, lightly hinged, bright color, unusually choice centering with wide and balanced margins, Extremely Fine Gem, a beautiful stamp, scarce in such superb condition, , ex Floyd, with 1992 P.F. certificate

200
850
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288
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Sale 904, Lot 288, 1894-98 Bureau Issues10c Orange Brown, Ty. II (283). Mint N.H. with selvage at left, radiant color, mathematically perfect centering with perfectly proportioned margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT TYPE II 1898 BUREAU ISSUE.

Many stamps with selvage tend to be slightly off to the other side, so that the selvage will compensate for centering. This is not the case with the stamp offered here. Even if the selvage were removed, this stamp would maintain its appearance of perfect centering.

With 2000 P.F. certificate

375
4,000
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289
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Sale 904, Lot 289, 1894-98 Bureau Issues15c Olive Green (284). Mint N.H., pretty color with well-balanced margins all around

EXTREMELY FINE MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF TH 15-CENT 1898 BUREAU ISSUE.

With 1996 P.F. certificate

400
1,350
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