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Sale 1000 — Siegel Sale 1000

Sale Date — Wednesday, 8 December, 2010

Category — Postage Due

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1287
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Sale Number 1000, Lot Number 1287, Postage Due1c Deep Brown, Special Printing (J8). Mint N.H, 1c Deep Brown, Special Printing (J8). Mint N.H1c Deep Brown, Special Printing (J8). Mint N.H., beautiful intense shade and sharp proof-like impression on bright paper

FINE. A WONDERFUL MINT NEVER-HINGED 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 Hoffman. With 1994 P.S.E. and 2005 P.F. certificates. Scott Retail as hinged

22,500
7,500
1288
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Sale Number 1000, Lot Number 1288, Postage Due2c Deep Brown, Special Printing (J9), 2c Deep Brown, Special Printing (J9)2c Deep Brown, Special Printing (J9). Original gum, lightly hinged

FINE. A SCARCE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 2-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.

With 1971 and 2007 P.F. certificates

19,000
3,250
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1289
ng
Sale Number 1000, Lot Number 1289, Postage Due3c Deep Brown, Special Printing (J10), 3c Deep Brown, Special Printing (J10)3c Deep Brown, Special Printing (J10). Unused (no gum), bright color and detailed impression, choice centering for this difficult issue

EXTREMELY FINE. THE 3-CENT IS POSSIBLY THE RAREST OF THE POSTAGE DUE SPECIAL PRINTINGS, AND IS EXTREMELY ELUSIVE IN SOUND AND CENTERED CONDITION.

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.

Ex Hoffman. With 1950, 1995 and 2008 P.F. certificates. Scott Retail as with original gum

25,000
6,500
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1290
nh
Sale Number 1000, Lot Number 1290, Postage Due50c Red Brown (J21), 50c Red Brown (J21)50c Red Brown (J21). Mint N.H., bright and fresh color, detailed impression showing every nuance of the design, beautiful centering

EXTREMELY FINE. A GORGEOUS MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 50-CENT 1884 RED BROWN POSTAGE DUE.

With 1990 and 2001 P.F. certificates. With 2004 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $5,300.00). This is the only Mint N.H. example to be awarded this grade, which is the highest grade given to date in any condition.

4,250
3,250
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1291
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Sale Number 1000, Lot Number 1291, Postage Due50c Bright Claret (J28), 50c Bright Claret (J28)50c Bright Claret (J28). Mint N.H., beautiful warm color on crisp paper, unusually wide margins

EXTREMELY FINE MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1891 50-CENT POSTAGE DUE.

With 2003 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $2,400.00)

2,000
1,300
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1292
og
Sale Number 1000, Lot Number 1292, Postage Due50c Carmine Lake (J58), 50c Carmine Lake (J58)50c Carmine Lake (J58). Original gum, barely hinged, brilliant color on post-office fresh paper

VERY FINE. THE 1914 50-CENT POSTAGE DUE WITH ORIGINAL GUM IS ONE OF THE RAREST OF ALL POSTAGE DUE STAMPS.

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.

With 1999 P.F. and 2006 P.S.E. certificates

12,500
5,750
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1293
nh
Sale Number 1000, Lot Number 1293, Postage Due1c Rose (J59). Mint N.H. right margin plate no, 1c Rose (J59). Mint N.H. right margin plate no1c Rose (J59). Mint N.H. right margin plate no. single, pretty pastel shade, almost perfectly centered with wide and well-balanced margins, trivial natural inclusion at top left barely visible on front of stamp

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1916 ONE-CENT PERF 10 UNWATERMARKED POSTAGE DUE ISSUE. THIS IS ONE OF THE FINEST EXAMPLES IN EXISTENCE.

The Perf 10 Postage Due stamps were printed on unwatermarked paper for a brief time. Well-centered original-gum examples are exceedingly rare. This Mint Never-Hinged copy with the finest centering available for this stamp is a true condition rarity.

With 2001 P.F. certificate

10,000
5,250
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