FINE-VERY FINE. A SCARCE AND DESIRABLE COMPLETE SET OF IMPRINT AND PLATE NUMBER BLOCKS OF TEN OF THE PAN-AMERICAN ISSUE.
This group of large-format plate blocks is highly exhibitable.
FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THIS MAJOR 20TH CENTURY INVERT ERROR.
The 1c Pan-American Inverts were found in at least four different post offices around the country, soon after release of the issue in May 1901. Between 600 and 700 are likely to have been issued.
With 1983 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF THE FINEST ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLES OF THE 2-CENT PAN-AMERICAN INVERT.
The 2c is the rarest of the three Pan-American Inverts. It is surmised that approximately 200 were issued through the post office, with two distinct shades known. Estimates of surviving examples range from an early count (1945) of 55 unused and 2-3 used to the 1998 Datz estimate of 150 unused, 3-5 used and a block of four intact. Our Levi records contain the intact block (4), reconstructed block (4), 64 unused singles and 6 used singles, for a total of 72 unused and 6 used. Many of the unused singles have disturbed gum or no gum, and/or are off center to top or top left. This Extremely Fine sound stamp with original gum that is only slightly disturbed from hinge removal is among the finest known examples.
Scott footnote states "Almost all unused copies of No. 295a have partial or disturbed gum. Values are for examples with full original gum that is slightly disturbed."