EXTREMELY FINE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 3-CENT SCOTT 501 VERTICAL PAIR, IMPERFORATE HORIZONTALLY.
This is one of the finest of the few examples of this error we have offered. Small Ward backstamp. With 2012 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, XF 90; unpriced in SMQ)
FINE APPEARANCE. AN AFFORDABLE EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 8-CENT 1917 ISSUE PERF 10 AT TOP.
Our census of Scott 508c is available at http://www.siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/508c/508c.pdf . This is the only example with an Anderson Ind. pre-cancel. Census No. 508c-CAN-20. With 2012 P.F. certificate
FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 1917 9-CENT PERF 10 AT BOTTOM.
Our census of Scott 509a is available at http://www.siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/509a/509a.pdf . Six of the 24 recorded examples have the Bethlehem Pa. pre-cancel.
Census No. 509a-CAN-28.
EXTREMELY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1917 $1.00 IN THE DEEP BROWN SUB-SHADE.
According to Johl, a small number of stamps were printed in this distinctive shade early in the issue of the 1917 $1.00 stamp. During the course of the six years that the stamp was issued, all other printings were made in the Violet Brown shade. Used examples of this shade are difficult to find with centering as nice as the example offered here.
With 2000 and 2006 P.F. certificates (XF 90). With 2011 P.S.E. certificate (VF-XF 85; SMQ $1,700.00 as 85, $2,500.00 as 90). While the P.F. in this case gave a higher grade, the 85 awarded by P.S.E. is still the highest recorded in the Population Report, with none equal
FINE-VERY FINE. A RARE SOUND PLATE BLOCK OF THE 1918 $2.00 ORANGE RED & BLACK. ONLY A HANDFUL OF PLATE BLOCKS EXIST.
The $2.00 and $5.00 1918 Issue are the first bi-colored dollar-denominated postage stamps issued by the United States. Both were released just three months after the famous 1918 24c Inverted Jenny, but the early printings were issued in small quantities, since stocks of the earlier $2.00 and $5.00 issues were still on hand.
According to Johl, the $2.00 Orange Red & Black was a color error on the part of the Bureau of Engraving & Printing. The official description and order for the bi-color stamps specified "Red and Black" for the $2.00. When subsequent printings appeared in 1920 and philatelists brought the matter to the attention of the Bureau, they were told "this stamp has always been this color" (Johl, p. 306). From studies of Bureau and Post Office records, it is clear that the originally-intended color was not issued until November 1920 (Scott 547), and that the earlier Orange Red stamps were mistakes. The quantity issued has been variously estimated at between 47,000 and 68,000.
FINE-VERY FINE. A SCARCE MINT NEVER-HINGED PLATE BLOCK OF THE FIRST BI-COLORED $5.00 STAMP ISSUED BY THE UNITED STATES.
We have only offered three other Mint N.H. plate blocks of this issue since 1998
VERY FINE AND CHOICE PLATE BLOCK OF THE $5.00 1918 ISSUE.
We have only offered only eleven Scott 524 plate blocks since 1998