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Sale 967 — Important and Superb United States Stamps

Sale Date — Tuesday-Friday, 16-19 December, 2008

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

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
4422
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Sale Number 967, Lot Number 4422, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)1c Blue (247), 1c Blue (247)1c Blue (247). Mint N.H. with plate no. 102 at top, deep rich color and sharp proof-like impression, almost perfectly centered with huge margins all around

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A MAGNIFICENT MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1894 ONE-CENT UNWATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE IN THE BLUE COLOR. ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE WITH THE PLATE NUMBER, THIS STAMP HAS BEEN AWARDED THE EXALTED GRADE OF 95 JUMBO BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED TO DATE.

According to Brookman, the Ultramarine color of the one-cent stamps was unsatisfactory, and so they changed the color to the more distinctive Blue of this issue.

Ex Scarsdale. With 1987 and 2000 P.F. certificates. With 2004 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $2,450.00 as 95, $8,350.00 as 98). Only one other stamp shares this grade to date. It is important to note that this population statistic has not changed since we last offered this stamp in November 2006.

225
2,800
4423
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Sale Number 967, Lot Number 4423, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)10c Dark Green (258), 10c Dark Green (258)10c Dark Green (258). Mint N.H., uncommonly wide Jumbo margins, very pretty color on crisp white paper

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. 10-CENT 1894 BUREAU ISSUE STAMPS ARE SELDOM FOUND WITH JUMBO MARGINS, ESPECIALLY IN MINT NEVER-HINGED POST OFFICE CONDITION.

With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (VF-XF 85 Jumbo; SMQ $1,800.00 as 85, $3,250.00 as 90)

1,000
1,500
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4424
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Sale Number 967, Lot Number 4424, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)10c Dark Green (258), 10c Dark Green (258)10c Dark Green (258). Original gum, lightly hinged, exceptionally beautiful wide margins and great deep color, Extremely Fine, with 2001 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (OGph, XF 90; SMQ $700.00)

325
500
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4425
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Sale Number 967, Lot Number 4425, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)10c Dark Green (258), 10c Dark Green (258)10c Dark Green (258). Block of four, original gum, lightly hinged, beautiful color and impression, left pair with light natural gum wrinkle, Fine-Very Fine, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate

1,350
275
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4426
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Sale Number 967, Lot Number 4426, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)50c Orange (260), 50c Orange (260)50c Orange (260). Mint N.H., radiant color on bright paper, unusually choice centering with wide and balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1894 50-CENT UNWATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE.

With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $5,100.00). Surprisingly, this is the highest graded example of this issue we have offered to date (excluding the ex-Zoellner gem, which was not graded until after we last sold it). Only three have graded higher, and only three others share this grade.

1,900
3,500
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4427
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Sale Number 967, Lot Number 4427, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)50c Orange (260), 50c Orange (260)50c Orange (260). Original gum, faintly hinged, uncharacteristically wide Jumbo margins, vivid color, Very Fine and choice, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, VF-XF 85 Jumbo; SMQ $870.00 as 85, $1,250.00 as 90)

600
500
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4428
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Sale Number 967, Lot Number 4428, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)50c Orange (260), 50c Orange (260)50c Orange (260). Original gum, lightly hinged, deep bright color, attractive centering, Very Fine

600
190
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4429
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Sale Number 967, Lot Number 4429, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)$1.00 Black (261), $1.00 Black (261)$1.00 Black (261). Original gum, barely hinged, sharp proof-like impression, fresh and Very Fine, with 2004 P.F. certificate

1,200
750
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4430
 
Sale Number 967, Lot Number 4430, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)$1.00 Black (261), $1.00 Black (261)$1.00 Black (261). Exceptionally wide margins and nearly perfectly centered, beautiful impression on bright white paper, unobtrusive cancel leaves entire design clearly visible

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

With 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $3,750.00). This is the only example to achieve this grade and only one grades higher (Superb 98)

350
3,750
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4431
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Sale Number 967, Lot Number 4431, 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). Mint N.H., intense shade and impression on bright paper, choice centering with balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1894 $1.00 UNWATERMARKED TYPE II BUREAU ISSUE.

Collectors of this issue know that it is extremely difficult to find the First Bureau issue in centered, Mint Never-Hinged condition, particularly the higher denominations. This is mostly due to production problems as the Bureau of Engraving and Printing assumed responsibility for stamp production after the American Bank Note contract expired.

Ex Scarsdale. With 1988 P.F. certificate as block of four and 2003 P.F. certificate as single. With 2004 P.S.E. certificate (VF-XF 85; SMQ $11,500.00). In our opinion this meets every criteria for XF 90.

7,500
0
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4432
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Sale Number 967, Lot Number 4432, 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, intense shade and impression, wide margins

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

Ex Morris. With 1987 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (OGph, XF 90; SMQ $4,950.00). Only four have graded higher to date.

2,400
3,000
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