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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 — 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
499
P
Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 499, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)1c-$2.00 Trans-Mississippi, Small Die Proofs on Wove (285P2-293P2), 1c-$2.00 Trans-Mississippi, Small Die Proofs on Wove (285P2-293P2)1c-$2.00 Trans-Mississippi, Small Die Proofs on Wove (285P2-293P2). Complete set, removed from gray card backing, bright colors, a few minor thins from card removal, Very Fine appearance, only 85 Roosevelt presentation album sets were produced

5,200
3,500
500
nh
Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 500, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)1c-10c Trans-Mississippi (285-290), 1c-10c Trans-Mississippi (285-290)1c-10c Trans-Mississippi (285-290). Mint N.H. except 8c lightly hinged, bright colors, attractive margins and centering, Fine-Very Fine short set, 5c with 1995 P.F. certificate

1,285
700
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501
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Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 501, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)1c-10c Trans-Mississippi (285-290), 1c-10c Trans-Mississippi (285-290)1c-10c Trans-Mississippi (285-290). Blocks of four, original gum, several h.r., few with faults incl. thin spots, overall Fine-Very Fine

2,405
600
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502
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Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 502, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)1c-4c Trans-Mississippi (285-287), 1c-4c Trans-Mississippi (285-287)1c-4c Trans-Mississippi (285-287). Top imprint and plate no. blocks of four, original gum, bottom 2c h.r., 4c narrow selvage, Fine-Very Fine

1,430
500
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503
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Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 503, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)2c Trans-Mississippi (286), 2c Trans-Mississippi (286)2c Trans-Mississippi (286). Mint N.H. top left corner selvage imprint and plate no. 701 block of ten, natural s.e. with part arrow at right, rich color, fresh and Very Fine, an attractive large multiple

1,020
550
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504
nhbl
Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 504, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)5c Trans-Mississippi (288), 5c Trans-Mississippi (288)5c Trans-Mississippi (288). Mint N.H. top imprint and plate no. 602 block of four, rich color, fresh and Fine

1,600
500
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505
ogbl
Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 505, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)8c Trans-Mississippi (289), 8c Trans-Mississippi (289)8c Trans-Mississippi (289). Bottom imprint and plate no. 643 block of four, original gum, few small h.r. where minor perf separations sensibly reinforced, deep rich color and detailed impression, Fine and attractive

1,950
600
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506
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Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 506, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)8c Trans-Mississippi, Vertical Pair, Imperforate Horizontally (289a), 8c Trans-Mississippi, Vertical Pair, Imperforate Horizontally (289a)8c Trans-Mississippi, Vertical Pair, Imperforate Horizontally (289a). With right selvage, original gum, lightly hinged, deep rich color, wide margins, few natural gum creases as almost always, pencil notation in selvage has been erased but leaves minor indentation

EXTREMELY FINE. A DESIRABLE PAIR OF THE 8-CENT TRANS-MISSISSIPPI ISSUE IMPERFORATE HORIZONTALLY, WITH WIDE SHEET SELVAGE AT RIGHT, FROM THE McCOY STRIP.

According to the Neil-Rosenthal book (pp. 115-118), one pane of 50 was discovered by Robert Watts, a stamp clerk at one of the sales windows at the Philadelphia General Post Office, who found it between the wrapping paper of a bundle of stamps. He sold it for double face value ($8.00) to Herman Lewis, a locksmith in Philadelphia. Lewis soon sold it to William S. F. Pierce, who broke it into three pieces: a vertical strip of ten with sheet margin and full arrow at right, a vertical block of 20 containing both plate blocks, and a vertical block of 20 with natural straight edge at left.

The strip of ten was reportedly sold for $15.00 and was taken to Europe when the owner moved there. It returned to the U.S. in the 1930's, when it was broken. Ethel McCoy owned the vertical strip of four with arrow, and the pair offered here was part of that strip. The vertical block of 20 with straight edge at left was sold to Arthur E. Tuttle, a Philadelphia stamp dealer, who retailed them for $10.00 per pair. The block of 20 with both plate numbers was retained by Pierce, who later sold the top and bottom plate blocks to Albert Batchelder of the New England Stamp Co. for $175.00.

With 1992 P.F. certificate. Illustrated as part of the McCoy strip in the Brookman book on page 181.

27,500
23,000
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507
ogbl
Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 507, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)10c Trans-Mississippi (290), 10c Trans-Mississippi (290)10c Trans-Mississippi (290). Bottom imprint and plate no. 620 block of four, original gum, lightly hinged, bright shade, fresh and Fine

2,100
400
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508
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Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 508, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)50c Trans-Mississippi (291), 50c Trans-Mississippi (291)50c Trans-Mississippi (291). Original gum, lightly hinged, wide margins and well-centered, rich color, Extremely Fine, with 1996 P.F. certificate

600
900
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509
ogbl
Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 509, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)50c Trans-Mississippi (291), 50c Trans-Mississippi (291)50c Trans-Mississippi (291). Block of four with bottom imprint selvage at right, three stamps Mint N.H., top left stamp lightly hinged, rich color and detailed impression, Fine, an attractive block of the 50c Trans-Mississippi Issue, Scott Retail as singles

6,000
2,100
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510
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Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 510, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)50c Trans-Mississippi (291), 50c Trans-Mississippi (291)50c Trans-Mississippi (291). Bottom imprint and plate no. 603 block of four with reduced selvage, original gum, top stamps small h.r., bottom stamps lightly hinged, rich color, small piece of selvage used to rejoin perf separations in selvage

FINE-VERY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM PLATE BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 50-CENT TRANS-MISSISSIPPI ISSUE.

Plate number 603 is the only plate number recorded for this issue

17,500
3,000
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511
nh
Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 511, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)$1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292), $1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292)$1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292). Mint N.H., intense shade, detailed impression, wide and well-proportioned margins

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE $1.00 TRANS-MISSISSIPPI ISSUE.

With 2003 P.F. certificate

3,500
5,500
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512
ogbl
Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 512, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)$1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292), $1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292)$1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292). Block of four, original gum, top stamps h.r., bottom stamps lightly hinged, intense shade and detailed impression, reperfed at right

FINE-VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN ATTRACTIVE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE $1.00 TRANS-MISSISSIPPI ISSUE.

This is widely regarded as the most beautiful design in U.S. philately.

5,250
3,250
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513
ogbl
Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 513, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)$1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292), $1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292)$1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292). Bottom imprint and plate no. 606 block of four, original gum, the gum is pristine except for tiny traces of hinge-sliver removal at points where perfs were reinforced and a small faint hinge mark in selvage, appears never-hinged at first glance

FINE-VERY FINE. A REMARKABLY FRESH AND LIGHTLY-HINGED IMPRINT AND PLATE NUMBER BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE $1.00 TRANS-MISSISSIPPI ISSUE, WHICH IS WIDELY REGARDED AS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL STAMP IN U.S. PHILATELY.

The $1.00 stamp issued for the Trans-Mississippi Exposition was based on an image of cattle in a storm in an engraving by C. O. Murray, a copy of which was loaned to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing by Mrs. C. B. Johnson. The engraving was used as a trademark by an American cattle company, but the image originated in an oil painting by J. A. MacWhirter entitled "The Vanguard", which depicts cattle in the West Highlands of Scotland. The Post Office Department was embarrassed when the painting was identified as the property of the Lord Blysworth, who was sent a formal apology and philatelic memento through the British Ambassador. The memento, a proof item, was donated to the Royal Philatelic Society by Lord Blysworth and hangs today on the walls of the Royal.

37,500
20,000
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514
 
Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 514, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)$1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292), $1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292)$1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292). Detailed impression, wide margins, unobtrusive strikes of double oval cancels, Extremely Fine, a beautiful stamp, with 1994 P.F. certificate

725
650
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515
og
Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 515, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)$2.00 Trans-Mississippi (293), $2.00 Trans-Mississippi (293)$2.00 Trans-Mississippi (293). Slightly disturbed original gum, attractive margins and centering, two corner creases at top left, Extremely Fine appearance

1,900
700
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516
 
Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 516, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)$2.00 Trans-Mississippi (293), $2.00 Trans-Mississippi (293)$2.00 Trans-Mississippi (293). Bright shade, neat "King's Point Station N.Y." double oval cancel, fresh and Fine, with 1981 A.P.S. and 1992 P.F. certificates

1,100
550
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517
ogbl
Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 517, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)$2.00 Trans-Mississippi (293), $2.00 Trans-Mississippi (293)$2.00 Trans-Mississippi (293). Block of four, original gum, lightly hinged, rich color and proof-like impression, choice centering

VERY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE $2.00 TRANS-MISSISSIPPI ISSUE.

With 2004 P.F. certificate

8,000
6,000
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518
ogbl
Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 518, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)$2.00 Trans-Mississippi (293), $2.00 Trans-Mississippi (293)$2.00 Trans-Mississippi (293). Bottom imprint and plate no. 613 block of four, original gum, very lightly hinged, rich color and proof-like impression

EXTREMELY FINE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE IMPRINT AND PLATE NUMBER BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE $2.00 TRANS-MISSISSIPPI ISSUE. WITHOUT QUESTION ONE OF THE TWO OR THREE FINEST IN TERMS OF CENTERING, FRESHNESS AND GUM.

The design of the $2.00 Trans-Mississippi depicts the Eads bridge, which spans the Mississippi River at St. Louis. The original engraving was used on the admission ticket to the Republican Convention of 1896, which nominated McKinley as candidate for president. The stamp, issued during the McKinley Administration, illustrates the natural boundary between East and West and so was appropriate for the Trans-Mississippi Issue. All of the $2.00 Trans-Mississippi stamps were printed in a single day's run on June 3, 1898.

There are perhaps three imprint and plate number blocks of six in existence. The imprint and plate number block of four format is also extremely rare.

100,000
67,500
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