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Sale 1001 — The Sirron Collection of U.S. Perforation Rarities

Sale Date — Thursday, 9 December, 2010

Category — 1917-19 Issue Perforation Varieties (Scott 512b-516a)

Lot
Symbol
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Cat./Est. Value
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2085°
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Sale Number 1001, Lot Number 2085, 1917-19 Issue Perforation Varieties (Scott 512b-516a)12c Claret Brown, Perf 10 at Top (512b), 12c Claret Brown, Perf 10 at Top (512b)12c Claret Brown, Perf 10 at Top (512b). Mint N.H. with a light fingerprint on the gum, deep rich color, centered slightly to bottom left as are all four known unused examples

VERY FINE. AN EXCEPTIONALLY RARE MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1917 12-CENT PERF 10 AT TOP. ONE OF ONLY FOUR UNUSED STAMPS RECORDED IN OUR CENSUS AND MOST LIKELY THE ONLY MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE.

Our unpublished census of Scott 512b contains 12 used and four unused stamps, which at one time constituted a block of four. This stamp is from the bottom right of the block and is most likely the only Mint N.H. example. The stamps from the left of the block still form a pair. The bottom stamp of the pair is lightly hinged and the hinging on the top stamp extends to the right perfs, making it likely that the fourth stamp from the block (upper right) is hinged as well.

Unpublished Census No. 512b-OG-01. Ex Georgetown. With copy of 1980 P.F. certificate for the block. Scott Retail as hinged

30,000
24,000
2086°
 
Sale Number 1001, Lot Number 2086, 1917-19 Issue Perforation Varieties (Scott 512b-516a)12c Claret Brown, Perf 10 at Bottom (512b), 12c Claret Brown, Perf 10 at Bottom (512b)12c Claret Brown, Perf 10 at Bottom (512b). Intense color on fresh paper, relatively light cancel

FINE AND RARE. ONLY TWELVE COPIES OF THE 1917 12-CENT PERF 10 AT TOP OR BOTTOM ARE RECORDED IN OUR CENSUS.

Our census of Scott 512b contains 12 used and four unused stamps, which at one time constituted a block of four (See lot 2085 for the Mint N.H. single from the block). Of the twelve used stamps at least five have faults and two others have older certificates and should be checked for condition.

Unpublished Census No. 512b-CAN-08. Ex Twigg-Smith. With 1991 P.S.E. certificate

20,000
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2087°
 
Sale Number 1001, Lot Number 2087, 1917-19 Issue Perforation Varieties (Scott 512b-516a)12c Claret Brown, Perf 10 at Bottom (512b), 12c Claret Brown, Perf 10 at Bottom (512b)12c Claret Brown, Perf 10 at Bottom (512b). Deep rich color, neat "Reading Pa." precancel, typical centering for this difficult issue

FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE SOUND EXAMPLE OF THE 1917 12-CENT PERF 10 AT BOTTOM. ONE OF THE RAREST OF THE PERF 10 ON ONE SIDE VARIETIES.

Our updated census of Scott 512b contains 12 used and four unused stamps, which at one time constituted a block of four (See lot 2085 for the Mint N.H. single from the block). Of the twelve used stamps at least five have faults and two others have older certificates and should be checked for condition.

Unpublished Census No. 512b-CAN-10. With 2008 P.F. certificate (VG-F 60)

20,000
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2088°
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Sale Number 1001, Lot Number 2088, 1917-19 Issue Perforation Varieties (Scott 512b-516a)20c Light Ultramarine, Vertical Pair, Imperforate Between (515b), 20c Light Ultramarine, Vertical Pair, Imperforate Between (515b)20c Light Ultramarine, Vertical Pair, Imperforate Between (515b). Brilliant color, centered to left as are all known unused examples

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

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

5,000
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2089°
 
Sale Number 1001, Lot Number 2089, 1917-19 Issue Perforation Varieties (Scott 512b-516a)20c Light Ultramarine, Vertical Pair, Imperforate Between (515b), 20c Light Ultramarine, Vertical Pair, Imperforate Between (515b)20c Light Ultramarine, Vertical Pair, Imperforate Between (515b). Bright color, light cancel, unusually well-centered, small faults

FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1917 20-CENT IMPERFORATE BETWEEN.

Despite the higher Scott Retail value for an unused example of this rarity, this is the only used example we record.

With 1998 P.S.E. certificate

3,500
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2090°
 
Sale Number 1001, Lot Number 2090, 1917-19 Issue Perforation Varieties (Scott 512b-516a)20c Light Ultramarine, Perf 10 at Top (515d), 20c Light Ultramarine, Perf 10 at Top (515d)20c Light Ultramarine, Perf 10 at Top (515d). Transitional perfs at top, four at top left Perf 11, others Perf 10, choice centering for this difficult issue with wide and balanced margins, smeared ink cancel

EXTREMELY FINE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE SOUND EXAMPLE OF THE 1917 20-CENT PERF 10 AT TOP. THIS IS ONE OF THE RAREST OF ALL PERF 10 ON ONE SIDE VARIETIES.

Our census of Scott 515d, available at http://www.siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/515d/515d.pdf, contains only ten used examples. Seven of the ten have precancels and only three have postal cancels.

Census No. 515d-CAN-08. With 2009 P.F. and P.S.E. certificates. The Scott Catalogue states in a footnote to this issue, "Valued in the grade of Fine."

15,000
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2091°
 
Sale Number 1001, Lot Number 2091, 1917-19 Issue Perforation Varieties (Scott 512b-516a)20c Light Ultramarine, Perf 10 at Bottom (515d), 20c Light Ultramarine, Perf 10 at Bottom (515d)20c Light Ultramarine, Perf 10 at Bottom (515d). Rich color, nicely centered, neat "Elkhart Ind." precancel, completely sound

VERY FINE. A RARE AND DESIRABLE SOUND EXAMPLE OF THE 1917 20-CENT PERF 10 AT BOTTOM.

Our census of Scott 515d, available at http://www.siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/515d/515d.pdf, contains only ten used examples. Seven of the ten have precancels and this is the only example we record with the Elkhart Ind. precancel.

Census No. 515d-CAN-09. With 1980 and 2009 P.F. certificates. The Scott Catalogue states in a footnote to this issue, "Valued in the grade of Fine."

15,000
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2092°
 
Sale Number 1001, Lot Number 2092, 1917-19 Issue Perforation Varieties (Scott 512b-516a)20c Light Ultramarine, Perf 10 at Top (515d), 20c Light Ultramarine, Perf 10 at Top (515d)20c Light Ultramarine, Perf 10 at Top (515d). Horizontal pair, left stamp Perf 10 at top, right stamp normal Perf 11, "Chicago Illinois" precancel applied inverted

FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE PAIR OF THE 1917 20-CENT FRANKLIN WITH ONE STAMP PERF 10 AT TOP.

Our census of Scott 515d (available at http://www.siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/515d/515d.pdf) contains only ten used examples. This is the only example we record contained in a multiple.

Census No. 515d-CAN-10. The Scott Catalogue states in a footnote to this issue, "Valued in the grade of Fine."

15,000
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2093°
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Sale Number 1001, Lot Number 2093, 1917-19 Issue Perforation Varieties (Scott 512b-516a)30c Orange Red, Perf 10 at Top (516a), 30c Orange Red, Perf 10 at Top (516a)30c Orange Red, Perf 10 at Top (516a). Mint N.H., deep rich color, nearly perfect centering

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS IS THE FINEST OF THE FIVE RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE RARE 1917 30-CENT PERF 10 AT TOP OR BOTTOM VARIETY. A GREAT RARITY.

Our census of Scott 516a, available at http://www.siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/516a/516a.pdf and printed on p.91 of this catalogue, contains only three unused and two used stamps, making this one of the rarest denominations with the Perf 10 at Top or Bottom variety.

Census No. 516a-OG-01. With 2005 P.F. certificate

40,000
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