Sale 1078 — United States Stamps

Sale Date — Tuesday-Wednesday, 16-17 September, 2014

Category — 1912-23 Washington-Franklin Issues, cont.

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
554
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Sale 1078, Lot 554, 1912-23 Washington-Franklin Issues, cont.1c Green, Imperforate, Electrolytic Plate No. 13376 (481 var). Mint N.H. right plate no. block of fifteen, rich color and proof-like impression, slightly unevenly distributed gum, usual extraneous lines of printer's ink characteristic of this experimental issue, Extremely Fine, a scarce plate block, ex Drucker, Scott Retail as plate block of six

800
300
555
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Sale 1078, Lot 555, 1912-23 Washington-Franklin Issues, cont.1c-20c 1917-19 Issue (498-499, 501-504, 506-515). Plate no. blocks of six, approximately half Mint N.H. incl. 3c-7c and 12c-13c, 15c slight gum disturbance and 20c single h.r., otherwise lightly hinged on the others, the 6c, 11c and 15c-20c are side positions, others tops or bottoms, rich colors, also incl. extra No. 499 with plate no. 5990 (master plate used to make the electrolytic plate 6023), Fine-Very Fine with many stamps in the latter category, a fresh group

3,840
950
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556
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Sale 1078, Lot 556, 1912-23 Washington-Franklin Issues, cont.1c Green, A.E.F. Booklet Pane (498f). Mint N.H., Position W1 or W7, choice centering essentially throughout, deep rich color, remarkably fresh and intact

VERY FINE-EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL MINT NEVER-HINGED ONE-CENT A.E.F. PANE IN POST-OFFICE FRESH CONDITION.

With 1994 P.F. certificate stating Position W3 or W9 (we believe it is W1 or W7)

1,700
950
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557
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Sale 1078, Lot 557, 1912-23 Washington-Franklin Issues, cont.1c Green, A.E.F. Booklet Pane (498f). Position W5, tab at left with guide line at right and bottom, better than usual centering, minor h.r. on pos. 11 and very faint trivial gum thinning from hinging on pos. 20, still Fine-Very Fine, ex Beutel, with 2004 A.P.S. certificate not mentioning the thin

1,050
425
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558
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Sale 1078, Lot 558, 1912-23 Washington-Franklin Issues, cont.1c Green, A.E.F. Booklet Pane (498f). Mint N.H., Position W6, right tab with guide lines at left and bottom, range of centering, Fine-Very Fine

1,700
450
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559
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Sale 1078, Lot 559, 1912-23 Washington-Franklin Issues, cont.1c Green, A.E.F. Booklet Pane (498f). Mint N.H., Position W11 with "W.Mc.A." initials at bottom left (siderographer William McAleer), faint corner crease at upper right, still Fine-Very Fine example of this better position, ex Beutel, with 2004 A.P.S. certificate

1,700
500
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560
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Sale 1078, Lot 560, 1912-23 Washington-Franklin Issues, cont.2c Rose, Ty. I, A.E.F. Booklet Pane (499f). Lightly hinged, few natural gum wrinkles and pencil notations on gum of two stamps, deep rich color, nice centering, left tab replaced

VERY FINE APPEARING AND AFFORDABLE EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT A.E.F. BOOKLET PANE. IT IS BELIEVED THAT NO MORE THAN 20 EXIST IN ANY CONDITION.

The A.E.F. booklet panes were issued in September 1917, primarily for use by the American Expeditionary Forces in Europe during World War I. Only 3,000 panes were prepared of both the 1c and 2c denominations. By October they were no longer needed, as Congress voted to allow mail to be sent free of charge by active members of the Armed Forces. Many of the panes were destroyed. This is an attractive collectible example of this rare pane despite the replaced left tab.

With 2009 P.S.E. certificate

22,500
3,000
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561
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Sale 1078, Lot 561, 1912-23 Washington-Franklin Issues, cont.2c Rose, Ty. I, A.E.F. Booklet Pane (499f). Single from top row of the pane, tied by partly clear "U.S. Army Postal Service, May 24 4:30 PM, 1918" duplex datestamp on postcard depicting "Les Invalides, Tomb of Napoleon" in Paris, to Westboro Mass., purple censor's handstamp at lower left, Very Fine, scarce use of the 2c A.E.F. stamp on a postcard, with 2008 A.P.S. certificate

E. 500-750
475
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562
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Sale 1078, Lot 562, 1912-23 Washington-Franklin Issues, cont.2c Deep Rose, Ty. Ia (500). Left plate no. 10209 block of six, lightly hinged on top pair, characteristic deep color, minor perf separations at top, Fine

2,000
400
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563
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Sale 1078, Lot 563, 1912-23 Washington-Franklin Issues, cont.3c Violet, Ty. I, II, Booklet Panes of Six (501b, 502b). Three of each, all scarce to rare positions incl. Positions K, L, and N for No. 501b, first two Mint N.H., last lightly hinged, No. 502b with Positions K, L (Mint N.H.) and O, Fine-Very Fine, Positions N and O are extremely rare and sought after by specialists, comprising 0.4% and 0.3% of the printings according to U.S. Booklets and Booklets Panes, Scott Retail $545.00 for most common position

E. 500-750
450
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564
 
Sale 1078, Lot 564, 1912-23 Washington-Franklin Issues, cont.5c Blue (504). Perfectly centered with Jumbo margins, face-free cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2014 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $80.00 as 95, $260.00 as 98)

0
225
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565°
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Sale 1078, Lot 565, 1912-23 Washington-Franklin Issues, cont.5c Rose, Error (505). Mint N.H., brilliant color, mathematically perfect centering on bright paper, long and full perforations all around

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN ABSOLUTELY PERFECT EXAMPLE OF THE PERF 11 5-CENT ERROR OF COLOR, WHICH HAS BEEN AWARDED THE GRADE OF GEM 100 BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED AND ONLY ONE OTHER SHARES THIS GRADE.

During the production of the normal 2c plate No. 7942, three positions were noted to be defective. The plate was sent back to the siderographer, who burnished out the three positions and mistakenly re-entered them using a transfer roll for the 5c stamp. The error passed unnoticed and the sheets were issued to the public both Perf 10, Imperforate and Perf 11 (Scott 467, 485 and 505).

With 2014 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100; unlisted in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $4,250.00 as 98). This is the highest grade awarded and only one other shares this grade.

625
4,750
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566
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Sale 1078, Lot 566, 1912-23 Washington-Franklin Issues, cont.5c Rose, Error (505). Horizontal strip of three, center stamp the error, single hinge mark, right 2c diagonal crease, Very Fine appearance, Scott Retail as error single

300
225
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567
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Sale 1078, Lot 567, 1912-23 Washington-Franklin Issues, cont.7c Black (507). Mint N.H., intense shade and impression, perfect centering, Extremely Fine Gem, with 1999 P.F. and 2014 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $1,300.00), this is the highest grade awarded and nine others share it

60
950
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568
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Sale 1078, Lot 568, 1912-23 Washington-Franklin Issues, cont.30c Orange Red (516). Mint N.H. bottom plate no. 6924 block of six, vivid color, fresh and Fine-Very Fine

925
200
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569
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Sale 1078, Lot 569, 1912-23 Washington-Franklin Issues, cont.50c Red Violet (517). Mint N.H., brilliant color, phenomenal centering with wide margins, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb stamp in every respect

115
325
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570
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Sale 1078, Lot 570, 1912-23 Washington-Franklin Issues, cont.50c Red Violet (517). Mint N.H. left plate no. 7040 block of six, rich color, Fine-Very Fine

2,550
475
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571
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Sale 1078, Lot 571, 1912-23 Washington-Franklin Issues, cont.$1.00 Violet Brown (518). Top imprint, plate no. 5782 and letter "A" block of six, all stamps with hinging, intense shade, attractive centering, Fine-Very Fine

1,300
275
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572
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Sale 1078, Lot 572, 1912-23 Washington-Franklin Issues, cont.2c Carmine (519). Mint N.H., brilliant color, well-balanced margins, fresh and Extremely Fine, with 2014 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $1,750.00)

850
1,300
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573
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Sale 1078, Lot 573, 1912-23 Washington-Franklin Issues, cont.2c Carmine (519). Mint N.H., left imprint and plate no. 4865 block of six with wide selvage, brilliant color, balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL MINT NEVER-HINGED PLATE BLOCK OF THE 2-CENT WASHINGTON ISSUE, SCOTT 519.

With 1964 P.F. certificate

6,500
0
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574
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Sale 1078, Lot 574, 1912-23 Washington-Franklin Issues, cont.$2.00 Orange Red & Black (523). Single hinge mark, rich colors, reperfed at right, appears Very Fine

525
300
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575
 
Sale 1078, Lot 575, 1912-23 Washington-Franklin Issues, cont.$2.00 Orange Red & Black (523). Rich colors, registry oval cancel, Very Fine, with 2014 P.S.E. certificate (VF 80; SMQ $250.00)

250
250
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576
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Sale 1078, Lot 576, 1912-23 Washington-Franklin Issues, cont.$5.00 Deep Green & Black (524). Lightly hinged, deep rich colors, well-balanced margins, fresh and Extremely Fine

170
110
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577
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Sale 1078, Lot 577, 1912-23 Washington-Franklin Issues, cont.$5.00 Deep Green & Black (524). Mint N.H. top arrow and double plate nos. 8179/8178 block of eight, right pair slightly uneven gum application, fresh and crisp

FINE-VERY FINE. A SCARCE AND BEAUTIFUL MINT NEVER-HINGED PLATE BLOCK OF EIGHT OF THE 1918 $5.00 ISSUE.

This is the first Mint N.H. plate block we have offered since 2010

6,000
2,300
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578
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Sale 1078, Lot 578, 1912-23 Washington-Franklin Issues, cont.1c-3c 1918-20 Offset Issue (525-530, 536). Plate no. blocks of six, all but three are tops or bottoms, several Mint N.H., No. 527 appears Mint N.H. but with some possible strengthened perfs, two of No. 528 incl. one with "OAM" plate printer's initials (both Mint N.H., "OAM" block with large gum skip), No. 528A with "OAM" initials (slight internal crease and some perf seps), 528B Mint N.H., two of No. 529 incl. Mint N.H. side plate block of eight with plate no. shift, attractive and Fine-Very Fine group

2,427
400
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579
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Sale 1078, Lot 579, 1912-23 Washington-Franklin Issues, cont.2c Carmine, Ty. VI (528A). Mint N.H. top plate no. 11670 block of six with wide selvage, brilliant color, top right stamp gum skip, FIne-Very Fine

800
225
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580
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Sale 1078, Lot 580, 1912-23 Washington-Franklin Issues, cont.1c-3c 1918-20 Offset Issue, Imperforate (531-532, 534, 535). Plate no. blocks of six, 1c Mint N.H., two Mint N.H. No. 534 incl. one with "OAM" plate printer's initials (slight gum skips), two of No. 535, Very Fine group

1,280
350
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581
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Sale 1078, Lot 581, 1912-23 Washington-Franklin Issues, cont.2c Carmine, Ty. V, Imperforate (533). Mint N.H. bottom plate no. 11260 block of six, ample margins all around, radiant color on fresh paper, Very Fine and choice

1,800
600
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582
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Sale 1078, Lot 582, 1912-23 Washington-Franklin Issues, cont.2c Carmine, Ty. Va, Imperforate (534). Mint N.H., jumbo margins, brilliant color, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2013 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $140.00 as 98)

26
0
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583
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Sale 1078, Lot 583, 1912-23 Washington-Franklin Issues, cont.2c Carmine, Ty. VI, Imperforate (534A). Mint N.H. bottom plate no. 11654 block of six, two additional faint plate nos. at sides, bright color, Very Fine

650
400
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584
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Sale 1078, Lot 584, 1912-23 Washington-Franklin Issues, cont.3c Violet (537). Mint N.H., perfectly centered with Jumbo margins, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2014 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $275.00 as 98)

20
225
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585
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Sale 1078, Lot 585, 1912-23 Washington-Franklin Issues, cont.1919-21 Rotary Coil Waste and Sheet Experimental Issues (538, 540-543). Group of plate no. blocks, several Mint N.H., No. 538 in each of the three plate block types (plate no. alone in a block of eight, "S30" and star in blocks of four), also a top plate no. and star block of 20 with imperforate top margin, No. 540 in three formats incl. inverted "S30" in a block of eight (plate block of four Mint N.H., outer four stamps hinged), plate experimental incl. two of No. 542 with different plate nos., Fine-Very Fine

2,770
550
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586
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Sale 1078, Lot 586, 1912-23 Washington-Franklin Issues, cont.1c Green, Rotary Perf 11 x 10, Vertical Pair, Imperforate Horizontally (538a). Mint N.H. top plate no. 13612 block of four, rich color, fresh and Fine

1,375
200
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587
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Sale 1078, Lot 587, 1912-23 Washington-Franklin Issues, cont.2c Carmine Rose, Ty. III, Rotary Perf 11 x 10, Vertical Pair, Imperforate Horizontally (540a). Top plate no. 13741 and star block of four, intense shade, Very Fine

1,050
550
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588
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Sale 1078, Lot 588, 1912-23 Washington-Franklin Issues, cont.1c Green, Rotary (545). Mint N.H. plate no. 11765 and "S30" block of four, fresh and Fine, a surprisingly elusive plate block, we have not offered another in any gum condition since 2009, this plate number also listed in Durland as "scarce"

2,150
0
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589
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Sale 1078, Lot 589, 1912-23 Washington-Franklin Issues, cont.2c Carmine Rose, Ty. III, Rotary (546). Top plate no. 11727 and "S 30" block of four, rich color, outstanding centering for this difficult issue which is invariably found with perfs barely clear or touching, Very Fine and choice, this plate no. listed in Durland as "scarce"

700
550
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590
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Sale 1078, Lot 590, 1912-23 Washington-Franklin Issues, cont.$2.00 Carmine & Black (547). Top arrow and double plate nos. 8179/8177 block of eight, barely hinged at bottom center, gorgeous colors and sharp proof-like impressions, choice centering with wide margins essentially throughout, minor gum bend at right

EXTREMELY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING LIGHTLY-HINGED PLATE BLOCK OF THE $2.00 CARMINE AND BLACK 1920 ISSUE.

A review using Power Search reveals just how elusive this plate block is in choice condition. We have not offered a Mint N.H. example since 2007, and we have not even offered a hinged plate block in four years

4,000
2,100
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