Sale 1090 — United States, Possessions and Confederate States Stamps and Postal History

Sale Date — Wednesday-Friday, 17-19 December, 2014

Category — 1898 Trans-Mississippi, 1901 Pan-American Issues (Scott 285-299)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1413
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Sale 1090, Lot 1413, 1898 Trans-Mississippi, 1901 Pan-American Issues (Scott 285-299)2c Trans-Mississippi (286). Mint N.H., rich color, Very Fine and choice, with 2005 P.F. certificate

67
170
1414
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Sale 1090, Lot 1414, 1898 Trans-Mississippi, 1901 Pan-American Issues (Scott 285-299)4c Trans-Mississippi (287). Mint N.H., beautifully centered, vibrant color, Extremely Fine Gem, with 1995 and 2014 P.F. certificates

300
800
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1415
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Sale 1090, Lot 1415, 1898 Trans-Mississippi, 1901 Pan-American Issues (Scott 285-299)10c Trans-Mississippi (290). Mint N.H., remarkably well-centered with wide margins, gorgeous rich color and detailed impression, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb stamp, ex Dr. Morris, with 1993 P.S.E. and 2014 P.F. certificates

425
2,000
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1416
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Sale 1090, Lot 1416, 1898 Trans-Mississippi, 1901 Pan-American Issues (Scott 285-299)50c Trans-Mississippi (291). Original gum, lightly hinged, extraordinarily wide and well-balanced margins, proof-like color and impression

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB JUMBO-MARGINED ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 50-CENT TRANS-MISSISSIPPI ISSUE.

With 1988 and 2014 P.F. certificates

600
4,000
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1417
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Sale 1090, Lot 1417, 1898 Trans-Mississippi, 1901 Pan-American Issues (Scott 285-299)50c Trans-Mississippi (291). Original gum, lightly hinged, exceptionally well-centered, rich color, small gum crease, still Extremely Fine

600
475
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1418
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Sale 1090, Lot 1418, 1898 Trans-Mississippi, 1901 Pan-American Issues (Scott 285-299)50c Trans-Mississippi (291). Original gum, lightly hinged, nicely balanced margins, Very Fine and choice

600
375
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1419°
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Sale 1090, Lot 1419, 1898 Trans-Mississippi, 1901 Pan-American Issues (Scott 285-299)50c Trans-Mississippi (291). Wide top imprint and plate no. 603 block of four, original gum, barest trace of hinging, radiant color

FINE. A SCARCE LIGHTLY-HINGED TOP IMPRINT AND PLATE NUMBER BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 50-CENT TRANS-MISSISSIPPI ISSUE.

Plate number 603 is the only plate number recorded for this issue. As an indication of rarity, we have offered only one plate block of this issue since our 2009 auction of the MLG Collection.

17,500
16,500
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1420
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Sale 1090, Lot 1420, 1898 Trans-Mississippi, 1901 Pan-American Issues (Scott 285-299)50c Trans-Mississippi (291). Mint N.H. bottom imprint and plate no. 603 pair, deep color, small gum skips on left stamp, Fine-Very Fine

4,350
0
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1421
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Sale 1090, Lot 1421, 1898 Trans-Mississippi, 1901 Pan-American Issues (Scott 285-299)$1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292). Original gum, lightly hinged, wide margins and attractively centered, Very Fine and choice, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (VF-XF 85; SMQ $1,350.00)

1,400
1,700
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1422
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Sale 1090, Lot 1422, 1898 Trans-Mississippi, 1901 Pan-American Issues (Scott 285-299)$1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292). Original gum, top imprint selvage, crisp impression, Fine

1,400
1,300
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1423
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Sale 1090, Lot 1423, 1898 Trans-Mississippi, 1901 Pan-American Issues (Scott 285-299)$1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292). Original gum, lightly hinged, deep shade and sharp detailed impression, well-centered, Very Fine and choice

1,400
1,500
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1424
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Sale 1090, Lot 1424, 1898 Trans-Mississippi, 1901 Pan-American Issues (Scott 285-299)$1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292). Original gum, fresh shade, strong impression, Very Fine

1,400
0
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1425
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Sale 1090, Lot 1425, 1898 Trans-Mississippi, 1901 Pan-American Issues (Scott 285-299)$2.00 Trans-Mississippi (293). Original gum, lightly hinged, outstanding centering with exceedingly wide margins, beautiful rich color

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THE $2.00 IS THE MOST CHALLENGING OF THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI ISSUE TO OBTAIN IN THIS SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM CONDITION.

With 1987 and 2014 P.F. certificates

1,900
5,250
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1426
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Sale 1090, Lot 1426, 1898 Trans-Mississippi, 1901 Pan-American Issues (Scott 285-299)$2.00 Trans-Mississippi (293). Unused (no gum), wide margins and choice centering, rich color, Extremely Fine, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (NG, XF 90; SMQ $1,100.00)

875
1,100
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1427
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Sale 1090, Lot 1427, 1898 Trans-Mississippi, 1901 Pan-American Issues (Scott 285-299)$2.00 Trans-Mississippi (293). Unused (no gum), deep rich color on bright paper, well-centered, Very Fine

875
850
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1428
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Sale 1090, Lot 1428, 1898 Trans-Mississippi, 1901 Pan-American Issues (Scott 285-299)$2.00 Trans-Mississippi (293). Mint N.H. bottom imprint and plate no. 613 pair, rich color and detailed impression

FINE-VERY FINE. A RARE MINT-NEVER HINGED PLATE NUMBER PAIR OF THE $2.00 TRANS-MISSISSIPPI.

This issue is unpriced as a plate number pair in Mint N.H. condition. Scott Retail as two singles

12,000
15,000
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1429
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Sale 1090, Lot 1429, 1898 Trans-Mississippi, 1901 Pan-American Issues (Scott 285-299)2c Pan-American (295). Mint N.H. block of sixteen, well-centered (especially some of the stamps in the middle), bright color, Very Fine, Scott Retail as singles

640
900
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1430
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Sale 1090, Lot 1430, 1898 Trans-Mississippi, 1901 Pan-American Issues (Scott 285-299)4c Pan-American (296). Bottom imprint and plate no. 1145 block of six, barest trace of hinge, rich colors, remarkably well-centered, usual few light natural gum creases, Extremely Fine, an outstanding plate block

2,100
1,600
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1431
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Sale 1090, Lot 1431, 1898 Trans-Mississippi, 1901 Pan-American Issues (Scott 285-299)8c Pan-American (298). Mint N.H., beautiful Jumbo margins and essentially perfectly centered, strong colors on crisp paper, Extremely Fine Gem, ex Merlin, with 2007 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $1,100.00 as 95, $3,950.00 as 98)

230
1,400
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1432
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Sale 1090, Lot 1432, 1898 Trans-Mississippi, 1901 Pan-American Issues (Scott 285-299)1c Pan-American, Center Inverted (294a). Rich color and strong impressions, choice centering with wide margins, two short perfs at left

VERY FINE CENTERING AND AN ATTRACTIVE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT PAN-AMERICAN INVERT.

With 1944 A.P.S. and 2014 P.S.E. certificates (OGh, F 70; SMQ $8,000.00)

12,500
6,000
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1433
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Sale 1090, Lot 1433, 1898 Trans-Mississippi, 1901 Pan-American Issues (Scott 285-299)4c Pan-American, Center Inverted, Specimen Overprint (296aS). Clear strike of "Specimen" handstamp reading down at left, with plate no. 1145 and portion of plate letter imprint in black at bottom (from the left pane), h.r. in selvage only, warm rich color, completely sound

FINE. ONE OF FOUR RECORDED PLATE NUMBER AND PLATE LETTER SINGLES OF THE 4-CENT PAN-AMERICAN INVERT. ONLY THIS EXAMPLE HAS THE "SPECIMEN" OVERPRINT.

The production and distribution of the 4c Pan-American Invert occurred under extraordinary circumstances. After the 1c and 2c Inverts were discovered, rumors of a 4c Invert caused the Post Office Department to order a special printing of 4c Inverts to retain as specimens. It was reported that two sheets of 200 were printed, for a total of 400 stamps; however, as we shall describe further on, at least four plate impressions were made. It appears that only the lower halves of the sheets were finished with gum and perforations.

If the reported quantities are correct, 203 4c Inverts were released with or without the small "Specimen" overprint. Some examples, both with and without the overprint, were given away by Third Asst. Postmaster General Edwin C. Madden. When postal authorities learned of the practice, they destroyed 194 copies and put one pane of 100 into the official archives. At a later date, 97 of these were traded for rarities missing from the archives.

We have been studying this fascinating Invert "Special Printing" for several years and have recorded imprint and plate number examples of the 4c Pan-American Invert from the bottoms of four different sheets of 100, each comprising left and right panes of 50 (six of the eight panes are represented by at least one bottom-margin position). The sequence of vignette plate letters in the bottom selvage, which were normally printed in the top selvage, can be used to identify Left or Right pane positions. These letters were applied each time the vignette plate was used, and the 4c Invert has the longest sequence of letters we can find on any 4c Pan-American, presumably because the plate was used for the last time to make the Invert "Special Printing" after the regular stamps were printed. There are at least 48 separate entries of the two or three-letter initials on the 4c Invert vignette plate.

For the purpose of identification, we will refer to these four sheets as S1, S2, S3 and S4 (Left/Right for each). From S1 Left we record three singles with plate letters and the unique plate block of four with the imprint and plate number. None of the S1 Left imprint stamps have a "Specimen" overprint. From S1 Right we record the imprint and plate number strip of four sold in the Cunliffe auction by Spink-Shreves. It, too, does not have a "Specimen" overprint. From S2 we record only one imprint and plate number single, from the Right pane and without overprint, ex Odeneal (Siegel Sale 941, lot 1207). From S3 we record an imprint and plate number single from the Left pane (Siegel Sale 745, lot 717) and another from the Right pane, neither with overprint. Finally, from S4 we record the imprint and plate number single offered here, from the Left pane and with "Specimen" overprint, ex Green and Cunliffe.

Ex Colonel Green and Cunliffe. With 1996 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates.

11,500
22,000
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