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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 — 1923 and Later Issues (Scott 578-834a)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
540
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Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 540, 1923 and Later Issues (Scott 578-834a)1c Green, Rotary (578), 1c Green, Rotary (578)1c Green, Rotary (578). Mint N.H., outstanding centering, rich color on post-office fresh paper, Extremely Fine Gem, this Rotary Press printing is very difficult to find in the higher grades, with 2005 P.F. and P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $800.00), only two have graded higher (at 95J and 98)

170
1,300
541
nhbl
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 541, 1923 and Later Issues (Scott 578-834a)1c Green, Rotary (578), 1c Green, Rotary (578)1c Green, Rotary (578). Mint N.H. plate no. 14661 and star block of four, bright shade, well-centered for this notoriously challenging issue, Very Fine, ex Silver Lake, with 2004 P.F. certificate

1,750
425
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542
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Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 542, 1923 and Later Issues (Scott 578-834a)2c Carmine, Rotary (579), 2c Carmine, Rotary (579)2c Carmine, Rotary (579). Mint N.H. top plate no. 15890 and star block of six, deep rich color, unusually well-centered, Very Fine and choice, a lovely plate block

1,220
400
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543
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Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 543, 1923 and Later Issues (Scott 578-834a)1c-10c 1923-26 Issue, Perf 10 (581-591), 1c-10c 1923-26 Issue, Perf 10 (581-591)1c-10c 1923-26 Issue, Perf 10 (581-591). Mint N.H. plate no. blocks of four, bright colors, nice margins and centering throughout, 7c with indentation in selvage from pencil writing, 8c with few internal perf separations and perf dimple, fresh and Very Fine set of plate blocks, makes a beautiful presentation on two album pages, ex Silver Lake

3,935
950
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544
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Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 544, 1923 and Later Issues (Scott 578-834a)7c Black, Perf 10 (588), 7c Black, Perf 10 (588)7c Black, Perf 10 (588). Mint N.H., attractive shade, wide margins and perfect centering, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2012 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $1,025.00), only two have graded higher

27
650
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545
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Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 545, 1923 and Later Issues (Scott 578-834a)10c Orange, Perf 10 (591), 10c Orange, Perf 10 (591)10c Orange, Perf 10 (591). Mint N.H., exceptionally well-centered and with vivid color, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2005 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $375.00)

90
200
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546
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Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 546, 1923 and Later Issues (Scott 578-834a)1c Green, Rotary, Perf 11 (594), 1c Green, Rotary, Perf 11 (594)1c Green, Rotary, Perf 11 (594). Unused (no gum), bright color, margins to touched at right, surface scrapes at left and bottom left, small corner crease at bottom right

FINE APPEARANCE. AN ATTRACTIVE AND EXTREMELY RARE UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT ROTARY PERF 11 ISSUE, SCOTT 594. WE RECORD ONLY 18 EXAMPLES IN UNUSED CONDITION.

The 1c Green, Scott 594, is waste from a horizontal rotary printing used to make coils. At the beginning or end of a coil-stamp print run from the 170-subject rotary plates, some leading or trailing paper was produced that was too short for rolling into 500-stamp rolls. In 1919 the Bureau devised a plan to salvage this waste by perforating and cutting the sheets into panes. They were put through the 11-gauge flat-plate perforator in use at the time, giving the sheets full perforations on all sides. The existence of Scott 594 was not reported until four months after the final sheets were delivered, and the 1c Rotary Perf 11 was soon recognized as one of the rarest United States stamps.

Our census of unused examples of Scott 594, based on the Levi and P.F. records and available at our website at http://www.siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/594/594.pdf ), contains only 18 stamps. Of these only 11 have any gum, and three of those have perforated initials of Crowell Publishing Co. of Springfield, Ohio, which some collectors regard as equivalent to a cancel.

Census No. 594-UNC-12. With 2013 P.F. certificate. Scott Catalogue notes "both unused and used are valued with perforations just touching frameline on one side"

35,000
9,000
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547
 
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 547, 1923 and Later Issues (Scott 578-834a)1c Green, Rotary, Perf 11 (594), 1c Green, Rotary, Perf 11 (594)1c Green, Rotary, Perf 11 (594). Intense shade and impression, neat machine cancel, margins to clear at bottom

VERY FINE. A RARE SOUND EXAMPLE OF THE 1923 ONE-CENT ROTARY PERF 11 ISSUE.

Like the 2c, Scott 595, this issue was perforated in both directions on the flat plate perforating machine. This machine was not designed to perforate rotary press stamps, which are slightly different in size due to the curvature of the printing plate. This caused notoriously poor perforations. The existence of Scott 594 was not reported until four months after the final sheets were delivered, and the 1c Rotary Perf 11 was soon recognized as one of the rarest United States stamps.

Our exhaustive census of Scott 594, available at our website at: http://www.siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/594/594.pdf , contains 89 used singles, four used pairs and five covers (including one with a pair) for a total of 103 used stamps. Many have perforations either in on one or more side, or have faults.

Census No. 594-CAN-85. Ex Drucker and signed by George B. Sloane. With 1934 A.P.S. and 2002 P.F. certificates. Scott Catalogue notes "both unused and used are valued with perforations just touching frameline on one side"

10,500
6,250
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548
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Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 548, 1923 and Later Issues (Scott 578-834a)2c Carmine, Rotary, Perf 11 (595), 2c Carmine, Rotary, Perf 11 (595)2c Carmine, Rotary, Perf 11 (595). Mint N.H., vivid color, choice centering, fresh and Extremely Fine, with 2007 P.F. certificate (XF 90)

475
600
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549
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Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 549, 1923 and Later Issues (Scott 578-834a)2c Carmine, Rotary, Perf 11 (595), 2c Carmine, Rotary, Perf 11 (595)2c Carmine, Rotary, Perf 11 (595). Top plate no. 14359 and star block of four, bottom stamps Mint N.H., natural s.e. at left as always, choice centering for a plate block of this difficult rotary waste issue, which is nearly always found with perfs touching, trace of light pencil notation in selvage, Very Fine

2,100
650
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550
 
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 550, 1923 and Later Issues (Scott 578-834a)2c Carmine Lake, Ty. I, Coil (599b), 2c Carmine Lake, Ty. I, Coil (599b)2c Carmine Lake, Ty. I, Coil (599b). Joint line pair, deep rich color in the distinctive Carmine Lake shade, light duplex cancel, right stamp with small corner crease at top right

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE JOINT USED LINE PAIR OF THE 1923 2-CENT COIL IN THE CARMINE LAKE SHADE.

With 2013 P.S.E. certificate.

7,000
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551
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Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 551, 1923 and Later Issues (Scott 578-834a)2c Carmine, Ty. II, Coil (599A), 2c Carmine, Ty. II, Coil (599A)2c Carmine, Ty. II, Coil (599A). Mint N.H., brilliant color, perfectly centered with wide and balanced margins, Extremely Fine Gem, ex Whitman, with 1994 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $1,575.00), this is one of only two examples to achieve this grade with none higher

200
2,000
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552
nh
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 552, 1923 and Later Issues (Scott 578-834a)2c Carmine, Ty. II, Coil (599A), 2c Carmine, Ty. II, Coil (599A)2c Carmine, Ty. II, Coil (599A). Mint N.H. pair, intense shade and impression, well-balanced margins, fresh and Extremely Fine, ex Whitman, with 1995 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $700.00)

425
600
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553
nh
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 553, 1923 and Later Issues (Scott 578-834a)2c Carmine, Ty. II, Coil (599A), 2c Carmine, Ty. II, Coil (599A)2c Carmine, Ty. II, Coil (599A). Mint N.H. joint line pair, bright color, fresh and Very Fine, with 1988 and 2005 P.F. certificates

1,150
850
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554
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Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 554, 1923 and Later Issues (Scott 578-834a)2c Carmine, Joint Line Pair, Ty. I, II (599-599A), 2c Carmine, Joint Line Pair, Ty. I, II (599-599A)2c Carmine, Joint Line Pair, Ty. I, II (599-599A). Joint line strip of four, left stamps Ty. I, right stamps Ty. II, rich color, well-centered around the perfs, Fine

1,550
550
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555
 
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 555, 1923 and Later Issues (Scott 578-834a)2c Carmine, Joint Line Pair, Ty. I, II (599-599A), 2c Carmine, Joint Line Pair, Ty. I, II (599-599A)2c Carmine, Joint Line Pair, Ty. I, II (599-599A). Left stamp Type II, right stamp Type I, neat duplex cancel, choice centering, accompanying certificate notes short perf top right corner, Very Fine appearance, a scarce used combination joint line pair, with 2007 P.S.E. certificate (F 70; SMQ $1,050.00)

1,000
500
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556
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Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 556, 1923 and Later Issues (Scott 578-834a)2c Harding, Horizontal Pair, Imperforate Vertically (610a), 2c Harding, Horizontal Pair, Imperforate Vertically (610a)2c Harding, Horizontal Pair, Imperforate Vertically (610a). Centered strongly to bottom as are all known examples, intense shade and impression, natural gum bends (one a little heavy), Fine and rare, only one pane of 100 was discovered, this is the only example we have offered since 1995, Ward backstamp

1,750
1,900
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557
 
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 557, 1923 and Later Issues (Scott 578-834a)2c Harding, Rotary, Perf 11 (613), 2c Harding, Rotary, Perf 11 (613)2c Harding, Rotary, Perf 11 (613). Four margins, sharp impression, unobtrusive machine cancel, small corner crease at top right

FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT HARDING ROTARY PERF 11, WHICH IS ONE OF THE RAREST OF ALL 20TH CENTURY ISSUES.

Our census of the 2c Harding Rotary Perf 11, available at our website at www.siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/613/613.pdf , records 43 used singles (one faintly cancelled, if at all), one used pair and a strip of three.

The 2c Harding Rotary Perf 11 stamp was discovered in 1938 by Leslie Lewis of the New York firm, Stanley Gibbons Inc. Gary Griffith presents his hypothesis in United States Stamps 1922-26 that rotary-printed sheets of 400 were first reduced to panes of 100 and then fed through the 11-gauge perforating machine normally used for flat plate sheets. This method distinguishes sheet-waste stamps -- Scott 544, 596 and 613 -- from the coil-waste stamps and explains the existence of a straight-edge on Scott 613.

Census No. 613-CAN-13. This is the right stamp from the second pair in the Usticke photo of the Gibbons find. With 1956 and 1992 P.F. certificates

40,000
18,000
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558
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Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 558, 1923 and Later Issues (Scott 578-834a)17c Black (623), 17c Black (623)17c Black (623). Mint N.H., mathematically perfect centering, intense shade on bright white paper, perfect in all respects, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2007 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, $225.00 as 98)

20
550
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559
 
2c White Plains Souvenir Sheet (630). Cancelled by multiple strikes of "Washington D.C. Oct. 18, 1926" duplex First Day cancels, brilliant color, superior centering, few light creases are not very noticeable, Very Fine-Extremely Fine

475
160
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560
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Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 560, 1923 and Later Issues (Scott 578-834a)2c Carmine Lake, Ty. I (634b), 2c Carmine Lake, Ty. I (634b)2c Carmine Lake, Ty. I (634b). Mint N.H., brilliant color on bright paper, precise centering, bright and fresh, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb stamp, with 2005 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $775.00), only one example has been graded higher and only three others share this grade

400
750
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561
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Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 561, 1923 and Later Issues (Scott 578-834a)2c Carmine Lake, Booklet Pane of Six (634e), 2c Carmine Lake, Booklet Pane of Six (634e)2c Carmine Lake, Booklet Pane of Six (634e). Mint N.H., brilliant color, Very Fine and choice, with 2006 P.S.E. certificate

900
500
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562
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Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 562, 1923 and Later Issues (Scott 578-834a)2c Carmine, Ty. II (634A), 2c Carmine, Ty. II (634A)2c Carmine, Ty. II (634A). Bottom right plate no. 19744 block of four, small h.r. at top and bottom, deep rich color, Fine-Very Fine

2,200
475
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563
nh
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 563, 1923 and Later Issues (Scott 578-834a)7c Black, Vertical Pair, Imperforate Between (639a), 7c Black, Vertical Pair, Imperforate Between (639a)7c Black, Vertical Pair, Imperforate Between (639a). Mint N.H., intense shade and impression, fresh and Very Fine, scarce, according to Gary Griffith, this variety was first reported in 1939, the postmaster in a small town near Cleveland was annoyed that several panes had some rows of perforations missing, he cut some apart by hand and then gave up, throwing them in a box which was later purchased by a stamp collector (rumored to be Karl Koslowski), it is believed that about 20 pairs and two blocks of four were purchased, it is also known with a Mobile Ala. precancel

1,000
650
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564
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Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 564, 1923 and Later Issues (Scott 578-834a)5c Hawaii Ovpt. (648), 5c Hawaii Ovpt. (648)5c Hawaii Ovpt. (648). Mint N.H. top left and bottom right plate no. blocks of four (18907 and 18908), well-centered, post-office fresh, Very Fine and Very Fine and choice respectively

850
300
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565
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Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 565, 1923 and Later Issues (Scott 578-834a)1c-6 Kans., Nebr. Overprints (661/673), 1c-6 Kans., Nebr. Overprints (661/673)1c-6 Kans., Nebr. Overprints (661/673). P.S.E. graded balance of six stamps, first five Mint N.H. incl. Nos. 661 (95), 664 (95), 670 (95), 672 (95J) and 673 (95), also used No. 673 (95), Extremely Fine Gems, total SMQ without regard to the Jumbo on No. 672 $1,240.00

E. 500-750
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566
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Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 566, 1923 and Later Issues (Scott 578-834a)1-1/2c Kans., Vertical Pair, One Without Overprint (659a), 1-1/2c Kans., Vertical Pair, One Without Overprint (659a)1-1/2c Kans., Vertical Pair, One Without Overprint (659a). Bottom margin block of four with right selvage, both bottom stamps missing the overprint, the errors Mint N.H., top stamps lightly hinged and showing complete overprint and part of a second in top margin, Fine and scarce, with 1977 P.F. certificate, unlisted as Mint N.H., Scott Retail as two hinged errors

950
900
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567
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Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 567, 1923 and Later Issues (Scott 578-834a)9c Kans. Ovpt. (667), 9c Kans. Ovpt. (667)9c Kans. Ovpt. (667). Mint N.H., precise centering, vivid color on post-office fresh paper, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2009 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $675.00)

27
600
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568
nh
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 568, 1923 and Later Issues (Scott 578-834a)2c Nebr. Ovpt. (671), 2c Nebr. Ovpt. (671)2c Nebr. Ovpt. (671). Mint N.H., mathematically perfect centering, strong color, Extremely Fine Gem, an inexpensive stamp but very elusive in this high quality, with 2012 P.S.A.G certificate (100 ogNH)

6
250
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569
nh
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 569, 1923 and Later Issues (Scott 578-834a)3c Nebr. Ovpt. (672), 3c Nebr. Ovpt. (672)3c Nebr. Ovpt. (672). Mint N.H., beautifully balanced margins, rich color, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $575.00)

22
550
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570
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Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 570, 1923 and Later Issues (Scott 578-834a)6c Nebr. Ovpt. (675), 6c Nebr. Ovpt. (675)6c Nebr. Ovpt. (675). Mint N.H., fiery color, gorgeous centering with Jumbo margins, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $400.00 as 95, $1,075.00 as 98)

70
350
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571
nh
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 571, 1923 and Later Issues (Scott 578-834a)7c Nebr. Ovpt. (676), 7c Nebr. Ovpt. (676)7c Nebr. Ovpt. (676). Mint N.H., intense shade and impression, wide margins and precise centering, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2013 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $1,150.00), only three have graded higher

45
750
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572
nh
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 572, 1923 and Later Issues (Scott 578-834a)10c Nebr. Ovpt. (679), 10c Nebr. Ovpt. (679)10c Nebr. Ovpt. (679). Mint N.H., choice centering, glowing color, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2008 P.F. (XF-Superb 95) and 2010 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $500.00)

180
400
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573
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Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 573, 1923 and Later Issues (Scott 578-834a)10c Nebr. Ovpt. (679), 10c Nebr. Ovpt. (679)10c Nebr. Ovpt. (679). Mint N.H. plate no. 19235 block of four, vivid color, fresh, Very Fine and choice, with 1998 P.F. certificate

1,300
1,000
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574
nh
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 574, 1923 and Later Issues (Scott 578-834a)30c Brown (700), 30c Brown (700)30c Brown (700). Mint N.H., deep rich color, perfectly centered with wide margins, Extremely Fine Gem, a gorgeous stamp, with 2009 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $360.00), only one has graded higher (at 100)

22
350
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575
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Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 575, 1923 and Later Issues (Scott 578-834a)3c Washington, Vertical Pair, Imperforate Between (720c), 3c Washington, Vertical Pair, Imperforate Between (720c)3c Washington, Vertical Pair, Imperforate Between (720c). Lightly hinged, bright color, Fine

700
190
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576
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Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 576, 1923 and Later Issues (Scott 578-834a)$1.00 Presidential, USIR Wmk. (832b), $1.00 Presidential, USIR Wmk. (832b)$1.00 Presidential, USIR Wmk. (832b). Used blocks of six and four, machine cancel, Fine-Very Fine, scarce multiples, Scott Retail as singles

650
350
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577
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Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 577, 1923 and Later Issues (Scott 578-834a)$5.00 Red, Brown & Black (834a), $5.00 Red, Brown & Black (834a)$5.00 Red, Brown & Black (834a). Top double plate no. and arrow block of four, unused (no gum), beautifully centered, deep rich colors

EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE PLATE BLOCK OF THE $5.00 PRESIDENTIAL IN THE RED BROWN AND BLACK COLOR.

Roland E. Rustad notes that only twelve plate blocks are recorded of this distinctive color error.

Ex Saddleback. With 1974 P.F. certificate

9,500
4,000
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