Sale 968A — The Alan B. Whitman Collection, Part Two: 1870-1901 Issues
Sale Date — Tuesday-Wednesday, 14-15 April, 2009
Category — 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1894 ONE-CENT UNWATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE, WHICH HAS BEEN AWARDED THE GRADE OF XF-SUPERB 95 JUMBO BY P.S.E.
With 1995 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo). Only two have graded higher to date and only four others share this grade.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SPECTACULAR ONE-OF-A-KIND EXAMPLE OF THE UNWATERMARKED 2-CENT TYPE I 1894 ISSUE IN THE CARMINE LAKE SHADE. THIS MAGNIFICENT MINT NEVER-HINGED STAMP HAS BEEN AWARDED THE GRADE OF GEM 100 JUMBO BY P.S.E. -- IT IS THE ONLY EXAMPLE TO ACHIEVE THIS ULTIMATE GRADE.
As collectors of the First Bureau Issue know, great difficulty was experienced in perforating the stamps, either due to poor equipment or improper operation. Choppy, ragged perfs and poor centering are so common on this issue that it is often possible to separate the 1894 unwatermarked stamps from the 1895 watermarked stamps by the appearance of the perforations alone. This example, with precise centering, Jumbo margins and perfectly formed perforations is an extreme condition rarity.
With 1995 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (Gem 100 Jumbo). This is the only stamp to achieve this perfect grade in the P.S.E. Population Report, with no other examples in any condition grading above 98J
EXTREMELY FINE PAIR OF THE RARE UNWATERMARKED 5-CENT 1894 ISSUE IMPERFORATE HORIZONTALLY.
It is believed that most examples of this error originate from a part sheet purchased by a collector at the Richmond Va. post office. The unique unused block of nine with imprint and plate number, ex Col. Green collection, also originated from this find.
Ex Floyd. With 1993 and 2001 P.F. certificates
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A BEAUTIFUL MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1894 6-CENT UNWATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE.
With 1992 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95). Only four have graded higher and only six others share this grade
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STRIKING MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1894 UNWATERMARKED 8-CENT BUREAU ISSUE.
With 1996 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95). Only one example has been graded higher in the P.S.E. Population Report and only two others share this grade
EXTREMELY FINE. 10-CENT 1894 BUREAU ISSUE STAMPS ARE SELDOM FOUND WITH JUMBO MARGINS, ESPECIALLY IN MINT NEVER-HINGED POST OFFICE CONDITION.
With 1986 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90 Jumbo). Only three examples have been graded higher in the P.S.E. Population Report to date and no others share this grade
EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1894 15-CENT UNWATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE. SCARCE IN SUCH PRISTINE CONDITION.
With 1991 and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90). Only two stamps have graded higher to date and only two others share this grade
EXTREMELY FINE. A STUNNING BOTTOM RIGHT CORNER-MARGIN BLOCK OF SIX OF THE $1.00 TYPE II 1894 UNWATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE. MULTIPLES ARE VERY RARE, ESPECIALLY THOSE CONTAINING MINT NEVER-HINGED STAMPS.
According to Brookman, the Type II stamps, with circles complete around the bottom left denomination, were not discovered until several years after the stamp was issued. Its discoverer was the custodian of the stamp collection in the National Museum, who determined that the Type II stamps are found on only five rows of the plate. Brookman estimated that only 8,762 were distributed.
This multiple was separated from a larger block, originally containing the complete bottom two rows of the plate. The plate block currently resides in a private collection. Alan Whitman acquired this gem block privately.
With 2001 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates. Scott Retail as singles.
EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1894 $2.00 UNWATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE.
The higher-value 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue can be difficult to find in well-centered and sound condition, due to production problems. Mint Never-Hinged examples in superior grades, such as the stamp offered here, should be considered great condition rarities. This is one of four $2.00 1894 stamps we have offered in Mint Never-Hinged condition in the last 13 years, the other three having much inferior centering.
Ex Scarsdale. With 1984 and 1999 P.F. certificates. With 2004 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90). This is the highest grade awarded to date (one other shares this grade).
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. AN EXTREMELY RARE MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE $5.00 1894 UNWATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE.
Without question, the $5.00 is the rarest of the 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue in sound, well-centered Mint Never-Hinged condition. It is unlikely that more than three or four Extremely Fine Mint N.H. examples exist.
Ward handstamp in selvage. With copy of 1993 P.F. certificate for block and 1999 P.F. certificate for single