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Sale 1096 — The Robert R. Hall Collection of Outstanding United States Stamps

Sale Date — Tuesday-Thursday, 28-30 April, 2015

Category — 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
437
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Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 437, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)1c-15c 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (246/259), 1c-15c 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (246/259)1c-15c 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (246/259). 12 stamps, both 1c colors, five 2c incl. No. 248, also Nos. 253, 255-257, 259, 8c regummed, 3c and 15c with Mint N.H. 1996 P.F. certificates but lightly hinged, nice centering, Very Fine group

1,170
900
438
ogbl
Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 438, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)1c-10c 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (246-248, 250, 253, 255-258), 1c-10c 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (246-248, 250, 253, 255-258)1c-10c 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (246-248, 250, 253, 255-258). Ten blocks of four, incl. two 5c (different shades, one is a block of six), Nos. 246 and 250 Mint N.H., few stamps h.r., few Mint N.H., bright colors, Fine-Very Fine

5,290
2,100
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439
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Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 439, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)1c Ultramarine, 2c Pink (246, 248), 1c Ultramarine, 2c Pink (246, 248)1c Ultramarine, 2c Pink (246, 248). Imprint and plate no. blocks of six, 1c right, 2c top, lightly hinged, 1c small scuff causing thin at top right and bottom right, 2c natural gum bend at bottom, Very Fine-Extremely Fine

825
225
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440
ogbl
Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 440, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)2c Carmine Lake, Ty. I (249), 2c Carmine Lake, Ty. I (249)2c Carmine Lake, Ty. I (249). Block of four, three stamps Mint N.H., top left stamp small glazed spot, intense shade and impression, superb centering and well-proportioned margins, Extremely Fine, a wonderful block of this scarce Bureau stamp, with 1997 P.F. certificate, Scott Retail as singles

1,500
1,100
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441
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Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 441, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)2c Carmine Lake, Ty. I (249), 2c Carmine Lake, Ty. I (249)2c Carmine Lake, Ty. I (249). Bottom imprint and plate no. 97 block of six, slightly disturbed original gum, rich color, Fine

2,750
2,600
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442
nhbl
Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 442, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)2c Carmine, Ty. II (251), 2c Carmine, Ty. II (251)2c Carmine, Ty. II (251). Mint N.H. block of four, brilliant color, fresh and Fine, extremely scarce, Scott Retail as singles

4,400
0
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443
ogbl
Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 443, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)2c Carmine, Ty. II (251), 2c Carmine, Ty. II (251)2c Carmine, Ty. II (251). Bottom imprint and plate no.132 block of six, original gum, lightly hinged, brilliant color, few trivial perf separations, Fine-Very Fine, a very scarce plate block -- we have offered only two others in the past ten years

4,000
950
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444
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Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 444, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)2c Carmine, Ty. III (252), 2c Carmine, Ty. III (252)2c Carmine, Ty. III (252). Mint N.H., bright color, fresh and Very Fine, with 1992 P.F. certificate showing plate number selvage at left, which is included but detached

375
400
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445
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Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 445, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)2c Carmine, Ty. III (252), 2c Carmine, Ty. III (252)2c Carmine, Ty. III (252). Block of four, original gum, bottom stamps Mint N.H. but tiny gum skips, vibrant color, fresh and Fine-Very Fine, Scott Retail as hinged block

550
300
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446
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Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 446, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)2c Carmine, Ty. III (252), 2c Carmine, Ty. III (252)2c Carmine, Ty. III (252). Bottom imprint and plate no. 151 block of six, original gum, lightly hinged, radiant color, Fine-Very Fine, an attractive and scarce plate block, none was offered in our recent sale of the Curtis collection

2,100
2,500
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447
ogbl
Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 447, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)3c Purple (253), 3c Purple (253)3c Purple (253). Bottom imprint and plate no. 103 block of six, original gum, lightly hinged, radiant color, fresh and Fine-Very Fine plate block

1,500
600
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448
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Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 448, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)4c Dark Brown (254), 4c Dark Brown (254)4c Dark Brown (254). Mint N.H., rich color on bright paper, well-balanced margins, Very Fine, with 2004 P.F. certificate

550
600
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449
ogbl
Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 449, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)4c Dark Brown (254), 4c Dark Brown (254)4c Dark Brown (254). Top imprint and plate no. 51 block of six, original gum, lightly hinged, intense shade and impression, Fine-Very Fine, a scarce plate block especially from the top position, we have offered only two other top plates -- one was Mint N.H. and the other was significantly off-center

2,300
750
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450
ogbl
Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 450, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)5c Chocolate (255), 5c Chocolate (255)5c Chocolate (255). Bottom imprint and plate no. 130 block of six, original gum, brilliant color, Fine-Very Fine and scarce, we have offered only four others since keeping computerized records

1,500
500
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451
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Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 451, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)1c-10c 1894-95 Issue, Imperforate (255b, 258a, 264a, 272b), 1c-10c 1894-95 Issue, Imperforate (255b, 258a, 264a, 272b)1c-10c 1894-95 Issue, Imperforate (255b, 258a, 264a, 272b). Horizontal pairs, original gum except 8c part gum, 5c h.r., ample to large margins, 10c thins and slightly clipped corner clear of design, Very Fine or appear so

1,475
600
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452
ogbl
Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 452, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)6c Dull Brown (256), 6c Dull Brown (256)6c Dull Brown (256). Bottom imprint and plate no. 28 block of six, original gum, stamps lightly hinged, h.r. in selvage, bright color, fresh and Fine-Very Fine, a surprisingly scarce plate block

3,250
750
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453
ogbl
Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 453, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)8c Violet Brown (257), 8c Violet Brown (257)8c Violet Brown (257). Bottom imprint and plate no. 58 block of six, four stamp Mint N.H., top center and bottom right stamps single hinge mark, deep rich color, fresh and Fine-Very Fine, plate 58 was the only one used to print Scott 257 and 272

2,500
800
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454
nh
Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 454, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)10c Dark Green (258), 10c Dark Green (258)10c Dark Green (258). Mint N.H., well-proportioned margins, fresh color, Extremely Fine, with 2004 P.F. certificate

850
1,000
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455
ogbl
Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 455, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)15c Dark Blue (259), 15c Dark Blue (259)15c Dark Blue (259). Block of four, original gum, deep rich color and proof-like impression on bright paper, Very Fine

1,150
550
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456
og
Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 456, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)50c Orange (260), 50c Orange (260)50c Orange (260). Original gum, lightly hinged, bright color, perfect centering, Extremely Fine

500
450
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457
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Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 457, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)50c Orange (260), 50c Orange (260)50c Orange (260). Block of four, bottom pair Mint N.H., top pair lightly hinged, vivid shade and impression, Fine, Scott Retail as singles

4,000
0
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458
og
Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 458, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)$1.00 Black (261), $1.00 Black (261)$1.00 Black (261). Original gum, lightly hinged, centered slightly to bottom left but well clear of perfs, Fine and attractive

1,000
700
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459
ogbl
Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 459, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)$1.00 Black (261), $1.00 Black (261)$1.00 Black (261). Block of four, original gum, lightly hinged, intense shade and proof-like impression, remarkably precise centering, which is unusual for a block of this scarce dollar-value unwatermarked Bureau issue

VERY FINE AND CHOICE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 1894 $1.00 TYPE I UNWATERMARKED.

With 1997 P.F. certificate

4,500
3,000
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460
 
Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 460, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)$1.00 Black (261), $1.00 Black (261)$1.00 Black (261). Intense shade and proof-like impression on bright paper, gorgeous centering with wide and balanced margins, unobtrusive cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a beautiful stamp, with 2004 P.F. certificate

375
1,400
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461
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Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 461, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)$1.00 Black, Ty. I, II (261-261A), $1.00 Black, Ty. I, II (261-261A)$1.00 Black, Ty. I, II (261-261A). Mint N.H. block of four, left stamps Type I, right stamps Type II, bright shade and crisp impression

FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE MINT NEVER-HINGED BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE $1.00 1894 UNWATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE SHOWING A COMBINATION OF TYPES I AND II.

The $1.00 1894-95 Issue was printed in a sheet of 200 comprised of two panes of 100. The left pane and left half of the right pane were Type I, while the right half of the right pane was Type II. Combination pairs and strips, which exist only between the fifth and sixth columns, are rare and desirable. According to Bartels and Brookman, only 8,762 of the Type II were issued in total, and of these only a small fraction (20%) come from the positions that could yield combination pairs.

With 2001 P.S.E. certificate. Scott Retail as singles

19,300
3,000
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462
nh
Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 462, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)$1.00 Black, Ty. II (261A), $1.00 Black, Ty. II (261A)$1.00 Black, Ty. II (261A). Mint N.H., intense shade on post office fresh paper, choice centering with balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1894 $1.00 UNWATERMARKED TYPE II BUREAU ISSUE.

Condition conscious collectors are well aware that it is extremely difficult to find First Bureau stamps in centered, Mint Never-Hinged condition, particularly the higher denominations. This is mostly due to production problems as the Bureau of Engraving and Printing assumed responsibility for stamp production after the American Bank Note Co. contract expired.

With 2006 P.F. certificate (VF-XF 85)

6,500
4,750
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463
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Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 463, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)$1.00 Black, Ty. II (261A), $1.00 Black, Ty. II (261A)$1.00 Black, Ty. II (261A). Bottom selvage block of four, three stamps Mint N.H., bottom right stamp lightly hinged, intense shade and impression on bright paper, bottom stamps natural gum bend

VERY FINE-EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 1894 $1.00 TYPE II UNWATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE, WITH THREE STAMPS IN MINT NEVER-HINGED CONDITION.

According to Brookman, the Type II stamps, with circles complete around the bottom left denomination, were not discovered until several years after the stamp was issued. Its discoverer was the custodian of the National stamp collection, who determined that the Type II stamps are found on only five rows of the plate. Brookman estimated that only 8,762 were distributed. We have offered two other blocks of four and a block of six since 1997. The two blocks of four did not contain any Mint N.H. stamps. Three stamps in the block of six are Mint N.H. Virtually all quality multiples have been broken to feed demand for singles. We are amazed this block has remained intact.

With 1992 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail as singles

21,600
6,250
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464
og
Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 464, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)$2.00 Bright Blue (262), $2.00 Bright Blue (262)$2.00 Bright Blue (262). Original gum, rich color on bright paper, Jumbo margins

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A HUGE-MARGINED ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1894 $2.00 UNWATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE.

With 1991 P.F. certificate

2,750
3,250
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465
 
Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 465, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)$2.00 Bright Blue (262), $2.00 Bright Blue (262)$2.00 Bright Blue (262). Lovely intense shade on bright paper, bold strike of New York oval cancel, well-balanced margins, Very Fine and choice, a pretty stamp, with 2001 P.F. certificate

1,250
1,100
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466
og
Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 466, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)$5.00 Dark Green (263), $5.00 Dark Green (263)$5.00 Dark Green (263). Original gum, lightly hinged, brilliant color on bright paper, well-proportioned margins

VERY FINE AND CHOICE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1894 $5.00 UNWATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE.

With 1993 P.F. certificate

4,500
2,500
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467
 
Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 467, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)$5.00 Dark Green (263), $5.00 Dark Green (263)$5.00 Dark Green (263). Rich color on bright paper, choice centering for this difficult issue, bold strikes of New York registry oval cancels

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A BEAUTIFUL USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1894 $5.00 UNWATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE.

With 2000 P.F. certificate

2,750
2,100
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468
ogbl
Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 468, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)$5.00 Dark Green (263), $5.00 Dark Green (263)$5.00 Dark Green (263). Block of four, original gum, rich color on bright paper, few minor perf separations, top right stamp small thin spot at bottom right and small natural pre-printing paperfold at top

FINE-VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A SCARCE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 1894 $5.00 UNWATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE.

Very few blocks remain intact, as most have been broken to feed collector demand for singles.

22,000
3,750
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