Sale 1028 — The Natalee Grace Collection of Used U.S. Stamps, Part Three: 1902 and Later Issues
Sale Date — Thursday, 20 September, 2012
Category — 1918-20 Offset Printing Issues (Scott 525-536)
FINE. THIS BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 2-CENT TYPE VII 1920 ISSUE WITH DOUBLE IMPRESSION CONTAINS THE ONLY CERTIFIED USED COPIES OF THIS RARITY. ONE OF THE GREATEST OFFSET ISSUE RARITIES IN EXISTENCE.
Our census of Scott 528Be, available at our website at http://www.siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/528Be/528Be.pdf , records this unique used block of four and two unused singles. No others have been certified as genuine.
With 1983 and 2006 P.F. certificates. Scott Retail as singles.
FINE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THIS DOUBLE IMPRESSION ON COVER AND THE ONLY SOUND STAMP AMONG THE THREE CERTIFIED USED COPIES IN EXISTENCE. IT IS ALSO THE ONLY EXAMPLE TO SHOW A CONTEMPORARY DATE, MAKING THIS THE EARLIEST DOCUMENTED USE.
Our census of Scott 530a records approximately 141 unused copies (including a pane of 100) and three used (two off cover), which are illustrated below and available at our website at http://siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/530a/530a.pdf . An additional example has been certified as genuine but decline opinion as to whether the cancel is contemporary. This is the only sound used copy.
With 2000 A.P.S. and 2005 P.F. certificates.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED PAIR OF THE RARE 2-CENT TYPE VII IMPERFORATE OFFSET STAMP. THIS IS THE ONLY USED MULTIPLE WE HAVE OFFERED SINCE KEEPING COMPUTERIZED RECORDS.
According to Armstrong, the imperforates were issued to satisfy the needs of the last remaining private coil manufacturer. The Mail-O-Meter Company merged with the Schermack Company and so these issues are also known with the Schermack Type III perforations, such as are also seen on Scott 314A and 482A. However, a small supply of the imperforate 2c Type VII stamps without Schermack perfs did reach the public.
Our informal review of auction catalogues and the records of the Philatelic Foundation found four blocks of four and nine pairs, of which only four are sound. The example offered here is the only used multiple we have offered since keeping computerized records, which includes all of our Rarities sales and auctions going back to 1993.
Ex Sheriff (as a block) and Twigg-Smith. With 1971 P.F. certificate as block.