Sale 1068 — United States Stamps and Possessions
Sale Date — Wednesday-Thursday, 30 April-1 May, 2014
Category — Revenues incl. Hunting Permits
VERY FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 10-CENT "I.R." EMERGENCY PROVISIONAL OVERPRINT.
With 2014 P.F. certificate
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.
With 2014 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF ONLY THREE RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THIS ONE-HOGSHEAD 1917 TYPE A PROVISIONAL SURCHARGE.
The other two were offered in our Tolman and Scarsdale auctions. This copy was previously unrecorded.
With 2014 P.F. certificate.
A RARE COMPLETE COLLECTION OF FEDERAL DUCK STAMP PLATE NUMBERS -- DECADES IN ITS FORMATION.
This important collection is offered essentially intact. The only stamps removed were four gem plate number singles from RW1-RW2 and the rare RW72b artist signed sheet.
Scott Retail as all Mint N.H. after RW4 more than $60,000.00 with no premium for the plate numbers on the singles
VERY FINE-EXTREMELY FINE. THE RAREST AND MOST DESIRABLE OF ALL HUNTING PERMIT PLATE BLOCKS.
According to Bob Dumaine, dealer and noted authority on duck stamps, there are perhaps 15 No. RW1 plate blocks of this caliber in existence.
VERY FINE MINT NEVER-HINGED PLATE BLOCK OF SIX OF THE 1935 $1.00 HUNTING PERMIT. ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE FROM THE TOP PLATE POSITION.
For Hunting Permits, plate blocks are not considered complete unless they have the full corner selvage.