Sale 1048 — 2013 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Tuesday, 25 June, 2013

Category — U.S. Possessions incl. Cuba and Puerto Rico, U.S. Administration

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
431
c
Sale 1048, Lot 431, U.S. Possessions incl. Cuba and Puerto Rico, U.S. AdministrationCUBA, Gibara Provisional, 1898, 2c Bluish Handstamp. Clear "Correos Distrito Gibara De Holguin 2cts." provisional circular handstamp in blue struck twice (for double rate), paired with two strikes of purple "No stamps available/ Postage paid Military/ Govt." three-line handstamp on 1898 cover from Cuba to Cincinnati O., endorsed "soldier's mail", blurry strike of Gibara blue circular datestamp (Nov. 26?), back with New York (Dec. 5) and Cincinnati (Dec. 6) transit and receipt datestamps, endorsed "Photo" and addressed to Free Press office, couple tiny edge tears

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE EXAMPLE OF THE GIBARA 2-CENT PROVISIONAL HANDSTAMP ON A DOUBLE RATE SOLDIER'S LETTER FROM CUBA TO THE UNITED STATES AT THE END OF THE SPANISH-AMERICAN WAR. ONLY FOUR FULL COVER EXAMPLES ARE RECORDED.

Similar to the experience of towns in Puerto Rico at the end of the Spanish-American War, severe shortages of stamps were experienced in Cuba at the end of 1898. The shortage was dealt with initially by using revenue stamps as postage in some locations, but as even these adhesives ran out, provisional issues were needed. The best known provisionals are the Cuba Puerto Principe issue, and in Puerto Rico, the Ponce and Coamo issues (see lots 434-444 in this sale).

The Gibara Provisional was the only one in use in Cuba at the same time as the Puerto Principe issues. It was not reported in the philatelic press until 1997. Only four covers are recorded (including one with 5c denomination), plus two fragments at the Cuban Postal Museum (one a 5c). The cover offered here is the only known 2c double-rate use and also the earliest known use. An article by Dr. Yamil H. Kouri on the Gibara provisional appeared in the Collectors Club Philatelist (Sep.-Oct. 2012, copy included). It illustrates this cover and discusses all known examples of the provisional.

E. 4,000-5,000
3,000
432°
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Sale 1048, Lot 432, U.S. Possessions incl. Cuba and Puerto Rico, U.S. AdministrationHAWAII, 1891, 2c Dull Violet, Vertical Pair, Imperforate Horizontally (52a). With top margin, original gum, lightly hinged, rich color

VERY FINE AND CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THE 1891 2-CENT LILIUOKALANI IMPERFORATE HORIZONTALLY.

With 2012 P.F. certificate.

3,750
3,250
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433°
nhbl
Sale 1048, Lot 433, U.S. Possessions incl. Cuba and Puerto Rico, U.S. AdministrationPHILIPPINES, 1903, 6c Brownish Lake (231). Mint N.H. bottom imprint and plate no. 1598 block of six, warm shade, well-balanced margins

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A RARE MINT NEVER-HINGED PLATE BLOCK OF THE PHILIPPINES 1903 6-CENT OVERPRINT ISSUE.

With 2013 P.S.A.G. certificate. Scott Retail as hinged.

3,000
5,250
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434
og
Sale 1048, Lot 434, U.S. Possessions incl. Cuba and Puerto Rico, U.S. AdministrationPUERTO RICO, Ponce Provisional, 1898, 5c Violet on Yellowish (200). Original gum, small h.r., violet control mark as with all genuine unused examples, full to large margins

VERY FINE. A CHOICE AND RARE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1898 5-CENTS PONCE PROVISIONAL ISSUE. FEWER THAN 25 ARE KNOWN.

The Ponce issue has long been celebrated as the only 1898 Provisional specifically authorized by the United States Government, through Major General James H. Wilson. Along with its famous cousin, the Coamo Provisional, the Ponce is one of only two known 1898 Provisionals issued as adhesive stamps. A thorough discussion of the issue can be found in an article by Raul A. Parez-Rivera at the following link (http://sfpr.freeforums.eu/t34-articulo-puripex-2008-the-ponce-provisional-unanswered-questions-and-some-commentaries ).

Ex Junghanns. With 1952 Friedl certificate

7,500
7,000
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435
ogbl
Sale 1048, Lot 435, U.S. Possessions incl. Cuba and Puerto Rico, U.S. AdministrationPUERTO RICO, Coamo Provisional, 1898, 5c Black, Ty. I-II-III-IV (201). Complete sheet of ten, slightly disturbed original gum, violet F. Santiago control mark, full to large margins all around, thin specks in Pos. 2-3 probably natural to the paper

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A RARE COMPLETE SHEET OF THE PUERTO RICO 1898 COAMO PROVISIONAL ISSUE.

The Coamo stamps were created in August 1898 during the Spanish-American War, in response to the lack of a functioning postal service and the absence of stamps in the period between the retreat of Spanish forces and the full establishment of an American military postal system. Fifty sheets of ten stamps were typeset in black on unwatermarked paper, on which was applied a brownish gum. Four different types exist based on differences in the numeral "5". The violet "F Santiago" (mayor of Coamo) handstamp was applied as a control mark to avoid counterfeits. Few of the stamps were ultimately used and only 10 covers survive.

Approximately 30 of the unused sheets were purchased by Mr. Alfred O. Tittmann, a stamp collector, on Oct. 26, 1898. Tittmann brought the sheets to the United States and Charles E. Mekeel cut up and sold many of the stamps as singles. While various writers have estimated that between six and ten sheets survive, Dr. Ronald H. Gonzalez identifies 21 different full sheets in his census, though some are from old photos and may not be genuine or may have been cut apart.

Gonzalez Census No. 20. Initialed "C.H.M." (Charles H. Mekeel) on back. With 1978 P.F. certificate

10,000
3,500
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436
ogbl
Sale 1048, Lot 436, U.S. Possessions incl. Cuba and Puerto Rico, U.S. AdministrationPUERTO RICO, Coamo Provisional, 1898, 5c Black, Ty. I-II-III-IV (201). Complete sheet of ten, tropicalized original gum, violet F. Santiago control mark, full to large margins all around, slight thinning in Pos. 1, two tiny pinholes in Pos. 10

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE COMPLETE SHEET OF THE PUERTO RICO 1898 COAMO PROVISIONAL ISSUE.

The Coamo stamps were created in August 1898 during the Spanish-American War, in response to the lack of a functioning postal service and the absence of stamps in the period between the retreat of Spanish forces and the full establishment of an American military postal system. Fifty sheets of ten stamps were typeset in black on unwatermarked paper, on which was applied a brownish gum. Four different types exist based on differences in the numeral "5". The violet "F Santiago" (mayor of Coamo) handstamp was applied as a control mark to avoid counterfeits. Few of the stamps were ultimately used and only 10 covers survive.

Approximately 30 of the unused sheets were purchased by Mr. Alfred O. Tittmann, a stamp collector, on Oct. 26, 1898. Tittmann brought the sheets to the United States and Charles E. Mekeel cut up and sold many of the stamps as singles. While various writers have estimated that between six and ten sheets survive, Dr. Ronald H. Gonzalez identifies 21 different full sheets in his census, though some are from old photos and may not be genuine or may have been cut apart.

Gonzalez Census No. 12. With 1964 P.F. certificate

10,000
3,500
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437
og
Sale 1048, Lot 437, U.S. Possessions incl. Cuba and Puerto Rico, U.S. AdministrationPUERTO RICO, Coamo Provisional, 1898, 5c Black, Ty. I-II-III-IV (201). Plate reconstruction representing eight of the ten positions and all of the different Types, incl. pairs of Pos. 1-2 (Ty. II-I) and 7-8 (Ty. III-IV), singles of Pos. 3 (Ty. I), 4 (Ty. I), 6 (Ty. III) and 10 (Ty. II), unused, original gum on all but second pair, generally disturbed or tropicalized, all but one stamp with four margins, several with small thins, Fine-Very Fine appearance, an attractive and scarce nearly complete reconstruction, Scott Retail as singles

5,750
2,200
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438
 
Sale 1048, Lot 438, U.S. Possessions incl. Cuba and Puerto Rico, U.S. AdministrationPUERTO RICO, Coamo Provisional, 1898, 5c Black, Ty. III (201). Position 6, full framelines visible on all sides, "F. Santiago" violet control handstamp (very light as usual), magenta double oval forwarders handstamp, tiny thin spots, Very Fine appearance and very scarce, one of the relatively few surviving genuine used Coamo Provisionals of the 500 or so issued, only 10 full covers are known, signed Bartels and with 1976 P.F. certificate

1,200
650
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439
c
Sale 1048, Lot 439, U.S. Possessions incl. Cuba and Puerto Rico, U.S. AdministrationPUERTO RICO, Coamo Provisional, 1898, 5c Black, Ty. III-III (201). Positions 6-7, horizontal pair showing the fancy outlined "5" which is found only on these two positions from the sheet of 10, full framelines all around, uncancelled and affixed to cover to Mrs. R. D. Potts at The Presidio, San Francisco Cal., "Military Sta. 1 Porto Rico. Wash D.C. Aug. 30 '98 12 M." duplex cancel struck partly off top of cover next to pair, backstamped with "San Francisco Sep. 12 '98 11 PM" duplex and "Presidio Cal. Rec'd. Sep. 13, 1898 9 AM", minor soiling and bottom of cover with small tears, accompanied by letter from Capt. Potts to the New England Stamp Company offering Coamo stamps and covers for sale

VERY FINE COVER AND LETTER. THIS IS ONE OF ONLY TWO KNOWN COVERS BEARING A PAIR OF THE RARE 5-CENT 1898 COAMO PROVISIONAL. IT IS ALSO ONE OF ONLY THREE KNOWN FRANKINGS TO SAN FRANCISCO.

The first knowledge in the philatelic world of the existence of the Coamo provisional stamps was most likely provided by Captain R. D. Potts's use of the stamps on mail to his wife in San Francisco, rather than Alfred O. Tittmann's purchase of the remainder sheets, which became known later. Shortly after Potts mailed his letters an article about the Coamo Provisional appeared in Mekeel's Weekly Stamp News. The cover offered here is the first of three sent by Potts to his wife and may have been the source of the Mekeels article. One other Potts cover also bears a pair and these two are the only Coamo covers recorded with pairs. While the stamps were not valid on mail sent outside of Puerto Rico, Potts was a collector and recognized the philatelic significance of using the Coamo Provisional on his mail. Ten Coamo covers are known in total, including the three which were sent by Captain Potts. The re-emergence of these covers after decades off the market has afforded the opportunity to compile an updated census of the known covers, which is available at http://www.siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/PR_201/PR_201.pdf

The accompanying letter from Capt. Potts to the New England Stamp Co. is dated January 28, 1900. It describes how he came into possession of provisional stamps while serving in the U.S. force that captured Coamo, and states that he sent three covers to his wife, using a total of five stamps. This exactly matches the known population of Potts covers and stamps used on them.

Census No. 201-COV-05. Ex Junghanns. Listed in Scott as pair on cover but unpriced. Scott Retail as single on cover

27,500
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440
c
Sale 1048, Lot 440, U.S. Possessions incl. Cuba and Puerto Rico, U.S. AdministrationPUERTO RICO, Coamo Provisional, 1898, 5c Black, Ty. I (201). Position 5, full framelines all around, uncancelled and affixed to green cover addressed to Playa de Ponce P.R., clear strike of "Postage Due 2 cts" handstamp applied at receiving office with "2" in manuscript, magenta "Santiago Hermoso Coamo, Puerto-Rico" oval forwarders handstamp, "Military Sta. 1 Porto Rico, Wash. D.C. Recd. Sep. 1 '98" backstamp, irregular top left corner, stamp with some inconsequential edge toning

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE COVER WITH THE 5-CENT 1898 COAMO PROVISIONAL AND THE U.S. POSTAGE DUE HANDSTAMP APPLIED AT PLAYA DE PONCE. ONLY ONE OTHER COVER IS KNOWN WITH THE POSTAGE DUE HANDSTAMP.

The origin of the Coamo covers was discussed in a 1988 article in Possessions by Ovidio Davila. Davila states that Alfred O. Tittmann, the stamp collector who is known to have purchased the remainder sheets and brought them to the United States for sale, also obtained a number of Coamo covers with single stamps used to Ponce. He sold these covers to Mr. Robert L. Junghanns between 1920 and 1923. The six Coamo covers offered in this section come from the Junghanns collection.

Ten Coamo covers are known in total, including three which were used by Captain R. D. Potts on mail to San Francisco. Seven are known with single Coamo stamps exhibiting the proper local use within Puerto Rico during the approximate three-week period when regular stamps were not available. None of the stamps was cancelled at its origination, probably because there were no cancelling devices left in Coamo when the Spanish evacuated. The re-emergence of these covers after decades off the market has afforded the opportunity to compile an updated census of the known covers, which is available at http://www.siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/PR_201/PR_201.pdf

The presence of the postage due handstamp on this and the cover offered in the following lot is evidence that military postal officials in Ponce did not regard the Coamo stamp as paying U.S. postage. However, this was not applied consistently as these are the only two covers that have evidence of postage due.

Census No. 201-COV-06. Ex Tittmann and Junghanns

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441
c
Sale 1048, Lot 441, U.S. Possessions incl. Cuba and Puerto Rico, U.S. AdministrationPUERTO RICO, Coamo Provisional, 1898, 5c Black, Ty. II (201). Position 10, three full framelines to just in at top, tied by light strike of receiving handstamp on textured cover to Ponce P.R., clear strike of "Postage Due 2 cts" handstamp applied at receiving office with "2" in manuscript, "Military Sta. 1 Porto Rico, Wash. D.C. Recd. Aug. 24 '98" backstamp, two more faint strikes on front incl. one that ties the stamp, central file fold, irregular top left edge and small cover tear to left of stamp

VERY FINE. THIS IS ONE OF ONLY TWO LOCAL USES OF THE RARE 5-CENT 1898 COAMO PROVISIONAL ISSUE TIED ON COVER. IT IS ALSO ONE OF ONLY TWO KNOWN USES WITH THE U.S. POSTAGE DUE HANDSTAMP, APPLIED AT PLAYA DE PONCE.

The origin of the Coamo covers was discussed in a 1988 article in Possessions by Ovidio Davila. Davila states that Alfred O. Tittmann, the stamp collector who is known to have purchased the remainder sheets and brought them to the United States for sale, also obtained a number of Coamo covers with single stamps used to Ponce. He sold these covers to Mr. Robert L. Junghanns between 1920 and 1923. The six Coamo covers offered in this section come from the Junghanns collection.

Ten Coamo covers are known in total, including three which were used by Captain R. D. Potts on mail to San Francisco. Seven are known with single Coamo stamps exhibiting the proper local use within Puerto Rico during the approximate three-week period when regular stamps were not available. None of the stamps was cancelled at its origination, probably because there were no cancelling devices left in Coamo when the Spanish evacuated. The re-emergence of these covers after decades off the market has afforded the opportunity to compile an updated census of the known covers, which is available at http://www.siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/PR_201/PR_201.pdf .

The four known tied Coamo Provisionals on cover, including one of the two local uses offered here, were cancelled in transit or at the receiving post office (two are from the group sent by Potts). The presence of the postage due handstamp on this and the cover offered in the previous lot is evidence that military postal officials in Ponce did not regard the Coamo stamp as paying U.S. postage. However, this was not applied consistently as these are the only two covers that have evidence of postage due.

Census No. 201-COV-03. Ex Tittmann and Junghanns

27,500
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442
c
Sale 1048, Lot 442, U.S. Possessions incl. Cuba and Puerto Rico, U.S. AdministrationPUERTO RICO, Coamo Provisional, 1898, 5c Black, Ty. I (201). Position 3, full framelines all around, uncancelled and affixed to cover to Ponce P.R., "Military Sta. 1 Porto Rico, Wash. D.C. Recd. Aug. 19, '98" backstamp, opened roughly at right slightly into address and small tears on back

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE 5-CENT 1898 COAMO PROVISIONAL ISSUE USED LOCALLY ON COVER, DURING THE APPROXIMATE THREE-WEEK PERIOD IN WHICH REGULAR STAMPS WERE NOT AVAILABLE. THIS IS THE EARLIEST KNOWN ON-COVER USE. (SEE ALSO LOT 444)

The origin of the Coamo covers was discussed in a 1988 article in Possessions by Ovidio Davila. Davila states that Alfred O. Tittmann, the stamp collector who is known to have purchased the remainder sheets and brought them to the United States for sale, also obtained a number of Coamo covers with single stamps used to Ponce. He sold these covers to Mr. Robert L. Junghanns between 1920 and 1923. The six Coamo covers offered in this section come from the Junghanns collection.

Ten Coamo covers are known in total, including three which were used by Captain R. D. Potts on mail to San Francisco. Seven are known with single Coamo stamps exhibiting the proper local use within Puerto Rico during the approximate three-week period when regular stamps were not available. None of the stamps was cancelled at its origination, probably because there were no cancelling devices left in Coamo when the Spanish evacuated. The re-emergence of these covers after decades off the market has afforded the opportunity to compile an updated census of the known covers, which is available at http://www.siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/PR_201/PR_201.pdf

Census No. 201-COV-01. Ex Tittmann and Junghanns

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443
c
Sale 1048, Lot 443, U.S. Possessions incl. Cuba and Puerto Rico, U.S. AdministrationPUERTO RICO, Coamo Provisional, 1898, 5c Black, Ty. II (201). Position 1, full framelines all around, uncancelled and affixed to cover to Playa Ponce P.R., manuscript "Correo" (mail) at top, no receiving backstamp, stamp with minor edge gum soaks, cover opened roughly at bottom with small tears incl. into address

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE 5-CENT 1898 COAMO PROVISIONAL ISSUE USED LOCALLY ON COVER, DURING THE APPROXIMATE THREE-WEEK PERIOD IN WHICH REGULAR STAMPS WERE NOT AVAILABLE. THIS IS THE LATEST KNOWN USE.

The origin of the Coamo covers was discussed in a 1988 article in Possessions by Ovidio Davila. Davila states that Alfred O. Tittmann, the stamp collector who is known to have purchased the remainder sheets and brought them to the United States for sale, also obtained a number of Coamo covers with single stamps used to Ponce. He sold these covers to Mr. Robert L. Junghanns between 1920 and 1923. The six Coamo covers offered in this section come from the Junghanns collection.

Ten Coamo covers are known in total, including three which were used by Captain R. D. Potts on mail to San Francisco. Seven are known with single Coamo stamps exhibiting the proper local use within Puerto Rico during the approximate three-week period when regular stamps were not available. None of the stamps was cancelled at its origination, probably because there were no cancelling devices left in Coamo when the Spanish evacuated. The re-emergence of these covers after decades off the market has afforded the opportunity to compile an updated census of the known covers, which is available at http://www.siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/PR_201/PR_201.pdf .

Census No. 201-COV-10. Ex Tittmann and Junghanns

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444
c
Sale 1048, Lot 444, U.S. Possessions incl. Cuba and Puerto Rico, U.S. AdministrationPUERTO RICO, Coamo Provisional, 1898, 5c Black, Ty. I (201). Position 4, full framelines to touched at right, small bit of ink smearing at right of stamp extends to cover and may be a tying cancel but ambiguous, affixed to typed-address cover to "Director de El Autonomista" in Ponce P.R., "Military Sta. 1 Porto Rico, Wash. D.C. Recd. Aug. 19, '98" backstamp, opened roughly at right, heavy central file fold, stamp with slight edge scuff along frameline at right

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE 5-CENT 1898 COAMO PROVISIONAL ISSUE USED LOCALLY ON COVER, DURING THE APPROXIMATE THREE WEEK PERIOD IN WHICH REGULAR STAMPS WERE NOT AVAILABLE. THIS IS THE EARLIEST KNOWN ON-COVER USE. (SEE ALSO LOT 444)

The origin of the Coamo covers was discussed in a 1988 article in Possessions by Ovidio Davila. Davila states that Alfred O. Tittmann, the stamp collector who is known to have purchased the remainder sheets and brought them to the United States for sale, also obtained a number of Coamo covers with single stamps used to Ponce. He sold these covers to Mr. Robert L. Junghanns between 1920 and 1923. The six Coamo covers offered in this section come from the Junghanns collection.

Ten Coamo covers are known in total, including three which were used by Captain R. D. Potts on mail to San Francisco. Seven are known with single Coamo stamps exhibiting the proper local use within Puerto Rico during the approximate three-week period when regular stamps were not available. None of the stamps was cancelled at its origination, probably because there were no cancelling devices left in Coamo when the Spanish evacuated. The re-emergence of these covers after decades off the market has afforded the opportunity to compile an updated census of the known covers, which is available at http://www.siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/PR_201/PR_201.pdf .

Census No. 201-COV-02. Ex Tittmann and Junghanns

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445
c
Sale 1048, Lot 445, U.S. Possessions incl. Cuba and Puerto Rico, U.S. AdministrationPUERTO RICO, Guanica Provisional, 1898, (5c) Violet Handstamp. Lightly but clearly struck "Correos. Postal Guanica P.R. E.U. of A." handstamp on cover addressed in Spanish to the assistant in charge of the lighthouse in "Capital Pto Rico," "Guanica Puerto Rico 22 Nov. 98" circular datestamp, manuscript "Eu of A." at top (Estados Unidos of America), back with partly clear Nov. 22 transit and receipt datestamps from Military Stations 7 (Yauco) and 4 (San Juan), opened for display, edge faults and small tears

FINE APPEARING AND EXTREMELY RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 1898 PROVISIONAL HANDSTAMP FROM GUANICA PUERTO RICO, EMPLOYED IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE SPANISH-AMERICAN WAR WHEN REGULAR STAMPS WERE NOT AVAILABLE. ONLY TWO EXAMPLES ARE RECORDED.

U.S. troops landed at Guanica on July 25, 1898, and moved swiftly east to Ponce, where the first military mail station was established on August 3. As with the more famous Coamo and Ponce adhesives, the Guanica Provisional was created to prepay the 5c for transmission inside Puerto Rico during the period of transition when stamps were not yet available. There are two types recorded and this is Type 2. Only two examples of this handstamp are known, the other dated Nov. 28. The inscription at top of this cover is an interesting political statement by the postmaster at Guanica, declaring the town to be part of the United States.

Ex Sanborn, Preston, Scalley and Gallagher. Illustrated in Puerto Rico Specialist (First Edition, Oct.-Dec. 1970) and in Stamp Specialist (Chartreuse Book, p. 79)

E. 2,000-3,000
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446
c
Sale 1048, Lot 446, U.S. Possessions incl. Cuba and Puerto Rico, U.S. AdministrationPUERTO RICO, Mayaguez Provisional, 1898, 4c Greenish Blue Handstamp. Mostly full strike of 22mm "Postages 4cts. Correos" Provisional circular handstamp, "Mayaguez Prto. Rico 9 Set. 98" double-circle datestamp on "La Revista Blanca. Semanario de Literatura, Ciencias Y Artes" (literature, science and arts weekly) cover to Toa Baja P.R., clear magenta "El Dorado Puerto Rico 12 Se. 98" double-circle receiving backstamp (Toa Baja had no operating post office at this time, so its mail was received through nearby El Dorado), wear and opened roughly at right which is more evident on back than on front, bottom right corner torn off

FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THE MAYAGUEZ 1898 4-CENT PROVISIONAL HANDSTAMP. A GREAT RARITY OF PUERTO RICO AND UNITED STATES POSSESSIONS PHILATELY.

As with the more famous Coamo and Ponce Provisional adhesives, the Mayaguez Provisional was created to prepay transmission of mail inside Puerto Rico during the period of transition when stamps were not yet available. Unlike the other 5c issues, this issue was oddly denominated 4c. The cover is accompanied by a letter written in Spanish from the Secretary of the Municipality of Toa Baja at the time, Mr. Jose Manuel De Loira, stating that he was present when the letter was received by the addressee and that he kept the cover as a curiosity.

Ex Junghaans. Illustrated in Stamp Specialist (Chartreuse Book, p. 80)

E. 2,000-3,000
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447
c
Sale 1048, Lot 447, U.S. Possessions incl. Cuba and Puerto Rico, U.S. AdministrationPUERTO RICO, Utuado Provisional, 1898, (5c) Violet Handstamp. Clearly struck mayoralty "Alcaldia Municipal De Utuado" with star handstamp used as a provisional marking, "Utuado Prto. Rico 7 Set. 98" double-circle datestamp on cover to San Juan, violet "N. CANALS Y Ca" straightline at top, bit of ink erosion in address but overall fresh with very clear markings

VERY FINE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE UTUADO MAYORALTY HANDSTAMP USED AS A PROVISIONAL AND SENT THROUGH THE LINES TO SPANISH-CONTROLLED SAN JUAN.

It is believed that in Utuado at this time, the mayor's office had control of the mail service, received payment for letters and struck the office's seal as evidence of the 5c prepayment. In the mayor's seal the coat of arms of Spain has been replaced with a star. This is also known to have been done in the towns of Camuy and Quebradillas upon arrival of American forces. When this cover was mailed in September 1898, Spanish troops still controlled San Juan. They did not complete their withdrawal until Oct. 18

Ex Junghaans, Scalley and Gallagher. Illustrated in Stamp Specialist (Chartreuse Book, p. 81)

E. 2,000-3,000
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448
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Sale 1048, Lot 448, U.S. Possessions incl. Cuba and Puerto Rico, U.S. AdministrationPUERTO RICO, 1900, 1c-10c Regular and Postage Dues, "Puerto Rico" Ovpts., Special Printing (212SP-216SP, J1SP-J3SP). Complete set of eight, dues with part imprint at top, 1c and 10c dues Mint N.H. with h.r. in selvage, others lightly hinged, small h.r., 1c and 2c regulars with violet "Special Surcharge" backstamp which does not show thru, 2c regular with light crease, 8c and 10c regulars with couple short perfs

FINE AND RARE SET OF THE "PUERTO RICO" SPECIAL PRINTINGS. ONLY 100 SETS WERE PRODUCED

In 1900 one pane of 100 stamps of each was prepared for display at the Paris and Pan-American Expositions. The 5c, 8c and 10c were never regularly issued with the "Puerto Rico" spelling and so are only known as Special Printings. Many were destroyed after the exhibitions. This set lacks the "Specimen" handstamps.

Each with 2001 P.F. certificate

14,000
8,000
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449
ng
Sale 1048, Lot 449, U.S. Possessions incl. Cuba and Puerto Rico, U.S. AdministrationPUERTO RICO, 1900, 5c-10c Regular and 1c-10c Postage Dues, "Puerto Rico" Ovpts., Special Printing (212SP-214SP, J1SP-J3SP). Set of six representing the unissued values (1c and 2c were issued as both regular and Special Printings and are not included), unused (no gum), 5c light toning, 8c small corner crease and small toned spot, dues with light toned spots and 10c light crease

FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE SET OF THE "PUERTO RICO" SPECIAL PRINTINGS. ONLY 100 SETS WERE PRODUCED

In 1900 one pane of 100 stamps of each was prepared for display at the Paris and Pan-American Expositions. The 5c, 8c and 10c were never regularly issued with the "Puerto Rico" spelling and so are only known as Special Printings. Many were destroyed after the exhibitions. This set lacks the "Specimen" handstamps.

Each with 1997 and 2002 P.F. certificates

12,000
3,750
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