Sale 973 — 2009 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Saturday, 13 June, 2009

Category — Postage Due

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
250°
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Sale 973, Lot 250, Postage Due1c Deep Brown, Special Printing (J8). Original gum, paper h.r. at top, beautiful intense shade and sharp proof-like impression, small light pencil note on gum

VERY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE RARE ONE-CENT POSTAGE DUE SPECIAL PRINTING.

The 1c, 2c and 3c are undoubtedly the rarest values of the American Bank Note Co. Postage Due Special Printings, although the sold quantities in the official records are relatively high. William E. Mooz, in an article on the 1c appearing in Chronicle No. 170, May 1996, offers evidence to support his theory that the actual number of true Special Printings sold was significantly lower than the reported figures. For the 1c, Mooz estimates 500 sold, but it is possible that as many as 400 purchased by G. B. Calman were destroyed. It is widely accepted that nearly 9,000 1c stamps sold as Special Printings were actually regular issues.

Ex Drucker. Lightly signed "E. Stern". With 1994 P.S.E. and 2002 P.F. certificates

22,500
0
251°
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Sale 973, Lot 251, Postage Due2c Deep Brown, Special Printing (J9). Original gum, lightly hinged, deep rich color and detailed impression, choice centering

EXTREMELY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 2-CENT POSTAGE DUE SPECIAL PRINTING.

As noted in the description for the 1c Special Printing, the reported sale figures for the 1c, 2c and 3c Postage Due Special Printings probably include orders filled with regular stamps. The 2c is one of the rarest of the set.

Ex Cole and Zoellner. With 1949 A.P.S., 1988 and 1998 P.F. certificates

20,000
15,000
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252°
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Sale 973, Lot 252, Postage Due3c Deep Brown, Special Printing (J10). Full original gum, hinge mark at top, beautiful color and sharp proof-like impression, small natural wood fiber inclusion in margin at bottom right

FINE AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE. THE 3-CENT IS POSSIBLY THE RAREST POSTAGE DUE SPECIAL PRINTING.

Although 436 copies were reported sold, it is believed that 100 copies were destroyed in the Calman lot. A thorough search of the marketplace, combined with conversations with dealers and collectors, has confirmed the extreme rarity of this stamp. A review using Power Search reveals that we have not offered another with original gum since 2005.

Ex Zoellner, where it realized $12,500 hammer in 1998. With 1998 P.F. certificate.

25,000
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253°
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Sale 973, Lot 253, Postage Due5c Deep Brown, Special Printing (J11). Original gum, hinge marks at top, well-centered, fresh color and proof-like impression

VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT POSTAGE DUE SPECIAL PRINTING.

It has been estimated that only 249 of the 5c Postage Due Special Printing reached the public.

Ex Drucker. With 1994 P.F. certificate

15,000
19,500
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254°
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Sale 973, Lot 254, Postage Due10c Deep Brown, Special Printing (J12). Part original gum, intense shade and proof-like impression, wide margins

VERY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT POSTAGE DUE SPECIAL PRINTING.

It has been estimated that no more than 174 examples of the 10c Postage Due Special Printing reached the public.

With 1995 P.F. certificate

9,000
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255°
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Sale 973, Lot 255, Postage Due30c Deep Brown, Special Printing (J13). Original gum, lightly hinged, radiant color and detailed impression

VERY FINE AND CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THE 30-CENT POSTAGE DUE SPECIAL PRINTING.

It has been estimated that no more than 179 examples of the 30c Postage Due Special Printing reached the public. The vast majority of surviving original-gum examples are faulty.

Ex Vineyard. With 1985 and 1997 P.F. certificates

10,000
0
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256°
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Sale 973, Lot 256, Postage Due50c Deep Brown, Special Printing (J14). Original gum, lightly hinged, rich color, detailed impression

FRESH AND VERY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 50-CENT POSTAGE DUE SPECIAL PRINTING.

It has been estimated that no more than 179 examples of the 50c Postage Due Special Printing reached the public.

Small backstamp. With 1994 P.F. certificate

9,000
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257°
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Sale 973, Lot 257, Postage Due50c Red Brown (J21). Mint N.H., brilliant color, crisp impression, wide margins

VERY FINE. AN ATTRACTIVE MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 50-CENT 1884 RED BROWN POSTAGE DUE.

With 2003 and 2006 P.S.E. certificates

4,250
2,300
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258°
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Sale 973, Lot 258, Postage Due50c Carmine Lake (J58). Mint N.H., brilliant color and detailed impression on post-office fresh paper, unusually choice centering for this difficult issue, long and full perforations all around

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A STUNNING MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1914 50-CENT POSTAGE DUE ISSUE. THIS IS EXTREMELY RARE IN MINT NEVER-HINGED CONDITION.

Scott No. J58 has the highest catalogue value of any regularly issued Postage Due stamp. Only the 1c-3c Special Printings, Scott Nos. J8-J10, catalogue higher. This stamp is the key to any meaningful collection of the Postage Due issues. We have offered only one other in Mint N.H. condition since keeping computerized records.

With 2009 P.S.E. certificate (VF 80; SMQ $38,000.00)

32,500
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