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Sale 1075 — 2014 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Thursday, 26 June, 2014

Category — 20th Century Issues

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
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Sale Number 1075, Lot Number 1154, 20th Century Issues5c Jamestown (330), 5c Jamestown (330)5c Jamestown (330). Mint N.H. bottom imprint, plate no. 3561 and arrow block of 24, second plate no. at left, incredibly well centered nearly throughout, extremely unusual for this issue, one stamp in plate block with minor gum skip, Extremely Fine, a beautiful large plate block, rarely found this nice, Scott Retail for plate block and singles

10,830
6,000
1155°
c
Sale Number 1075, Lot Number 1155, 20th Century Issues10c Yellow, Coil (356), 10c Yellow, Coil (356)10c Yellow, Coil (356). Vibrant color, used with 1c Columbian (230), tied by St. Louis registry ovals on registered 1c Columbian entire (U348) to St. Paul Minn., C. H. Mekeel handstamped return address, purple "Saint Louis, Mo., Registered, Oct. 17, 1910" double-circle datestamp, blue "Register Receipt Requested" straightline handstamp, receiving backstamps

VERY FINE. A RARE USE OF THE 10-CENT HORIZONTAL COIL, SCOTT 356, ON A REGISTERED COVER.

According to Johl (Volume 1, page 181), only 10,000 of the 10c Washington coil stamp were issued. They were made especially for a New York firm to send out advertising samples, similar to the 3c Orangeburg coil. Only a few rolls were sold to the firm, and the remaining rolls were distributed to some of the large post offices across the country. Dealers acquired several rolls, but because most contemporary collectors did not collect coils, many were used and destroyed.

With 1988 P.F. certificate

E. 7,500-10,000
16,500
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Sale Number 1075, Lot Number 1156, 20th Century Issues2c Lincoln, Bluish (369), 2c Lincoln, Bluish (369)2c Lincoln, Bluish (369). Pane of 100 with top and left imprint and plate no. 4979 blocks of six, natural s.e. at bottom and right, half arrows at top right and bottom left, six stamps with h.r. slivers, other 94 stamps incl. both plate blocks Mint N.H., incredibly well-centered, a few inconsequential natural gum skips

EXTREMELY FINE PANE OF 100 OF THE 2-CENT LINCOLN ON BLUISH PAPER, WITH TWO MINT NEVER-HINGED PLATE BLOCKS AND 82 OTHER NEVER-HINGED STAMPS.

A review using Power Search found only two other panes of 100, both with a handful of hinged stamps. One is a lower left pane from the 400-subject plate with shorter selvage in the bottom plate block (both of which are hinged). This example, a top left pane with full selvage and two Mint N.H. plate blocks, is very desirable.

Scott Retail as two plate blocks and singles

35,640
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Sale Number 1075, Lot Number 1157, 20th Century Issues15c Pale Ultramarine (382), 15c Pale Ultramarine (382)15c Pale Ultramarine (382). Top imprint and plate no. 4949 bock of six, right stamps and bottom left stamp Mint N.H., others lightly hinged, brilliant color, perfect centering throughout

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB LIGHTLY HINGED PLATE BLOCK OF THE 15-CENT SINGLE-LINE WATERMARK PERF 12 ISSUE, SCOTT 382.

This is the finest centered wide top plate block contained in Power Search. With 2014 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; plate blocks unpriced in SMQ).

2,500
3,750
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1158
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Sale Number 1075, Lot Number 1158, 20th Century Issues4c Brown, Coil (395), 4c Brown, Coil (395)4c Brown, Coil (395). Mint N.H. guide line pair, perfectly centered within wide margins, intensely rich color and a deeply etched impression

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A MAGNIFICENT MINT NEVER-HINGED GUIDE LINE PAIR OF THE 4-CENT HORIZONTAL COIL, SCOTT 395. GRADED GEM 100 BY P.S.E.

This is the highest grade the P.S.E. has given to a No. 395, and the sole guide line pair to reach this exalted grade.

With 2014 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98; SMQ $6,500.00 as 98)

1,100
13,000
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Sale Number 1075, Lot Number 1159, 20th Century Issues10c Panama-Pacific, Perf 10 (404), 10c Panama-Pacific, Perf 10 (404)10c Panama-Pacific, Perf 10 (404). Mint N.H., mathematically perfect centering with equally wide margins all around, vibrant color and proof-like impression, post-office fresh paper and gum

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS IS THE FINEST GRADED EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT PANAMA-PACIFIC PERF 10, HAVING ACHIEVED A GEM 100 GRADE FROM P.S.E.--NO OTHER SCOTT 404 HAS REACHED THE PERFECT 100-POINT GRADE.

The Panama-Pacific Exposition commemorative set was originally released in late 1912 and officially placed on sale on January 1, 1913, two years in advance of the actual exposition (the stamps are inscribed "San Francisco 1915"). The stamps were first issued with 12-gauge perforations. When the Bureau of Engraving and Printing changed to 10-gauge perforations in late 1914, sheets of Panama-Pacific stamps were issued in Perf 10 form. This modification was not officially announced or widely recognized by stamp collectors; therefore, the Perf 10 stamps are much scarcer than their Perf 12 counterparts.

The 10c design depicts the "Discovery of San Francisco Bay," based on a painting by Charles F. Mathews (Johl, Vol. 1, pp. 69-70). It depicts the Spanish explorer Gaspar de Portola and his crew with the Muwekma Ohlone natives. In 1769 Portola led the first expedition and observed San Francisco harbor. In 1775 Juan Manuel de Ayala, captain of the Spanish ship San Carlos, was the first to enter the harbor, which led to the establishment of the earliest European settlements.

The 10c was first issued in the standard Yellow used for the regular-issue 10c stamp, but the design was difficult to see in this shade (Scott 400). The stamp color was changed to a darker Orange and issued with 12-gauge perforations (Scott 400A). When the 10-gauge perforations were introduced, a much smaller supply was issued as Orange Perf 10 (Scott 404).

The 10c Panama-Pacific Perf 10, Scott 404, typically comes poorly centered. It is also plagued by short perfs--for a reason. The wide-spaced 10-gauge perfs were introduced by postal officials to strengthen the sheets during handling. Postmasters complained that the Perf 12 sheets broke apart too easily, but the move to Perf 10 went too far, and postmasters then started complaining that they were tearing apart stamps while trying to separate them (Perf 11 ended up being just right). Scott 404 is also much scarcer than its Perf 12 counterparts, Scott 400 and 400A. Only two panes of 70 are reported to survive, and singles bought by collectors were almost invariably hinged in albums.

With 2012 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100; unpriced in SMQ in any grade higher than Superb 98). This is the highest grade awarded to date and the only example to achieve this grade.

1,700
35,000
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1160
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Sale Number 1075, Lot Number 1160, 20th Century Issues20c Ultramarine (419), 20c Ultramarine (419)20c Ultramarine (419). Mint N.H., perfectly balanced margins all around, lovely rich color on pristine white paper

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STUNNING STAMP GRADED GEM 100 BY P.S.E.

This is the highest grade P.S.E. has assigned this stamp and the only example to achieve this stellar grade.

With 2000 P.F. and 2013 P.S.E. certificates (Gem 100; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98; SMQ $4,750.00 as 98)

400
4,500
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Sale Number 1075, Lot Number 1161, 20th Century Issues4c Brown, Coil (446), 4c Brown, Coil (446)4c Brown, Coil (446). Mint N.H. guide line pair, exceptional centering with wide and balanced margins all around, bright shade and crisp impression

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED GUIDE LINE PAIR OF SCOTT 446.

With 2014 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $5,250.00). Only two have graded higher (at 98)

1,550
4,000
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1162
 
Sale Number 1075, Lot Number 1162, 20th Century Issues2c Red, Ty. I, Coil (449), 2c Red, Ty. I, Coil (449)2c Red, Ty. I, Coil (449). Perfectly centered, brilliant color, neat machine cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS IS EASILY ONE OF THE FINEST USED SINGLES OF THE 2-CENT VERTICAL COIL, SCOTT 449, IN EXISTENCE. THIS STAMP HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E.

With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $4,500.00). This is the highest grade awarded and only two others share it.

600
2,700
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1163°
 
Sale Number 1075, Lot Number 1163, 20th Century Issues2c Carmine, Ty. III, Coil (450), 2c Carmine, Ty. III, Coil (450)2c Carmine, Ty. III, Coil (450). Joint line strip of four, deep rich color, four neat strikes of "Madison Square Branch N.Y." double oval handstamp cancel, nice centering with perfs and imperforate margins clear of design all around

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE USED JOINT LINE STRIP OF FOUR OF THE 1915 TYPE III ROTARY COIL, SCOTT 450.

The Type III single-line watermarked coil, Scott 450, is normally overshadowed by its more famous Type I counterpart, Scott 449. However, in used condition, a joint line pair of Scott 450 is as rare or rarer than Scott 449 -- with only two used line pairs plus this line strip of four certified by the P.F., versus ten used line pairs and a line strip of four of Scott 449 (a joint line pair we sold in 2012 with a P.S.E. certificate later received a P.F. certificate as the unwatermarked issue). Given the high catalog value of Scott 449, it stands to reason that more examples would have been submitted, but in any case we are confident in stating that this used joint line strip of four is a great rarity.

With 2013 P.S.E. and P.F. certificates. Significantly undercatalogued in Scott at $300.00 for a pair

E. 1,500-2,000
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Sale Number 1075, Lot Number 1164, 20th Century Issues3c Violet, Coil (456), 3c Violet, Coil (456)3c Violet, Coil (456). Pair, perfect centering, rich color, light cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED PAIR OF THE 1916 3-CENT COIL, SCOTT 456, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED.

With 2013 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $5,250.00). This is the only pair to achieve this grade, with none higher. Three have been graded 95

550
5,000
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1165
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Sale Number 1075, Lot Number 1165, 20th Century Issues$5.00 Deep Green & Black (524), $5.00 Deep Green & Black (524)$5.00 Deep Green & Black (524). Mint N.H. top plate no. 8179 single, perfectly balanced and exceedingly wide margins all around, intense shade on fresh paper

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STRIKING WIDE-MARGINED MINT NEVER-HINGED PLATE NUMBER SINGLE OF THE 1918 $5.00 BI-COLOR ISSUE, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 JUMBO BY P.S.E.

The only example to be graded Superb 98 Jumbo, with just two grading higher.

With 2011 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98 Jumbo; SMQ $2,650.00 as 98)

360
2,700
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1166
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Sale Number 1075, Lot Number 1166, 20th Century Issues3c Light Reddish Violet (537b), 3c Light Reddish Violet (537b)3c Light Reddish Violet (537b). Pane of 100 with plate no. 9433 at bottom and right, most stamps Mint N.H., some with slightly tropicalized original gum incl. in left two vertical rows, some perf separations incl. in selvage below plate no. where reinforced, radiant color, unusually nice centering

FINE-VERY FINE CENTERING. A RARE COMPLETE PANE OF 100 OF THE 3-CENT VICTORY ISSUE IN THE LIGHT REDDISH VIOLET SHADE.

This shade is far scarcer than its catalogue value would indicate. Scott Retail as hinged plate block, Mint N.H. plate block and mix of hinged and Mint N.H. singles more than $25,000.00

E. 5,000-7,500
3,750
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Sale Number 1075, Lot Number 1167, 20th Century Issues1c Green, Rotary Perf 11 x 10, Vertical Pair, Imperforate Horizontally (538a), 1c Green, Rotary Perf 11 x 10, Vertical Pair, Imperforate Horizontally (538a)1c Green, Rotary Perf 11 x 10, Vertical Pair, Imperforate Horizontally (538a). Mint N.H. pane of 170 containing 83 pairs of the variety plus a plate block at upper left, radiant color, choice centering

EXTREMELY FINE. A STUNNING MINT NEVER-HINGED INTACT PANE OF 170 OF SCOTT 538a, THE 1919 ONE-CENT WHICH WAS SUPPOSED TO BE PERFORATED 11 BY 10.

During World War I, leftovers at the end of each rotary press coil roll had been accumulating. They were perforated 10 in one direction on the rotary press perforator, but were too short to be used for coil rolls (issued in rolls of 500 or 1,000). In an effort to save waste, they were later perforated 11 in the horizontal direction using the wheel-type perforator normally used for flat-plate printings, giving us Scott Nos. 538, 539 and 540. The imperforate horizontally sheets (Scott Nos. 538a and 540a) were acquired by by Edward C. Worden, who sold them through J.M. Bartels in 1922.

Scott Retail as plate block and 83 pairs

11,750
8,000
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Sale Number 1075, Lot Number 1168, 20th Century Issues2c Carmine Rose, Ty. III, Rotary Perf 11 x 10, Vertical Pair, Imperforate Horizontally (540a), 2c Carmine Rose, Ty. III, Rotary Perf 11 x 10, Vertical Pair, Imperforate Horizontally (540a)2c Carmine Rose, Ty. III, Rotary Perf 11 x 10, Vertical Pair, Imperforate Horizontally (540a). Mint N.H. pane of 170 containing 83 pairs and a plate block of four with star at upper left, deep rich color, choice centering

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND RARE INTACT PANE OF 170 OF THE 2-CENT TYPE III COIL WASTE, SCOTT 540a, WHICH WAS SUPPOSED TO BE PERFORATED 11 BY 10.

During World War I, leftovers at the end of each rotary press coil roll had been accumulating. They were perforated 10 in one direction on the rotary press perforator, but were too short to be used for coil rolls (issued in rolls of 500 or 1,000). In an effort to save waste, they were later perforated 11 in the horizontal direction using the wheel-type perforator normally used for flat-plate printings, giving us Scott Nos. 538, 539 and 540. The imperforate horizontally sheets (Scott Nos. 538a and 540a) were acquired by by Edward C. Worden, who sold them through J.M. Bartels in 1922.

Scott Retail as plate block and 83 pairs

11,975
8,000
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Sale Number 1075, Lot Number 1169, 20th Century Issues$5.00 Carmine & Blue (573), $5.00 Carmine & Blue (573)$5.00 Carmine & Blue (573). Mint N.H., spectacular bright colors on white paper, mathematically perfect centering with wide margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS MAGNIFICENT MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE $5.00 1922 ISSUE HAS BEEN GRADED GEM 100 BY P.S.E. -- THE ESSENCE OF PERFECTION.

Collectors seeking to build superb sets of the most iconic United States definitive issues have been waiting for the key top value of the 1922 Issue, Scott 573, to be certified as Gem 100. Despite more than 380 prior submissions of Mint N.H. stamps to P.S.E., this is the first and only example to achieve the perfect grade of Gem 100. Looking at the set as a whole, the only other stamps still without a Mint N.H. Gem 100 grade are the 5c and 9c values (Scott 557 and 561).

With 2014 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98). No other example has been graded above 98

230
10,500
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Sale Number 1075, Lot Number 1170, 20th Century Issues2c Harding, Rotary, Perf 11 (613), 2c Harding, Rotary, Perf 11 (613)2c Harding, Rotary, Perf 11 (613). Well-centered with unusually wide margins for this Rotary Waste issue, detailed impression, neat wavy-line machine cancel

EXTREMELY FINE. THIS IS WITHOUT QUESTION ONE OF THE FINEST SINGLES OF THE 44 2-CENT HARDING ROTARY PERF 11 STAMPS RECORDED IN OUR CENSUS.

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 the strip of three offered in the following lot. Of the singles, approximately 30 are sound, but of these only six rate a grade of Very Fine or Extremely Fine. The stamp offered here is easily superior to almost all others.

The 2c Harding Rotary Perf 11 stamp was discovered in 1938 by Leslie Lewis of the New York firm, Stanley Gibbons Inc., and the stamp offered here was part of that find. 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-06. Ex Sheriff. Two older P.F. certificates no longer accompany. P.S.E. Encapsulated (XF 90; SMQ $132,000.00). This is the highest grade awarded and the only example to achieve this grade. The next-highest grade is an 80.

40,000
72,500
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Sale Number 1075, Lot Number 1171, 20th Century Issues2c Harding, Rotary, Perf 11 (613), 2c Harding, Rotary, Perf 11 (613)2c Harding, Rotary, Perf 11 (613). Horizontal strip of three comprising Positions 56-58 from the upper right pane of 100 of Plate 14867, choice centering with perforations completely clear of all three designs, deep shade, neat duplex cancel leaves outer stamps barely cancelled, lightly cleaned (shows only under ultraviolet light), single short perf at top of Position 58 mentioned on accompanying P.S.E. certificate, but not on P.F. certificate

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS THE UNIQUE STRIP OF THREE OF THE 2-CENT HARDING ROTARY PERF 11, WHICH IS THE LARGEST KNOWN MULTIPLE. ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT 20TH CENTURY MULTIPLES EXTANT, WHICH WAS DISCOVERED IN THE LAST TEN YEARS.

Warren G. Harding, the 29th President, died in San Francisco on August 2, 1923, during a cross-country "Voyage of Understanding". Several people suggested a Harding memorial stamp, printed in black, and it was rushed into production. The first flat plate Perf 11 stamps (Scott 610) were issued on September 1, 1923, in his home town of Marion, Ohio, followed less than two weeks later by the rotary press Perf 10 stamps (Scott 612) on September 12.

The 2c Harding Rotary Perf 11 stamp -- combining the rotary press printing with the perforation gauge used for the flat plate printing -- 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 explains the existence of a straight-edge on Scott 613. Production quality and quantity was very low, due to the rotary press stamps' natural tendency to curl, and the use of the flat plate perforator for the slightly different-sized rotary printing.

For the first approximately 70 years that this issue was known, the largest multiples recorded were two pairs, one of which has been broken into two singles. The discovery of this strip by a Harding specialist created a sensation in the philatelic press before it was first auctioned by Matthew Bennett in 2007. In the process of expertizing the strip, the discoverer went to the National Postal Museum to study the eight proof sheets (3,200 stamps) pulled from the plates that were used for the rotary press printings. On the fifth sheet, the matching plating marks were discovered, proving that this multiple came from Positions 56-58 in the upper right pane of Plate 14867 -- a plate that was used only for rotary press printings.

Our updated census of the 2c Harding Rotary Perf 11, available at our website at http://www.siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/613/613.pdf , records 43 used singles (one faintly cancelled, if at all), one used pair and this unique used strip of three.

Census No. 613-CAN-STR-01. With 2007 P.F. and P.S.E. certificates (the latter transposing two digits of the plate number)

175,000
40,000
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Sale Number 1075, Lot Number 1172, 20th Century Issues2c Von Steuben, Imperforate (689a), 2c Von Steuben, Imperforate (689a)2c Von Steuben, Imperforate (689a). Horizontal pair, Positions 63-64, large to ample margins, fresh and Extremely Fine, with 2014 P.F. certificate (XF 90), three panes of 100 were originally discovered, the first was returned and destroyed, some stamps from the second pane were used on covers and the remainder was returned, the third pane was discovered in Washington state and was purchased intact at the post office, all known examples come from this third pane

2,750
3,750
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1173°
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Sale Number 1075, Lot Number 1173, 20th Century Issues$1.00 Presidential, USIR Wmk. (832b), $1.00 Presidential, USIR Wmk. (832b)$1.00 Presidential, USIR Wmk. (832b). Complete Mint N.H. sheet of 100, clearly showing the watermark, most prominently in the selvage, fresh color and choice centering, usual natural gum skips and bends including in two stamps in plate block

VERY FINE. A RARE MINT NEVER-HINGED COMPLETE SHEET OF 100 OF THE 1938 $1.00 PRESIDENTIAL ISSUE WITH "USIR" WATERMARK.

According to The Prexies by Roland E. Rustad, the printing of the $1.00 on "USIR" double-line watermarked paper intended for revenue stamps, occurred inadvertently, probably in 1950 or 1951. It marked the first time since 1916 that a U.S. postage stamp was issued on watermarked paper. The variety was first discovered in 1953 and the earliest documented use is May 9, 1951

21,900
10,500
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Sale Number 1075, Lot Number 1174, 20th Century Issues2c Jefferson, Silkote Paper (1033a), 2c Jefferson, Silkote Paper (1033a)2c Jefferson, Silkote Paper (1033a). Pane of 100 with plate no. 25061 at lower left and selvage on all sides, two stamps marks on gum, other 98 Mint N.H., radiant color, few small toned spots mostly on back

FINE. A RARE COMPLETE PANE OF 100 OF THE 2-CENT JEFFERSON ON SILKOTE PAPER.

The Silkote papers went on sale in the Westbrook and Cumberland Mills Me. post offices on December 17, 1954. They were printed using a new type of pigmented paper developed by the S. D. Warren Co., in an attempt to speed up the printing process. It contains calcium carbonate and required less moisture when printing; it it was hoped this would improve perforating. In this respect it is similar to the earlier Bluish papers.

They were released at the post offices with no notification, but several were purchased by employees of the S. D. Warren Co.; perhaps seven or eight panes were known and several have been broken.

Accompanied by May 3, 1999 Linn's Stamp News article describing the discovery of this pane, as well as several other research documents. Scott Retail as plate block and singles.

33,300
5,000
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Sale Number 1075, Lot Number 1175, 20th Century Issues2c Jefferson, Silkote Paper (1033a), 2c Jefferson, Silkote Paper (1033a)2c Jefferson, Silkote Paper (1033a). Horizontal pair, tied by "Westbrook, Maine, Cumberland Mills Sta. Dec. 17 5:30 PM 1954" First Day machine cancel on S.D. Warren Co. corner card company to Dow Chemical Co. in Midland Mich., typed "First day of issue" at lower left.

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE FIRST DAY COVER OF THE 2-CENT JEFFERSON ON SILKOTE PAPER. ONLY THREE ARE KNOWN. ONE OF THE RAREST 20TH CENTURY FIRST DAY COVERS.

The Silkote papers went on sale in the Westbrook and Cumberland Mills Me. post offices on December 17, 1954. They were printed using a new type of pigmented paper developed by the S. D. Warren Co., in an attempt to speed up the printing process. It contains calcium carbonate and required less moisture when printing; it it was hoped this would improve perforating. In this respect it is similar to the earlier Bluish papers.

They were released at the post offices with no notification, but several were purchased by employees of the S. D. Warren Co. Only three First Day covers are known, including one with a block of four and two with pairs, all of which are on S. D. Warren Co. corner cards.

Ex Lawrence. With 1997 A.P.S. certificate.

15,000
3,500
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Sale Number 1075, Lot Number 1176, 20th Century Issues15c John Paul Jones, Perf 12 (1789B), 15c John Paul Jones, Perf 12 (1789B)15c John Paul Jones, Perf 12 (1789B). Mint N.H. with wide top yellow plate no. selvage, choice centering, rich colors on bright paper

EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE PERF 12 JOHN PAUL JONES ISSUE.

This issue was printed by the American Bank Note Company and perforated in three different formats: Perf 11 x 12, Perf 11 All Around and Perf 12 All Around. It is believed that the USPS was unaware that there were different perforations. The Perf 12 All Around is by far the rarest.

With 2012 P.F. certificate

3,500
2,900
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