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

Sale Date — Tuesday, 16 December, 2014

Category — Second Issue Inverts

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
475
 
Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 475, Second Issue Inverts1c Blue & Black, Second Issue, Center Inverted (R103a), 1c Blue & Black, Second Issue, Center Inverted (R103a)1c Blue & Black, Second Issue, Center Inverted (R103a). Rich colors, neat blue herringbone cancel, fresh and Very Fine, a scarce Second Issue Invert in sound condition, ex Tolman

1,600
1,000
476
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Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 476, Second Issue Inverts2c Blue & Black, Second Issue, Center Inverted (R104a), 2c Blue & Black, Second Issue, Center Inverted (R104a)2c Blue & Black, Second Issue, Center Inverted (R104a). Unused (no gum), s.e. at right, rich colors, Fine, a rare sound unused example of the 2c Second Issue invert, with 1981 P.F. certificate, Scott Retail as used

5,000
5,500
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477
 
Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 477, Second Issue Inverts2c Blue & Black, Second Issue, Center Inverted (R104a), 2c Blue & Black, Second Issue, Center Inverted (R104a)2c Blue & Black, Second Issue, Center Inverted (R104a). Rich colors, light strike of cut cancel handstamp, small closed tear at upper left, Fine appearance, with 1982 P.F. certificate

5,000
1,500
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478
 
Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 478, Second Issue Inverts5c Blue & Black, Second Issue, Center Inverted (R107a), 5c Blue & Black, Second Issue, Center Inverted (R107a)5c Blue & Black, Second Issue, Center Inverted (R107a). Rich colors, choice centering, somewhat defective with creases, thins and rebacked, otherwise Extremely Fine example of this invert, with 1974 A.P.S. certificate

4,000
1,300
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479
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Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 479, Second Issue Inverts10c Blue & Black, Second Issue, Center Inverted (R109a), 10c Blue & Black, Second Issue, Center Inverted (R109a)10c Blue & Black, Second Issue, Center Inverted (R109a). Unused (traces of original gum), rich colors, light gum staining on a few perfs, still Fine, rare in unused condition, with 2001 P.F. certificate, Scott Retail as used

2,000
2,300
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480
 
Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 480, Second Issue Inverts10c Blue & Black, Second Issue, Center Inverted (R109a), 10c Blue & Black, Second Issue, Center Inverted (R109a)10c Blue & Black, Second Issue, Center Inverted (R109a). Intense colors and impressions, neat blue Aug. 6, 1872 datestamps, small thin spot at center, Very Fine appearance

2,000
1,300
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481
 
Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 481, Second Issue Inverts20c Blue & Black, Second Issue, Center Inverted (R111a), 20c Blue & Black, Second Issue, Center Inverted (R111a)20c Blue & Black, Second Issue, Center Inverted (R111a). Rich colors, neat blue herringbone cancel leaves entire design visible, hole in Washington's head, few small surface scuffs

FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 20-CENT SECOND ISSUE WITH INVERTED CENTER.

In his privately published census of Scott R111a, Larry Lyons notes thirteen singles and a pair. Of these, only one single and one stamp in the pair are sound.

Ex Newport. With 1974 and 2007 P.F. certificates

7,000
4,250
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482
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Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 482, Second Issue Inverts25c Blue & Black, Second Issue, Center Inverted (R112a), 25c Blue & Black, Second Issue, Center Inverted (R112a)25c Blue & Black, Second Issue, Center Inverted (R112a). Large part original gum, deep rich colors and proof-like impressions, choice centering with wide and balanced margins, small thin spots

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 25-CENT SECOND ISSUE WITH CENTER INVERTED. ONLY 16 ARE RECORDED, AND OF THESE ONLY THREE ARE UNUSED. A PHENOMENAL RARITY.

In his privately published census, Larry Lyons records sixteen examples of the 25c Second Issue Invert, three of which are unused. The unused are: 1) part o.g., sound, well-centered, ex Zoellner (Siegel Sale 827, lot 1598, realized $21,000 hammer); 2) o.g., few short perfs, centered to top right with perfs touching design, ex Joyce; and 3) large part o.g., small thin spots, choice centering, ex Cunliffe (Spink-Shreves June 2009, lot 99, realized $9,000 hammer), the example offered here.

Ex Cunliffe. With 1989 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail as used

12,500
9,000
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483
 
Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 483, Second Issue Inverts25c Blue & Black, Second Issue, Center Inverted (R112a), 25c Blue & Black, Second Issue, Center Inverted (R112a)25c Blue & Black, Second Issue, Center Inverted (R112a). Deep rich colors and proof-like impressions, neat "A.P. Dec. 19, 1871" manuscript cancel, thin spot at bottom right

VERY FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE 25-CENT SECOND ISSUE REVENUE INVERT. ONLY 16 ARE RECORDED. ONE OF THE GREAT RARITIES OF THE ISSUE.

In his privately published census, Larry Lyons records sixteen examples of the 25c Second Issue Invert, three of which are unused. Virtually all have faults including two repaired, one defective and one reperfed. The example offered here, with rich colors, choice centering and only a minor thin spot, is highly desirable.

With 1986 P.F. certificate.

12,500
10,000
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484
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Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 484, Second Issue Inverts50c Blue & Black, Second Issue, Center Inverted (R115b), 50c Blue & Black, Second Issue, Center Inverted (R115b)50c Blue & Black, Second Issue, Center Inverted (R115b). Unused (part original gum), fresh and bright colors, incredibly well-centered, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb stamp, ex Zoellner, Scott Retail as used

1,250
1,900
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485
 
Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 485, Second Issue Inverts50c Blue & Black, Second Issue, Center Inverted (R115b), 50c Blue & Black, Second Issue, Center Inverted (R115b)50c Blue & Black, Second Issue, Center Inverted (R115b). Bright colors, magenta Dec. 19, 1871 manuscript cancel, well-balanced margins, Extremely Fine, with 1985 P.F. certificate

1,250
1,300
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486
 
Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 486, Second Issue Inverts50c Blue & Black, Second Issue, Center Inverted (R115b), 50c Blue & Black, Second Issue, Center Inverted (R115b)50c Blue & Black, Second Issue, Center Inverted (R115b). Horizontal pair, strong colors and well-centered, neat July 9, 1872 manuscript cancel and filled punch holes, Very Fine appearance, ex Tolman

3,000
400
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487
 
Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 487, Second Issue Inverts70c Blue & Black, Second Issue, Center Inverted (R117a), 70c Blue & Black, Second Issue, Center Inverted (R117a)70c Blue & Black, Second Issue, Center Inverted (R117a). Bright colors, blue 1871 datestamp and herringbone cancels, choice centering, some reinforcing of the herringbones, Very Fine appearance, only 27 examples of this invert are recorded

4,000
3,500
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488
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Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 488, Second Issue Inverts$1.00 Blue & Black, Second Issue, Center Inverted (R118a), $1.00 Blue & Black, Second Issue, Center Inverted (R118a)$1.00 Blue & Black, Second Issue, Center Inverted (R118a). Original gum, bright colors

FRESH AND FINE. A RARE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE $1.00 SECOND ISSUE WITH CENTER INVERTED.

Power Search contains one other unused, from our 1980 Rarities sale.

Ex Cunliffe. With 1984 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail as used

5,000
5,250
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489
 
Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 489, Second Issue Inverts$1.00 Blue & Black, Second Issue, Center Inverted (R118a), $1.00 Blue & Black, Second Issue, Center Inverted (R118a)$1.00 Blue & Black, Second Issue, Center Inverted (R118a). Bright colors, neat Aug. 8, 1872 manuscript cancel, tiny pinhole at bottom center

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN ATTRACTIVE EXAMPLE OF THE $1.00 SECOND REVENUE ISSUE INVERT.

Ex Cunliffe.

5,000
2,700
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490
 
Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 490, Second Issue Inverts$5.00 Blue & Black, Second Issue, Center Inverted (R127a), $5.00 Blue & Black, Second Issue, Center Inverted (R127a)$5.00 Blue & Black, Second Issue, Center Inverted (R127a). Deep rich colors, neat manuscript cancel, horizontal crease, thin spot at bottom, Very Fine appearance

3,000
1,300
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