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Sale 976 — United States Stamps

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

Category — 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1727
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Sale Number 976, Lot Number 1727, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)2c Pink, Vertical Pair, Imperforate Horizontally (248a), 2c Pink, Vertical Pair, Imperforate Horizontally (248a)2c Pink, Vertical Pair, Imperforate Horizontally (248a). Original gum, lightly hinged, fresh, bright color, small and faint corner crease at bottom right

FINE. A VERY IMPORTANT 1894 BUREAU ISSUE RARITY.

Reportedly there are only eight pairs and one block of four in all conditions. We can not recall ever seeing any on the auction market . The last time we offered a pair was in our 1965 Rarity Sale some 44 years ago (we will offer examples in our forthcoming "Whitpain" sale). With 1980 and 2001 P.F. certificates.

5,500
4,000
1728
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Sale Number 976, Lot Number 1728, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)2c Carmine Lake, Ty. I (249), 2c Carmine Lake, Ty. I (249)2c Carmine Lake, Ty. I (249). Mint N.H., brilliant color on bright paper, wide and balanced margins, Extremely Fine, P.S.E. encapsulated (XF 90; SMQ $1,200.00)

550
550
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1729°
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Sale Number 976, Lot Number 1729, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)2c Carmine, Ty. II (251), 2c Carmine, Ty. II (251)2c Carmine, Ty. II (251). Mint N.H., brilliant color on bright white paper, almost perfectly centered amid wide margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT TYPE II 1894 UNWATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE, GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E.

With 2002 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $8,650.00). This is the highest grade awarded to date, and only one other example shares this grade

1,100
5,250
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1730
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Sale Number 976, Lot Number 1730, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)2c Carmine, Ty. II (251), 2c Carmine, Ty. II (251)2c Carmine, Ty. II (251). Slightly disturbed original gum, brilliant color, well-proportioned margins, Very Fine and choice

350
375
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1731
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Sale Number 976, Lot Number 1731, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)3c Purple (253), 3c Purple (253)3c Purple (253). Mint N.H. with wide top plate no. 103 selvage, rich color on bright white paper, choice centering, fresh and Extremely Fine, a beautiful stamp, with 1996 P.F. and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $890.00)

375
375
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1732
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Sale Number 976, Lot Number 1732, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)5c Chocolate, Vertical Pair, Imperforate Horizontally (255c), 5c Chocolate, Vertical Pair, Imperforate Horizontally (255c)5c Chocolate, Vertical Pair, Imperforate Horizontally (255c). Original gum, deep rich color, natural gum bend and couple short perfs at left not mentioned on accompanying certificate, Fine-Very Fine appearing example of this error which is believed to originate from a part sheet purchased by a collector at the Richmond Va. post office, with 1995 P.F. certificate

4,000
750
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1733
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Sale Number 976, Lot Number 1733, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)6c Dull Brown (256), 6c Dull Brown (256)6c Dull Brown (256). Mint N.H. with bottom part imprint selvage, fresh and bright, beautifully centered, Extremely Fine, a very difficult stamp to find in such choice condition, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $1,200.00)

525
950
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1734
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Sale Number 976, Lot Number 1734, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)6c Dull Brown (256), 6c Dull Brown (256)6c Dull Brown (256). Mint N.H., pretty shade on bright paper, well-balanced margins, fresh and Extremely Fine, with 2001 P.S.E. certificate

525
275
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1735
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Sale Number 976, Lot Number 1735, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)6c Dull Brown, Vertical Pair, Imperforate Horizontally (256a), 6c Dull Brown, Vertical Pair, Imperforate Horizontally (256a)6c Dull Brown, Vertical Pair, Imperforate Horizontally (256a). Original gum, rich color on bright paper, couple of minor thin spots, unusually well-centered for this as most come with the perforations touching the design. Very Fine appearance, rare Bureau perforation error, with 1992 P.F. certificate

3,000
650
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1736
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Sale Number 976, Lot Number 1736, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)8c Violet Brown (257), 8c Violet Brown (257)8c Violet Brown (257). Mint N.H., detailed impression, choice centering, Extremely Fine, with 2001 P.F. certificate

525
450
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1737
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Sale Number 976, Lot Number 1737, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)10c Dark Green, Imperforate Between Selvage and Stamp (258 var), 10c Dark Green, Imperforate Between Selvage and Stamp (258 var)10c Dark Green, Imperforate Between Selvage and Stamp (258 var). Left margin single with huge sheet margin, redistributed original gum, rich color, few thin spots, otherwise Fine, very unusual item and unlisted in Scott, with 2001 P.F. certificate

E. 400-500
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1738
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Sale Number 976, Lot Number 1738, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)15c Dark Blue (259), 15c Dark Blue (259)15c Dark Blue (259). Original gum, deep rich color on bright paper, choice centering with wide and balanced margins, Extremely Fine Gem, a beautiful stamp, with 1989 P.S.E. certificate

325
550
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1739
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Sale Number 976, Lot Number 1739, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)50c Orange (260), 50c Orange (260)50c Orange (260). Mint N.H., uncharacteristically choice centering, vivid bright color

EXTREMELY FINE MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1894 50-CENT UNWATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE. SURPRISINGLY DIFFICULT TO FIND IN SUCH CHOICE MINT NEVER-HINGED CONDITION.

With 2004 P.S.E. certificate (VF-XF 85; SMQ $2,400.00)

1,900
2,000
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1740
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Sale Number 976, Lot Number 1740, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)50c Orange (260), 50c Orange (260)50c Orange (260). Original gum, choice centering, Extremely Fine, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, XF 90; SMQ $900.00)

600
425
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1741
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Sale Number 976, Lot Number 1741, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)50c Orange (260), 50c Orange (260)50c Orange (260). Original gum, lightly hinged, vivid color, fresh white paper, Extremely Fine

260
250
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1742
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Sale Number 976, Lot Number 1742, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)50c Orange (260), 50c Orange (260)50c Orange (260). Original gum, vibrant color, well-balanced margins, Very Fine and choice, with 1994 P.F. certificate

600
350
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1743
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Sale Number 976, Lot Number 1743, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)$1.00 Black (261), $1.00 Black (261)$1.00 Black (261). Original gum, small h.r., detailed impression, well-proportioned margins, light soiling on top perfs and reperfed at right (neither mentioned on certificate), Extremely Fine, with 1991 P.F. certificate

1,200
800
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1744
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Sale Number 976, Lot Number 1744, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)$1.00 Black (261), $1.00 Black (261)$1.00 Black (261). Slightly disturbed original gum, well-centered with intense color on bright paper, tiny thin speck (not mentioned on certificate), Extremely Fine appearance, with 1995 A.P.S. certificate

1,200
500
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1745
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Sale Number 976, Lot Number 1745, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)$1.00 Black (261), $1.00 Black (261)$1.00 Black (261). Original gum, lightly hinged, intense shade, reperfed at right, Very Fine appearance

1,200
475
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1746
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Sale Number 976, Lot Number 1746, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)$1.00 Black (261), $1.00 Black (261)$1.00 Black (261). Original gum, attractively centered, thin spot, Fine appearance

1,200
180
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1747
 
Sale Number 976, Lot Number 1747, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)$1.00 Black (261), $1.00 Black (261)$1.00 Black (261). Exceptionally wide margins and nearly perfectly centered, beautiful impression on bright white paper, unobtrusive cancel leaves entire design clearly visible

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A WONDERFUL USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1894 $1.00 TYPE I UNWATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE.

With 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $3,000.00). This is the only example to achieve this grade and only two have graded higher

350
2,600
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1748
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Sale Number 976, Lot Number 1748, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)$1.00 Black, Types I-II-II (261-261A-261A), $1.00 Black, Types I-II-II (261-261A-261A)$1.00 Black, Types I-II-II (261-261A-261A). Bottom sheet margin strip of three with imprint and plate no. 76, left stamp Type I and right pair Type II, original gum, h.r. where few perfs sensibly reinforced, bright shade

FINE AND RARE IMPRINT AND PLATE NUMBER STRIP OF THE $1.00 1894 UNWATERMARKED BUREAU TYPES I AND II.

The $1.00 1894-95 plate -- comprising 200 subjects arranged in two panes of 100 -- included five vertical columns of Type II (50 subjects). The left half of one pane was made up of Type I stamps, and the right half of the same pane comprised Type II stamps. The other pane was entirely Type I. Therefore, where the imprint and plate number appears at top and bottom, the two stamps at right are Type II, and the one stamp at left is Type I. Combination pairs and strips, which exist only between fifth and sixth columns, are extremely rare and desirable. Plate number strips and blocks are of even greater rarity, and only a small number of the 1894 unwatermarked issue exist.

Last offered in our 1967 Rarities sale where acquired by the current owner. With 1965 P.F. certificate

7,000
2,400
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1749
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Sale Number 976, Lot Number 1749, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)$1.00 Black, Ty. II (261A), $1.00 Black, Ty. II (261A)$1.00 Black, Ty. II (261A). Original gum, lightly hinged, intense impression on crisp paper, unusually choice centering with wide and balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1894 $1.00 TYPE II UNWATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE.

With 2003 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (OGph, XF-Superb 95; SMQ $6,650.00). This issue is difficult to obtain in the higher grades -- only three in any category have graded higher to date.

2,400
4,750
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1750
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Sale Number 976, Lot Number 1750, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)$1.00 Black, Ty. II (261A), $1.00 Black, Ty. II (261A)$1.00 Black, Ty. II (261A). Original gum, h.r., deep shade and detailed impression, wide margins, two unpunched perfs, light natural gum bend at bottom right, small thin spot, appears Extremely Fine

2,400
600
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1751
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Sale Number 976, Lot Number 1751, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)$1.00 Black, Ty. II (261A), $1.00 Black, Ty. II (261A)$1.00 Black, Ty. II (261A). Original gum, mount translucency and minor thin spot, Fine appearance

2,400
350
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1752
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Sale Number 976, Lot Number 1752, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)$1.00 Black, Ty. II (261A), $1.00 Black, Ty. II (261A)$1.00 Black, Ty. II (261A). Unused (regummed), tiny thin spot, Fine appearance

750
200
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1753
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Sale Number 976, Lot Number 1753, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)$2.00 Bright Blue (262), $2.00 Bright Blue (262)$2.00 Bright Blue (262). Original gum, lightly hinged, gorgeous rich color on bright white paper, remarkably well-centered with enormous margins all around, most recent certificate notes faint corner crease at upper left, Extremely Fine appearance, with 2000 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates, the former as sound

3,250
2,500
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1754
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Sale Number 976, Lot Number 1754, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)$2.00 Bright Blue (262), $2.00 Bright Blue (262)$2.00 Bright Blue (262). Original gum, lightly hinged, beautiful deep color on bright paper, Very Fine, with 2009 P.S.E. certificate

3,250
1,600
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1755
 
Sale Number 976, Lot Number 1755, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)$2.00 Bright Blue (262), $2.00 Bright Blue (262)$2.00 Bright Blue (262). Original gum, natural gum creases, light corner thin and couple perf flaws, otherwise Fine

3,250
350
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1756
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Sale Number 976, Lot Number 1756, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)$2.00 Bright Blue (262), $2.00 Bright Blue (262)$2.00 Bright Blue (262). Disturbed original gum, intense color, light ink marks and gum toning on back, added perf bottom left, Fine appearance

3,250
325
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1757
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Sale Number 976, Lot Number 1757, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)$2.00 Bright Blue (262), $2.00 Bright Blue (262)$2.00 Bright Blue (262). Unused (regummed), bright shade, reperfed, Very Fine appearance

1,100
550
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1758
 
Sale Number 976, Lot Number 1758, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)$2.00 Bright Blue (262), $2.00 Bright Blue (262)$2.00 Bright Blue (262). Wide, perfectly balanced margins, almost face-free cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THE $2.00 1894 UNWATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE IS EXCEEDINGLY RARE IN THIS CHOICE USED CONDITION.

With 2007 P.F. certificate (XF-Superb 95). While a P.F. graded stamp, as an indication of rarity the P.S.E. Population Report records only three examples graded 95 with none higher

1,250
5,500
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1759
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Sale Number 976, Lot Number 1759, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)$5.00 Dark Green (263), $5.00 Dark Green (263)$5.00 Dark Green (263). Original gum, rich color and detailed impression on crisp paper with clear stitch watermark

FRESH AND FINE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1894 $5.00 UNWATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE.

This stamp has far more visual appeal than our conservative grade would indicate.

5,000
2,300
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