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Sale 1113 — United States Essays and Proofs

Sale Date — Tuesday, 17 November, 2015

Category — Back-of-the-Book Issues

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2425
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Sale Number 1113, Lot Number 2425, Back-of-the-Book Issues8c-24c 1923 Air Post, Large Die Proofs on India (C4P1-C6P1), 8c-24c 1923 Air Post, Large Die Proofs on India (C4P1-C6P1)8c-24c 1923 Air Post, Large Die Proofs on India (C4P1-C6P1). On approximately 202 x 150mm cards with full die sinkage, all three with typed approval and dates and signed by Postmaster General Harry S. New, blue control numbers on back (1232691, 154043 and 1233318 respectively), few slightly dented corners, 8c small indentations on card, 24c small waterstain at edge and light wrinkle on India

VERY FINE. A RARE AND DESIRABLE SET OF LARGE DIE PROOFS FOR THE 1923 AIR POST ISSUE, SCOTT C4-C6.

According to the American Air Mail Catalogue only five sets of large die proofs are known. Scott Retail as normal unsigned.

14,250
7,000
2426
P
Sale Number 1113, Lot Number 2426, Back-of-the-Book Issues10c-20c Map and Planes, Air Post, Large Die Proofs on India (C7P1-C9P1), 10c-20c Map and Planes, Air Post, Large Die Proofs on India (C7P1-C9P1)10c-20c Map and Planes, Air Post, Large Die Proofs on India (C7P1-C9P1). On approximately 202 x 150mm cards with full die sinkage, each with typed and signed approval of Postmaster General Harry S. New, blue control numbers on back (1369974, 5783 and 31554 respectively)

VERY FINE SET OF SIGNED LARGE DIE PROOFS FOR THE 1926-27 MAP AND PLANES AIR POST ISSUE.

The American Air Mail Catalogue states six sets are known. Scott Retail as normal unsigned

9,000
8,000
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2427
E
Sale Number 1113, Lot Number 2427, Back-of-the-Book Issues1c-5c 1879 "Unpaid Postage" Die Essay, Cut Small, on India (J1-E1b-J4-E1b), 1c-5c 1879 "Unpaid Postage" Die Essay, Cut Small, on India (J1-E1b-J4-E1b)1c-5c 1879 "Unpaid Postage" Die Essay, Cut Small, on India (J1-E1b-J4-E1b). 20 total, complete set of all five colors, 16 show part of die no. at top, large margins, very few with thin spots or other small flaws

VERY FINE. A RARE COMPLETE SET OF ALL FIVE COLORS OF THE "UNPAID POSTAGE" POSTAGE DUE ESSAYS.

This is the first time since keeping computerized records that we have offered a complete set.

6,000
2,100
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2428
P
Sale Number 1113, Lot Number 2428, Back-of-the-Book Issues1c-50c Postage Dues, Small Die Proofs on Wove (J1P2-J7P2, J22P2-J28P2, J31P2-J37P2), 1c-50c Postage Dues, Small Die Proofs on Wove (J1P2-J7P2, J22P2-J28P2, J31P2-J37P2)1c-50c Postage Dues, Small Die Proofs on Wove (J1P2-J7P2, J22P2-J28P2, J31P2-J37P2). Each on original gray card backing, bright colors, Very Fine sets of all small die proofs for the Postage Due issues, approximately 85 of each were produced

2,835
1,100
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2429
TC
Sale Number 1113, Lot Number 2429, Back-of-the-Book Issues1c-50c 1879 Postage Due, Atlanta Trial Color Proofs on Card (J1TC4-J7TC4), 1c-50c 1879 Postage Due, Atlanta Trial Color Proofs on Card (J1TC4-J7TC4)1c-50c 1879 Postage Due, Atlanta Trial Color Proofs on Card (J1TC4-J7TC4). Complete set of 35 in all five colors, large margins, fresh and Very Fine

1,785
1,000
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2430
TC
Sale Number 1113, Lot Number 2430, Back-of-the-Book Issues1c-90c Officials, Atlanta Trial Color Proofs on Card (O1TC5-O67TC5, O72TC5-93TC5), 1c-90c Officials, Atlanta Trial Color Proofs on Card (O1TC5-O67TC5, O72TC5-93TC5)1c-90c Officials, Atlanta Trial Color Proofs on Card (O1TC5-O67TC5, O72TC5-93TC5). 435, complete for all colors and denominations except for the rare dollar-value State Dept., large margins, bright colors

VERY FINE-EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE GROUP OF THE ONE-CENT TO 90-CENT OFFICIAL ATLANTA TRIAL COLOR PROOFS.

The Atlanta trial color plate proofs on card were prepared for display at the 1881 International Cotton Exposition in Atlanta. Only one sheet in each color was printed.

This set is complete except for the 28 dollar-value State Department stamps, which catalogue $1,000.00 apiece. Most previous offerings by our firm are either nearly complete (such as the Sheriff set) or substantially incomplete to the point where they are offered by department.

17,342
7,500
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2431
TC
Sale Number 1113, Lot Number 2431, Back-of-the-Book Issues2c-$60.00 1875 Newspaper Issue, Goodall Trial Color Small Die Proofs (PR9TC-PR32TC), 2c-$60.00 1875 Newspaper Issue, Goodall Trial Color Small Die Proofs (PR9TC-PR32TC)2c-$60.00 1875 Newspaper Issue, Goodall Trial Color Small Die Proofs (PR9TC-PR32TC). Complete set of 24 values in five colors: Black, Deep Green, Dull Gray Blue, Deep Brown and Dull Red, generally 35 x 40mm India on 45 x 55mm card, the 60c smaller, rich colors, very few with few toned spots

VERY FINE AND EXTREMELY RARE COMPLETE SET OF GOODALL TRIAL COLOR SMALL DIE NEWSPAPER PROOFS. PROBABLY FEWER THAN A HALF-DOZEN SETS EXIST.

In 1879, President Albert G. Goodall of the American Bank Note Company, successor to the Continental Bank Note Company, ordered sets of small die proofs for display purposes. Complete sets are rare -- we have offered only one other since 1998.

Scott Retail value has not changed in over 15 years.

15,600
11,500
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2432
P
Sale Number 1113, Lot Number 2432, Back-of-the-Book Issues1c-$1.00 Parcel Post, Panama-Pacific Small Die Proofs (Q1P2a-Q8P2a, Q10P2a-Q12P2a), 1c-$1.00 Parcel Post, Panama-Pacific Small Die Proofs (Q1P2a-Q8P2a, Q10P2a-Q12P2a)1c-$1.00 Parcel Post, Panama-Pacific Small Die Proofs (Q1P2a-Q8P2a, Q10P2a-Q12P2a). Nearly complete set, lacks the 25c value, which is present as a large die proof (Q9P1) cut down to size of the other proofs, rich colors, couple tiny faults, light toning which is less than usually found on Panama-Pacific proofs

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE GROUP OF PARCEL POST PANAMA-PACIFIC SMALL DIE PROOFS.

Approximately three full sets are known to exist.

14,400
22,000
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2433
P
Sale Number 1113, Lot Number 2433, Back-of-the-Book IssuesBack-of-Book Proofs Balance, Back-of-Book Proofs BalanceBack-of-Book Proofs Balance. 128 items, including E1P1, E1P4, E2P4, J1P4-J7P4, J15P4-J21P4, J22P4-J28P4, O1P4-O93P4, LO1P4, LO2P4, overall fresh and Very Fine group

1,957
1,100
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2434
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Sale Number 1113, Lot Number 2434, Back-of-the-Book Issues(no value) Deep Red, Red, Test Stamps (TD18, TD19), (no value) Deep Red, Red, Test Stamps (TD18, TD19)(no value) Deep Red, Red, Test Stamps (TD18, TD19). Single of first and block of four of second, large margins, block with vertical crease ending in small tear, otherwise Fine-Very Fine, scarce, the single (which is sound) catalogues $2,000.00

2,600
550
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2435
E
Sale Number 1113, Lot Number 2435, Back-of-the-Book Issues3c Minerva, Harris Automatic Press Company Offset Essay on Hard White Wove Paper (Brazer 385-E2b, TD28, TD29), 3c Minerva, Harris Automatic Press Company Offset Essay on Hard White Wove Paper (Brazer 385-E2b, TD28, TD29)3c Minerva, Harris Automatic Press Company Offset Essay on Hard White Wove Paper (Brazer 385-E2b, TD28, TD29). Horizontal pair of first and single of second, large margins, Very Fine, scarce, Harris installed one of their presses in the BEP to demonstrate production of stamps by the offset method, the design was taken from the 2c 1903 Issue, the presses were not adopted at that time but were used for printing some Revenue stamps, particularly Tax Paids

1,950
900
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