Sale 937 — 2007 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Saturday, 16 June, 2007

Category — Postage Due

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
290°
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Sale Number 937, Lot Number 290, Postage Due1c Deep Brown, Special Printing (J8), 1c Deep Brown, Special Printing (J8)1c Deep Brown, Special Printing (J8). Original gum, lightly hinged, beautiful intense shade and sharp proof-like impression on fresh paper, choice centering

EXTREMELY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE RARE ONE-CENT POSTAGE DUE SPECIAL PRINTING. THIS IS ONE OF THE RAREST OF ALL POSTAGE DUE STAMPS.

The 1c, 2c and 3c are undoubtedly the rarest values of the American Bank Note Co. Postage Due Special Printings, although the sold quantities in the official records are relatively high. William E. Mooz, in an article on the 1c appearing in Chronicle No. 170, May 1996, offers evidence to support his theory that the actual number of true Special Printings sold was significantly lower than the reported figures. For the 1c, Mooz estimates 500 sold, but it is possible that as many as 400 purchased by G. B. Calman were destroyed. It is widely accepted that nearly 9,000 1c stamps sold as Special Printings were actually regular issues.

With 1976 and 2006 P.F. certificate (XF 90)

20,000
30,000
291°
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Sale Number 937, Lot Number 291, Postage Due2c Deep Brown, Special Printing (J9), 2c Deep Brown, Special Printing (J9)2c Deep Brown, Special Printing (J9). Original gum, lightly hinged, choice centering, bright color and detailed impression on crisp paper

EXTREMELY FINE. EASILY ONE OF THE FINEST EXAMPLES OF THE RARE 2-CENT POSTAGE DUE SPECIAL PRINTING IN EXISTENCE.

As noted in the description of lot 290, the reported sale figures for the 1c, 2c and 3c Postage Due Special Printings probably include orders filled with regular stamps. The 2c is one of the rarest of the set, especially in this superb original-gum condition.

With 1998 P.F. certificate.

15,000
27,000
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