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Sale 1007 — United States Stamps

Sale Date — Tuesday-Thursday, 8-10 March, 2011

Category — 1895 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 268-284)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2510
nhbl
Sale Number 1007, Lot Number 2510, 1895 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 268-284)3c Purple (268), 3c Purple (268)3c Purple (268). Mint N.H. block of four, perfectly centered, bright and crisp, Extremely Fine, with 2010 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95)

460
1,200
2511
ogbl
Sale Number 1007, Lot Number 2511, 1895 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 268-284)4c Dark Brown, 5c Chocolate (269-270), 4c Dark Brown, 5c Chocolate (269-270)4c Dark Brown, 5c Chocolate (269-270). Blocks of four, original gum, barely hinged, three 4c Mint N.H., nicely centered, fresh and bright, Fine-Very Fine

420
275
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2512
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Sale Number 1007, Lot Number 2512, 1895 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 268-284)4c Dark Brown (269), 4c Dark Brown (269)4c Dark Brown (269). Mint N.H., exceptionally wide margins and near perfect centering, dark shade and crisp impression, most recent certificate notes a tiny natural inclusion which is barely noticeable, fresh and Extremely Fine, a lovely stamp, with 1995 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $375.00)

125
300
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2513
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Sale Number 1007, Lot Number 2513, 1895 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 268-284)6c Dull Brown, USIR Watermark (271a), 6c Dull Brown, USIR Watermark (271a)6c Dull Brown, USIR Watermark (271a). Original gum, clearly showing part of "R" of watermark, choice centering, small thin spot

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 6-CENT 1895 ISSUE WITH "USIR" WATERMARK.

The "USIR" (United States Internal Revenue) watermark error occurred when a supply of paper reserved for revenue stamp production was used for printing the 6c and 8c postage stamps. The 6c "USIR" Watermark error is considerably rarer than the 8c, especially in original-gum condition. We record less than a dozen original-gum copies. However, we are not certain how many of the stamps in multiples have the "I" or "R" portion of the watermark.

With 2010 P.F. certificate

15,000
4,500
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2514
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Sale Number 1007, Lot Number 2514, 1895 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 268-284)6c Dull Brown, USIR Watermark (271a), 6c Dull Brown, USIR Watermark (271a)6c Dull Brown, USIR Watermark (271a). Showing clear "I" of watermark, original gum, lightly hinged, pretty shade, reperfed at left

FINE APPEARING AND RARE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 6-CENT 1895 ISSUE WITH "USIR" WATERMARK.

The "USIR" (United States Internal Revenue) watermark error occurred when a supply of paper reserved for revenue stamp production was used for printing the 6c and 8c postage stamps. The 6c "USIR" Watermark error is considerably rarer than the 8c, especially in original-gum condition. We record less than ten original-gum copies. However, we are not certain how many of the stamps in multiples have the "I" or "R" portion of the watermark.

With 2010 P.F. certificate

12,500
1,900
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2515
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Sale Number 1007, Lot Number 2515, 1895 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 268-284)8c Violet Brown (272), 8c Violet Brown (272)8c Violet Brown (272). Mint N.H. with selvage at top, deep rich color and sharp proof-like impression on crisp paper, gorgeous centering, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $1,550.00)

210
750
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2516
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Sale Number 1007, Lot Number 2516, 1895 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 268-284)$1.00 Black, Ty. I (276), $1.00 Black, Ty. I (276)$1.00 Black, Ty. I (276). Original gum, gorgeous centering, intense shade and detailed impression, Extremely Fine, with 2006 P.F. certificate (XF 90)

650
650
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2517
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Sale Number 1007, Lot Number 2517, 1895 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 268-284)$1.00 Black, Ty. II (276A), $1.00 Black, Ty. II (276A)$1.00 Black, Ty. II (276A). Mint N.H. with part imprint selvage at bottom, intense shade and proof-like impression, gorgeous centering with wide and balanced margins, long and full perforations

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THE 1895 $1.00 TYPE II WATERMARKED ISSUE IS EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO FIND IN SOUND AND CENTERED MINT NEVER-HINGED CONDITION. THIS IS EASILY ONE OF THE FINEST IN EXISTENCE.

As an indication of rarity, we have only offered four other Mint N.H. examples of the 1895 $1.00 Type II since keeping computerized records. Of those, only two could be considered to have Extremely Fine centering.

With 1989 and 2010 P.F. certificates (XF-Superb 95). As another indicator of rarity, the highest grade awarded to date by P.S.E. to a Mint N.H. stamp is a 90.

4,250
0
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2518
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Sale Number 1007, Lot Number 2518, 1895 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 268-284)$1.00 Black, Ty. II (276A), $1.00 Black, Ty. II (276A)$1.00 Black, Ty. II (276A). Original gum, wonderfully well-centered, fresh and bright, reperfed at bottom, Extremely Fine appearance, with 2006 P.F. certificate

1,350
550
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2519
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Sale Number 1007, Lot Number 2519, 1895 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 268-284)$2.00 Bright Blue (277), $2.00 Bright Blue (277)$2.00 Bright Blue (277). Original gum, beautiful centering and fresh color, Extremely Fine, with 1991 and 2001 P.F. certificates

1,000
650
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2520
 
Sale Number 1007, Lot Number 2520, 1895 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 268-284)$2.00 Bright Blue (277), $2.00 Bright Blue (277)$2.00 Bright Blue (277). Pretty shade, bold strike of oval registry cancel, well-balanced margins, Extremely Fine, with 2010 P.S.E. certificate (VF-XF 85; SMQ $600.00)

450
425
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2521
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Sale Number 1007, Lot Number 2521, 1895 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 268-284)$5.00 Dark Green (278), $5.00 Dark Green (278)$5.00 Dark Green (278). Original gum, lightly hinged, fresh color and detailed impression on bright paper, well-proportioned margins, Very Fine and choice, with 2001 P.F. certificate

2,250
1,100
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2522
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Sale Number 1007, Lot Number 2522, 1895 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 268-284)$5.00 Dark Green (278), $5.00 Dark Green (278)$5.00 Dark Green (278). Original gum with bottom part imprint selvage, lightly hinged, deep shade, Very Fine, with 1994 P.F. certificate

2,250
850
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2523
 
Sale Number 1007, Lot Number 2523, 1895 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 268-284)$5.00 Dark Green (278), $5.00 Dark Green (278)$5.00 Dark Green (278). Well-centered with wide margins, rich color, bold oval registry cancel, red registry crayon mark at top right, Very Fine

650
225
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2524
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4c-10c 1898 Issue (280, 282, 232C, 283). Imprint and plate no. blocks of six, original gum, 4c hinged in selvage only, 6c glassine disturbed original gum, 10c Ty. I disturbed original gum and some tiny toning spots, 10c Ty. II separations, Very Good-Fine appearance

7,050
950
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2525
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Sale Number 1007, Lot Number 2525, 1895 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 268-284)6c Lake (282), 6c Lake (282)6c Lake (282). Mint N.H. wide bottom imprint and plate no. 922 strip of three, bright and crisp, lovely color, beautifully centered, Very Fine-Extremely Fine, with 2010 P.S.E. certificate

725
475
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2526
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Sale Number 1007, Lot Number 2526, 1895 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 268-284)10c Brown, Ty. I (282C), 10c Brown, Ty. I (282C)10c Brown, Ty. I (282C). Mint N.H., rich color and proof-like impression, most recent certificate (P.S.E.) opines reperfed at bottom but we think the holes at top and bottom match precisely, Extremely Fine appearance, with 1988 and 1996 P.F. certificates as sound, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate as reperfed

575
2,100
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2527
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Sale Number 1007, Lot Number 2527, 1895 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 268-284)10c Brown, Ty. I (282C), 10c Brown, Ty. I (282C)10c Brown, Ty. I (282C). Original gum, single hinge mark, rich color and proof-like impression, unusually choice centering with balanced margins, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2010 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, XF-Superb 95; SMQ $720.00)

190
800
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2528
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Sale Number 1007, Lot Number 2528, 1895 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 268-284)10c Orange Brown, Ty. II (283), 10c Orange Brown, Ty. II (283)10c Orange Brown, Ty. II (283). Most recent certificate (P.S.E.) opines hinged and reperfed at left and bottom, previous certificates (P.F.) state Mint N.H. and sound, bright shade, perfectly centered, Extremely Fine appearance, with 1983 and 2000 P.F. certificates, plus the killer 2009 P.S.E. certificate

150
300
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2529
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Sale Number 1007, Lot Number 2529, 1895 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 268-284)10c Orange Brown, Ty. II (283), 10c Orange Brown, Ty. II (283)10c Orange Brown, Ty. II (283). Top imprint and plate no. 1339 block of six, unused (no gum), bright color and Extremely Fine, last sold 12 years ago in Sale 818, and still the only plate block of Scott 283 we have offered since keeping computerized records, very scarce, Scott Retail as original gum

2,850
950
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2530
nh
Sale Number 1007, Lot Number 2530, 1895 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 268-284)10c Orange Brown, Ty. II, Vertical Watermark (283a), 10c Orange Brown, Ty. II, Vertical Watermark (283a)10c Orange Brown, Ty. II, Vertical Watermark (283a). Mint N.H., radiant color, fresh and Fine example of this scarce watermark variety, with copy of 2010 P.S.E. certificate for block

700
275
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2531
nh
Sale Number 1007, Lot Number 2531, 1895 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 268-284)15c Olive Green (284), 15c Olive Green (284)15c Olive Green (284). Mint N.H. with bottom sheet selvage, fresh and crisp, Very Fine, with 2010 P.S.E. certificate

500
400
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2532
ogbl
Sale Number 1007, Lot Number 2532, 1895 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 268-284)15c Olive Green (284), 15c Olive Green (284)15c Olive Green (284). Bottom imprint and plate no. 264 block of six, original gum, light gum disturbance, Fine

2,250
400
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