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Sale 1093 — The Curtis Collection: U.S. 20th Century and Air Post

Sale Date — Monday-Tuesday, 23-24 February, 2015

Category — 1910-13 Coils (Scott 384-396)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
194
c
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 194, 1910-13 Coils (Scott 384-396)2c Carmine, Horizontal Imperforate Coil (384H), 2c Carmine, Horizontal Imperforate Coil (384H)2c Carmine, Horizontal Imperforate Coil (384H). Single with deep color tied by "Cleveland, Ohio Mar 9, 1912" machine cancel on window envelope with The Morehouse Co. corner card, this is the earliest documented use, Very Fine, one of only two recorded examples on cover with this imperforate coil, ex Berkun, with 2004 A.P.S. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
1,300
195
nh
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 195, 1910-13 Coils (Scott 384-396)1c Green, Coil (385), 1c Green, Coil (385)1c Green, Coil (385). Mint N.H., Jumbo margins and perfect centering, post-office fresh in every respect, Extremely Fine Gem, a phenomenal stamp, with 2011 P.S.A.G. certificate (98J OgNH), by way of comparison P.S.E. does not even price this stamp above the grade of 95 and they have awarded no 98J grades to this coil in any format

100
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196
nh
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 196, 1910-13 Coils (Scott 384-396)1c Green, Coil (385), 1c Green, Coil (385)1c Green, Coil (385). Mint N.H. pair, choice centering with balanced margins, fresh color, Extremely Fine, with 1998 P.F. and 2004 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $475.00)

240
425
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197
nh
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 197, 1910-13 Coils (Scott 384-396)1c Green, Coil (385), 1c Green, Coil (385)1c Green, Coil (385). Mint N.H. guide line pair, excellent centering amid especially wide margins on all sides, rich color and proof-like impression, Extremely Fine, with 1986 and 2004 P.F. certificates, as well as a 2008 P.S.E. certificate (VF-XF 85; SMQ $1,350.00)

1,000
600
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198
nh
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 198, 1910-13 Coils (Scott 384-396)1c Green, Coil (385), 1c Green, Coil (385)1c Green, Coil (385). Mint N.H. guide line pair, wonderfully well-centered, rich color, post-office fresh and Extremely Fine, with 2000 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $2,000.00), only two grade higher (at 95) and only one equals this grade

1,000
1,500
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199
og
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 199, 1910-13 Coils (Scott 384-396)1c Green, Coil (385), 1c Green, Coil (385)1c Green, Coil (385). Two guide line strips of four, one with one Mint N.H. stamp but pencil notation, Fine, other with tiny stains in top right margin, Fine-Very Fine, with 2011 and 2004 P.S.E. certificates respectively

900
250
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200
 
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 200, 1910-13 Coils (Scott 384-396)1c Green, Coil (385), 1c Green, Coil (385)1c Green, Coil (385). Guide line pair, the bottom stamp particularly well-centered, light cancel, fresh color, Very Fine, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (F-VF 75; SMQ $575.00), only two used line pairs have graded higher (highest is 85)

850
275
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201
 
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 201, 1910-13 Coils (Scott 384-396)1c Green, Coil (385), 1c Green, Coil (385)1c Green, Coil (385). Guide line strip of four, deep rich color, bold Michigan town double-oval cancels, Very Fine, a rare used line strip, with 2004 P.S.E. certificate

925
400
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202
c
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 202, 1910-13 Coils (Scott 384-396)1c Green, Coil (385), 1c Green, Coil (385)1c Green, Coil (385). Guide line pair, choice centering, tied by "Benton Harbor Mich. May 28, 1917" machine pmk. on Covel Manufacturing Co. cover to Seattle Wash., file folds well away from stamps, Extremely Fine, scarce used on cover, Scott Retail $850.00 as used guide line pair

E. 500-750
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203
nh
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 203, 1910-13 Coils (Scott 384-396)2c Carmine, Coil (386), 2c Carmine, Coil (386)2c Carmine, Coil (386). Mint N.H. pair, top stamp with particularly wide margins, fresh color, Fine-Very Fine, ex Laehder, with 1991 P.F. certificate

650
400
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204
og
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 204, 1910-13 Coils (Scott 384-396)2c Carmine, Coil (386), 2c Carmine, Coil (386)2c Carmine, Coil (386). Guide line pair, barest trace of hinging, brilliant color, gorgeous centering both side to side and top to bottom

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB GUIDE LINE PAIR OF THE 2-CENT 1910 VERTICAL COIL, SCOTT 386.

According to Johl (Vol. 1, p. 111), the Bureau switched to Perf 8-1/2 for their coils after a very short period of time. The Perf 12 coils proved to be too susceptible to falling apart in the machines used to affix (and make) the coils. Scott 386 was one of the first to be discontinued.

Ex Scarsdale. 1998 P.F. certificate as Mint N.H. no longer accompanies. With 2004 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $3,750.00). This is the only guide line pair awarded this high grade with none higher. The highest Mint N.H. line pair is graded 90

1,600
6,000
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205
og
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 205, 1910-13 Coils (Scott 384-396)2c Carmine, Coil (386), 2c Carmine, Coil (386)2c Carmine, Coil (386). Guide line strip of four, top stamp of line pair lightly hinged, other three Mint N.H., bright color, fresh and Fine, with 2011 P.S.A.G. certificate, Scott Retail as hinged line pair and two Mint N.H. singles

2,160
500
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206
nh
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 206, 1910-13 Coils (Scott 384-396)1c Green, Coil (387), 1c Green, Coil (387)1c Green, Coil (387). Mint N.H., brilliant color, crisp impression, Jumbo margins, Extremely Fine Gem, ex Scarsdale and Hoffman, with 1999 P.F., 1999 and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90 Jumbo; SMQ $675.00 as 90, $1,100.00 as 95)

390
950
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207
nh
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 207, 1910-13 Coils (Scott 384-396)1c Green, Coil (387), 1c Green, Coil (387)1c Green, Coil (387). Mint N.H. pair with 3mm spacing, deep rich color on post-office fresh paper, almost perfect centering with Jumbo margins, a few perf separations at top

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A GORGEOUS MINT NEVER-HINGED PAIR OF THE ONE-CENT 1910 HORIZONTAL COIL, SCOTT 387.

Ex Whitman. With 1994 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $5,500.00 as 95, $9,750.00 as 98). Only one example has graded higher and no others share this grade,

1,050
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208
og
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 208, 1910-13 Coils (Scott 384-396)1c Green, Coil (387), 1c Green, Coil (387)1c Green, Coil (387). Guide line pair, very thin h.r. at top, otherwise pristine gum, choice centering, Extremely Fine, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (OGh, XF 90; SMQ $1,900.00), this is the highest grade awarded to an unused Scott 387 line pair

1,150
3,000
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209
og
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 209, 1910-13 Coils (Scott 384-396)2c Carmine, Coil (388), 2c Carmine, Coil (388)2c Carmine, Coil (388). Bright color, crisp impression, choice centering with unusually wide margins for this issue

EXTREMELY FINE. A HUGE EXAMPLE OF THE 1910 SINGLE-LINE WATERMARKED 2-CENT PERF 12 HORIZONTAL COIL, SCOTT 388.

Ex Scarsdale. With 1998 P.F. certificate

1,300
1,700
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210
og
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 210, 1910-13 Coils (Scott 384-396)2c Carmine, Coil (388), 2c Carmine, Coil (388)2c Carmine, Coil (388). Pair with 3mm spacing, lightly hinged, deep rich color and fine impression

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A BEAUTIFUL PAIR OF THE SCARCE 2-CENT SINGLE-LINE WATERMARKED PERF 12 HORIZONTAL COIL WITH 3MM SPACING.

Ex Hillmer. With 1992 P.S.E. and 1998 P.F. certificates

3,500
3,250
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211
og
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 211, 1910-13 Coils (Scott 384-396)2c Carmine, Coil (388), 2c Carmine, Coil (388)2c Carmine, Coil (388). Guide line pair, lightly hinged, deep rich color on fresh paper

VERY FINE AND RARE. ONLY A FEW GUIDE LINE PAIRS OF THIS COIL RARITY EXIST IN SOUND, VERY FINE CONDITION.

Ex Fox. With 1956, 1991 and 2001 P.F. certificates

8,250
6,250
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212
 
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 212, 1910-13 Coils (Scott 384-396)2c Carmine, Coil (388), 2c Carmine, Coil (388)2c Carmine, Coil (388). Bright color, neat machine cancel, two small thins at right, Very Fine appearance, with 1999 A.P.S. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates

2,250
550
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213
 
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 213, 1910-13 Coils (Scott 384-396)2c Carmine, Coil (388), 2c Carmine, Coil (388)2c Carmine, Coil (388). Pair with 2mm spacing, deep rich color, bold duplex cancels, small crease at top of right stamp

FINE APPEARANCE AND EXTREMELY RARE. APPROXIMATELY TEN USED PAIRS AND ONE USED GUIDE LINE STRIP OF FOUR ARE KNOWN TO US.

This 2c coil was in production for only a short period of time before being superseded by the Perf 8-1/2 issue. Due to the greater popularity of the horizontal coils with users, combined with a wary attitude by many collectors that early coils were simply trimmed stamps, many were used and few preserved.

Approximately ten used pairs are known. The only used guide line multiple we record is the strip of four from our Natalee Grace sale, which is specifically mentioned as being unique in Scott Catalogue (Sale 1028, lot 357).

With 1978 A.P.S. and 1999 P.F. certificates

7,500
8,500
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214
 
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 214, 1910-13 Coils (Scott 384-396)3c Deep Violet, Orangeburg Coil (389), 3c Deep Violet, Orangeburg Coil (389)3c Deep Violet, Orangeburg Coil (389). Wide margins and nice centering, deep rich color, neat wavy-line cancel, tiny corner creases at top, light crease at left

VERY FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 3-CENT ORANGEBURG COIL. SCARCE WITH SUCH WIDE MARGINS.

With 1992 P.F. certificate

10,500
6,250
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215
c
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 215, 1910-13 Coils (Scott 384-396)3c Deep Violet, Orangeburg Coil (389), 3c Deep Violet, Orangeburg Coil (389)3c Deep Violet, Orangeburg Coil (389). Deep rich color and sharp proof-like impression, tied by "Orangeburg N.Y. Mar. 8 3PM 1911" machine cancel on cover to Berwyn Pa., usual "Bell & Company Incorporated Manufacturing Chemists" corner card, stamp lifted and hinged to cover, tiny faults not noted on certificate

FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS THE EARLIEST DOCUMENTED USE OF THE RARE 3-CENT ORANGEBURG COIL ON COVER. ONLY THIRTEEN ORANGEBURG COIL COVERS HAVE BEEN CERTIFIED AS GENUINE BY THE PHILATELIC FOUNDATION.

The Orangeburg coil was made by the Post Office Department in 1911, specifically for use by the Bell Pharmaceutical Company. The 3c coil stamps were used to send samples of their products to physicians. Due to the quantity of mail, they were put through the first-class cancelling machine at Orangeburg, New York. The Orangeburg coil stamps' use on third-class mail and the fact that philatelists were generally unaware of their production account for their rarity.

When we offered this stamp and the cover in our Sale 798 (lot 454A), it was our opinion that the stamp did not originate on this cover. However, it was subsequently expertized by The Philatelic Foundation and certified as a genuine use (earliest documented date) and acquired by Alan Berkun for his exhibit collection.

Ex Ward, Southgate and Berkun. With 1998 P.F. certificate.

27,500
12,500
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216
 
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 216, 1910-13 Coils (Scott 384-396)1c Green, Coil (390), 1c Green, Coil (390)1c Green, Coil (390). Guide line pair, nearly perfect centering, rich color on fresh paper, neat "Seattle Wash. Apr. 20, 1915 6-PM" Panama-Pacific Exposition slogan cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb pair with a better cancel, with 2008 P.F. certificate (XF-Superb 95), with 2013 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $650.00)

125
600
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217
nh
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 217, 1910-13 Coils (Scott 384-396)2c Carmine, Coil (391), 2c Carmine, Coil (391)2c Carmine, Coil (391). Mint N.H. pair, deep rich color, outstanding centering with wide and balanced margins, Extremely Fine Gem, ex Whitman and Golden Oak, with 1980, 1994 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $900.00), only two pairs have graded higher (both at 95J)

240
750
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218
 
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 218, 1910-13 Coils (Scott 384-396)2c Carmine, Coil (391), 2c Carmine, Coil (391)2c Carmine, Coil (391). Guide line pair, rich color, outstanding wide margins, neat strike of 1916 year-dated Des Moines Iowa duplex cancel

EXTREMELY FINE. THE 2-CENT VERTICAL COIL, SCOTT 391, IS VERY RARE AS A LINE PAIR IN CHOICE GENUINELY USED CONDITION.

With 2003 P.F. certificate

1,500
1,900
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219
 
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 219, 1910-13 Coils (Scott 384-396)2c Carmine, Coil (391), 2c Carmine, Coil (391)2c Carmine, Coil (391). Guide line pair, duplex cancel, deep color, Fine and scarce, with 2002 P.F. certificate

1,500
425
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220
 
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 220, 1910-13 Coils (Scott 384-396)1c Green, Coil (392), 1c Green, Coil (392)1c Green, Coil (392). Guide line pair, face-free wavy-line machine cancel, choice centering, Extremely Fine, with 2002 P.F., 1994 and 2011 P.S.E. certificates (VF-XF 85; SMQ $600.00)

500
425
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221
 
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 221, 1910-13 Coils (Scott 384-396)1c Green, Coil (392), 1c Green, Coil (392)1c Green, Coil (392). Two covers franked with guide line pairs, first dated Oct. 20, 1913 from Saginaw Mich. to Sherman Tex., second back to Saginaw with Oct. 23 date, both with same writing and second folded (indicating a self-addressed return envelope), first with some staple rust on back and right stamp a few toned perfs, still Very Fine and scarce pair of line pair covers, no doubt sent between philatelists, Mr. Curtis acquired these years apart and reunited them, one with 1992 P.F. certificate, Scott Retail for two used line pairs but that hardly does justice to fascinating pair of covers

1,000
600
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222
og
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 222, 1910-13 Coils (Scott 384-396)3c Deep Violet, Coil (394), 3c Deep Violet, Coil (394)3c Deep Violet, Coil (394). Guide line pair, lightly hinged, wonderfully well-centered with wide margins, deep rich color, Extremely Fine, with 1984 P.F. certificate

425
450
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223
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Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 223, 1910-13 Coils (Scott 384-396)4c Brown, Coil (395), 4c Brown, Coil (395)4c Brown, Coil (395). Mint N.H. pair, deep rich color, enormous margins, Extremely Fine, ex Saadi and North Fork collection, with 1989 and 2003 P.F. certificates

350
375
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224
 
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 224, 1910-13 Coils (Scott 384-396)3c Deep Violet, 4c Brown, Coil (394-395), 3c Deep Violet, 4c Brown, Coil (394-395)3c Deep Violet, 4c Brown, Coil (394-395). Line strips of four, large even imperforate margins, the two line pairs with decent centering around the perforations, 3c with Des Moines Iowa duplex cancels, 4c with light duplex cancel and tiny thin spot in right stamp of line pair, Fine-Very Fine, 4c with 2001 P.F. certificate

1,300
475
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225
og
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 225, 1910-13 Coils (Scott 384-396)4c Brown, Coil (395), 4c Brown, Coil (395)4c Brown, Coil (395). Guide line pair, lightly hinged, beautiful rich color and proof-like impression, well-centered with wide margins, Very Fine and choice, with 1986 P.F. certificate

475
400
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226
 
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 226, 1910-13 Coils (Scott 384-396)4c Brown, Coil (395), 4c Brown, Coil (395)4c Brown, Coil (395). Guide line pair, Cleveland duplex cancel, wide margins, rich color, Very Fine, with 1990 P.F. certificate

650
425
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227
nh
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 227, 1910-13 Coils (Scott 384-396)5c Blue, Coil (396), 5c Blue, Coil (396)5c Blue, Coil (396). Mint N.H., wonderful depth of color on post-office fresh paper, precisely balanced margins, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb stamp, with 2010 P.S.A.G. certificate (98 ogNH)

135
400
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228
og
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 228, 1910-13 Coils (Scott 384-396)5c Blue, Coil (396), 5c Blue, Coil (396)5c Blue, Coil (396). Guide line pair, right stamp Mint N.H., left stamp lightly hinged, beautiful deep shade, well-centered, Very Fine, ex Hillmer, with 1975 A.P.S. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (OGph, VF 80; SMQ $350.00)

425
350
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229
 
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 229, 1910-13 Coils (Scott 384-396)5c Blue, Coil (396), 5c Blue, Coil (396)5c Blue, Coil (396). Wide balanced margins, deep rich color, cancelled by New York datestamp, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2009 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $450.00), only two have graded higher (at 98)

67
300
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230
 
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 230, 1910-13 Coils (Scott 384-396)5c Blue, Coil (396), 5c Blue, Coil (396)5c Blue, Coil (396). Pair, fresh color and paper, wide margins with choice centering, unobtrusive duplex cancel, P.S.E. mentions shorter perf at upper left but it is fully formed so we believe a harsh call, Extremely Fine, with 1992 P.F. and 2006 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $600.00), we gather this would have graded 95 without the perf call

190
0
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231
 
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 231, 1910-13 Coils (Scott 384-396)5c Blue, Coil (396), 5c Blue, Coil (396)5c Blue, Coil (396). Guide line pair, intense color on fresh paper, double oval cancel, Very Fine, a scarce used guide line pair, with 1995 P.F. certificate

825
275
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