Sale 932 — The Scarsdale Collection, Part 4: Washington-Franklin Issues

Sale Date — Friday, 30 March, 2007

Category — 1919-22 Rotary Press Issues (Scott 538 to 546)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
277
nh
Sale 932, Lot 277, 1919-22 Rotary Press Issues (Scott 538 to 546)1c Green, Rotary Perf 11 x 10 (538). Mint N.H., rich color and detailed impression, gorgeous centering with jumbo margins, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb stamp in every respect, with 1998 P.F. and 2006 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $240.00 as 95, $860.00 as 98)

22
800
278
nh
Sale 932, Lot 278, 1919-22 Rotary Press Issues (Scott 538 to 546)2c Carmine Rose, Ty. II, Rotary Perf 11 x 10 (539). Mint N.H., rich color and sharp impression, wide balanced margins and choice centering

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THIS RARE ROTARY-PRESS COIL WASTE ISSUE. AN EXCEEDINGLY DIFFICULT STAMP TO FIND IN SUCH CONDITION. THIS IS THE FINEST WE HAVE EVER OFFERED.

At the beginning or end of a coil-stamp print run from the 170-subject rotary plates, some leading or trailing paper was left over that was too short for rolling into 500-stamp rolls. In 1919, the Bureau devised a plan to salvage this waste by converting the stamps from coil stamps into sheet stamps. This was accomplished by cutting the sheets into panes and putting the panes through the flat-plate perforator in use at the time, giving the stamps perforations on all sides.

Since Scott 539 was put through two different perforating machines of differing gauges at different times, most of the stamps are off-center. The stamp offered here is a true condition rarity by virtue of its centering, margins and Mint N.H. state.

Ex Piedmont. With 1968, 1988 and 2000 P.F. certificates.

4,000
22,000
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279
nh
Sale 932, Lot 279, 1919-22 Rotary Press Issues (Scott 538 to 546)2c Carmine Rose, Ty. III, Rotary Perf 11 x 10 (540). Mint N.H., deep rich color and detailed impression, perfectly centered with well-balanced margins for this difficult rotary waste issue, Extremely Fine Gem, easily one of the finest examples in existence, ex Killien, with 1996 P.F. and 2006 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $1,000.00), this is the highest grade awarded to date, and only one other shares this grade

27
1,500
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280
nh
Sale 932, Lot 280, 1919-22 Rotary Press Issues (Scott 538 to 546)2c Carmine, Ty. III, Rotary Perf 11 x 10 (540 var). Mint N.H., rich color and proof-like impression, choice centering with well-balanced margins, Extremely Fine, a beautiful example of the Carmine sub-shade, with 2004 P.F. certificate

27
275
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281
nh
Sale 932, Lot 281, 1919-22 Rotary Press Issues (Scott 538 to 546)3c Violet, Ty. II, Rotary Perf 11 x 10 (541). Mint N.H., pretty color, well-balanced margins, Extremely Fine, with 1995 P.F. certificate

95
325
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282
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Sale 932, Lot 282, 1919-22 Rotary Press Issues (Scott 538 to 546)1c Green, Rotary Perf 10 x 11 (542). Mint N.H., brilliant color and crisp impression, almost perfectly centered with huge margins, Extremely Fine Gem, a gorgeous stamp, the rotary press waste issues are notoriously difficult to obtain in such superb condition, with 2003 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $1,100.00), this is the highest grade awarded to date and only one other has achieved this lofty grade

30
1,500
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283
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Sale 932, Lot 283, 1919-22 Rotary Press Issues (Scott 538 to 546)1c Green, Rotary Perf 11 (544). Mint N.H., fresh and bright color, remarkably choice centering with wide and nicely proportioned margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. EASILY ONE OF THE FINEST OF THE FEW EXTANT MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLES OF THIS MAJOR RARITY. PROBABLY FEWER THAN 20 ARE KNOWN UNUSED.

A small quantity of 1c Rotary Press stamps was perforated 11 at the end of 1922, using remainder sheets from the earlier printings that were normally perforated in 10 gauge or 11/10 compound gauge. Its existence as a Perf 11 variety was discovered in 1936, and the stamp received its Scott catalogue listing in 1938.

Most of the recorded copies of Scott 544 are off-center or have been damaged -- the result of poor production standards and mis-handling. The finest copies known come from a block of four, of which this stamp was originally the bottom right stamp. The Zoellner copy, subsequently offered in our 2000 Rarities sale where it realized $62,500, also comes from this block.

Ex Drucker (Siegel Sale 851, lot 441, realized $60,000 hammer). With 1987 and 2002 P.F. certificates.

32,500
80,000
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284
nh
Sale 932, Lot 284, 1919-22 Rotary Press Issues (Scott 538 to 546)1c Green, Rotary Perf 11 (545). Mint N.H., brilliant color, detailed impression, almost perfectly centered with unusually wide and balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT ROTARY COIL WASTE ISSUE, SCOTT 545. A DIFFICULT STAMP TO FIND IN SUCH SUPERB CONDITION.

Due to the nature of the rotary press printing process, it is often difficult, if not impossible, to find these issues with perfect centering. The stamp offered here is the exception to the rule.

Ex Piedmont. With 2000 and 2001 P.F. certificates (the former as a block of four). With 2007 P.S.E. certificate (XF Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $3,500.00 as 95, $10.200.00 as 98). Only two others have graded higher to date.

425
8,500
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285
nh
Sale 932, Lot 285, 1919-22 Rotary Press Issues (Scott 538 to 546)2c Carmine Rose, Ty. III, Rotary Perf 11 (546). Mint N.H., brilliant color, almost perfectly centered with well-proportioned margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT ROTARY COIL WASTE ISSUE, SCOTT 546, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E.

With 2003 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $2,200.00). Only one has graded higher in the P.S.E. Population Report

260
2,600
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