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Sale 1094 — The Curtis Collection: Back of Book and Possessions

Sale Date — Wednesday, 25 March, 2015

Category — Postage Due: 1879-91 Issues (Scott J1-J28)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
37
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Sale Number 1094, Lot Number 37, Postage Due: 1879-91 Issues (Scott J1-J28)1c-50c Brown (J1-J7), 1c-50c Brown (J1-J7)1c-50c Brown (J1-J7). Used blocks of four (except 30c is a block of six), rich colors, range of cancels, small faults including 1c and 10c with perf faults, Fine-Very Fine appearance, a difficult set to assemble, 30c ex Boker, others mostly ex Twigg-Smith, unpriced as used blocks, Scott Retail as singles

1,490
325
38
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Sale Number 1094, Lot Number 38, Postage Due: 1879-91 Issues (Scott J1-J28)2c Brown (J2), 2c Brown (J2)2c Brown (J2). Original gum, lightly hinged, radiant color, well-balanced margins, Extremely Fine, with 2004 P.F. certificate

400
400
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39
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Sale Number 1094, Lot Number 39, Postage Due: 1879-91 Issues (Scott J1-J28)30c Brown (J6), 30c Brown (J6)30c Brown (J6). Original gum, lightly hinged, choice centering amid wide margins, fresh color, Extremely Fine, with 1997 P.F. certificate

350
400
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40
 
Sale Number 1094, Lot Number 40, Postage Due: 1879-91 Issues (Scott J1-J28)30c Brown (J6), 30c Brown (J6)30c Brown (J6). Cancelled by bright red New York City Maltese Cross, excellent centering, fresh color, Extremely Fine, a particularly pretty stamp, with 2006 P.F. certificate (XF 90)

65
425
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41
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Sale Number 1094, Lot Number 41, Postage Due: 1879-91 Issues (Scott J1-J28)50c Brown (J7), 50c Brown (J7)50c Brown (J7). Mint N.H., bright shade, Very Fine and choice, scarce in Mint Never-Hinged condition, ex Silver Lake, with 1990 and 2004 P.F. certificates

1,600
850
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42
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Sale Number 1094, Lot Number 42, Postage Due: 1879-91 Issues (Scott J1-J28)1c Deep Brown, Special Printing (J8), 1c Deep Brown, Special Printing (J8)1c Deep Brown, Special Printing (J8). Original gum, s.e. at right, radiant color and unmistakable impression of the Special Printing

FINE AND RARE EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT POSTAGE DUE SPECIAL PRINTING.

The 1c, 2c and 3c are undoubtedly the rarest values of the American Bank Note Co. Postage Due Special Printings, although the sold quantities in the official records are relatively high. William E. Mooz, in an article on the 1c appearing in Chronicle No. 170, May 1996, offers evidence to support his theory that the actual number of true Special Printings sold was significantly lower than the reported figures. For the 1c, Mooz estimates 500 sold, but it is possible that as many as 400 purchased by G. B. Calman were destroyed. It is widely accepted that nearly 9,000 1c stamps sold as Special Printings were actually regular issues.

Ex Engel. With 1960 and 1999 P.F. certificates

22,500
4,250
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43
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Sale Number 1094, Lot Number 43, Postage Due: 1879-91 Issues (Scott J1-J28)2c Deep Brown, Special Printing (J9), 2c Deep Brown, Special Printing (J9)2c Deep Brown, Special Printing (J9). Unused (no gum), very well-centered for this difficult issue, cameo as typical for genuine examples, light corner crease top left described as "strengthened" on accompanying certificate

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 2-CENT POSTAGE DUE SPECIAL PRINTING, WHICH IS EXCEEDINGLY DIFFICULT TO OBTAIN WELL-CENTERED.

The reported sale figures for the rare 1c, 2c and 3c Postage Due Special Printings probably include orders filled with regular stamps.

With 1971 and 2000 P.F. certificates. Scott Retail as original gum

19,000
3,250
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44
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Sale Number 1094, Lot Number 44, Postage Due: 1879-91 Issues (Scott J1-J28)3c Deep Brown, Special Printing (J10), 3c Deep Brown, Special Printing (J10)3c Deep Brown, Special Printing (J10). Unused (no gum), rich color and cameo typical of genuine Special Printings, small natural inclusion above "P"

FINE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE SOUND EXAMPLE OF THE 3-CENT POSTAGE DUE SPECIAL PRINTING. THIS IS THE RAREST POSTAGE DUE ISSUE.

Although 436 copies were reported sold, it is believed that 100 copies were destroyed in the Calman lot. A thorough search of the marketplace, combined with conversations with dealers and collectors, has confirmed the extreme rarity of this stamp.

With copy of 1982 P.F. and with 2002 P.S.E. certificates. Scott Retail as original gum

25,000
4,500
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45
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Sale Number 1094, Lot Number 45, Postage Due: 1879-91 Issues (Scott J1-J28)5c Deep Brown, Special Printing (J11), 5c Deep Brown, Special Printing (J11)5c Deep Brown, Special Printing (J11). Original gum, rich color, couple of nibbed perfs at left not mentioned on accompanying certificate

FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 5-CENT POSTAGE DUE SPECIAL PRINTING.

It has been estimated that only 249 of the 5c Postage Due Special Printing reached the public.

With 1999 P.F. certificate.

15,000
4,500
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46
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Sale Number 1094, Lot Number 46, Postage Due: 1879-91 Issues (Scott J1-J28)10c Deep Brown, Special Printing (J12), 10c Deep Brown, Special Printing (J12)10c Deep Brown, Special Printing (J12). Unused (no gum), extraordinarily well-centered, classic Special Printing shade and cameo

EXTREMELY FINE. REMARKABLY CHOICE QUALITY FOR THIS POSTAGE DUE SPECIAL PRINTING RARITY. EASILY ONE OF THE FINEST EXTANT.

It has been estimated that no more than 174 examples of the 10c Postage Due Special Printing reached the public. With 1998 and 2008 P.F. certificates. Scott Retail as original gum

8,500
2,600
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47
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Sale Number 1094, Lot Number 47, Postage Due: 1879-91 Issues (Scott J1-J28)30c Deep Brown, Special Printing (J13), 30c Deep Brown, Special Printing (J13)30c Deep Brown, Special Printing (J13). Unused (no gum), well-centered with nicely balanced margins, rich color, thinned at center

VERY FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE 30-CENT POSTAGE DUE SPECIAL PRINTING.

It has been estimated that no more than 179 examples of the 30c Postage Due Special Printing reached the public. The vast majority of surviving examples are faulty.

With 1959 and 2002 P.F. certificates. Scott Retail as original gum

9,750
1,900
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48
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Sale Number 1094, Lot Number 48, Postage Due: 1879-91 Issues (Scott J1-J28)50c Deep Brown, Special Printing (J14), 50c Deep Brown, Special Printing (J14)50c Deep Brown, Special Printing (J14). Unused (no gum), rich color and proof-like impression of the Special Printing, wide margins

VERY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE 50-CENT POSTAGE DUE SPECIAL PRINTING.

It has been estimated that no more than 179 examples of the 50c Postage Due Special Printing reached the public.

With 1946 and 1999 P.F. certificates. Scott Retail as original gum

8,750
2,200
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49
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Sale Number 1094, Lot Number 49, Postage Due: 1879-91 Issues (Scott J1-J28)2c Red Brown (J16), 2c Red Brown (J16)2c Red Brown (J16). Mint N.H., intense color and proof-like impression, Very Fine and choice, with 1992 and 2006 P.F. certificates.

250
225
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50
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Sale Number 1094, Lot Number 50, Postage Due: 1879-91 Issues (Scott J1-J28)3c Red Brown (J17), 3c Red Brown (J17)3c Red Brown (J17). Original gum, lightly hinged, bright shade, choice centering with exceptionally wide margins, Extremely Fine, with 2004 P.F. certificate.

1,050
650
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51
 
Sale Number 1094, Lot Number 51, Postage Due: 1879-91 Issues (Scott J1-J28)3c Red Brown (J17), 3c Red Brown (J17)3c Red Brown (J17). Cork cancel, wide margins, lovely rich color, Extremely Fine, with 1993 P.S.E. certificate

350
425
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52
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Sale Number 1094, Lot Number 52, Postage Due: 1879-91 Issues (Scott J1-J28)5c Red Brown (J18), 5c Red Brown (J18)5c Red Brown (J18). Original gum, lightly hinged, wonderfully well-balanced margins, rich color and a sharp impression, Extremely Fine Gem, with 1989 P.F. and 2013 P.S.E. certificates (OGph, XF-Superb 95; SMQ $1,500.00), this is the highest grade awarded to any unused No. J18

600
1,300
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53
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Sale Number 1094, Lot Number 53, Postage Due: 1879-91 Issues (Scott J1-J28)2c Red Brown (J18), 2c Red Brown (J18)2c Red Brown (J18). Original gum, h.r., exceptionally wide margins, fresh color, Very Fine and choice, with 2000 P.F. certificate

600
200
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54
 
Sale Number 1094, Lot Number 54, Postage Due: 1879-91 Issues (Scott J1-J28)5c Red Brown (J18), 5c Red Brown (J18)5c Red Brown (J18). Perfectly centered with immense margins, sharp impression, light cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a huge stamp, ex Tahoe, with 2003 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $420.00), this is the only No. J18 to grade 95J, with just one grading higher

45
650
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55
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Sale Number 1094, Lot Number 55, Postage Due: 1879-91 Issues (Scott J1-J28)10c Red Brown (J19), 10c Red Brown (J19)10c Red Brown (J19). Original gum, barely hinged, exceptionally well-centered within wide margins, rich color, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2009 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, XF-Superb 95; SMQ $1,500.00), two share this grade and only one grades higher

625
950
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56
 
Sale Number 1094, Lot Number 56, Postage Due: 1879-91 Issues (Scott J1-J28)10c Red Brown (J19), 10c Red Brown (J19)10c Red Brown (J19). Light double-oval cancel, huge balanced margins all around, rich color, Extremely Fine Gem, a striking stamp, with 2004 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $350.00), this is the only used No. J19 to grade 95J, the highest grade awarded

35
950
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57
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Sale Number 1094, Lot Number 57, Postage Due: 1879-91 Issues (Scott J1-J28)30c Red Brown (J20), 30c Red Brown (J20)30c Red Brown (J20). Mint N.H. bottom imprint and plate no. 332 block of twelve, lovely fresh color, a few perf separations on bottom right stamp (extraneous to the plate block of ten)

FINE-VERY FINE. A HANDSOME MINT-NEVER HINGED EXAMPLE OF THIS SCARCE POSTAGE DUE IMPRINT AND PLATE NUMBER BLOCK.

Scott Retail as a hinged plate block of ten

3,250
1,100
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58
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Sale Number 1094, Lot Number 58, Postage Due: 1879-91 Issues (Scott J1-J28)30c Red Brown (J20), 30c Red Brown (J20)30c Red Brown (J20). Full bottom imprint and plate no. 332 block of ten, original gum, some h.r. rejoining perfs, especially the top right stamp, this results in some gum staining, bottom right stamp with minor surface scrape, Fine appearance

3,250
500
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59
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Sale Number 1094, Lot Number 59, Postage Due: 1879-91 Issues (Scott J1-J28)30c, 50c Red Brown (J20-J21), 30c, 50c Red Brown (J20-J21)30c, 50c Red Brown (J20-J21). Used block of four of each, rich color, small faults as usual, Fine appearance, scarce blocks, 30c ex Twigg-Smith, 50c not priced as a used block, Scott Retail as singles

1,280
375
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60
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Sale Number 1094, Lot Number 60, Postage Due: 1879-91 Issues (Scott J1-J28)50c Red Brown (J21), 50c Red Brown (J21)50c Red Brown (J21). Mint N.H., proof-like impression, choice centering for this difficult issue

VERY FINE. A RARE MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1884 50-CENT RED BROWN POSTAGE DUE.

Ex Whitman. With 1992 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (F-VF 75; SMQ $2,100.00)

3,750
1,700
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61
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Sale Number 1094, Lot Number 61, Postage Due: 1879-91 Issues (Scott J1-J28)50c Red Brown (J21), 50c Red Brown (J21)50c Red Brown (J21). Original gum, wide margins, rich color, Very Fine, ex Gorham, with 1993 P.S.E., 1995 and 2005 P.F. certificates

1,750
1,100
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62
 
Sale Number 1094, Lot Number 62, Postage Due: 1879-91 Issues (Scott J1-J28)50c Red Brown (J21), 50c Red Brown (J21)50c Red Brown (J21). Light New York oval cancel, near perfect centering on bright white paper, deep rich color, Extremely Fine, with 2001 P.F. certificate

175
300
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63
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Sale Number 1094, Lot Number 63, Postage Due: 1879-91 Issues (Scott J1-J28)3c Bright Claret (J24), 3c Bright Claret (J24)3c Bright Claret (J24). Top imprint and plate no. 317 block of ten, stamps Mint N.H., h.r. and a few reinforced perfs in the top selvage, bright color, Fine-Very Fine

1,050
550
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64
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Sale Number 1094, Lot Number 64, Postage Due: 1879-91 Issues (Scott J1-J28)30c Bright Claret (J27), 30c Bright Claret (J27)30c Bright Claret (J27). Block of four, rich color and detailed impression, two neat strikes of New York oval cancel, few expertly rejoined perf separations, Fine-Very Fine block, ex Twigg-Smith, Scott Retail as singles

900
225
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65
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Sale Number 1094, Lot Number 65, Postage Due: 1879-91 Issues (Scott J1-J28)30c Bright Claret (J27), 30c Bright Claret (J27)30c Bright Claret (J27). Two horizontal blocks of eight and two singles, on piece, tied by New York "UD" ovals, the paper to which the stamps are affixed was creased before use (stamps not creased), one stamp faulty, couple other minor faults, otherwise Fine-Very Fine, used blocks are listed but unpriced and are very scarce, Scott Retail for used singles

4,050
1,400
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66
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Sale Number 1094, Lot Number 66, Postage Due: 1879-91 Issues (Scott J1-J28)50c Bright Claret (J28), 50c Bright Claret (J28)50c Bright Claret (J28). Original gum, lightly hinged, beautifully centered amid wide margins, brilliant color, Extremely Fine Gem, ex Gorham, with 1995, 2005 and 2006 P.F. certificates (XF-Superb 95)

600
1,300
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67
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Sale Number 1094, Lot Number 67, Postage Due: 1879-91 Issues (Scott J1-J28)50c Bright Claret (J28), 50c Bright Claret (J28)50c Bright Claret (J28). Block of four, crisp impression on bright paper, New York oval cancels, light corner crease on bottom right stamp, otherwise Very Fine, ex Twigg-Smith, Scott Retail as singles

600
375
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