VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A BEAUTIFUL AND RARE 50-CENT PERF 12 DOUBLE-LINE WATERMARKED FRANKLIN PLATE BLOCK.
Wide-top plate blocks of the 50c Perf 12 with double-line watermark are extremely rare. The Mint N.H. wide-top plate bock in the 2005 Fogelson sale (Shreves) realized $17,000 hammer. For the collector who is happy with lightly-hinged plate blocks, this is probably the best wide-top example extant.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS IS PROBABLY THE FINEST PLATE BLOCK OF THE 50-CENT FRANKLIN (SCOTT 440) IN EXISTENCE.
This full top selvage plate block is absolutely pristine and perfectly centered. It is the finest we have ever encountered. Last offered in our 2000 Rarities sale, where it realized $35,000 hammer
FRESH AND FINE. A RARE PLATE BLOCK OF THE PERF 10 DOUBLE-LINE WATERMARK $1.00 FRANKLIN, SCOTT 460.
With 1991 P.S.E. certificate
FINE-VERY FINE. AN INCREDIBLY RARE PLATE BLOCK OF THE $1.00 PERF 10 UNWATERMARKED FRANKLIN ISSUE.
Our search of auction catalogues of major plate block collections has yielded precious few examples. Todd had two with full top selvage, and Wampler had one hinged with narrow bottom selvage. The Silver Lake collection contained a Mint N.H. top plate block, which may be unique in that condition.
With 1991 P.F. certificate
FINE-VERY FINE CENTERING. A BRILLIANT AND FRESH PLATE NUMBER BLOCK OF THE $2.00 MADISON PERF 10.
FINE-VERY FINE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE WIDE TOP PLATE BLOCK OF THE $5.00 MARSHALL 1917 PERF 10 ISSUE.
Scott Retail as hinged
EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT IMPERFORATE ERROR IN A BLOCK OF NINE WITH THE ERROR STAMP MINT NEVER-HINGED.
During the course of production of the normal 2c plate No. 7942, three positions were noted to be defective. The plate was returned to the siderographer, who burnished out the three positions and mistakenly re-entered them using a transfer roll for the 5c stamp. The error passed unnoticed and the sheets were issued to the public Perf 10, Imperforate and Perf 11 (Scott 467, 485 and 505). The imperforate is by far the rarest of the three.
Ex Drucker. With 1981 A.P.S. and 2003 P.F. certificates
VERY FINE. AN IMPORTANT AND VERY RARE 20TH CENTURY VARIETY. PROBABLY UNIQUE AS A PLATE BLOCK.
This perforation variety is footnoted in Scott. Examples have been used to create the rare Scott 482A by trimming and adding Schermack Type III perforations. This is the only plate block with the imperforate sheet margin known to us.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED PLATE BLOCK IN THE FINEST ATTAINABLE CONDITION.
With 1999 P.F. certificate
FRESH AND EXTREMELY FINE PLATE BLOCK OF THE $1.00 PERF 11 ISSUE, SCOTT 518. EASILY ONE OF THE FINEST IN EXISTENCE.
Of the various $1.00 Washington-Franklin printings, Scott 518 is the most common. However, Mint N.H. plate blocks in superb condition are extremely rare.
FINE. A RARE MINT NEVER-HINGED PLATE BLOCK OF SCOTT 519.
Many of the known plate blocks -- approximately 30-40 -- have narrow selvage and are not nearly as well-centered as this example.
With 1982 P.F. certificate
FINE-VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE AND DESIRABLE PLATE NUMBER BLOCK OF THE 1918 $2.00 ORANGE RED & BLACK. ONLY A HANDFUL OF PLATE BLOCKS EXIST, AND THIS LARGE MULTIPLE IS EVEN RARER AND MORE DESIRABLE.
The $2.00 and $5.00 1918 Issue are the first bi-colored dollar-denominated postage stamps issued by the United States. Both were released just three months after the famous 1918 24c Inverted Jenny, but the early printings were issued in small quantities, since stocks of the 1902 $2.00 and $5.00 1917 issue were still on hand.
According to Johl, the $2.00 Orange Red & Black was a color error on the part of the Bureau of Engraving & Printing. The official description and order for the bi-color stamps specified "Red and Black" for the $2.00. When subsequent printings appeared in 1920 and philatelists brought the matter to the attention of the Bureau, they were told "this stamp has always been this color" (Johl, p. 306). From studies of Bureau and Post Office records, it is clear that the originally-intended color was not issued until November 1920 (Scott 547), and that the earlier Orange Red stamps were mistakes. The quantity issued has been variously estimated at between 47,000 and 68,000.
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A SCARCE MINT NEVER-HINGED PLATE BLOCK OF THE FIRST BI-COLORED $5.00 STAMP ISSUED BY THE UNITED STATES.
Ex Zoellner. We have only offered one other since keeping computerized records, approximately 13 years ago.
EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL MINT NEVER-HINGED PLATE BLOCK OF THE 2-CENT TYPE V IMPERFORATE OFFSET ISSUE.
This is surprisingly difficult to obtain in Mint N.H. condition from the top plate position. We have only offered one other since keeping computerized records.
EXTREMELY FINE. A MAGNIFICENT LARGE MULTIPLE CONTAINING A PLATE BLOCK OF THE $2.00 CARMINE & BLACK BI-COLORED ISSUE. A GORGEOUS MULTIPLE IN TERMS OF COLOR, CENTERING, GUM AND OVERALL FRESHNESS.
Scott Retail as plate block and 16 singles.