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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 — 1922-25 Issue (Scott 551-573)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
520
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Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 520, 1922-25 Issue (Scott 551-573)6c-$1.00 1922-25 Issue, Superb Graded Balance (561/571), 6c-$1.00 1922-25 Issue, Superb Graded Balance (561/571)6c-$1.00 1922-25 Issue, Superb Graded Balance (561/571). 11 stamps, all but one Mint N.H., each an Extremely Fine Gem and most P.S.E. graded, incl. Nos. 558 (P.F. certificate), 559 (98), 561 (95J), another 561 (95), 562 (95 P.S.A.G.), 565 (95), 566 (95), 567 (95J), 568 (95), 570 (90J), 571 (OGph 98), a Superb group, SMQ value for all but No. 558, without regard to the Jumbo appellations $1,870.00

E. 1,000-1,500
1,100
521
nh
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 521, 1922-25 Issue (Scott 551-573)2c Carmine (554), 2c Carmine (554)2c Carmine (554). Mint N.H., mathematically perfect centering with wide margins, wonderful depth of color and proof-like impression, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2007 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100; unpriced above the grade of 98, SMQ $225.00 as 98), only six others share this top grade

3
650
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522
ogbl
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 522, 1922-25 Issue (Scott 551-573)2c Carmine (554), 2c Carmine (554)2c Carmine (554). Right plate no. 17196 and six-point star block of six, lightly hinged, rich color, top stamps faint natural gum wrinkle, Fine, scarce plate block with six-point star, pencil notation on back of selvage outside of gum

1,000
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523
c
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 523, 1922-25 Issue (Scott 551-573)2c Carmine, Perf 10 at Bottom (554d), 2c Carmine, Perf 10 at Bottom (554d)2c Carmine, Perf 10 at Bottom (554d). Tied by "Colorado Springs Colo. Feb. 6, 1924" machine cancel on Midland Terminal Railway Co. corner card cover to New York, deep rich color on bright paper, missing small part of top flap, minor edgewear

VERY FINE. ONE OF ONLY FIVE RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE RARE 1922 2-CENT PERF 10 AT TOP OR BOTTOM ON COVER.

At a certain point during production one of the perforating wheels became defective. In the course of repairs part of one perforation wheel was inadvertently changed from Perf 11 to Perf 10. Based on the physical evidence of surviving copies, this was the nineteenth row of pins on the wheel.

The Perf 10 on One Side varieties span both the 1917 Washington-Franklin and 1922-23 Issues. It is interesting to note that, apart from the 2c, there is no duplication of denomination between the issues. This would seem to indicate that the improperly repaired wheel was in use for only a short period of time, as there was little overlap in production of the issues. Based on dates of issue of the basic stamps, this probably occurred early in 1923.

Our census of Scott 554d, available at http://www.siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/554d/554d.pdf , records 20 used singles, four contained in a block and five covers, for a total of 29.

Census No. 554d-COV-22. Ex Griffith and Lake Shore. With 1988 P.F. certificate.

25,000
3,500
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524
nhbl
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 524, 1922-25 Issue (Scott 551-573)3c Violet (555), 3c Violet (555)3c Violet (555). Mint N.H. wide top plate no. 17924 block of six, rich color, choice centering, Extremely Fine, a beautiful plate block

425
550
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525
nh
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 525, 1922-25 Issue (Scott 551-573)8c Olive Green (560), 8c Olive Green (560)8c Olive Green (560). Mint N.H., almost perfect centering, fresh color, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $350.00)

90
250
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526
ogbl
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 526, 1922-25 Issue (Scott 551-573)8c Olive Green (560), 8c Olive Green (560)8c Olive Green (560). Wide top plate no. 14572 block of six, lightly hinged, choice centering and margins, Very Fine-Extremely Fine, with 2000 P.F. certificate as Mint N.H., Scott Retail as hinged

575
475
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527
nhbl
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 527, 1922-25 Issue (Scott 551-573)10c Orange (562), 10c Orange (562)10c Orange (562). Mint N.H. top plate no. 16389 block of six, outstanding centering, Extremely Fine

425
1,600
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528
nhbl
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 528, 1922-25 Issue (Scott 551-573)15c Gray (566), 15c Gray (566)15c Gray (566). Mint N.H. top plate no. 17425 block of six with wide selvage, bright shade, choice centering, fresh, Very Fine-Extremely Fine

425
700
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529
nhbl
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 529, 1922-25 Issue (Scott 551-573)20c Carmine Rose (567), 20c Carmine Rose (567)20c Carmine Rose (567). Mint N.H. top plate no. 20037 block of six, deep shade, exceptionally well-centered, usual natural gum bends, Extremely Fine

450
425
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530
nhbl
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 530, 1922-25 Issue (Scott 551-573)25c Yellow Green (568), 25c Yellow Green (568)25c Yellow Green (568). Mint N.H. top plate no. 14062 block of six, bottom row particularly well-centered, rich color, Very Fine-Extremely Fine, ex Gray

425
350
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531
nh
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 531, 1922-25 Issue (Scott 551-573)30c Olive Brown (569), 30c Olive Brown (569)30c Olive Brown (569). Mint N.H., Jumbo margins and precise centering, deep rich color, Extremely Fine Gem, a beautiful stamp, with 2000 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $275.00 as 95, $850.00 as 98)

55
225
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532
nhbl
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 532, 1922-25 Issue (Scott 551-573)50c Lilac (570), 50c Lilac (570)50c Lilac (570). Mint N.H. top plate no. 17482 block of six, nice margins and centering, particularly in bottom row, few typical natural gum skips and bends, Very Fine and choice

800
375
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533
nhbl
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 533, 1922-25 Issue (Scott 551-573)$1.00 Violet Black (571), $1.00 Violet Black (571)$1.00 Violet Black (571). Mint N.H. top plate number F18681 block of six, exceptionally well-centered, strong color, typical natural gum bends, Extremely Fine

525
400
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534
nhbl
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 534, 1922-25 Issue (Scott 551-573)$1.00 Violet Black (571), $1.00 Violet Black (571)$1.00 Violet Black (571). Mint N.H. double plate no. 18642 and top arrow block of 12, gorgeous color, top row particularly choice centering, natural horizontal gum skip thru top row, tiny perf hole tear in ungummed portion of selvage along center line, otherwise Very Fine-Extremely Fine

1,080
275
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535
nh
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 535, 1922-25 Issue (Scott 551-573)$2.00 Deep Blue (572), $2.00 Deep Blue (572)$2.00 Deep Blue (572). Mint N.H., Jumbo margins and precise centering, rich color and detailed impression, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2008 and 2013 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $325.00 as 95, $700.00 as 98)

140
250
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536
nhbl
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 536, 1922-25 Issue (Scott 551-573)$2.00 Deep Blue (572), $2.00 Deep Blue (572)$2.00 Deep Blue (572). Mint N.H. top plate no. F14306 block of six, wide margins, exceptionally well-centered, couple small natural gum skips, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb plate block

1,100
1,300
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537
nhbl
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 537, 1922-25 Issue (Scott 551-573)$2.00 Deep Blue (572), $2.00 Deep Blue (572)$2.00 Deep Blue (572). Mint N.H. bottom plate no. 14306 block of six, radiant color, choice centering, natural gum creases, still Very Fine and choice

1,100
600
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538
nh
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 538, 1922-25 Issue (Scott 551-573)$5.00 Carmine & Blue (573), $5.00 Carmine & Blue (573)$5.00 Carmine & Blue (573). Mint N.H., intense colors and impressions (almost looks like the Carmine Lake sub-shade), beautiful centering with Jumbo margins, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2007 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $425.00 as 95, $1,150.00 as 98)

210
425
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539
nhbl
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 539, 1922-25 Issue (Scott 551-573)$5.00 Carmine & Blue (573), $5.00 Carmine & Blue (573)$5.00 Carmine & Blue (573). Mint N.H. arrow, marker and double plate nos. F14326/F14327 block of eight, wide margins and extraordinarily well-centered throughout, light natural gum crease top right corner of pos. 4 and into selvage

EXTREMELY FINE MINT NEVER-HINGED PLATE BLOCK OF THE $5.00 1922 ISSUE.

A Power Search review revealed few plate blocks as well-centered as the example offered here

2,800
2,100
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