Sale 968A — The Alan B. Whitman Collection, Part Two: 1870-1901 Issues

Sale Date — Tuesday-Wednesday, 14-15 April, 2009

Category — 1895-98 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 264-278)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
315
nh
Sale 968A, Lot 315, 1895-98 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 264-278)1c Blue (264). Mint N.H. with part imprint selvage at top, deep rich color and proof-like impression on bright paper, choice centering with Jumbo margins, Extremely Fine, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90 Jumbo)

19
275
316
nh
Sale 968A, Lot 316, 1895-98 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 264-278)2c Carmine, Ty. I (265). Mint N.H., radiant color on bright paper, wide margins, almost perfect centering, Extremely Fine Gem, with 1993 P.F. and 2004 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95), only one stamp has graded higher to date

90
1,500
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317
nh
Sale 968A, Lot 317, 1895-98 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 264-278)2c Carmine, Ty. II (266). Mint N.H. with plate no. 132 at right, vivid color and proof-like impression, gorgeous centering with Jumbo margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT 1895 TY. II WATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE.

With 1998 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo). Only one stamp has graded higher to date and no others share this grade

110
1,000
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318
nhbl
Sale 968A, Lot 318, 1895-98 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 264-278)2c Carmine, Ty. II-III (266-267). Horizontal combination block, Mint N.H., beautiful bright color, choice centering, Extremely Fine, combination blocks are rarely encountered in this superb Mint N.H. condition, with 2002 P.S.E. and 2007 P.F. certificates

850
2,700
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319
nh
Sale 968A, Lot 319, 1895-98 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 264-278)2c Carmine, Ty. II-III (266-267). Horizontal combination pair, Mint N.H., vibrant color, choice centering, Extremely Fine, with 2003 P.F. certificate

425
800
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320
nh
Sale 968A, Lot 320, 1895-98 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 264-278)2c Carmine, Ty. III (267). Mint N.H., with plate no. 437 selvage at left, wide margins, bright shade, tiny natural inclusion in bottom margin, Extremely Fine, with 1981 P.F. certificate

16
75
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321
nh
Sale 968A, Lot 321, 1895-98 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 264-278)3c Purple (268). Mint N.H., almost perfectly centered, deep rich color, Extremely Fine, with 1998 P.F. certificate

115
300
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322
nh
Sale 968A, Lot 322, 1895-98 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 264-278)4c Dark Brown (269). Mint N.H., exceptionally wide margins and near perfect centering, dark shade and crisp impression, fresh and Extremely Fine, a lovely stamp, with 1995 P.F. certificate

150
0
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323
nh
Sale 968A, Lot 323, 1895-98 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 264-278)5c Chocolate (270). Mint N.H., unusually choice centering with Jumbo margins, deep rich color, proof-like impression

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1895 WATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE.

With 1995 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo). Only two have graded higher to date and only five others share this grade.

115
1,100
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324
og
Sale 968A, Lot 324, 1895-98 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 264-278)6c Dull Brown (271). Barest trace of hinging (P.F. certificate calls Mint N.H.), rich color on bright paper, beautifully centered, Extremely Fine, with 1996 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (OGph, XF-Superb 95)

130
350
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325
nh
Sale 968A, Lot 325, 1895-98 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 264-278)8c Violet Brown (272). Mint N.H., with plate no. 249 selvage at top, choice centering, dark shade on bright fresh paper, Extremely Fine, with 1985 P.F. certificate

400
225
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326
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Sale 968A, Lot 326, 1895-98 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 264-278)6c Dull Brown, USIR Watermark (271a). Original gum, lightly hinged, clear "I" of watermark, rich color on bright white paper

VERY FINE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 6-CENT 1895 ISSUE WITH USIR WATERMARK.

The 6c USIR Watermark is considerably rarer than the 8c, especially in original-gum condition. We record seven original-gum copies. However, we are not certain how many of the stamps in multiples have the "I" or "R" portion of the watermark. Of the recorded singles, one has perfs touching the design at top, and one is also very close on one side. The pair with original gum in the P.F. records is a top sheet margin horizontal pair, with part of the imprint above the left stamp. There was also a pair centered to top with a straight edge at left in the Lilly collection, as well as a strip of three centered to top in the Col. Green collection.

With 2000 P.F. certificate

12,500
15,000
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327
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Sale 968A, Lot 327, 1895-98 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 264-278)8c Violet Brown, USIR Watermark (272a). Top imprint and plate no. 58 strip of three, original gum, barely hinged, stamps show S-U-R watermark and selvage shows I-S-U watermark (vertical orientation), wide margins and choice centering -- especially the right pair -- wonderful deep rich color and proof-like impression

EXTREMELY FINE. THE FINEST OF THE THREE RECORDED IMPRINT AND PLATE NUMBER STRIPS OF THE 8-CENT 1895 BUREAU ISSUE WITH THE "USIR" WATERMARK ERROR.

The "USIR" (United States Internal Revenue) watermark error occurred when a supply of paper reserved for revenue stamp production was used for printing the 6c and 8c postage stamps. Our records contain only three imprint and plate number strips of the 8c (a plate block of six is part of the Miller collection at The New York Public Library).

Ex Close, B. D. Phillips and Weill Stock. With 1989 and 2001 P.F. certificates.

20,000
18,000
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328
nh
Sale 968A, Lot 328, 1895-98 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 264-278)10c Dark Green (273). Mint N.H., with plate no. 305 selvage at bottom, beautiful centering with extra wide top and bottom margins, intense shade and impression, fresh and Extremely Fine, with 1983 P.F. certificate

300
550
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329
nh
Sale 968A, Lot 329, 1895-98 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 264-278)15c Dark Blue (274). Mint N.H. with part imprint selvage at bottom, incredibly deep rich color on bright paper, proof-like impression, choice centering with Jumbo margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1895 15-CENT WATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 JUMBO BY P.S.E.

With 1996 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo). Only one stamp has graded higher to date and no others share this grade

750
4,750
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330
nh
Sale 968A, Lot 330, 1895-98 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 264-278)50c Orange (275). Mint N.H., nicely centered, bright color, Very Fine and choice, with 1994 P.F. certificate

950
1,300
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331
nh
Sale 968A, Lot 331, 1895-98 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 264-278)$1.00 Black, Ty. I (276). Mint N.H., well-balanced margins and nicely centered, intense shade, Very Fine and choice, with 1994 P.F. certificate

2,200
950
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332
ogbl
Sale 968A, Lot 332, 1895-98 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 264-278)$1.00 Black, Ty. I (276). Block of four, original gum, previously hinged, crisp shade and impression

FINE-VERY FINE. A HANDSOME AND SCARCE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF THE 1895 $1.00 TYPE I BUREAU ISSUE.

With 1985 and 2008 P.F. certificates

3,000
2,000
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333
nh
Sale 968A, Lot 333, 1895-98 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 264-278)$1.00 Black, Ty. II (276A). Mint N.H., intense shade and detailed impression, choice centering with well-balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1895 $1.00 TYPE II WATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE STAMP IN THIS REMARKABLE POST-OFFICE FRESH CONDITION.

As an indication of rarity, we have only offered four other Mint N.H. examples of the 1895 $1.00 Type II since keeping computerized records. Of those, only two could be considered to have Extremely Fine centering.

Ex Odeneal. With 1992 and 2007 P.F. certificates

4,250
5,500
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334
nh
Sale 968A, Lot 334, 1895-98 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 264-278)$2.00 Bright Blue (277). Mint N.H., rich color and proof-like impression, perfectly centered with wide and balanced margins all around

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A BEAUTIFUL MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1895 $2.00 WATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE IN THE BRIGHT BLUE COLOR. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE STAMP IN MINT NEVER-HINGED AND CENTERED CONDITION. THIS STAMP HAS BEEN AWARDED THE GRADE OF XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E.

As an indication of rarity, we have offered only nine of this shade and three of the Dark Blue shade (including the one in this sale) in Mint N.H. condition since keeping computerized records.

With 1992 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95). Only one other stamp shares this grade and none have graded higher in the P.S.E. Population Report

3,500
23,000
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335
nh
Sale 968A, Lot 335, 1895-98 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 264-278)$2.00 Dark Blue (277a). Mint N.H., deep rich color in the true Dark Blue shade, post office-fresh paper, wide and balanced margins, long and full perforations all around

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THE 1895 $2.00 DARK BLUE WATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE IS ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT ISSUES TO OBTAIN IN SOUND AND CENTERED MINT NEVER-HINGED CONDITION. A TRUE CONDITION RARITY.

As an indication of rarity, we have only offered two other Mint N.H. examples of this issue in the past fourteen years. This is easily the finest of the three.

Ex Odeneal. With 2005 and 2007 P.F. certificates (the latter graded XF 90)

3,250
7,500
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336
ogbl
Sale 968A, Lot 336, 1895-98 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 264-278)$2.00 Bright Blue (277). Block of four, original gum, lightly hinged, beautiful deep shade, unusually choice centering

VERY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 1895 $2.00 WATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE.

Blocks of the dollar-value Bureau Issue are rarely encountered in this choice condition. As more blocks are broken to feed the market for high-quality singles, blocks such as this are becoming increasingly rarer.

With 2008 P.F. certificate

5,000
4,250
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337
nh
Sale 968A, Lot 337, 1895-98 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 264-278)$5.00 Dark Green (278). Mint N.H. with plate no. 85 at bottom, deep rich color and sharp proof-like impression on fresh paper, perfect centering with long full perfs all around

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN INCOMPARABLE MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE $5.00 1895 WATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE. THIS STAMP HAS BEEN AWARDED THE GRADE OF SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. -- BY FAR THE HIGHEST GRADE TO DATE. A REMARKABLE STAMP THAT WOULD BE NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE TO IMPROVE UPON.

The $5.00 watermarked Bureau issue is an exceedingly rare stamp in sound, well-centered Mint N.H. condition. We have offered only four singles plus a plate number and imprint strip of three since keeping computerized records. This stamp is without question the finest Mint N.H. example extant.

With 1994 P.F. certificate for a strip of three, with 1995 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98). This is the highest graded example in the P.S.E. Population Report. The next highest grade for a Mint N.H. stamp is 85

7,500
65,000
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