Sale 958 — 2008 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Saturday, 7 June, 2008

Category — 1922-29 and Later Issues

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
700
 
Sale 958, Lot 700, 1922-29 and Later Issues10c Orange, Perf 10 at Top (562c). Brilliant color as fresh as the day it was printed, neat Brooklyn N.Y. precancel

FINE. A RARE SOUND EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT 1922 PERF 10 AT TOP OR BOTTOM VARIETY. ONLY ELEVEN SINGLES AND TWO PAIRS ARE KNOWN TO US.

Of the examples contained in our records, only five singles and one pair are sound. With 2008 P.F. certificate

8,500
24,000
701°
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Sale 958, Lot 701, 1922-29 and Later Issues2c Black, Harding, Imperforate (610b). Mint N.H. block of twelve with plate no. 14870 at left, huge margins to full, intense shade, naturally short gum at left, few light natural gum bends

THE INCOMPARABLE IMPERFORATE BLOCK OF TWELVE WITH PLATE NUMBER 14870. THE PLATE NUMBER TELLS US THAT THIS WAS FROM A SHEET WHICH SHOULD HAVE BEEN PERFORATED, BUT WHICH WAS REPORTEDLY FOUND IN AN OTHERWISE NORMAL PACKAGE OF STAMPS BEFORE THE IMPERFORATE SHEETS WERE ISSUED.

According to Johl (p. 84), one pane of 100 imperforate stamps from plate 14870 was found in a usual post office package of 100 sheets of regularly perforated stamps. The sheet had been "blue pencilled" at the Bureau but had still gotten out. The stamps were issued imperforate at a later date, but this plate number was not used to print those stamps. The only way to distinguish the earlier imperforate error from the normal imperforate issue is by the plate number, which is what makes this piece so important. There are three such plate blocks known.

E. 25,000-30,000
25,000
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702°
 
Sale 958, Lot 702, 1922-29 and Later Issues2c Harding, Rotary, Perf 11 (613). Wide margins to just touched, sharp impression, neat machine cancel

FINE. A RARE SOUND EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT HARDING ROTARY PERF 11, WHICH IS ONE OF THE RAREST OF ALL 20TH CENTURY ISSUES.

Our census of the 2c Harding Rotary Perf 11 (as published in our Zoellner sale catalogue and updated at our website at www.siegelauctions.com/enc/census/613/613.htm) records 43 used singles (one faintly cancelled, if at all), one used pair and the recently-discovered used strip of three. Of the singles, approximately 30 are sound.

The 2c Harding Rotary Perf 11 stamp was discovered in 1938 by Leslie Lewis of the New York firm, Stanley Gibbons Inc. Gary Griffith presents his hypothesis in United States Stamps 1922-26 that rotary-printed sheets of 400 were first reduced to panes of 100 and then fed through the 11-gauge perforate machine normally used for flat plate sheets. This method distinguishes sheet-waste stamps -- Scott 544, 596 and 613 -- from the coil-waste stamps and explains the existence of a straight-edge on Scott 613.

Census No. 613-CAN-19. Ex Mielstrup. With 1955 P.F. certificate

45,000
25,000
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703°
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Sale 958, Lot 703, 1922-29 and Later Issues1c Green, Perf 11 x 10-1/2, Vertical Pair, Imperforate Between (632b). Lightly hinged, brilliant color on crisp paper

VERY FINE AND CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THE 1927 ONE-CENT PERF 11 X 10-1/2 WHICH IS IMPERFORATE BETWEEN.

For some reason, every other pair of this scarce variety we have ever offered either has had faults or is off-center. This should be considered a condition rarity.

3,500
5,250
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704
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Sale 958, Lot 704, 1922-29 and Later Issues3c Nicolet's Landing, Imperforate Vertically (739b). Mint N.H. bottom left corner margin plate no. 21238 block of ten, bright color, choice centering, few natural gum wrinkles

VERY FINE AND CHOICE PLATE BLOCK OF THE 3-CENT WISCONSIN TERCENTENARY ISSUE WHICH IS IMPERFORATE VERTICALLY.

With 2000 P.S.E. certificate. Scott Retail as four Mint N.H. pairs with the two additional stamps not counted

3,400
2,700
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