Sale 992 — United States Stamps
Sale Date — Thursday-Friday, 24-25 June, 2010
Category — 1910-13 Washington-Franklin Issue (Scott 374-396)
VERY GOOD. AN EXTREMELY RARE USED PAIR OF THE 2-CENT 1910 SINGLE-LINE WATERMARK ISSUE. ONLY NINE USED PAIRS AND ONE USED GUIDE LINE STRIP OF FOUR ARE KNOWN TO US.
The Philatelic Foundation has certified as genuine only nine used pairs and the used strip of four with guide line (which realized $21,000 hammer in our Twigg-Smith sale). This pair with a town datestamp is particularly unusual.
1996 P.F. certificate 302485 no longer accompanies
VERY FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 3-CENT ORANGEBURG COIL.
The Orangeburg coil was made by the Post Office Department in 1911, specifically for use by the Bell Pharmaceutical Company. The 3c coil stamps were used to send samples of their products to physicians. Due to the quantity of mail, they were put through the first-class cancelling machine at Orangeburg, New York. The Orangeburg coil stamps' use on third-class mail, and the fact that philatelists were generally unaware of their production accounts for their rarity.
With copies of 1955 A.P.S. and 1985 P.F. certificates