Sale 968B — The Alan B. Whitman Collection, Part Three: 1902-34 Issues, B-O-B

Sale Date — Tuesday-Friday, 22-25 September, 2009

Category — 1916-17 Issues (Scott 498-518)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
647
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Sale 968B, Lot 647, 1916-17 Issues (Scott 498-518)1c Green, Vertical Pair, Imperforate Horizontally (498a). Mint N.H., deep rich color and proof-like impression, gorgeous centering

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL MINT NEVER-HINGED PAIR OF THE ONE-CENT PERF 11 WASHINGTON IMPERFORATE HORIZONTALLY.

Ex Stollnitz and Floyd. With 1964 and 2001 P.F. certificates

1,750
1,600
648
nh
Sale 968B, Lot 648, 1916-17 Issues (Scott 498-518)1c Green, Horizontal Pair, Imperforate Between (498b). Mint N.H., brilliant color, crisp impression, beautiful centering with wide and balanced margins, fresh and Extremely Fine, a superb Mint N.H. pair in the finest condition attainable, most seem to have been hinged, ex Blumenkopf and Floyd, with 1995 P.F. certificate

1,250
2,000
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649
ogbl
Sale 968B, Lot 649, 1916-17 Issues (Scott 498-518)1c Green, Horizontal Pair, Imperforate Between (498b). Block of eight, two center pairs show the error of perforation, bottom stamps Mint N.H., top stamps lightly hinged, rich color, the errors are well-centered, Very Fine and impressive multiple, ex Blumenkopf, with 1989 and 2000 P.F. certificates

1,825
3,000
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650
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Sale 968B, Lot 650, 1916-17 Issues (Scott 498-518)1c Green, A.E.F. Booklet Pane (498f). Mint N.H., deep rich color and detailed impression, remarkably choice centering throughout, Extremely Fine, with 1998 P.F. certificate

1,800
1,500
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651
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Sale 968B, Lot 651, 1916-17 Issues (Scott 498-518)1c Green, Perf 10 at Top (498g). Mint N.H., deep dark color and sharp proof-like impression, post-office fresh

FINE. ONE OF THE RAREST OF THE PERF 10 VARIETIES.

The 1c 1917 with Perf 10 at top or bottom is one of the rarest of all Perf 10 varieties. Our records contain the following in unused condition: four singles, two in a block of four, two in a plate block of six (offered in our 2004 Rarities sale), and four in a block of 25 (offered in our October 2006 auction). Five are also known used.

With 2001 P.F. certificate

22,500
26,000
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652
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Sale 968B, Lot 652, 1916-17 Issues (Scott 498-518)2c Rose, Ty. I, A.E.F. Booklet Pane (499f). Position W8, Mint N.H., deep rich color and detailed impression, wide margins at right and bottom, a mix of centering as is typical of genuine examples of this difficult booklet pane

A FINE AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT A.E.F. BOOKLET PANE. IT IS BELIEVED THAT NO MORE THAN 20 EXIST IN ANY CONDITION. THIS IS ONLY THE SECOND MINT N.H. PANE WE HAVE OFFERED.

The A.E.F. booklet panes were issued in September 1917, primarily for use by the American Expeditionary Forces in Europe during World War I. Only 3,000 panes were prepared of both the 1c and 2c denominations. By October they were no longer needed, as Congress voted to allow mail to be sent free of charge by active members of the Armed Forces. Many of the panes were destroyed. The only other Mint N.H. pane sold by us was part of the Zoellner collection in 1998.

With 1998 P.F. certificate

38,000
13,000
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653
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Sale 968B, Lot 653, 1916-17 Issues (Scott 498-518)2c Rose, Ty. I, Vertical Pair, Imperforate Horizontally (499a). Mint N.H., intense shade and impression on crisp paper, Very Fine and choice, this error is exceedingly scarce, none can be found in our computerized records and the P.F. has certified no more than five, with 2006 P.F. certificate, this is quite undercatalogued in Scott

1,200
1,600
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654
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Sale 968B, Lot 654, 1916-17 Issues (Scott 498-518)2c Rose, Ty. I, Horizontal Pair, Imperforate Vertically (499b). Mint N.H., brilliant color on bright paper, centered to one side as are virtually all known examples, Very Fine, scarce, Datz states that 100 pairs are reported but they rarely appear at auction, the last unused example we offered was in 2000, ex Floyd, with 1981 and 2005 P.F. certificates

750
1,100
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655
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Sale 968B, Lot 655, 1916-17 Issues (Scott 498-518)2c Rose, Ty. I, Double Impression (499g). Mint N.H., brilliant color, showing clear doubling throughout the entire design, Very Fine and choice, scarce, with 1963 and 2005 P.F. certificates

400
200
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656
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Sale 968B, Lot 656, 1916-17 Issues (Scott 498-518)2c Deep Rose, Ty. Ia (500). Mint N.H., wonderful depth of color, nicely centered, Very Fine, with 1992 P.F. certificate

600
600
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657
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Sale 968B, Lot 657, 1916-17 Issues (Scott 498-518)3c Light Violet, Ty. I (501). Mint N.H., brilliant color, gorgeous centering with wide and balanced margins, Extremely Fine Gem, with 1997 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $175.00)

25
150
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658
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Sale 968B, Lot 658, 1916-17 Issues (Scott 498-518)3c Light Violet, Ty. I, Vertical Pair, Imperforate Horizontally (501c). Lightly hinged, radiant color, gorgeous centering with wide and balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB AND RARE LIGHTLY-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 3-CENT SCOTT 501 VERTICAL PAIR, IMPERFORATE HORIZONTALLY.

We have offered only five others since keeping computerized records.

Ex Floyd. Lightly signed in pencil. With 1960 and 2001 P.F. certificates

2,500
4,250
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659
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Sale 968B, Lot 659, 1916-17 Issues (Scott 498-518)3c Light Violet, Ty. I, Double Impression (501d). Mint N.H., dramatic double impression showing part of three different impressions, with selvage at bottom, rich color

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A DRAMATIC EXAMPLE AND ONE OF ONLY THREE RECORDED UNUSED EXAMPLES OF THIS DOUBLE IMPRESSION. THIS IS THE ONLY MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE.

The records of the Philatelic Foundation contain only three used and three unused copies certified as genuine (this one Mint N.H.). Of these, one shows a double impression which is similar to the one offered here (offered in our Sale 937). These are the most pronounced double impressions.

Ex Blumenkopf. With 1994 P.F. certificate

5,500
3,250
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660
nh
Sale 968B, Lot 660, 1916-17 Issues (Scott 498-518)3c Dark Violet, Ty. II (502). Mint N.H., intense color and impression, nicely centered with Jumbo margins, Extremely Fine, with 1992 P.F. certificate

32
350
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661
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Sale 968B, Lot 661, 1916-17 Issues (Scott 498-518)3c Dark Violet Ty. II, Booklet Pane of Six (502b var). Mint N.H., deep rich color, post-office fresh and Extremely Fine, with 2005 P.F. certificate

100
300
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662
nh
Sale 968B, Lot 662, 1916-17 Issues (Scott 498-518)3c Dark Violet, Ty. II, Vertical Pair, Imperforate Horizontally (502c). Vertical strip of three, bottom stamps Mint N.H., top stamp h.r., rich color on bright paper, fresh and Very Fine, scarce, center stamp with backstamp, ex Blumenkopf, with 2004 P.F. certificate, Scott Retail as Mint N.H. pair

2,750
3,250
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663
nh
Sale 968B, Lot 663, 1916-17 Issues (Scott 498-518)3c Dark Violet, Ty. II, Double Impression (502d). Mint N.H., deep rich color, showing clear double with second impression closely aligned to the first, bright paper, choice centering, fresh and Extremely Fine, scarce, ex Blumenkopf, with 1997 and 2000 P.F. certificates, the former as a block

1,500
700
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664
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Sale 968B, Lot 664, 1916-17 Issues (Scott 498-518)4c Brown (503). Mint N.H., pretty shade, perfectly centered with absolutely Jumbo margins, Extremely Fine Gem, a stamp of massive proportions, with 1993 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, $490.00 as 98), only two have graded higher and five others share this desirable grade

22
350
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665
nh
Sale 968B, Lot 665, 1916-17 Issues (Scott 498-518)5c Blue (504). Mint N.H., deep rich color and proof-like impression on bright paper, unusually choice centering with wide margins, Extremely Fine Gem, a beautiful stamp, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $130.00 as 95, $510.00 as 98)

20
110
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666
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Sale 968B, Lot 666, 1916-17 Issues (Scott 498-518)5c Blue, Horizontal Pair Imperforate Between (504a). Pair with plate no. 8902 selvage at top, h.r. in selvage only, brilliant color, right stamp tiny thin spot

VERY FINE. THE UNIQUE PLATE NUMBER PAIR OF THE 5-CENT PERF 11 WASHINGTON IMPERFORATE BETWEEN THE STAMPS. ONLY TWO PAIRS ARE KNOWN.

This plate number pair appeared in our Rarities sales in 1983 and 1990, and it has consistently realized more than double or nearly triple Scott value.

Signed in pencil by Raymond Weill and E. Stern. With 2007 P.F. certificate

20,000
22,000
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667
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Sale 968B, Lot 667, 1916-17 Issues (Scott 498-518)5c Rose, Error (505). Mint N.H. double error in a block of 12, brilliant color, intact perfs all around and with significant portions of 13 adjoining stamps, choice centering much better than typically found, small natural inclusion in seventh stamp not noted on accompanying certificate

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT PERF 11 DOUBLE ERROR, SCOTT 505. A BEAUTIFUL SHOWPIECE.

With 1991 and 1999 P.F. certificates

2,150
2,100
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668
nh
Sale 968B, Lot 668, 1916-17 Issues (Scott 498-518)5c Rose, Error (505). Mint N.H. single error in block of nine, brilliant color, wide even margins which are far better than typically found, natural s.e. at top, small natural inclusion in right-center stamp not noted on accompanying certificate, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2001 P.F. certificate

1,100
950
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669
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Sale 968B, Lot 669, 1916-17 Issues (Scott 498-518)5c Rose, Error (505). Mint N.H., radiant color, post-office fresh, choice centering, fresh and Extremely Fine, with 1990 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $1,100.00)

675
750
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670
nh
Sale 968B, Lot 670, 1916-17 Issues (Scott 498-518)6c Red Orange (506). Mint N.H., radiant color, wide margins, Extremely Fine, with 2000 P.F. certificate

27
70
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671
og
Sale 968B, Lot 671, 1916-17 Issues (Scott 498-518)6c Red Orange, Perf 10 at Top (506a). Vertical pair, the top stamp perforated 10 at top, bottom stamp normal perf 11 all around, small h.r., incredibly bright color, wide margins

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. AN INCREDIBLY RARE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 6-CENT 1917 ISSUE PERFORATED 10 AT TOP VARIETY. ONLY ONE OTHER UNUSED EXAMPLE IS BELIEVED TO EXIST.

Our census of Scott 506a contains two unused and fourteen used copies. Ex Schilling, Zoellner and Blumenkopf. With 1998 P.F. certificate. This is quite undercatalogued in Scott, particularly in unused condition, probably because none has been offered at auction since 2000.

10,000
29,000
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672
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Sale 968B, Lot 672, 1916-17 Issues (Scott 498-518)7c Black (507). Barest trace of what may be hinging (appears Mint N.H.), intense shade and proof-like impression, mathematically perfect centering with Jumbo margins, Extremely Fine Gem, a magnificent stamp, with 1993 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (OGph, Gem 100 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, $170.00 as 98)

27
500
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673
ogbl
Sale 968B, Lot 673, 1916-17 Issues (Scott 498-518)7c Black, Perf 10 at Top (507a). Block of four, both top stamps the variety, bottom stamps perf 11 all around, top stamps barely hinged, bottom stamps Mint N.H., deep shade and proof-like impression

VERY FINE. THIS BLOCK CONTAINS THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE 7-CENT DENOMINATION WITH PERF 10 AT TOP OR BOTTOM. THIS IS THE KEY TO A COMPLETE SET OF THE PERF 10 ON ONE SIDE VARIETIES. A RARITY OF THE HIGHEST ORDER.

The 7c is the rarest denomination with the Perf 10 at One Side variety, which resulted from an improperly-repaired perforating wheel (the nineteenth row of pins on the wheel).

Ex Zoellner. With 1991 and 1998 P.F. certificates.

40,000
0
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674
 
Sale 968B, Lot 674, 1916-17 Issues (Scott 498-518)8c Olive Bister, Perf 10 at Top (508c). Bright color, choice centering for this difficult issue, neat strike of New Haven Conn. registry oval

EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE SOUND AND CENTERED EXAMPLE OF THE 8-CENT 1917 ISSUE PERF 10 AT TOP. ONLY SIXTEEN ARE RECORDED IN OUR CENSUS, AND THIS IS EASILY ONE OF THE FINEST IN EXISTENCE.

Our comprehensive unpublished census of Scott 508c, which encompasses all of the records of the Philatelic Foundation plus our search of auction catalogues, contains only sixteen copies of this rarity. Of these, nine are sound or potentially sound (four of these have very low certificate numbers and need to be examined for condition). Of the sixteen, nine have precancels.

With 2000 A.P.S. and 2006 P.F. certificates (VF-XF 85)

16,000
21,000
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675
nh
Sale 968B, Lot 675, 1916-17 Issues (Scott 498-518)9c Salmon Red, Perf 10 at Top (509a). Mint N.H., brilliant color, post-office fresh, tiny perf flaw at bottom not noted on certificates

VERY FINE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE 9-CENT 1917 ISSUE PERF 10 AT TOP OR BOTTOM. A PHENOMENAL RARITY.

Our comprehensive census of Scott 509a, which includes all of the records of the Philatelic Foundation, contains 21 used copies and this single unused example.

Ex Blumenkopf. With 1994 A.P.S. and 1995 P.F. certificates. This issue is massively undercatalogued in Scott. For example, Scott 511a, which is readily available in unused condition (five Mint N.H. are in Power Search), catalogues $7,500.00.

6,750
40,000
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676
nh
Sale 968B, Lot 676, 1916-17 Issues (Scott 498-518)9c Salmon Red (509). Mint N.H., radiant color, choice centering with Jumbo margins, fresh and Extremely Fine, with 1992 and 1999 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90 Jumbo; SMQ $65.00 as 90, $205.00 as 95)

30
80
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677
nh
Sale 968B, Lot 677, 1916-17 Issues (Scott 498-518)10c Orange Yellow (510). Mint N.H. with plate no. 10734 in selvage at left, vibrant color, wide and balanced margins, Extremely Fine Gem

40
200
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678
nh
Sale 968B, Lot 678, 1916-17 Issues (Scott 498-518)11c Light Green (511). Mint N.H., brilliant color and detailed impression, gorgeous centering, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $450.00)

20
250
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679
nh
Sale 968B, Lot 679, 1916-17 Issues (Scott 498-518)11c Light Green, Perf 10 at Top (511a). Mint N.H., bright shade, wide margins

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A SCARCE AND DESIRABLE MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 11-CENT 1917 ISSUE PERF 10 AT TOP.

With 1994 P.F. certificate

7,500
12,500
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680
nh
Sale 968B, Lot 680, 1916-17 Issues (Scott 498-518)12c Claret Brown (512). Mint N.H., brilliant color on post-office fresh paper, well-balanced margins, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $145.00)

20
300
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681
nh
Sale 968B, Lot 681, 1916-17 Issues (Scott 498-518)12c Brown Carmine (512a). Mint N.H., warm shade which is distinctly different from the previous lot, perfectly centered with Jumbo margins, Extremely Fine Gem, a gorgeous stamp, with 2002 and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, $560.00 as 98), this is the only example to achieve this grade and only two have graded higher to date

22
325
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682
 
Sale 968B, Lot 682, 1916-17 Issues (Scott 498-518)12c Claret Brown, Perf 10 at Bottom (512b). Deep rich color, proof-like impression, bold strike of grid cancel, choice centering for this difficult issue

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. FEWER THAN TEN EXAMPLES OF THE 12-CENT 1917 ISSUE PERF 10 AT TOP OR BOTTOM ARE KNOWN TO US. ONE OF THE RAREST OF THE PERF 10 ON ONE SIDE VARIETIES.

As an indication of rarity, we have offered only one other since 2001. That copy, with perfs touching or close on two sides and with a precancel, realized $10,500 hammer in September 2008.

Ex Floyd. With 1995 P.F. certificate. Quite undercatalogued in Scott.

6,000
0
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683
nh
Sale 968B, Lot 683, 1916-17 Issues (Scott 498-518)13c Apple Green (513). Mint N.H., beautiful color as fresh as the day it was printed, wide and balanced margins, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $175.00)

25
90
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684
nh
Sale 968B, Lot 684, 1916-17 Issues (Scott 498-518)15c Gray (514). Mint N.H., radiant color, crisp impression, Jumbo margins, fresh and Extremely Fine, with 1996 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90 Jumbo; SMQ $150.00 as 90, $480.00 as 95)

85
180
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685
nh
Sale 968B, Lot 685, 1916-17 Issues (Scott 498-518)20c Light Ultramarine (515). Mint N.H. with selvage at top, brilliant color, post-office fresh, mathematically perfect centering

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS STUNNING EXAMPLE OF SCOTT 515 HAS BEEN AWARDED THE GRADE OF GEM 100 -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED TO DATE AND THE ONLY EXAMPLE TO ACHIEVE THIS PERFECT GRADE.

With 1992 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (Gem 100; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, $1,450.00 as 98). This is the highest grade awarded to date and the only example to achieve this grade. The 20c seems to have much lower P.S.E. Population Report numbers in the higher grades than many others of this issue. It is clearly one of the more difficult denominations to obtain in higher grades.

95
5,250
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686
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Sale 968B, Lot 686, 1916-17 Issues (Scott 498-518)20c Light Ultramarine, Vertical Pair, Imperforate Between (515b). Brilliant color, centered to left as are all known examples

FINE AND FRESH. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE WASHINGTON-FRANKLIN PERFORATION ERROR AND ALWAYS FOUND WITH FINE CENTERING.

Ex Blumenkopf. With 1996 and 2005 P.F. certificates

2,000
4,250
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687
nh
Sale 968B, Lot 687, 1916-17 Issues (Scott 498-518)50c Red Violet (517). Mint N.H., brilliant color on bright paper, well-balanced margins, fresh and Extremely Fine, with 1998 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $200.00)

150
150
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688
nh
Sale 968B, Lot 688, 1916-17 Issues (Scott 498-518)$1.00 Violet Brown (518). Mint N.H., deep rich color and sharp impression, choice centering with wide margins, fresh and Extremely Fine, with 1993 P.F. certificate

120
225
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