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Sale 1021 — The Frelinghuysen Collection, Part Two

Sale Date — Thursday, 29 March, 2012

Category — 1895-97 Watermarked Bureau Issues (Scott 266-279B)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
466
ogbl
Sale Number 1021, Lot Number 466, 1895-97 Watermarked Bureau Issues (Scott 266-279B)2c Carmine, Ty. II-III (266-267), 2c Carmine, Ty. II-III (266-267)2c Carmine, Ty. II-III (266-267). Left imprint and plate no. 170 block of 15, nine left stamps Type II, six stamps at right Type III, original gum, several stamps Mint N.H., bright color, few small natural inclusions, light natural gum crease affects two stamps in plate block opposite middle selvage, Fine-Very Fine, especially desirable with the plate no. as only plate 170 contained a combination of both Types II and III -- only three rows from one pane were Type II, leaving a total of ten positions out of the plate that can yield this combination of types, Scott Retail as three combination pairs, plate block of No. 266 and three singles of No. 267 not taking into consideration any Mint N.H. stamps

840
1,400
467
 
Sale Number 1021, Lot Number 467, 1895-97 Watermarked Bureau Issues (Scott 266-279B)6c Dull Brown, USIR Watermark (271a), 6c Dull Brown, USIR Watermark (271a)6c Dull Brown, USIR Watermark (271a). Horizontal pair, "R" of watermark straddles both stamps, bright color, bold strike of "Baltimore Md. Reg" oval registry cancel, right stamp tiny crease at bottom left

FINE. A RARE PAIR OF THE 1895 6-CENT WATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE WITH THE "R" OF THE WATERMARK STRADDLING BOTH STAMPS. THIS IS THE ONLY USED MULTIPLE KNOWN TO US.

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. Unlike its more common 8c counterpart, the 6c is an extremely rare stamp. Our updated census of this issue records only 29 used copies. This is the only used multiple known to us.

Listed but unpriced in Scott as a pair. Scott Retail as singles

25,000
6,000
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468
 
Sale Number 1021, Lot Number 468, 1895-97 Watermarked Bureau Issues (Scott 266-279B)8c Violet Brown, USIR Watermark (272a), 8c Violet Brown, USIR Watermark (272a)8c Violet Brown, USIR Watermark (272a). Horizontal pair, right stamp with "I" of watermark and left stamp with "R", rich color on bright paper, bold strike of duplex cancel, right stamp small scuff at bottom right, otherwise Very Fine, a rare horizontal pair with both stamps showing the watermark variety, 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, Scott Retail as singles

2,000
550
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469
ogbl
Sale Number 1021, Lot Number 469, 1895-97 Watermarked Bureau Issues (Scott 266-279B)$1.00 Black, Ty. I (276), $1.00 Black, Ty. I (276)$1.00 Black, Ty. I (276). Block of four, original gum, h.r., detailed impression, right stamps light natural gum bend, bottom left stamp tiny thin speck, Fine-Very Fine and attractive block

2,600
700
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470
ogbl
Sale Number 1021, Lot Number 470, 1895-97 Watermarked Bureau Issues (Scott 266-279B)$1.00 Black, Ty. II (276A), $1.00 Black, Ty. II (276A)$1.00 Black, Ty. II (276A). Block of four, original gum, h.r., bright shade and detailed impression, lower left stamp small thi spot, Fine-Very Fine appearance

5,500
1,600
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471
ogbl
Sale Number 1021, Lot Number 471, 1895-97 Watermarked Bureau Issues (Scott 266-279B)$2.00 Bright Blue (277), $2.00 Bright Blue (277)$2.00 Bright Blue (277). Block of four with selvage at right, original gum, h.r., fresh color, minor lightened manuscript in selvage only, Fine-Very Fine block

4,250
1,600
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472
og
Sale Number 1021, Lot Number 472, 1895-97 Watermarked Bureau Issues (Scott 266-279B)$5.00 Dark Green (278), $5.00 Dark Green (278)$5.00 Dark Green (278). Original gum, h.r., deep rich color and proof-like impression on bright paper, Very Fine and choice

2,000
1,600
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473
og
Sale Number 1021, Lot Number 473, 1895-97 Watermarked Bureau Issues (Scott 266-279B)2c Red, Ty. IV, Booklet Pane of Six, Horizontal, Vertical Wmk. (279Bj, 279Bk), 2c Red, Ty. IV, Booklet Pane of Six, Horizontal, Vertical Wmk. (279Bj, 279Bk)2c Red, Ty. IV, Booklet Pane of Six, Horizontal, Vertical Wmk. (279Bj, 279Bk). One of each, distinctly different shades, original gum, h.r., Fine, the vertical watermark is surprisingly difficult to obtain

1,000
400
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