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Sale 1081 — The Goldfarm Collection of Australia Kangaroo and Map Series

Sale Date — Tuesday, 7 October, 2014

Category — Third Watermark Issue

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
3062
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Sale Number 1081, Lot Number 3062, Third Watermark Issue Third Watermark Paper Samples Assemblage, Third Watermark Paper Samples AssemblageThird Watermark Paper Samples Assemblage. Small group of various sizes of watermarked paper samples likely used for ordering new consignments, incl. two pairs, a block of six and a block of twelve, plus a block of eight of the Second Watermark, about half the pieces are gummed, some with sheet margins, overall Very Fine, excellent collateral items for the specialist

A$ 1,000
0
3063
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Sale Number 1081, Lot Number 3063, Third Watermark Issue 2p Gray, Die IIA (BW 8), 2p Gray, Die IIA (BW 8)2p Gray, Die IIA (BW 8). Bottom right corner margin block of 32 (4x8), displaying four pronounced plate varieties, all stamps Mint N.H., there is a strip of original card interleaving slightly adhering only to the sheet selvage at right, slight gum toning on the top four stamps, some split vertical perforations at bottom, overall a Fine and impressive large multiple, ex Pope and Lord Steinberg

A$ 4,800
475
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3064
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Sale Number 1081, Lot Number 3064, Third Watermark Issue 2p Gray, Die I, Small “OS” (BW 7ba/za), 2p Gray, Die I, Small “OS” (BW 7ba/za)2p Gray, Die I, Small “OS” (BW 7ba/za). Bottom margin CA monogram single, from Plate 2 (lower), lightly hinged, faint overall gum toning, well-centered, Very Fine, a particularly scarce CA monogram single with “OS” perforations

E. 400-500
0
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3065
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Sale Number 1081, Lot Number 3065, Third Watermark Issue 2p Gray Black, Die I (BW 7zc), 2p Gray Black, Die I (BW 7zc)2p Gray Black, Die I (BW 7zc). Bottom margin JBC monogram single, from Plate 2 (lower), Mint N.H., especially fresh, strong color, Fine

A$ 900
350
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3066
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Sale Number 1081, Lot Number 3066, Third Watermark Issue 2p Gray, Die IIA (BW 8z), 2p Gray, Die IIA (BW 8z)2p Gray, Die IIA (BW 8z). Bottom left corner margin inserted CA monogram strip of three, from Plate 3, lightly hinged, fresh color, Fine-Very Fine, a particularly elusive monogram strip

A$ 3,500
1,800
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3067
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Sale Number 1081, Lot Number 3067, Third Watermark Issue 2p Gray, Die IIA (BW 8zb), 2p Gray, Die IIA (BW 8zb)2p Gray, Die IIA (BW 8zb). Bottom right corner margin JBC monogram block of ten, from Plate 3, position R54 showing plate deterioration around “AUSTRALIA” and “POSTAGE”, most stamps Mint N.H., others lightly hinged and a couple of h.r.'s in bottom sheet selvage reinforcing some separated perforations, light overall gum toning on reverse, nicely centered, Fine-Very Fine, ex Lord Steinberg, catalogued as a hinged monogram strip of three and seven hinged singles

A$ 3,920
650
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3068
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Sale Number 1081, Lot Number 3068, Third Watermark Issue 2-1/2p Intense Indigo (BW 11D), 2-1/2p Intense Indigo (BW 11D)2-1/2p Intense Indigo (BW 11D). Top right corner margin block of four, with interpanneau sheet selvage at right, bottom two stamps N.H., top two very lightly hinged, spectacularly deep color characteristic of this elusive shade variety, extraordinarily well-centered, Very Fine, a particularly choice block with great eye appeal

A$ 2,500
400
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3069
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Sale Number 1081, Lot Number 3069, Third Watermark Issue 2-1/2p Blue, Watermark Inverted (BW 11a), 2-1/2p Blue, Watermark Inverted (BW 11a)2-1/2p Blue, Watermark Inverted (BW 11a). Top right corner margin block of four, Mint N.H., wonderfully fresh and bright, few light pencil notations in top sheet selvage, Fine-Very Fine

A$ 1,800
1,100
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3070
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Sale Number 1081, Lot Number 3070, Third Watermark Issue 2-1/2p Indigo, Offset (BW 11Cc), 2-1/2p Indigo, Offset (BW 11Cc)2-1/2p Indigo, Offset (BW 11Cc). Block of four, two stamps Mint N.H., other two lightly hinged, displaying an unusually strong offset on the gum side, deep rich color, Very Fine, most offset examples of this are far less prominent than what is seen on this block, quite likely only one sheet was found with this offset, catalogued by Brusden-White as hinged only

A$ 1,600
225
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3071
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Sale Number 1081, Lot Number 3071, Third Watermark Issue 2-1/2p Indigo, Missing “1” in “-1/2” Fraction (BW 11(2)j; Scott 46a; SG 36ba), 2-1/2p Indigo, Missing “1” in “-1/2” Fraction (BW 11(2)j; Scott 46a; SG 36ba)2-1/2p Indigo, Missing “1” in “-1/2” Fraction (BW 11(2)j; Scott 46a; SG 36ba). Barest trace of hinging, brilliantly fresh, with deep luxuriant color and impression on bright paper, attractively centered, tiny natural wood pulp inclusion at right

VERY FINE FOR THIS FAMOUS ERROR. THE MISSING “1” in “-1/2” FRACTION ON THE TWO PENCE-HALF PENNY KANGAROO ISSUE OF AUSTRALIA IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT RARITIES OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE - AND FOR THAT MATTER OF THE ENTIRE WORLD. WHILE ONLY TWELVE USED EXAMPLES ARE RECORDED, MINT EXAMPLES ARE EVEN MORE RARE, WITH ONLY THREE KNOWN. THIS EXAMPLE FROM THE “GOLDFARM” COLLECTION IS WELL KNOWN, INCLUDING HAVING BEEN ILLUSTRATED IN THE PREVIOUS (1993) EDITION OF THE BRUSDEN-WHITE CATALOGUE.

According to the Brusden-White catalogue, this error “comes from the 1919 indigo printing, with dated examples ranging from July 1919 to March 1920. The variety was caused by a temporary ink clog flaw that was quickly corrected. This, and the fact that a portion of the relevant sheets was overprinted "N.W. PACIFIC ISLANDS", accounts for its rarity.

In our opinion, the various major catalogues undervalue mint examples of this rarity versus used ones given there are four times as many used examples. The Brusden-White catalogues a mint example at A$62,500.00, versus A$25,000.00 used. The Scott catalogue values a mint example at $45,000.00 and a used one at $14,500.00. And the more relevant Stanley Gibbons catalogue has unused examples valued at £50,000, versus £25,000 for used.

With a 1967 B.P.A. certificate

A$ 62,500
42,500
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3072
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Sale Number 1081, Lot Number 3072, Third Watermark Issue 2-1/2p Blue (BW 11z), 2-1/2p Blue (BW 11z)2-1/2p Blue (BW 11z). Bottom left corner margin CA monogram strip of three, from the upper position of Plate 1, large part o.g. (some gum loss from hinge removal), well-centered, couple of h.r.'s in selvage reinforcing some separated perforations, Very Fine and scarce

A$ 3,250
425
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3073
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Sale Number 1081, Lot Number 3073, Third Watermark Issue 2-1/2p Blue (BW 11zb), 2-1/2p Blue (BW 11zb)2-1/2p Blue (BW 11zb). Bottom right corner margin JBC monogram strip of three, from the upper position of Plate 1, couple of trivial h.r.'s at top, exceptionally well-centered, strong proof-like color and impression, Very Fine, an especially choice example of this scarce JBC monogram multiple

A$ 3,250
1,500
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3074
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Sale Number 1081, Lot Number 3074, Third Watermark Issue 2-1/2p Blue (BW 11zd), 2-1/2p Blue (BW 11zd)2-1/2p Blue (BW 11zd). Bottom margin T.S. Harrison imprint block of four, from Plate 1, stamps Mint N.H., single small h.r. at top of central gutter, marvelously fresh and intact, bright color, well-centered

VERY FINE. A HIGHLY SELECT EXAMPLE OF THIS SCARCE T.S. HARRISON IMPRINT BLOCK.

Comparing this imprint block to others found in such important Kangaroo sales as Gray, Morgan and Hardy, this block is in far better condition

A$ 3,750
850
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3075
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Sale Number 1081, Lot Number 3075, Third Watermark Issue 2-1/2p Blue (BW 11ze), 2-1/2p Blue (BW 11ze)2-1/2p Blue (BW 11ze). Bottom margin T.S. Harrison imprint pair, from Plate 1, lightly hinged, quite well-centered, deep rich color, a Very Fine example of this scarcer imprint pair

A$ 2,000
500
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3076
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Sale Number 1081, Lot Number 3076, Third Watermark Issue 3p Olive, Die II, “T” Perfin for use in Tasmania (BW 13E var), 3p Olive, Die II, “T” Perfin for use in Tasmania (BW 13E var)3p Olive, Die II, “T” Perfin for use in Tasmania (BW 13E var). Bottom left corner margin block of four from Plate 2, with the bottom left stamp (position L55) showing color flaw (an “island”) off the Queensland coast, stamps themselves Mint N.H., couple of h.r.'s in the sheet selvage, wonderfully fresh, attractive centering, Very Fine, a block with a most unusual combination of scarce factors on an already scarce Die II block, the catalogue value alone for Mint N.H. Die II stamps is A$3,200.00, without any premium for the variety and “T” punctures, a great item for the specialist

E. 1,000-1,500
550
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3077
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Sale Number 1081, Lot Number 3077, Third Watermark Issue 3p Yellow Olive, Die II (BW 13Bza), 3p Yellow Olive, Die II (BW 13Bza)3p Yellow Olive, Die II (BW 13Bza). Bottom margin CA monogram single, from Plate 1 (upper), lightly hinged, bright and fresh, attractively centered, Very Fine

A$ 2,250
500
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3078
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Sale Number 1081, Lot Number 3078, Third Watermark Issue 3p Olive, Die I (BW 13Eza), 3p Olive, Die I (BW 13Eza)3p Olive, Die I (BW 13Eza). Bottom margin CA monogram block of four, from Plate 2 (lower), lightly hinged on top pair, bottom pair Mint N.H., although gum with light overall toning, top right stamp with gum bend, Fine

A$ 1,475
0
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3079
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Sale Number 1081, Lot Number 3079, Third Watermark Issue 3p Pale Olive, Die I (BW 13Czb), 3p Pale Olive, Die I (BW 13Czb)3p Pale Olive, Die I (BW 13Czb). Bottom right corner margin JBC monogram block of six, from Plate 1 (upper), Mint N.H., although gum with light overall toning, wonderfully well-centered, Very Fine for this elusive monogram multiple, ex Lord Steinberg

A$ 4,375
700
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3080
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Sale Number 1081, Lot Number 3080, Third Watermark Issue 3p Olive, Die I, Punctured “OS/NSW” (BW 13Ezc var), 3p Olive, Die I, Punctured “OS/NSW” (BW 13Ezc var)3p Olive, Die I, Punctured “OS/NSW” (BW 13Ezc var). Bottom margin JBC monogram single, from Plate 2 (lower), lightly hinged, faint trace of overall gum toning, well-centered, Very Fine, a particularly scarce monogram single with the “OS/NSW” punctures, very few exist

E. 500-750
275
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3081
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Sale Number 1081, Lot Number 3081, Third Watermark Issue 3p Yellow Olive, Die I (BW 13Azd), 3p Yellow Olive, Die I (BW 13Azd)3p Yellow Olive, Die I (BW 13Azd). Bottom margin T.S. Harrison imprint block of eight, from Plate 2 (with vertical lines in central gutter), lightly hinged on top four stamps, bottom four are Mint N.H., particularly well-centered, single pulled perforation at top of top left stamp in the multiple, otherwise Very Fine, ex Kilfoyle and Lord Steinberg

A$ 3,600
900
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