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Sale 953 — United States Stamps

Sale Date — Tuesday-Friday, 25-28 March, 2008

Category — 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
773
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Sale Number 953, Lot Number 773, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)2c Pink, Ty. I (248), 2c Pink, Ty. I (248)2c Pink, Ty. I (248). Original gum, lightly hinged, magnificent Jumbo margins and almost perfectly centered, outstanding vivid Pink shade on crisp white paper, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2002 P.S.E. certificate

30
100
774
nh
Sale Number 953, Lot Number 774, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)2c Carmine Lake, Ty. I (249), 2c Carmine Lake, Ty. I (249)2c Carmine Lake, Ty. I (249). Mint N.H., attractively margins and centering, intense color on fresh white paper, Very Fine, with 1997 P.F. certificate

550
450
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775
og
Sale Number 953, Lot Number 775, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)2c Carmine, Ty. III (252), 2c Carmine, Ty. III (252)2c Carmine, Ty. III (252). Top imprint and plate no. 156 strip of three, original gum, selvage faults and some separation, left stamp small thin spot, otherwise Fine-Very Fine, right stamp very attractive, with 2007 P.F. certificate

525
170
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776
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Sale Number 953, Lot Number 776, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)5c Chocolate (255), 5c Chocolate (255)5c Chocolate (255). Original gum, lightly hinged, huge margins, bright color and clear impression, Very Fine, with 2002 P.S.E. certificate

125
110
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776A
ogbl
Sale Number 953, Lot Number 776A, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)5c Chocolate (255), 5c Chocolate (255)5c Chocolate (255). Bottom imprint and plate no. 130 block of six, original gum, three stamps Mint N.H., wonderfully fresh and bright, Very Fine, plate blocks of the 1894 First Bureau Unwatermarked Issue are exceedingly scarce in this choice condition, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate

1,350
1,600
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777
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Sale Number 953, Lot Number 777, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)6c Dull Brown (256), 6c Dull Brown (256)6c Dull Brown (256). Original gum, lightly hinged with bottom plate no. 28 selvage, wide margins with virtually perfect centering, uncommonly strong color on bright white paper, Extremely Fine, with 1996 P.F. certificate

175
325
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778
og
Sale Number 953, Lot Number 778, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)6c Dull Brown (256), 6c Dull Brown (256)6c Dull Brown (256). Original gum, barest trace of hinging if at all, choice margins and incredibly well-centered, small natural gum crease of little consequence, otherwise Extremely Fine Gem, with 1988 P.F. certificate which does not mention the gum crease

175
600
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779
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Sale Number 953, Lot Number 779, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)8c Violet Brown (257), 8c Violet Brown (257)8c Violet Brown (257). Mint N.H., intense shade and impression on post-office fresh paper, beautiful centering with balanced margins, Extremely Fine, with 1993 P.F. and 2006 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $1,650.00)

525
1,500
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780
nh
Sale Number 953, Lot Number 780, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)8c Violet Brown (257), 8c Violet Brown (257)8c Violet Brown (257). Mint N.H., deep rich color on bright paper, well-balanced margins, fresh and Extremely Fine, a pretty stamp, with 2005 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $1,650.00)

525
1,300
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781
nh
Sale Number 953, Lot Number 781, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)10c Dark Green (258), 10c Dark Green (258)10c Dark Green (258). Mint N.H., well-centered with exceptionally wide side margins, rich color on bright paper, Extremely Fine, with 2007 P.F. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $3,250.00)

1,000
2,700
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782
og
Sale Number 953, Lot Number 782, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)10c Dark Green (258), 10c Dark Green (258)10c Dark Green (258). Original gum, faintly hinged, wide balanced margins, wonderfully fresh and bright, Extremely Fine, with 1995 P.F. certificate

325
650
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783
nh
Sale Number 953, Lot Number 783, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)15c Dark Blue (259), 15c Dark Blue (259)15c Dark Blue (259). Mint N.H., stunning color on bright paper, Very Fine and choice, a pretty stamp, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (VF-XF 85; SMQ $1,800.00)

1,000
1,300
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784
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Sale Number 953, Lot Number 784, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)15c Dark Blue (259), 15c Dark Blue (259)15c Dark Blue (259). Original gum, lightly hinged, well-centered, marvelous intense color on bright white paper, Very Fine, with 1992 P.F. certificate

325
325
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785
og
Sale Number 953, Lot Number 785, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)50c Orange (260), 50c Orange (260)50c Orange (260). Original gum, faintly hinged, unusually wide margins and attractive centering, beautiful glowing color, Very Fine, with 2000 P.F. certificate

600
500
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786
og
Sale Number 953, Lot Number 786, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)$1.00 Black (261), $1.00 Black (261)$1.00 Black (261). Original gum, barest trace of hinging, intense shade and proof-like impression, huge margins

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL LIGHTLY-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1894 $1.00 TYPE I UNWATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE.

With 2001 P.F. and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $2,500.00)

1,200
0
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787
og
Sale Number 953, Lot Number 787, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)$1.00 Black (261), $1.00 Black (261)$1.00 Black (261). Original gum, uncommonly wide margins and essentially perfectly centered, intense color on crisp paper

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

With 1985 P.F. certificate

1,200
3,000
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788
og
Sale Number 953, Lot Number 788, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)$1.00 Black (261), $1.00 Black (261)$1.00 Black (261). Original gum, h.r., intense shade and impression, expertly reperfed, Very Fine appearance

1,200
400
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789
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Sale Number 953, Lot Number 789, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)$1.00 Black (261), $1.00 Black (261)$1.00 Black (261). Original gum, well-centered, clear impression, reperfed, Very Fine and choice appearance

1,200
275
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790
og
Sale Number 953, Lot Number 790, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)$1.00 Black, Ty. II (261A), $1.00 Black, Ty. II (261A)$1.00 Black, Ty. II (261A). Original gum, lightly hinged, exceptionally wide margins and essentially perfectly centered

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL LIGHTLY-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE $1.00 TYPE II 1894 UNWATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE.

With 1990 P.F. certificate

2,400
4,250
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791
og
Sale Number 953, Lot Number 791, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)$1.00 Black, Ty. II (261A), $1.00 Black, Ty. II (261A)$1.00 Black, Ty. II (261A). Original gum, barest trace of hinging, intense shade and proof-like impression on bright paper, wide margins

VERY FINE AND CHOICE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE $1.00 TYPE II 1894 UNWATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE.

With 1991 and 2007 P.F. certificates

2,400
2,100
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792
og
Sale Number 953, Lot Number 792, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)$1.00 Black, Ty. II (261A), $1.00 Black, Ty. II (261A)$1.00 Black, Ty. II (261A). Original gum, attractive margins, intense color, interesting printing variety showing a black vertical line in the bottom right "$", faint horizontal crease, Very Fine appearance

2,400
500
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793
og
Sale Number 953, Lot Number 793, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)$2.00 Bright Blue (262), $2.00 Bright Blue (262)$2.00 Bright Blue (262). Original gum, exceptionally well-centered with beautiful deep rich color

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A BEAUTIFUL LIGHTLY-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE $2.00 1894 UNWATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE.

With 1992 P.F. certificate

3,250
3,250
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794
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Sale Number 953, Lot Number 794, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)$2.00 Bright Blue (262), $2.00 Bright Blue (262)$2.00 Bright Blue (262). Unused (no gum), beautifully centered, incredible color and impression on bright white paper, Very Fine and choice, with 2007 P.S.E. certificate (VF-XF 85; SMQ $1,350.00)

1,250
900
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795
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Sale Number 953, Lot Number 795, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)$2.00 Bright Blue (262), $2.00 Bright Blue (262)$2.00 Bright Blue (262). Unused (regummed), bright color, unusually choice centering, filled thin at bottom, Extremely Fine appearance, with 2007 P.S.E. certificate

1,250
800
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796
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Sale Number 953, Lot Number 796, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)$2.00 Bright Blue (262), $2.00 Bright Blue (262)$2.00 Bright Blue (262). Unused (regummed), filled thin, Very Fine appearance

1,250
325
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797
nh
Sale Number 953, Lot Number 797, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)$5.00 Dark Green (263), $5.00 Dark Green (263)$5.00 Dark Green (263). Mint N.H., deep rich color and sharp proof-like impression, well-balanced margins, most recent certificate notes reperfed at left, Extremely Fine appearance, with 1999 and 2007 P.F. certificates, the former stating that "it is genuine, Never Hinged"

16,000
0
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798
og
Sale Number 953, Lot Number 798, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)$5.00 Dark Green (263), $5.00 Dark Green (263)$5.00 Dark Green (263). Original gum, lightly hinged, lovely margins and almost flawless centering, magnificent deep rich color and clear impression

EXTREMELY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING EXAMPLE OF THE 1894 $5.00 UNWATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE. A BEAUTIFUL STAMP, OF WHICH A MERE 25,000 WERE ISSUED.

The 1894 Unwatermarked issue was the first U.S. postage issue to be printed by the Bureau of Engraving & Printing, after the contract with American Bank Note Co. expired. The first stamps printed by the Bureau are notoriously difficult to find well-centered, as production was marred by initial problems as they geared up to meet the needs of the public for stamps.

With 1995 P.F. certificate.

5,000
6,000
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799
og
Sale Number 953, Lot Number 799, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)$5.00 Dark Green (263), $5.00 Dark Green (263)$5.00 Dark Green (263). Original gum, rich color, small thin spot, appears Fine

5,000
0
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800
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Sale Number 953, Lot Number 800, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)$5.00 Dark Green (263), $5.00 Dark Green (263)$5.00 Dark Green (263). Unused (regummed) or could be heavily disturbed crackly original gum, wide margins with deep rich color, Very Fine, with 2000 A.P.S. certificate, Scott Retail as unused (no gum)

2,500
700
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801
 
Sale Number 953, Lot Number 801, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)$5.00 Dark Green (263), $5.00 Dark Green (263)$5.00 Dark Green (263). Three wide margins, New York registry oval cancel, Fine, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate

2,600
750
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