Sale 1090 — United States, Possessions and Confederate States Stamps and Postal History
Sale Date — Wednesday-Friday, 17-19 December, 2014
Category — 1922 and Later Issues (Scott 565-2002d)
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS MAGNIFICENT MINT NEVER-HINGED STAMP HAS BEEN AWARDED THE GRADE OF GEM 100 JUMBO BY P.S.E. -- IT IS THE ONLY EXAMPLE TO ACHIEVE THIS UNIMPROVABLE GRADE.
With 2007 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $775.00 as 98). This is the highest grade that can be awarded, and this stamp is the only example to achieve 100J from the P.S.E. graders.
FINE. A RARE SOUND EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT HARDING ROTARY PERF 11, WHICH IS ONE OF THE RAREST OF ALL 20TH CENTURY ISSUES.
Our census of the 2c Harding Rotary Perf 11(www.siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/613/613.pdf ) records 43 used singles (one faintly cancelled, if at all), one used pair and a strip of three. Of the singles, approximately 30 are sound.
The 2c Harding Rotary Perf 11 stamp was discovered in 1938 by Leslie Lewis of the New York firm, Stanley Gibbons Inc. Gary Griffith presents his hypothesis in United States Stamps 1922-26 that rotary-printed sheets of 400 were first reduced to panes of 100 and then fed through the 11-gauge perforating machine normally used for flat plate sheets. This method distinguishes sheet-waste stamps -- Scott 544, 596 and 613 -- from the coil-waste stamps and explains the existence of a straight-edge on Scott 613.
Census No. 613-CAN-38. Ex Hoffman. With 1978 and 2008 P.F. certificates
EXTREMELY FINE. BELIEVED TO BE ONE OF TWO COMPLETELY IMPERFORATE PANES. ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT MODERN ERRORS IN UNITED STATES PHILATELY.
This rarity is one of the pinnacle items for the modern error (or topical bird) collector. It features each of the 50 State Birds of the United States. There were originally only four recorded panes -- one has blind perforations and another was inexplicably cut up by an investment firm -- leaving two completely imperforate panes. This particular pane has not been offered since our 1983 Rarities of the World Sale. The other pane was recently offered in our sale of the Daniel H. and Marcel V. Collection of Birds of the World (Siegel Sale 1076, realized $18,500.00). It is highly unlikely any others will surface at this late date.
Accompanied by original Post Office souvenir folder