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Sale 1025 — 2012 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Tuesday, 26 June, 2012

Category — Washington-Franklin and Panama Pacific Issues

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
219
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Sale Number 1025, Lot Number 219, Washington-Franklin and Panama Pacific Issues2c Carmine, Coil (388), 2c Carmine, Coil (388)2c Carmine, Coil (388). Mint N.H., brilliant color as fresh as the day it was printed, perfectly centered with Jumbo margins on all sides

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A MAGNIFICENT MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT HORIZONTAL COIL, SCOTT 388. THIS STAMP HAS BEEN AWARDED THE GRADE OF SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E.

This 2c coil was in production for only a short period of time before being superseded by the Perf 8-1/2 issue. Due to the greater popularity of the horizontal coils with users, combined with a wary attitude by many collectors that early coils were simply trimmed stamps, many were used and few preserved.

Of the Scott 388 stamps in the P.S.E. Population Report, only three Mint N.H. examples have graded above 70. There is one 95, this 98 and one 98J.

With 2003 P.F. certificate. P.S.E. encapsulated (Superb 98; SMQ $32,500.00). This is the only example to achieve this grade and only one has graded higher (at 98J)

3,300
17,000
220
c
Sale Number 1025, Lot Number 220, Washington-Franklin and Panama Pacific Issues3c Deep Violet, Orangeburg Coil (389), 3c Deep Violet, Orangeburg Coil (389)3c Deep Violet, Orangeburg Coil (389). Deep rich color and sharp proof-like impression, choice centering for this difficult issue, tied by "Orangeburg N.Y. Sep. 19 5PM 1911" machine cancel on cover to Columbus O., usual "Bell & Company Incorporated Manufacturing Chemists" corner card, stamp with light diagonal crease at top

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 3-CENT ORANGEBURG COIL ON A FRESH COVER. ONLY THIRTEEN ORANGEBURG COIL COVERS HAVE BEEN CERTIFIED AS GENUINE BY THE PHILATELIC FOUNDATION.

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.

Ex Klein. With 2006 P.F. certificate.

27,500
19,000
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221
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Sale Number 1025, Lot Number 221, Washington-Franklin and Panama Pacific Issues10c Panama-Pacific, Perf 10 (404), 10c Panama-Pacific, Perf 10 (404)10c Panama-Pacific, Perf 10 (404). Block of four, top left stamp lightly hinged, other three Mint N.H., gorgeous color and wide margins, Very Fine and choice block, the bottom left stamp is Extremely Fine, Scott Retail as singles

5,825
2,700
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222
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Sale Number 1025, Lot Number 222, Washington-Franklin and Panama Pacific Issues10c Panama-Pacific, Perf 10 (404), 10c Panama-Pacific, Perf 10 (404)10c Panama-Pacific, Perf 10 (404). Block of four with plate no. 6139 selvage at right, three stamps Mint N.H., top left stamp two tiny gum disturbances, vivid color, wide to huge margins, light gum bend passes thru top left and bottom right stamps, small natural inclusion on back of bottom right stamp faintly visible in bottom margin, Very Fine and choice, a lovely and scarce block of four with plate no. and three Mint N.H. stamps, the bottom left stamp is a Jumbo, Scott Retail as one hinged and three Mint N.H. singles with no premium for the plate number

5,825
3,250
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223
c
Sale Number 1025, Lot Number 223, Washington-Franklin and Panama Pacific Issues1c Green, Mailometer Ty. IV (408), 1c Green, Mailometer Ty. IV (408)1c Green, Mailometer Ty. IV (408). Horizontal strip of five, horizontal strip of three and horizontal pair, tied on back of yellow cover by New York registry ovals or by purple "New York City Rec'd (28) Reg'y. 12-17-1912" oval datestamps, to Baton Rouge La., receiving duplex also ties strip of three, front side with 2c Washington perfin also tied by registry oval, Stanley Gibbons New York return address, some soiling, nicks in three stamp and small tears, still Very Fine, a rare franking

E. 1,000-1,500
1,700
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224°
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Sale Number 1025, Lot Number 224, Washington-Franklin and Panama Pacific Issues2c Red, Ty. I, Coil (449), 2c Red, Ty. I, Coil (449)2c Red, Ty. I, Coil (449). Mint N.H., brilliant color, beautiful centering with wide margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A GORGEOUS MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1915 2-CENT TYPE I VERTICAL COIL, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E. THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED TO DATE.

The 2c Type I rotary plate was used very briefly to make vertical coils issued in late 1915. It was briefly used because the Type I plate was not very deeply engraved and the curvature of the rotary press yielded impressions lacking in some of the details. The Bureau noticed this immediately, and quickly replaced it with the Type III plate (according to Scott, the EDU for No. 449 is Oct. 29, 1915 and the EDU for Type III is Dec. 21, 1915).

With 2012 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $13,700.00). This is the highest grade awarded to date for any unused Scott 449 -- the highest grade for a pair or joint line pair is a 90 -- and only one other shares this grade.

5,500
9,000
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225°
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Sale Number 1025, Lot Number 225, Washington-Franklin and Panama Pacific Issues$1.00 Violet Black (460), $1.00 Violet Black (460)$1.00 Violet Black (460). Mint N.H., detailed impression on fresh paper, outstanding centering and wide margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A GORGEOUS MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE $1.00 FRANKLIN, SCOTT 460, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E.

With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $5,650.00). Only five have graded higher to date.

1,600
4,250
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226°
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Sale Number 1025, Lot Number 226, Washington-Franklin and Panama Pacific Issues$1.00 Violet Black (478), $1.00 Violet Black (478)$1.00 Violet Black (478). Mint N.H., brilliant shade on bright paper, unusually choice centering with wide and balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN OUTSTANDING MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE $1.00 PERF 10 UNWATERMARKED FRANKLIN ISSUE, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E.

With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $6,000.00). Only one has graded higher to date (at 98)

1,400
4,500
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227°
 
Sale Number 1025, Lot Number 227, Washington-Franklin and Panama Pacific Issues2c Deep Rose, Ty. Ia, Imperforate, Schermack Ty. III Private Perforation (482A), 2c Deep Rose, Ty. Ia, Imperforate, Schermack Ty. III Private Perforation (482A)2c Deep Rose, Ty. Ia, Imperforate, Schermack Ty. III Private Perforation (482A). Incredibly deep rich color on bright paper, with full Schermack perforations on both sides, with additional margin to left of Schermack perforations, wide margins at top and bottom, centered to left as are virtually all known examples, cancelled by perfect wavy-line machine cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS IS ONE OF THE FINEST EXAMPLES OF THE 2-CENT TYPE Ia IMPERFORATE IN EXISTENCE. AN OUTSTANDING RARITY AND ONE OF THE RAREST STAMPS OF 20TH CENTURY UNITED STATES PHILATELY.

Scott 482A, like its slightly more famous predecessor, Scott 314A, was issued imperforate by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing and sold to the Schermack Company for use in its patented stamp-affixing machines. The Schermack "Sealer and Stamper" machine typically applied stamps one at a time, and, in most cases, the hyphen-hole perfs on one side would be cut off. Unlike Scott 314A, the release of imperforate sheets printed from the experimental Type Ia plates escaped the notice of contemporary collectors, and, therefore, has a very small survival rate.

Our census of Scott 482A (available at www.siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/482A/482A.pdf ) records one pair (ex Zoellner), three covers, one unused single and 34 used singles for a total of 40 stamps.

Schermack Type III stamps are often cut into the design by the oblong perforations or miscut with one side of the perforated margin missing. This problem for collectors, which meant very little to contemporary users of the stamps, resulted from two consecutive events. First, the sheets were perforated with the Schermack holes, creating an opportunity for misalignment between the stamps. Second, when the strip of stamps was fed through the Schermack affixing machine, the cutting blade did not always align with the space between stamps. The stamp offered here is remarkable because the Schermack perforations just touch the design, and it was cut with margins well clear of the design and with Schermack perforations intact.

Census No. 482A-CAN-20. Ex Twigg-Smith and Scarsdale. 1989 and 2001 P.F. certificates no longer accompany. With 2009 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $136,000.00)

65,000
80,000
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228°
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Sale Number 1025, Lot Number 228, Washington-Franklin and Panama Pacific Issues5c Carmine, Imperforate, Error (485), 5c Carmine, Imperforate, Error (485)5c Carmine, Imperforate, Error (485). Double error, Positions 74/84 in Mint N.H. pane of 100 with plate no. 7942 at left and top, brilliant color, few trivial natural inclusions well away from errors

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL MINT NEVER-HINGED INTACT PANE OF 100 CONTAINING TWO OF THE IMPERFORATE 5-CENT CARMINE ERROR. AN IMPRESSIVE MULTIPLE.

During the course of production of the normal 2c plate No. 7942, three positions were noted to be defective. The plate was returned to the siderographer, who burnished out the three positions and mistakenly re-entered them using a transfer roll for the 5c stamp. The error passed unnoticed and the sheets were issued to the public Perf 10, Imperforate and Perf 11 (Scott 467, 485 and 505). The imperforate is by far the rarest of the three.

Small backstamp at lower right well away from errors.

47,500
25,000
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Sale Number 1025, Lot Number 229, Washington-Franklin and Panama Pacific Issues5c Carmine, Imperforate, Error (485), 5c Carmine, Imperforate, Error (485)5c Carmine, Imperforate, Error (485). Single Mint N.H. error in block of nine, huge margins all around including part of all sixteen adjoining stamps, lightly hinged at top and bottom, two side stamps also Mint N.H., brilliant color

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STUNNING EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT IMPERFORATE CARMINE ERROR IN A BLOCK OF NINE, WITH THE ERROR AND TWO SIDE STAMPS IN MINT NEVER-HINGED CONDITION.

During the course of production of the normal 2c plate No. 7942, three positions were noted to be defective. The plate was returned to the siderographer, who burnished out the three positions and mistakenly re-entered them using a transfer roll for the 5c stamp. The error passed unnoticed and the sheets were issued to the public Perf 10, Imperforate and Perf 11 (Scott 467, 485 and 505). The imperforate is by far the rarest of the three.

20,000
13,500
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230
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Sale Number 1025, Lot Number 230, Washington-Franklin and Panama Pacific Issues2c Rose, Ty. I, A.E.F. Booklet Pane (499f), 2c Rose, Ty. I, A.E.F. Booklet Pane (499f)2c Rose, Ty. I, A.E.F. Booklet Pane (499f). Mint N.H., intense shade and impression, with original interleaving

FINE-VERY FINE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT A.E.F. BOOKLET PANE. IT IS BELIEVED THAT NO MORE THAN 20 EXIST IN ANY CONDITION. THIS IS ONLY THE THIRD MINT NEVER-HINGED PANE WE HAVE OFFERED SINCE KEEPING COMPUTERIZED RECORDS.

The A.E.F. booklet panes were issued in September 1917, primarily for use by the American Expeditionary Forces in Europe during World War I. Only 3,000 panes were prepared of both the 1c and 2c denominations. By October they were no longer needed, as Congress voted to allow mail to be sent free of charge by active members of the Armed Forces. Many of the panes were destroyed. The only other Mint N.H. panes we have sold were offered in the 1998 Zoellner and 2009 Whitman sales.

With 2012 P.F. certificate

35,000
16,000
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231
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Sale Number 1025, Lot Number 231, Washington-Franklin and Panama Pacific Issues20c Light Ultramarine, Vertical Pair, Imperforate Between (515b), 20c Light Ultramarine, Vertical Pair, Imperforate Between (515b)20c Light Ultramarine, Vertical Pair, Imperforate Between (515b). H.r. at top, bright color, centered to left as are all known examples, fresh and Fine, scarce, with 2011 A.P.S. certificate

4,000
1,000
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232
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Sale Number 1025, Lot Number 232, Washington-Franklin and Panama Pacific Issues$5.00 Deep Green & Black (524), $5.00 Deep Green & Black (524)$5.00 Deep Green & Black (524). Top arrow and double plate no. 8178/8179 block of eight, lightly hinged, deep rich colors, well-balanced margins, pos. 7 small natural paper wrinkle, top left stamp some staining at left

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A BEAUTIFUL PLATE BLOCK OF THE 1918 $5.00 DEEP GREEN & BLACK FRANKLIN ISSUE.

We have only offered only ten Scott 524 plate blocks since 1998.

4,000
1,500
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233°
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Sale Number 1025, Lot Number 233, Washington-Franklin and Panama Pacific Issues3c Light Reddish Violet (537b), 3c Light Reddish Violet (537b)3c Light Reddish Violet (537b). Mint N.H. pane of 100 with plate no. 9418 at bottom and right, radiant color, usual natural gum skips and bends including small gum skips affecting right plate block, light creases affect Positions 2 and 3, few minor perf separations

FINE-VERY FINE. A RARE COMPLETE MINT NEVER-HINGED PANE OF 100 OF THE 3-CENT VICTORY ISSUE IN THE LIGHT REDDISH VIOLET SHADE.

This shade is far scarcer than its catalogue value would indicate. With 2011 P.S.A.G. certificate. Scott Retail as two plate blocks and 88 singles

28,840
7,500
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