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Sale 1089 — The Curtis Collection: U.S. Revenues, Part 1

Sale Date — Tuesday, 16 December, 2014

Category — 1898 Provisionals

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
533
 
Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 533, 1898 Provisionals8c Violet Brown, "I.R." Overprint (R156), 8c Violet Brown, "I.R." Overprint (R156)8c Violet Brown, "I.R." Overprint (R156). Clear overprint, intense shade on bright paper, neat "M.M. L.I.C. 7/12/98" manuscript cancellation (Michigan Mutual Life Insurance Co.), additional red ink mark

EXTREMELY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE 8-CENT "I.R." EMERGENCY PROVISIONAL OVERPRINT.

To meet the increased demands for revenue during the Spanish-American War, on June 13, 1898 Congress approved the War Revenue Law of 1898. The law was to become effective on July 1, 1898, leaving only seventeen days before the new stamps were needed. The Bureau of Engraving and Printing had already started work on the dies, rolls and plates in anticipation of its passage, but they were still unable to issue stamps when the law went into effect.

A large quantity of 1c and 2c stamps were printed with an "I.R." overprint (Scott R153, R154, R155 and R155A). Additionally, a handstamped overprint was applied to small quantities of 8c, 10c and 15c denominations. These issues mark the first time that the United States had to resort to surcharging. According to Sloane's Column (Jul. 31, 1948), the Michigan Mutual Life Insurance Co. handstamped copies of the 8c, 10c and 15c regular issues over a period of five days in July 1898. Sloane states these provisional revenues were brought to the philatelic market by J. E. Scott, a collector and employee of the company. J. E. Scott reported that the company used 41 copies of the 8c, 66 of the 10c and 28 of the 15c. The Scott Retail values support this relative mix of supply.

With 2006 P.S.E. certificate

5,500
4,250
534
 
Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 534, 1898 Provisionals10c Dark Green, "I.R." Overprint (R157), 10c Dark Green, "I.R." Overprint (R157)10c Dark Green, "I.R." Overprint (R157). Clear overprint, rich color on bright paper, neat purple handstamp cancel (Michigan Mutual Life Insurance) and manuscript cancel

VERY FINE AND CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT "I.R." EMERGENCY PROVISIONAL OVERPRINT.

To meet the increased demands for federal revenue during the Spanish-American War, on June 13, 1898, Congress approved the War Revenue Law of 1898. The law was to become effective on July 1, 1898, leaving only seventeen days before the new stamps were needed. The Bureau of Engraving and Printing had already started work on the dies, rolls and plates in anticipation of its passage, but they were still unable to issue stamps when the law went into effect.

A large quantity of 1c and 2c stamps were printed with an "I.R." overprint (Scott R153, R154, R155 and R155A). Additionally, small quantities were produced in the 8c, 10c and 15c denominations. These issues mark the first time that the United States had to resort to surcharging. According to Sloane's Column (Jul. 31, 1948), the Michigan Mutual Life Insurance Co. handstamped copies of the 8c, 10c and 15c regular issues over a period of five days in July 1898. Sloane states these provisional revenues were brought to the philatelic market by J. E. Scott, a collector and employee of the company. J. E. Scott reported that the company used 41 copies of the 8c, 66 of the 10c and 28 of the 15c. The Scott Retail values support this relative mix of supply.

With copy of 1992 P.F. certificate for block of four

4,250
5,750
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535
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Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 535, 1898 Provisionals10c Dark Green, "I.R." Overprint (R157), 10c Dark Green, "I.R." Overprint (R157)10c Dark Green, "I.R." Overprint (R157). The unique block of six, clear overprints, pretty shade, neat 8/3/99 manuscript cancellations with each stamp also signed, bottom row light horizontal crease, few perf separations sensibly reinforced

FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS THE UNIQUE BLOCK OF THE 10-CENT "I.R." EMERGENCY PROVISIONAL OVERPRINT. AN OUTSTANDING RARITY.

To meet the increased demands for federal revenue during the Spanish-American War, on June 13, 1898 Congress approved the War Revenue Law of 1898. The law was to become effective on July 1, 1898, leaving only seventeen days before the new stamps were needed. The Bureau of Engraving and Printing had already started work on the dies, rolls and plates in anticipation of its passage, but they were still unable to issue stamps when the law went into effect.

A large quantity of 1c and 2c stamps were printed with an "I.R." overprint (Scott R153, R154, R155 and R155A). Additionally, small quantities were produced in the 8c, 10c and 15c denominations. These issues mark the first time that the United States had to resort to surcharging. According to Sloane's Column (Jul. 31, 1948), the Michigan Mutual Life Insurance Co. handstamped copies of the 8c, 10c and 15c regular issues over a period of five days in July 1898. Sloane states these provisional revenues were brought to the philatelic market by J. E. Scott, a collector and employee of the company. J. E. Scott reported that the company used 41 copies of the 8c, 66 of the 10c and 28 of the 15c. The Scott Retail values support this relative mix of supply. This is the only recorded block of the 10-cent value.

Ex Joyce and Zoellner. With 1991 P.F. certificate. Listed but unpriced as a block in Scott. Scott Retail as six singles $25,500.00

E. 7,500-10,000
8,000
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536
 
Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 536, 1898 Provisionals15c Dark Blue, "I.R." Overprint (R158), 15c Dark Blue, "I.R." Overprint (R158)15c Dark Blue, "I.R." Overprint (R158). Deep rich color on bright paper, neat "M.M.L.I.C. 7/4/98" manuscript cancel (Michigan Mutual Life Insurance Co.), small thin spot at top

VERY FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 15-CENT "I.R." EMERGENCY PROVISIONAL OVERPRINT.

To meet the increased demands for federal revenue during the Spanish-American War, on June 13, 1898, Congress approved the War Revenue Law of 1898. The law was to become effective on July 1, 1898, leaving only seventeen days before the new stamps were needed. The Bureau of Engraving and Printing had already started work on the dies, rolls and plates in anticipation of its passage, but they were still unable to issue stamps when the law went into effect.

A large quantity of 1c and 2c stamps were printed with an "I.R." overprint (Scott R153, R154, R155 and R155A). Additionally, small quantities were produced in the 8c, 10c and 15c denominations. These issues mark the first time that the United States had to resort to surcharging. According to Sloane's Column (Jul. 31, 1948), the Michigan Mutual Life Insurance Co. handstamped copies of the 8c, 10c and 15c regular issues over a period of five days in July 1898. Sloane states these provisional revenues were brought to the philatelic market by J. E. Scott, a collector and employee of the company. J. E. Scott reported that the company used 41 copies of the 8c, 66 of the 10c and 28 of the 15c. The Scott Retail values support this relative mix of supply.

Ex Joyce. With 1991 P.F. certificate

6,500
3,500
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537
og
Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 537, 1898 Provisionals1c Dark Yellow Green, Chapman Overprint (R158A), 1c Dark Yellow Green, Chapman Overprint (R158A)1c Dark Yellow Green, Chapman Overprint (R158A). Rich color, original gum, h.r., almost perfectly centered with wide and well-balanced margins, small thin spots

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT CHAPMAN OVERPRINT. ONLY NINETEEN COPIES ARE RECORDED IN TOTAL, OF WHICH ONLY THREE ARE UNUSED.

According to Scott catalogue, the 1c Trans-Mississippi was overprinted by the Purvis Printing Company with federal government approval. They were ordered by L. H. Chapman of the Chapman Steamboat Line, which operated freight-carrying steamboats along the Erie Canal. Only 250 stamps were produced; additionally, 250 were printed reading "I.R./P.I.D. & Son", for P. I. Daprix & Son, which served different ports along the same waterway.

In his privately published census, Larry Lyons records fourteen used copies of Scott R158A and one unused. Our records contain two additional used and two additional unused, for a total of 19. The three unused examples are: 1) original gum, natural s.e. at right, small diagonal crease at top right ending in a tear, ex Joyce and Whitpain; 2) original gum, small thin spots, ex Drucker, the example offered here; and 3) natural s.e. at right, diagonal crease and small thin spot, ex Tolman (Siegel Sale 915, lot 3543, realized $7,000 hammer).

Ex Drucker. With 2002 P.F. certificate.

12,500
8,500
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538
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Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 538, 1898 Provisionals$5.00 Dark Blue, Surcharge Reading Down (R159), $5.00 Dark Blue, Surcharge Reading Down (R159)$5.00 Dark Blue, Surcharge Reading Down (R159). Original gum, h.r., rich color on bright paper, well-balanced margins, fresh and Extremely Fine, ex Handy and Floyd, with 2000 P.F. certificate

550
200
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539
bl
Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 539, 1898 Provisionals$5.00 Dark Blue, Surcharge Reading Down (R159), $5.00 Dark Blue, Surcharge Reading Down (R159)$5.00 Dark Blue, Surcharge Reading Down (R159). Block of four, natural s.e. at top, neat strikes of red handstamp cancel, few perf separations sensibly reinforced, Fine-Very Fine, a block of four is the largest recorded multiple and only five are known, "CSY" backstamp

1,400
750
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