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Sale 956 — The Jay Hoffman Collection of United States Stamps

Sale Date — Thursday-Friday, 8-9 May, 2008

Category — 1902-08 Issue

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
289
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Sale Number 956, Lot Number 289, 1902-08 Issue3c Bright Violet (302), 3c Bright Violet (302)3c Bright Violet (302). Mint N.H., intense shade on bright paper, gorgeous centering, Extremely Fine, with 2003 P.S.E. and 2004 P.F. certificates

140
275
290
nh
Sale Number 956, Lot Number 290, 1902-08 Issue4c Brown (303), 4c Brown (303)4c Brown (303). Mint N.H., warm shade on post-office fresh paper, wide margins, fresh and Extremely Fine, with 2005 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $510.00)

150
425
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291
nh
Sale Number 956, Lot Number 291, 1902-08 Issue5c Blue (304), 5c Blue (304)5c Blue (304). Mint N.H., deep rich color beautifully complemented by bright paper, wide margins, Extremely Fine, a pretty stamp of great visual appeal, with 2003 P.S.E. certificate

150
375
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292
nh
Sale Number 956, Lot Number 292, 1902-08 Issue6c Claret (305), 6c Claret (305)6c Claret (305). Mint N.H., intense shade, wide margins for this difficult issue, Extremely Fine, a pretty stamp, with 2007 P.F. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $600.00)

180
450
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293
nh
Sale Number 956, Lot Number 293, 1902-08 Issue10c Pale Red Brown (307), 10c Pale Red Brown (307)10c Pale Red Brown (307). Mint N.H., brilliant color, wide and balanced margins, Extremely Fine, with 2007 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $600.00)

175
475
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294
nh
Sale Number 956, Lot Number 294, 1902-08 Issue13c Purple Black (308), 13c Purple Black (308)13c Purple Black (308). Mint N.H., deep rich color and proof-like impression, almost perfectly centered, Extremely Fine, a superb stamp in every respect, with 1995 P.F. certificate for block

125
475
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295
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Sale Number 956, Lot Number 295, 1902-08 Issue50c Orange (310), 50c Orange (310)50c Orange (310). Mint N.H., vibrant color as fresh as the day it was printed, long and full perforations all around, Very Fine, with 2005 P.S.E. certificate for block

1,400
1,100
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296
nh
Sale Number 956, Lot Number 296, 1902-08 Issue$1.00 Black (311), $1.00 Black (311)$1.00 Black (311). Mint N.H., deep shade and proof-like impression on bright paper, wide margins

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A SCARCE MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE $1.00 1902 ISSUE. A BEAUTIFUL STAMP.

A review of our computerized records indicates that we offer approximately one Mint N.H. example a year.

With 2005 P.F. certificate

2,100
1,600
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297
nh
Sale Number 956, Lot Number 297, 1902-08 Issue$2.00 Dark Blue (312), $2.00 Dark Blue (312)$2.00 Dark Blue (312). Mint N.H., deep rich color on bright paper, beautifully centered with wide and balanced margins all around

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SPECTACULAR MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE $2.00 1902 ISSUE IN THE FINEST CONDITION ATTAINABLE. A TRULY REMARKABLE STAMP IN EVERY RESPECT -- CENTERING, COLOR, CLARITY OF IMPRESSION, PAPER FRESHNESS AND GUM.

With 2004 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $18,900.00). This is the highest grade awarded to date, and is one of only three $2.00 1902's to achieve XF-Superb 95 status. SMQ does not even price this stamp in any grade above a 95. An example graded 95 realized $22,000 in our Scarsdale sale.

3,250
16,000
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298
nh
Sale Number 956, Lot Number 298, 1902-08 Issue$5.00 Dark Green (313), $5.00 Dark Green (313)$5.00 Dark Green (313). Mint N.H., rich color and sharp impression, wide margins

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A RARE MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE $5.00 1902 ISSUE.

The 1902-03 Regular Issue was a great improvement over the Bureau's first efforts in 1894 and 1895. Perforations tend to be cleaner, and centering better, but the large plate layout and perforating method still resulted in a large number of poorly centered stamps. Furthermore, stamps issued in choice condition seldom stayed that way, because the boom in stamp collecting that began with the Roosevelt administration caused hordes of hinge-bearing philatelists to mount stamps over and over again. For this reason, today's collectors have grown accustomed to paying many multiples of Scott value for Extremely Fine stamps in Mint Never-Hinged state. This is especially true when it comes to the $5.00 denomination. This fact is made abundantly clear when you realize that the highest grade awarded by P.S.E. to a $5.00 value in never-hinged condition is a 90, given to only one stamp.

Ex Scarsdale. With 2000 P.F. certificate. With 2004 P.S.E. certificate (VF 80; SMQ $8,200.00)

7,000
6,250
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299
 
Sale Number 956, Lot Number 299, 1902-08 Issue4c Brown, Schermack Ty. III (314A), 4c Brown, Schermack Ty. III (314A)4c Brown, Schermack Ty. III (314A). Large margins to clear with full Schermack perforations at right, deep rich color, neat strike of wavy-line machine cancel, light creases, small tear, tiny thin spots

FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 4-CENT 1908 IMPERFORATE.

With the rising popularity of vending and affixing machines, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing received numerous requests from manufacturers for supplies of imperforate stamps, which could then be privately perforated to conform to each firm's machine. In May 1908, a supply of 25 sheets (400 stamps per sheet) of the 4c 1902 Issue, without perforations, was delivered to the Schermack Mailing Machine Co. in Detroit. The entire supply was cut into coils with Schermack Type III perforations, designed for the firm's patented affixing machine and delivered to the Winfield Printing Co. for use on mass mailings of advertising material. Approximately 6,000 were used on a mailing for Hamilton Carhartt Manufacturer, and almost all of the 4,000 balance were used on a mailing for Burroughs Adding Machine Co.

Our unpublished census contains 45 used examples, including three strips of three (one on cover), three singles on separate covers, and 33 single used copies (four are or were at one time on piece, including one of the sound copies with full margins). All three strips of three and two covers were used by Karl Koslowski, who was the only person able to acquire some of the 4c Imperforates. He is also the source for the only known unused copies. Our published census of unused examples (updated) contains four pairs, two guide line pairs and nine singles, for a total of 21 unused stamps.

Unpublished Census No. 314A-CAN-24. This issue rarely is seen at auction -- the last example we offered at auction was in our Lake Shore sale in 2004. With 1985 P.F. certificate

45,000
18,500
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300
og
Sale Number 956, Lot Number 300, 1902-08 Issue1c Blue Green, Coil (316), 1c Blue Green, Coil (316)1c Blue Green, Coil (316). Pair, full original gum, lightly hinged, rich color, well-centered for this difficult issue

VERY FINE AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE. OUR CENSUS RECORDS ONLY TWELVE UNUSED PAIRS AND ONE UNUSED SINGLE. ONE OF THE FINEST PAIRS OF ONE OF THE RAREST STAMPS OF 20TH CENTURY PHILATELY.

Armstrong, in his book United States Coil Issues 1906-38, recorded 33 stamps in total certified by the Philatelic Foundation. Our census of Scott 316 as published in the Zoellner catalogue and available at our website at http://siegelauctions.com/enc/census/316/316.htm records twelve unused pairs and an unused single, for a total of 25 stamps. Armstrong probably double-counted a few pairs that were certified more than once. In addition, the strip of four in his notes has since been broken into two pairs, and the strip of three has been broken into a pair and a single.

Census No. 316-OG-PR-01. With 1960 and 2004 P.F. certificates. This is the first example we have offered since our Zoellner sale in 1998.

150,000
230,000
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301
nh
Sale Number 956, Lot Number 301, 1902-08 Issue5c Blue, Coil (317). Mint N.H, 5c Blue, Coil (317). Mint N.H5c Blue, Coil (317). Mint N.H. pair, deep rich color and proof-like impression on crisp paper, choice centering for this difficult issue

VERY FINE AND CHOICE MINT NEVER-HINGED PAIR OF THE RARE 5-CENT 1908 VERTICAL COIL. THIS IS EXCEEDINGLY RARE IN MINT NEVER-HINGED CONDITION.

The 5c 1908 Coil stamps, which were stripped by hand, are almost always strongly centered to one side. This pair, in Mint N.H. condition and with wide margins, is one of the finest extant.

With 2004 P.F. certificate. As an indication of rarity, we have offered only one other Mint N.H. pair at auction, in our 1992 Rarities sale.

45,000
42,500
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302
og
Sale Number 956, Lot Number 302, 1902-08 Issue1c Blue Green, Coil (318), 1c Blue Green, Coil (318)1c Blue Green, Coil (318). Lightly hinged, deep rich color and proof-like impression

VERY FINE AND CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT 1908 COIL, SCOTT 318.

With 1955 P.F. certificate for pair. This issue is rarely offered as a single.

6,000
4,250
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303
og
Sale Number 956, Lot Number 303, 1902-08 Issue1c Blue Green, Coil (318), 1c Blue Green, Coil (318)1c Blue Green, Coil (318). Strip of four with paste-up and guideline at right, small hinge remnants at top, deep rich color, end stamp at right has light vertical crease

VERY FINE. A RARE STRIP OF FOUR OF THE ONE-CENT 1908 HORIZONTAL COIL, SCOTT 318.

There are probably fewer than six strips of four in existence, which are the largest recorded multiples. Most have been broken to feed collector demand for pairs and singles.

With 2001 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail as two pairs

33,000
14,000
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304
og
Sale Number 956, Lot Number 304, 1902-08 Issue2c Carmine, Coil (322), 2c Carmine, Coil (322)2c Carmine, Coil (322). Pair, lightly hinged, brilliant color

FRESH AND VERY FINE PAIR OF THE 2-CENT 1908 HORIZONTAL COIL.

Armstrong notes that only 167 examples had been certified by the Philatelic Foundation as of 1980. The frequency with which this coil appears at auction would indicate that it may in fact be rarer, and that Armstrong's census information may contain duplicate records. Issued on July 31, 1908, and intended only to be used by private vending machine companies, Scott 322 is only known with the Die II widened line at lower left.

Ex Vineyard. With 1983 and 1995 P.F. certificates

18,000
11,000
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