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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 — 1913-15 Issue (Scott 424-440)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
292
ogbl
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 292, 1913-15 Issue (Scott 424-440)1c Green, Vertical Pair, Imperforate Horizontally (424c), 1c Green, Vertical Pair, Imperforate Horizontally (424c)1c Green, Vertical Pair, Imperforate Horizontally (424c). Block of four, few small h.r., attractive shade, typical centering for this scarce variety, Fine, this is the first block we have offered since keeping computerized records, with 1964 P.F. certificate, Scott Retail as two pairs

6,000
1,200
293
nh
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 293, 1913-15 Issue (Scott 424-440)5c Blue (428), 5c Blue (428)5c Blue (428). Mint N.H., deep rich color and proof-like impression, perfectly centered, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2009 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $1,850.00), this is the highest grade awarded and only four others share it

75
1,700
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294
nh
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 294, 1913-15 Issue (Scott 424-440)5c Blue (428), 5c Blue (428)5c Blue (428). Mint N.H., pretty shade, wide and balanced margins, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2007 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $600.00)

75
500
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295
c
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 295, 1913-15 Issue (Scott 424-440)5c Blue (428), 5c Blue (428)5c Blue (428). Tied by "New York N.Y. Dec. 2 9:30 AM 1914 Sta. O." machine cancel on cover to Yokohama, Japan, Very Fine, this is the earliest documented use of Scott 428, ex Berkun, with 2002 A.P.S. certificate

E. 500-750
400
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296
nh
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 296, 1913-15 Issue (Scott 424-440)6c Red Orange (429), 6c Red Orange (429)6c Red Orange (429). Mint N.H., rich color, wide margins, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2007 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $750.00)

105
450
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297
nhbl
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 297, 1913-15 Issue (Scott 424-440)6c Red Orange (429), 6c Red Orange (429)6c Red Orange (429). Mint N.H. wide top imprint, star and plate no. 5430 block of six, vivid color on bright paper, post-office fresh and intact, Very Fine, a scarce wide top plate block in exceptionally fine quality

725
0
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298
nhbl
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 298, 1913-15 Issue (Scott 424-440)6c Red Orange (429), 6c Red Orange (429)6c Red Orange (429). Mint N.H. left imprint, star and plate no. 5430 block of six, vivid color on bright paper, post-office fresh and intact, few usual natural gum skips, Very Fine, ex Silver Lake, with 2004 P.F. certificate

725
180
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299
og
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 299, 1913-15 Issue (Scott 424-440)7c Black (430), 7c Black (430)7c Black (430). Lightly hinged, intense shade and impression, perfectly centered with Jumbo margins, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2010 P.S.A.G. certificate (Superb 98)

90
225
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300
ogbl
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 300, 1913-15 Issue (Scott 424-440)7c Black (430), 7c Black (430)7c Black (430). Left plate no. 6936 block of six, crisp impression, light natral gum bend at lower right, Very Fine and choice

1,000
550
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301
ogbl
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 301, 1913-15 Issue (Scott 424-440)8c Pale Olive Green (431), 8c Pale Olive Green (431)8c Pale Olive Green (431). Wide top imprint, plate no. 5725 and "A" block of six, two stamps at top right lightly hinged, others Mint N.H., pretty shade, fresh and Very Fine, an attractive plate block, ex Saddleback

450
275
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302
 
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 302, 1913-15 Issue (Scott 424-440)8c Pale Olive Green (431), 8c Pale Olive Green (431)8c Pale Olive Green (431). Perfectly centered, pretty shade, face-free cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2013 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $425.00 as 98), this is the highest grade awarded and the only stamp to achieve it

3
1,300
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303
nh
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 303, 1913-15 Issue (Scott 424-440)9c Salmon Red (432), 9c Salmon Red (432)9c Salmon Red (432). Mint N.H., vibrant color, Jumbo margins, fresh and Extremely Fine, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $750.00 as 95, $2,500.00 as 98)

105
700
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304
nhbl
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 304, 1913-15 Issue (Scott 424-440)9c Salmon Red (432), 9c Salmon Red (432)9c Salmon Red (432). Mint N.H. left plate no. 6915 block of six, rich color, post-office fresh, Very Fine

1,150
425
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305
nh
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 305, 1913-15 Issue (Scott 424-440)11c Dark Green (434), 11c Dark Green (434)11c Dark Green (434). Mint N.H., deep rich color on bright paper, perfectly centered, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2009 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $1,150.00), only four have graded higher

55
1,300
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306
nh
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 306, 1913-15 Issue (Scott 424-440)12c Claret Brown (435), 12c Claret Brown (435)12c Claret Brown (435). Mint N.H., detailed impression, wide margins, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2009 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $1,375.00), only one has graded higher

60
1,300
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307
ogbl
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 307, 1913-15 Issue (Scott 424-440)15c Gray (437), 15c Gray (437)15c Gray (437). Left plate no. 5850 and letter "A" block of six with wide selvage, brilliant color, five stamps Mint N.H., bottom right stamp lightly hinged, Fine-Very Fine, Scott Retail as singles

1,525
425
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308
og
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 308, 1913-15 Issue (Scott 424-440)20c Ultramarine (438), 20c Ultramarine (438)20c Ultramarine (438). H.r., pretty shade on bright paper, wide and balanced margins, Extremely Fine, with 1998 P.S.E. certificate

190
275
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309
ogbl
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 309, 1913-15 Issue (Scott 424-440)20c Ultramarine (438), 20c Ultramarine (438)20c Ultramarine (438). Bottom plate no. 6908 block of six with unusually wide selvage, five stamps Mint N.H., top center stamp lightly hinged, brilliant color, Very Fine and choice, an attractive plate block

3,250
1,500
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310
nh
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 310, 1913-15 Issue (Scott 424-440)30c Orange Red (439), 30c Orange Red (439)30c Orange Red (439). Mint N.H., brilliant color on bright paper, choice centering with wide and balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1914 30-CENT PERF 10 SINGLE-LINE WATERMARKED ISSUE.

With 2005 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $3,000.00). Only six have graded higher (the highest is a 98) and only five others share this grade.

500
2,300
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311
nh
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 311, 1913-15 Issue (Scott 424-440)30c Orange Red (439), 30c Orange Red (439)30c Orange Red (439). Mint N.H., well-centered within wide margins, rich color, Extremely Fine, with 1996 P.F. and 2006 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $1,050.00)

500
950
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312
ogbl
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 312, 1913-15 Issue (Scott 424-440)30c Orange Red (439), 30c Orange Red (439)30c Orange Red (439). Bottom plate no. 6917 block of six, lightly hinged, vibrant color, fresh and Very Fine

4,000
1,300
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313
og
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 313, 1913-15 Issue (Scott 424-440)50c Violet (440), 50c Violet (440)50c Violet (440). Lightly hinged, brilliant color, choice centering with Jumbo margins, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2007 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $1,000.00 as 95, $2,250.00 as 98)

450
650
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314
 
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 314, 1913-15 Issue (Scott 424-440)50c Violet (440), 50c Violet (440)50c Violet (440). Huge margins and perfectly centered, vibrant color, face-free cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, an outstanding stamp, ex Kirke, with 1995 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $700.00), only one has graded higher (at 98J) and this is the only example graded Superb 98

20
950
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315
nhbl
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 315, 1913-15 Issue (Scott 424-440)50c Violet (440), 50c Violet (440)50c Violet (440). Left plate no. 7042 block of six, Mint N.H. and unpriced as such in Scott, vivid color, beautifully margined and centered, light gripper marks on left stamps

VERY FINE-EXTREMELY FINE. AN INCREDIBLY RARE MINT NEVER-HINGED PLATE BLOCK OF THE 1915 50-CENT PERF 10 WITH SINGLE-LINE WATERMARK.

This plate block is extremely rare in any gum condition -- this and the example offered in the following lot are only the second and third plate blocks we have offered in eight years. We have not offered a Mint N.H. plate block in all of our sales since 1993 and our Rarities sales dating back to 1964.

With 2006 P.S.E. certificate. Unpriced in Scott as Mint N.H. Scott Retail as hinged

15,000
13,000
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316
ogbl
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 316, 1913-15 Issue (Scott 424-440)50c Violet (440), 50c Violet (440)50c Violet (440). Right plate no. 7049 block of six, pos. 3, 5 and 6 Mint N.H., other stamps lightly hinged, rich color on bright paper, choice margins and centering

VERY FINE-EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND RARE PLATE BLOCK OF THE 1915 50-CENT PERF 10 WITH SINGLE-LINE WATERMARK.

This is and the example offered in the previous lot are only the second and third plate blocks we have offered in eight years.

With 2006 P.F. certificate

15,000
6,750
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