Sale 1017 — United States Stamps

Sale Date — Tuesday-Thursday, 13-15 December, 2011

Category — 1895 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 264-278)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
667
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Sale 1017, Lot 667, 1895 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 264-278)1c Blue (264). Mint N.H. with top right corner sheet selvage, deep rich color and proof-like impression on bright paper, choice centering with wide and balanced margins, intact perfs at bottom, Extremely Fine Gem

17
70
668
ogbl
Sale 1017, Lot 668, 1895 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 264-278)1c Blue, Imperforate (264a). Block of four with sheet margin and plate no. 314 at right, large margins all around, original gum, faint toned spots at lower left, Very Fine appearance, Scott Retail with no premium for the plate number

700
325
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669
ogbl
Sale 1017, Lot 669, 1895 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 264-278)2c Carmine, Ty. II (266). Right imprint and plate no. 169 block of six, center stamps Mint N.H., others lightly hinged, brilliant color, attractive centering, Very Fine and choice, with 2000 P.F. certificate

475
225
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670
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Sale 1017, Lot 670, 1895 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 264-278)3c Purple (268). Mint N.H. with bottom left corner sheet selvage, deep rich color and proof-like impression, wide margins, Very Fine and choice, a pretty stamp

115
110
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671
ogbl
Sale 1017, Lot 671, 1895 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 264-278)3c Purple, Imperforate (268a). Block of four with plate no. 47 at top, large margins other sides, original gum, single h.r. at top, natural gum crease affects bottom stamps, Very Fine, Scott Retail with no premium for plate no.

700
0
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672
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Sale 1017, Lot 672, 1895 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 264-278)4c Dark Brown (269). Top imprint and plate no. 458 strip of three, stamps Mint N.H., h.r. in ungummed part of selvage, rich color and proof-like impression, choice centering throughout, few minor perf separations at top, Very Fine, Scott Retail as singles

375
625
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673
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Sale 1017, Lot 673, 1895 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 264-278)5c Chocolate (270). Mint N.H., rich color on bright paper, gorgeous centering, fresh and Extremely Fine, with 2003 P.S.E. certificate for block of four

105
200
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674
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Sale 1017, Lot 674, 1895 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 264-278)5c Chocolate (270). Mint N.H. top imprint and plate no. 252 strip of three with wide selvage, radiant color on bright paper, choice centering throughout, Extremely Fine Gem, a beautiful position strip

375
400
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675
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Sale 1017, Lot 675, 1895 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 264-278)6c Dull Brown (271). Mint N.H., bright shade, well-proportioned margins, Very Fine and choice, with 1990 P.F. certificate

360
350
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676
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Sale 1017, Lot 676, 1895 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 264-278)6c Dull Brown (271). Top imprint and plate no. 184 strip of three with wide selvage, pretty shade, well-proportioned margins, Very Fine

500
190
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677
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Sale 1017, Lot 677, 1895 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 264-278)6c Dull Brown (271). Mint N.H. top imprint and plate no. 373 strip of three, radiant color, wide margins, naturally short gum at top, Fine-Very Fine

1,250
250
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678
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Sale 1017, Lot 678, 1895 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 264-278)8c Violet Brown (272). Top imprint and plate no. 249 strip of three, side stamps Mint N.H., center stamp lightly hinged, rich color on bright paper, well-proportioned margins, small fingerprint on gum of left stamp, Very Fine and choice, Scott Retail as singles

490
275
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679
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Sale 1017, Lot 679, 1895 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 264-278)10c Dark Green (273). Right imprint and plate and no. 302 strip of three, stamps Mint N.H., h.r. in ungummed selvage, rich color, choice centering, fresh and Very Fine, Scott Retail as Mint N.H. singles

840
200
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680
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Sale 1017, Lot 680, 1895 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 264-278)10c Dark Green, Imperforate (273a). Top imprint and plate no. 305 strip of three, unused (no gum), large margins, bright color, Very Fine, Scott Retail as gummed pair with no premium for the third stamp or position

325
200
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681
ogbl
Sale 1017, Lot 681, 1895 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 264-278)10c Dark Green, Imperforate (273a). Block of four with part imprint and plate no. 63 at right, part original gum, large margins to full, small thin spot affects bottom stamps, Very Fine appearance, Scott Retail with no premium for the plate no. and part imprint

900
0
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682
nh
Sale 1017, Lot 682, 1895 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 264-278)15c Dark Blue (274). Mint N.H., beautiful intense shade on bright white paper, well-proportioned margins, Extremely Fine, with 1992 P.F. certificate

625
800
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683
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Sale 1017, Lot 683, 1895 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 264-278)15c Dark Blue (274). Bottom imprint and plate no. 264 strip of three, right stamp Mint N.H., left stamp barely hinged, deep rich color and proof-like impression, Very Fine and choice, Scott Retail as singles

1,045
700
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684
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Sale 1017, Lot 684, 1895 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 264-278)15c Dark Blue (274). Top imprint and plate no. 264 strip of three, imprint pair Mint N.H., right stamp barely hinged, intense shade and impression, Fine, Scott Retail as singles

1,460
225
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685
nh
Sale 1017, Lot 685, 1895 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 264-278)50c Orange (275). Mint N.H., vivid color, balanced margins, Very Fine and choice, with 2002 P.F. certificate

775
900
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686
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Sale 1017, Lot 686, 1895 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 264-278)50c Orange (275). Bottom imprint and plate no. 75 strip of three with wide selvage, intense shade and impression approaching the Red Orange sub-shade, unusually choice centering, few perf separations sensibly reinforced at top right, Extremely Fine appearance, an attractive position multiple with great eye appeal

1,075
550
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687
 
Sale 1017, Lot 687, 1895 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 264-278)50c Orange (275). Vivid color as fresh as the day it was printed, unusually choice centering with Jumbo margins, neat strike of Minn. registry oval cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb stamp in every respect, with 2011 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $800.00 as 95, $2,000.00 as 98), only one has graded higher to date (at 98) and this is the only example to achieve this grade.

40
2,000
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688
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Sale 1017, Lot 688, 1895 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 264-278)$1.00 Black, Ty. I (276). Original gum, lightly hinged, intense shade, attractive margins and centering, Very Fine, with 2001 P.F. certificate

600
550
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689
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Sale 1017, Lot 689, 1895 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 264-278)$1.00 Black, Ty. I (276). Bottom imprint and plate no. 76 strip of three, original gum, detailed impression, few minor perf separations sensibly reinforced at bottom right, small toned spot in selvage only at right, Very Fine-Extremely Fine appearance

2,500
1,500
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690
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Sale 1017, Lot 690, 1895 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 264-278)$1.00 Black, Ty. I (276-276A-276A). Bottom imprint and plate no. 76 strip of three, left stamp Type I, right pair Type II, slightly disturbed original gum, intense shade and impression, choice centering, few perf separations sensibly reinforced, center stamp with tiny scuff on neck, Very Fine-Extremely Fine appearance, a scarce combination multiple, there are only ten positions on the plate which yield combination pairs, and only two which yield imprint and plate number multiples, they tend to appear at auction about every two years

5,000
2,500
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691
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Sale 1017, Lot 691, 1895 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 264-278)$1.00 Black, Ty. II (276A). Lightly hinged, 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. A BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1895 $1.00 TYPE II ISSUE.

With 1989 and 2010 P.F. certificates (XF-Superb 95)

1,250
7,500
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692
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Sale 1017, Lot 692, 1895 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 264-278)$2.00 Bright Blue (277). Bottom imprint and plate no. 84 strip of three, side stamps lightly hinged, center stamp h.r., beautiful warm shade, well-balanced margins

VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL-GUM MULTIPLE OF THE 1895 $2.00 WATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE. ONE OF THE RAREST IMPRINT AND PLATE NUMBER MULTIPLES OF THE ISSUE.

Lewis Kaufman records only five full imprint and plate number blocks of six, all in the Dark Blue sub-shade. The full plate block has a catalogue value of $85,000.00. The multiple offered here, in the Bright Blue shade, is an undercatalogued rarity.

4,000
2,100
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693
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Sale 1017, Lot 693, 1895 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 264-278)$2.00 Bright Blue (277). Bottom imprint and plate no. 84 strip of three, original gum, lightly hinged, better centering than normally seen on multiples of this difficult issue

VERY FINE. A RARE ORIGINAL-GUM IMPRINT AND PLATE NUMBER STRIP OF THE 1895 $2.00 WATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE.

This is an excellent alternative to a full plate block, which catalogues $85,000.00 -- the last we offered realized $160,000 hammer.

4,000
2,000
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694
 
Sale 1017, Lot 694, 1895 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 264-278)$2.00 Bright Blue (277). Beautifully centered, choice color on bright paper, double-oval cancel, Extremely Fine, with 1994 and 2010 P.F. certificates (XF 90)

450
600
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695
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Sale 1017, Lot 695, 1895 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 264-278)$5.00 Dark Green (278). Original gum, barest trace of hinging, fresh vivid color, well-proportioned margins

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1895 $5.00 WATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE. A STAMP WITH TREMENDOUS VISUAL APPEAL.

With 2000 (as Mint N.H.) and 2008 P.F. certificates (OGph, XF 90). With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, XF 90; SMQ $3,100.00). This is a difficult stamp to find in the higher grades -- the P.S.E. Population Report lists only seven examples graded higher

2,000
4,500
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696
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Sale 1017, Lot 696, 1895 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 264-278)$5.00 Dark Green (278). Bottom imprint and plate no. 85 strip of three, end stamps Mint N.H., center stamp small h.r., radiant color and detailed impression on bright paper, well-proportioned margins

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A BEAUTIFUL IMPRINT AND PLATE NUMBER STRIP OF THREE OF THE 1895 $5.00 WATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE. ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE WITH THE TWO END STAMPS IN MINT NEVER-HINGED CONDITION.

This plate strip is exceptional for two reasons. The first is that very few sound imprint and plate number strips of three are known. The second is that the $5.00 watermarked Bureau issue is an exceedingly rare stamp in sound Mint N.H. condition. We have offered only about a dozen sound Mint N.H. examples since keeping computerized records.

An excellent alternative to a plate block, of which only one exists (and catalogues $200,000.00). Scott Retail as singles with no premium for the position. Ex Chapin. With 1982 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail as singles with no premium for the position.

14,500
10,500
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