Sale 976 — United States Stamps

Sale Date — Tuesday-Friday, 29 September-2 October, 2009

Category — Essays, Proofs and Specimens

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1001
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Sale 976, Lot 1001, Essays, Proofs and Specimens5c Red Brown, Large Die Proof on White Laid Paper (1P1c). 39 x 49 mm with cross-hatching, part of papermaker's printed trademark on back, Extremely Fine, ex Finkelberg

800
650
1002
P
Sale 976, Lot 1002, Essays, Proofs and Specimens5c Red Brown, Large Die Proof on Bluish Laid (1Pd1). Stamp size, showing clear laid lines, fresh and Fine

800
500
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1003
S
Sale 976, Lot 1003, Essays, Proofs and Specimens5c Red Brown, 10c Black, Proofs on India, "Specimen" Ovpt. (1PS-2PS). Black and Red overprints, respectively, card mounted, 10c cut-down large die, 5c might also be, 10c with scuff and tear, otherwise Very Fine-Extremely Fine, the 10c is most likely from the American Bank Note Co. archival sheet reconstruction

E. 400-500
475
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1004
TC
Sale 976, Lot 1004, Essays, Proofs and Specimens5c Black, 10c Brown, 1875 Reproduction, Atlanta Trial Color Proofs (3TC-4TC). Large margins, Very Fine and choice examples in what are essentially the reversed colors

600
1,100
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1005
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Sale 976, Lot 1005, Essays, Proofs and Specimens5c Orange Brown, 10c Black, 1875 Reproduction, Small Die Proofs (3P2-4P2). On original gray card backing, fresh and Very Fine, only 85 were produced

850
425
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1006
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Sale 976, Lot 1006, Essays, Proofs and Specimens5c Red Brown, 10c Black, 1875 Reproduction, Plate Proofs on Card (3P4-4P4). Two sets, large margins, bright colors, Very Fine, accompanied by original envelope with printed "United States Postage Stamps. 1847. Proof Specimens"

800
350
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1007
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Sale 976, Lot 1007, Essays, Proofs and Specimens10c Black, Large Die Proof on White Laid Paper (2P1c). 39 x 41 mm with cross-hatching, tiny part of papermaker's printed trademark on front at bottom right, Extremely Fine, ex Finkelberg

800
1,400
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1008
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Sale 976, Lot 1008, Essays, Proofs and Specimens10c Black, Large Die Proof on White Glazed (2P1i). 43 x 51mm, bright shade, Very Fine

1,000
1,700
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1009
TC
Sale 976, Lot 1009, Essays, Proofs and Specimens1c 1875 Reprint, Atlanta Trial Color Proofs (40TC). Complete set of five colors, large margins, brilliant colors, Very Fine and choice

520
750
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1010
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Sale 976, Lot 1010, Essays, Proofs and Specimens1c-90c 1861-66 Issue, Small Die Proofs on India (63P2/78P2). Ten, incl. Nos. 63P2, 68P2, 69P2, 71P2, 72P2, 73P2, 77P2, 78P2, 66P2 and 74P2, each with original gray card backing from Roosevelt album, 30c small toned spot, 15c and 90c bit heavily creased, otherwise Very Fine, only 85 were produced

3,825
1,100
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1011
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Sale 976, Lot 1011, Essays, Proofs and Specimens1c-90c 1861-66 Issue, Plate Proofs on Card (63P4, 65P4, 68P4-69P4, 71P4-73aP4, 76P4-78P4). Large margins, rich colors, Very Fine and choice

515
225
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1012
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Sale 976, Lot 1012, Essays, Proofs and Specimens2c Black, Francis Patent Essay (73-E). Block of four, original gum, lightly hinged, large margins to clear, intense shade, Very Fine

E. 300-400
475
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1013
Ebl
Sale 976, Lot 1013, Essays, Proofs and Specimens2c Black, Francis Patent Essay (73-E). Block of four, original gum, lightly hinged, large margins to clear, vertical crease at right, Very Fine appearance

E. 200-300
275
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1014
E
Sale 976, Lot 1014, Essays, Proofs and Specimens1c-90c 1869 Pictorial Essays. Eight, incl. Nos. 112-E4b, 113-E3e, 115-E2c, 116-E1k, 120-E2d, 121-E1p, 122-E2b and 122-E3, large margins, rich colors, Very Fine, an attractive group

1,310
450
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1015
E
1c-12c 1869 Pictorial Plate Essays. Twelve singles and three blocks of four, singles original gum, blocks no gum, different colors, mixed condition

E. 500-750
600
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1016
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Sale 976, Lot 1016, Essays, Proofs and Specimens1c-90c 1869 Pictorial, Plate Proofs on Card (112P4-122P4). Large to full margins, brilliant colors, Very Fine set

1,015
1,400
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1017
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Sale 976, Lot 1017, Essays, Proofs and Specimens15c-90c 1869 Pictorial Inverts, Plate Proofs on Card (120aP4, 121aP4, 122aP4, 129aP4). Large margins all around except 24c ample at left, bright colors and detailed impressions

VERY FINE AND BEAUTIFUL SET OF 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE INVERT PLATE PROOFS. ONLY ONE SHEET OF 100 OF EACH WAS PRODUCED.

All known examples of these invert proofs come from the sheets in the Earl of Crawford collection.

10,750
8,500
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1018
TC
1c-90c 1869 Pictorial Issue, Atlanta Trial Color Plate Proofs on Card (123TC1-132TC1). Complete set (less the one newly-listed unique 90c color combination), large margins to in, bright colors

FINE-VERY FINE. A RARE COMPLETE SET OF 1869 PICTORIAL ATLANTA TRIAL COLOR PLATE PROOFS.

The Atlanta trial color plate proofs on card were prepared for display at the 1881 International Cotton Exhibition in Atlanta. Only one sheet of 100 in each color was printed. Very few have been kept together as intact sets.

24,400
10,500
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1019
TC
Sale 976, Lot 1019, Essays, Proofs and Specimens15c-90c 1869 Pictorial Issue, Atlanta Trial Color Plate Proofs on Card (129TC-132TC). Incl. seven 15c, complete for 24c, thirteen 30c and seven 90c, large margins, brilliant colors

VERY FINE AND CHOICE GROUP OF THE HIGH VALUES OF THE 1869 PICTORIAL ATLANTA TRIAL COLOR PROOFS.

One 90c with 1995 P.F. certificate

15,850
6,000
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1020
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Sale 976, Lot 1020, Essays, Proofs and Specimens90c Carmine & Black, Plate Proof on India (122P3). Horizontal pair, huge margins all around, brilliant colors, Extremely Fine, a superb pair, Scott Retail as singles

360
400
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1021
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Sale 976, Lot 1021, Essays, Proofs and Specimens2c-30c 1869 Pictorial Issue Plate Proofs. Four items, incl. singles of Nos. 120P3 and 121P3 and blocks of four of Nos. 113P3 and 117P3, last with sheet margin at bottom, large to huge margins, few trivial imperfections as usually associated with this fragile paper, still Extremely Fine

645
325
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1022
P
Sale 976, Lot 1022, Essays, Proofs and SpecimensBank Note Proofs. Eight items, incl. full set of Atlanta Trial Colors for No. 166, also 150P3, 183P4 and 185P4, Very Fine

400
130
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1023
Pbl
Sale 976, Lot 1023, Essays, Proofs and Specimens1c Ultramarine, Plate Proof on India (212P3). Block of four, large to huge margins all around, deep rich color, Extremely Fine

600
850
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1024
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Sale 976, Lot 1024, Essays, Proofs and Specimens2c-90c 1887-88 Issue, Plate Proofs on Card (213P4-218P4). Large margins, brilliant colors, Very Fine and choice

300
160
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1025
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Sale 976, Lot 1025, Essays, Proofs and Specimens1c-90c 1890 Issue, Plate Proofs on Card (219P4-229P4). Complete set, most with large margins, Very Fine-Extremely Fine

785
275
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1026
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Sale 976, Lot 1026, Essays, Proofs and Specimens1c-90c 1890 Issue, Plate Proofs on Card (219P4-229P4). Complete set, large margins all around, fresh and Very Fine set

645
225
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1027
E
Sale 976, Lot 1027, Essays, Proofs and Specimens5c Orange Brown, Large Die Essay on India (223-E6). On 72 x 72mm card with full die sinkage, rich color, pencil notation on card explaining the essay's characteristics, Very Fine and choice, scarce, this is the first we have offered since keeping computerized records

700
2,500
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1028
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Sale 976, Lot 1028, Essays, Proofs and Specimens1c-$5.00 Columbian, Small Die Proofs (230P2-245P2). Complete set from a Roosevelt album, carefully removed from gray card, 6c, 8c and $4.00 slight "bleed-through" on backs from aniline ink, 30c trivial light black line in top margin, $2.00 few lines of extraneous ink in top margin, $5.00 light toning on back, otherwise Extremely Fine, only 85 sets issued

5,850
1,900
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1029
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Sale 976, Lot 1029, Essays, Proofs and Specimens1c-$5.00 Columbian, Plate Proof on Card (230P4-245P4). Large margins to full, brilliant colors, fresh and Fine-Very Fine set

1,435
900
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1030
E
Sale 976, Lot 1030, Essays, Proofs and Specimens5c Orange Brown, Die Essay on India (255-E4). Die sunk on 113 x 130mm card, Very Fine, a beautiful example of this scarce essay

1,250
375
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1031
E
Sale 976, Lot 1031, Essays, Proofs and Specimens6c Dim Dusky Red, Die Proof on India (256-E2). Die sunk on 111 x 130mm card, crisp impression, bit of light toning on front, design is almost complete except for some shading lines on coat and diagonal lines on beard, Very Fine, scarce

1,000
1,500
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1032
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Sale 976, Lot 1032, Essays, Proofs and Specimens1c-10c Pan-American, Large Die Proofs on India (294P1-299P1). Die sunk on approximately 200 x 152mm cards with full die sinkage, deep rich colors, each with blue control no. on back, fresh and Very Fine, a beautiful set

3,450
1,500
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1033
E
Sale 976, Lot 1033, Essays, Proofs and Specimens4c Pan-American Invert Counterfeit (296a var). Two items, one is frame only on approx. 106 x 85mm paper, other is frame with inverted vignette and additional vignette above on 97 x 47mm gummed paper, these are remarkably accurate engravings, several differences from the genuine engravings are noted, fascinating items reportedly created by an engraver working for a banknote company in Canada

E. 500-750
2,600
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1034
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Sale 976, Lot 1034, Essays, Proofs and Specimens10c 1885-94 Special Delivery, Small Die Proofs on Wove (E1P2, E4P2). On small gray cards from a Roosevelt album, Extremely Fine, only 85 were produced

500
170
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1035
P
1c-50c Postage Dues, Plate Proofs on Card (J15P4-J28P4, J32P4). Large margins, bright colors, Very Fine and choice

352
225
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1036
Pbl
Sale 976, Lot 1036, Essays, Proofs and Specimens2c Claret, Postage Due, Plate Proof on Card (J32P4). Block of four, large margins, intense shade, Very Fine and choice

475
500
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1037
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Sale 976, Lot 1037, Essays, Proofs and Specimens1c-$1.00 Parcel Post, Panama-Pacific Small Die Proofs (Q1P2a-Q8P2a, Q10P2a-Q12P2a). Nearly complete set, lacks the 25c value, which is present as a large die proof (Q9P1) cut down to size of the other proofs, rich colors, couple tiny faults, light toning which is less than usually found on Panama-Pacific proofs

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE GROUP OF PARCEL POST PANAMA-PACIFIC SMALL DIE PROOFS.

Approximately three full sets are known to exist. $1.00 value with 2008 P.F. certificate

14,600
8,500
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1038
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1c-$20.00 Officials, Plate Proofs on Card (O1P4-O93P4). Good colors and virtually all with choice margins, Fine-Very Fine

876
450
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1039
P
Sale 976, Lot 1039, Essays, Proofs and Specimens2c Officials, Atlanta Trial Color Proofs (O2TC-O84TC). Complete set of the 40 2c Andrew Jackson Atlanta trial color proofs mounted on album pages (not incl. Post Office Dept set, which did not depict Jackson), deep rich colors throughout, mostly large margins, one with tiny corner nick, Very Fine set

1,528
425
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1040
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Sale 976, Lot 1040, Essays, Proofs and Specimens1c-90c Interior, Small Die Proofs (O15P3-O24P3). Complete set of ten removed from gray card, radiant colors, 3c with small thin spot, otherwise Extremely Fine, attractive set

1,000
250
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1041
Pbl
Sale 976, Lot 1041, Essays, Proofs and Specimens$10.00 State, Plate Proof on India (O70P3). Sheet of ten without the surrounding selvage, paper h.r. and few faults as often found on this fragile paper, still a scarce multiple, Scott Retail as full sheet with selvage is $5,000.00, Scott Retail as blocks of four and singles

900
1,200
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1042
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Sale 976, Lot 1042, Essays, Proofs and SpecimensRevenue, 2c Blue & Bronze, Re-Use Prevention Essay (Turner E45). Opened for display, original gum, gilt mostly intact, fresh and Very Fine, scarce essay, examples of which we have not offered in six years

E. 1,000-1,500
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