Sale 1092 — Outstanding United States Stamps
Sale Date — Thursday-Friday, 19-20 February, 2015
Category — 1901 Pan-American Issue (Scott 294-299)
VERY FINE-EXTREMELY FINE. A SCARCE FULLY MINT NEVER-HINGED PANE OF 100 OF THE 2-CENT PAN-AMERICAN ISSUE.
The Pan-American Issue was printed from plates of 200 subjects and separated into top and bottom panes of 100 before delivery to post offices.
Scott Retail as two Mint N.H. plate blocks and 88 singles
EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF THE FINEST RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE 2-CENT PAN-AMERICAN INVERT WITH ORIGINAL GUM.
A survey of the Levi records produced 64 single unused stamps (excluding the block of four and rejoined block of four). Many of these were described in auction catalogues more than 40 years ago; therefore, the determination of soundness is uncertain. However, assuming the old descriptions were reaffirmed today, approximately 45% of singles across all centering categories have faults.
Of the single stamps with Extremely Fine centering (a minimum grade of 85), we counted 13 sound and 9 with faults. This stamp has the distinction of being the only 2c Pan-American Invert offered in our very first Rarities of the World sale, in February 1964, where it realized $8,000 versus the then-current Scott value of $4,500.
With 1964, 1989, 2000 and 2006 P.F. certificates.
Click here for an introduction to the 1901 Pan-American Issue: http://siegelauctions.com/2013/1052/1901_Intro.pdf
FINE. A RARE SOUND EXAMPLE OF THE 4-CENT PAN-AMERICAN INVERT WITH INTACT ORIGINAL GUM.
The 4c stamp portrays an electric automobile, known at the time as the "Electric Vehicle Service," as depicted on the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad brochure from which the engraving was made. In the background one can see the dome of the Capitol. One of the two men seated as the front was Samuel B. Hege, B&O's passenger agent, so this stamp actually depicts a living person in violation of the law.
The 4c Pan-American Invert was a special printing and not regularly issued. Examples were distributed through two official channels, and the gum on the majority of stamps without "Specimen" overprint was disturbed. In fact, because the stamps were removed from mounting paper, they are generally thinned or have seriously disturbed gum. This is a rare exception.
With 2013 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, Fine 70; SMQ $85,000.00). The Scott Catalogue value is for a stamp with slightly disturbed gum.
EXTREMELY FINE HALF PANE OF 50 THE 5-CENT PAN-AMERICAN ISSUE WITH A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED PLATE BLOCK.
Scott Retail as Mint N.H. plate block, Mint N.H. and hinged singles
VERY FINE. A SCARCE MINT NEVER-HINGED LARGE MULTIPLE OF THE 8-CENT PAN-AMERICAN ISSUE.
This is the largest multiple we have offered since a half pane of 50 in our 2006 Rarities sale. Scott Retail as singles
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. ONE OF THE FINEST IMPRINT AND PLATE NUMBER BLOCKS OF THE 10-CENT PAN-AMERICAN ISSUE WE HAVE EVER ENCOUNTERED.
With 2014 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail as plate block of six and three additional Mint N.H. singles