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

Sale Date — Tuesday, 16 December, 2014

Category — Proprietary Inverts

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
558
 
Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 558, Proprietary Inverts1c Green & Black on Green Paper, Proprietary, Center Inverted (RB1d), 1c Green & Black on Green Paper, Proprietary, Center Inverted (RB1d)1c Green & Black on Green Paper, Proprietary, Center Inverted (RB1d). Deep rich colors and detailed impressions, Oct. 23, 1871 manuscript cancel, small thin spot

FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT PROPRIETARY INVERT ON GREEN PAPER.

Approximately 24 are known. Ex Cunliffe.

5,250
2,100
559
 
Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 559, Proprietary Inverts2c Green & Black on Violet Paper, Proprietary, Center Inverted (RB2c), 2c Green & Black on Violet Paper, Proprietary, Center Inverted (RB2c)2c Green & Black on Violet Paper, Proprietary, Center Inverted (RB2c). Rich colors, single horizontal penstroke cancel, small translucency at bottom, small thin spots, light corner crease

FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS ONE OF ONLY TWO EXAMPLES OF THE 2-CENT PROPRIETARY ISSUE ON VIOLET PAPER WITH CENTER INVERTED. ONE OF THE GREATEST RARITIES OF UNITED STATES REVENUE COLLECTING.

Only two examples of this invert are recorded: 1) the example offered here, and 2) heavy handstamp cancel, crease and thin, ex Lyons.

Ex Cunliffe. With 1964 P.F. certificate as sound

45,000
23,000
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560
ng
Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 560, Proprietary Inverts2c Green & Black on Green Paper, Proprietary, Center Inverted (RB2d; formerly RB2bc), 2c Green & Black on Green Paper, Proprietary, Center Inverted (RB2d; formerly RB2bc)2c Green & Black on Green Paper, Proprietary, Center Inverted (RB2d; formerly RB2bc). Unused (no gum), detailed impressions, light bend at top

VERY FINE. A RARE UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT PROPRIETARY ON GREEN PAPER WITH INVERTED CENTER. ONLY THIRTEEN EXAMPLES ARE KNOWN.

In his privately published census, Larry Lyons records twelve copies of the 2c Proprietary invert on green paper. Of these, five appear to be used, and twelve have at least one fault. One additional example has come to light since his census, offered in our Sale 1037.

Ex Joyce. With 1992 P.S.E. certificate

8,000
7,000
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561
 
Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 561, Proprietary Inverts3c Green & Black on Violet Paper, Center Inverted (RB3ad), 3c Green & Black on Violet Paper, Center Inverted (RB3ad)3c Green & Black on Violet Paper, Center Inverted (RB3ad). Rich color, neat manuscript "X" cancel, right margin added

FINE APPEARANCE. ONLY SEVEN EXAMPLES OF THE 3-CENT PROPRIETARY ON VIOLET PAPER WITH INVERTED CENTER ARE RECORDED. A GREAT RARITY.

In his privately published census of the 3c Proprietary inverts, Larry Lyons records only seven examples (none is known on green paper). Of these seven, one has a missing corner, two others have repaired corners, one has thins and is stained and one has creases and nibbed perfs.

With 1992 P.S.E. certificate

14,000
3,250
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562
 
Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 562, Proprietary Inverts4c Green & Black on Violet Paper, Center Inverted (RB4ac), 4c Green & Black on Violet Paper, Center Inverted (RB4ac)4c Green & Black on Violet Paper, Center Inverted (RB4ac). Lightly cancelled, deep rich colors and detailed impressions, reperfed at right, trivial corner perf crease at bottom left not mentioned on accompanying certificate

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF ONLY SIX RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE 4-CENT PROPRIETARY INVERT. AN OUTSTANDING RARITY.

In his privately published census, Larry Lyons records six examples of the 4c Proprietary invert on violet paper (none is known on green paper). Of the five stamps other than this, one is defective, one has a piece missing, one has a repaired corner, one has a tear and abrasions, and one has a light horizontal crease. The example offered here is one of the finest.

With 1992 P.S.E. certificate

15,000
8,500
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