Sale 1062 — The Golden Oak Collection of Superb United States

Sale Date — Tuesday-Wednesday, 17-18 December, 2013

Category — 1902-08 Issues (Scott 300-322)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
482
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Sale 1062, Lot 482, 1902-08 Issues (Scott 300-322)1c Blue Green (300). Mint N.H., rich color on bright paper, perfectly centered with wide margins, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2010 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $650.00), only one has graded higher and ten others share this grade

27
650
483
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Sale 1062, Lot 483, 1902-08 Issues (Scott 300-322)2c Carmine (301). Mint N.H., brilliant color, beautiful centering, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2010 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $425.00), only eight have graded higher

37
300
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484
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Sale 1062, Lot 484, 1902-08 Issues (Scott 300-322)3c Bright Violet (302). Mint N.H., detailed impression, wide margins, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2006 P.F. and 2005 and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $825.00)

130
700
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485
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Sale 1062, Lot 485, 1902-08 Issues (Scott 300-322)4c Brown (303). Mint N.H., fresh rich color, near perfect centering with wide margins, Extremely Fine Gem, ex Killien and Merlin, with 2001 P.F. and 2006 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $1,150.00), only three have graded higher

140
850
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486
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Sale 1062, Lot 486, 1902-08 Issues (Scott 300-322)5c Blue (304). Mint N.H., deep dark color and bright paper, perfectly centered with Jumbo margins, Extremely Fine Gem, a phenomenal stamp with great eye appeal, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $975.00 as 95, $2,900.00 as 98), only four have graded higher (the highest is a 98J) and only two others share this grade

150
1,400
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487
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Sale 1062, Lot 487, 1902-08 Issues (Scott 300-322)6c Claret (305). Mint N.H., rich color, detailed impression, well-balanced margins, fresh and Extremely Fine Gem, ex Whitman, with 1996 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $1,100.00)

150
850
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488
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Sale 1062, Lot 488, 1902-08 Issues (Scott 300-322)13c Purple Black (308). Mint N.H., deep shade and detailed impression, choice centering with wide margins, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2006 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $775.00)

100
600
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489
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Sale 1062, Lot 489, 1902-08 Issues (Scott 300-322)15c Olive Green (309). Mint N.H., pretty shade, gorgeous centering for this difficult issue

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 15-CENT 1902 ISSUE.

With 1998 P.F. and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $3,500.00). Only four have graded higher (the highest grade is a 98) and only two others share this grade.

475
0
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490
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Sale 1062, Lot 490, 1902-08 Issues (Scott 300-322)50c Orange (310). Lightly hinged, vibrant color, wide and balanced margins, fresh and Extremely Fine, a pretty stamp, with 1997 P.F. certificate

400
425
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491
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Sale 1062, Lot 491, 1902-08 Issues (Scott 300-322)$2.00 Dark Blue (312). Mint N.H., deep rich color and proof-like impression, beautiful centering with wide and balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS STUNNING MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE $2.00 1902 ISSUE HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY THE P.F. -- A REMARKABLE STAMP IN EVERY RESPECT.

The 1902-03 Regular Issue was a great improvement over the Bureau's first efforts in 1894 and 1895. Perforations tend to be cleaner, and centering better, but the large plate layout and perforating method still resulted in a large number of poorly centered stamps. Collecting practices of hinging stamps into albums and time have left very few superb Mint N.H. examples for today's collectors. This is particularly true for the high $2.00 and $5.00 values of this series, which were printed in much smaller quantities than the lower values. This stamp should be considered a true condition rarity.

With 2006 P.F. certificate (XF-Superb 95)

2,750
25,000
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492
 
Sale 1062, Lot 492, 1902-08 Issues (Scott 300-322)$5.00 Dark Green (313). Rich color, unobtrusive cancel, choice centering with wide margins, Extremely Fine, this is a surprisingly difficult issue to obtain with decent centering in used condition, with 1991 P.F. certificate

750
950
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493
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Sale 1062, Lot 493, 1902-08 Issues (Scott 300-322)5c Blue, Imperforate (315). Horizontal pair, barely hinged, large margins, rich color, Extremely Fine

725
600
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494
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Sale 1062, Lot 494, 1902-08 Issues (Scott 300-322)2c Carmine Rose, Ty. II (319Fj; formerly 319j). Mint N.H., vivid color, choice centering with wide margins, Extremely Fine, ex Kirke, with 2002 and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $120.00)

160
550
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495
 
Sale 1062, Lot 495, 1902-08 Issues (Scott 300-322)4c Brown, Imperforate, Schermack Ty. III (314A). Large margins with full Schermack perforations on both sides, deep rich color, neat strike of duplex datestamp and oval grid cancel, choice centering for this difficult issue

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. THIS IS WITHOUT QUESTION ONE OF THE FINEST USED EXAMPLES OF THE 4-CENT 1908 IMPERFORATE, SCOTT 314A. ONLY 31 USED SINGLES ARE CONTAINED IN OUR CENSUS.

With the rising popularity of vending and affixing machines, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing received numerous requests from manufactures for supplies of imperforate stamps, which could then be privately perforated to conform to each firm's machine. In May 1908, a supply of 25 sheets (400 stamps per sheet) of the 4c 1902 Issue, without perforations, was delivered to the Schermack Mailing Machine Co. in Detroit. The entire supply was cut into coils with Schermack Type III perforations, designed for the firm's patented affixing machine and delivered to the Winfield Printing Co. for use on mass mailings of advertising material. Approximately 6,000 were used on a mailing for Hamilton Carhartt Manufacturer, and almost all of the 4,000 balance were used on a mailing for Burroughs Adding Machine Co.

Our recently-completed census of Scott 314A incorporates the records of the Philatelic Foundation, the Levi records (which represents over 40 years of auction sales) and our own computerized sales history, and is available at our website at http://www.siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/314A/314A.pdf . The census reveals a startling fact -- there are only 31 used singles (two on piece), a used strip of three and three covers (one of which bears a strip of three), for a total of 39 used stamps. Our previous assumption was that this number was much higher.

An analysis of our census found nine copies in sound condition with Schermack perforations on both sides. Five of these have poor centering, leaving a population of only four to vie for the title of finest in existence (Census Nos. 01, 11, 12 and 23).

Census No. 314A-CAN-01. Ex Twigg-Smith and Natalee Grace. With 1970 and 2001 P.F. certificates

52,500
47,500
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496
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Sale 1062, Lot 496, 1902-08 Issues (Scott 300-322)5c Blue, Coil (317). Pair, lightly hinged, deep rich color

FRESH AND VERY FINE PAIR OF THE RARE 5-CENT 1908 VERTICAL COIL.

The 5c 1908 Coil stamps, which were stripped by hand, are almost always strongly centered to one side.

Ex Vineyard. With 1970 and 2001 P.F. certificates

17,500
6,000
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497
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Sale 1062, Lot 497, 1902-08 Issues (Scott 300-322)1c Blue Green, Coil (318). Pair, deep rich color and proof-like impression, choice centering

EXTREMELY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE RARE ONE-CENT 1908 HORIZONTAL COIL.

With 2009 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, VF-XF 85; SMQ $9,500.00). This is the highest grade awarded.

15,000
7,500
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498
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Sale 1062, Lot 498, 1902-08 Issues (Scott 300-322)2c Carmine, Coil (322). Pair, lightly hinged, brilliant color, wide margins

FRESH AND VERY FINE PAIR OF THE 2-CENT 1908 HORIZONTAL COIL.

Issued on July 31, 1908, and intended only to be used by private vending machine companies, Scott 322 is only known with the Die II widened line at lower left.

Ex Zoellner and Floyd. With 1985 P.F. certificate.

17,500
16,500
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