Sale 1096 — The Robert R. Hall Collection of Outstanding United States Stamps
Sale Date — Tuesday-Thursday, 28-30 April, 2015
Category — 1916-17 Issues (Scott 462-491)
FRESH AND FINE EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 30-CENT PERF 10 FRANKLIN ON UNWATERMARKED PAPER.
With 1984 P.F. certificate
FINE. THE UNIQUE RIGHT POSITION PLATE BLOCK OF THE 30-CENT PERF 10 FRANKLIN ON UNWATERMARKED PAPER. ONE OF THE GREAT RARITIES OF THE ISSUE.
The 30c Perf 10 Unwatermarked, Scott 476A, has no trace of the single-line watermark. Although one or two stamps from the discovery sheets have been found with "ghost" watermarks, the Scott Catalogue and The Philatelic Foundation continue to recognize Scott 476A.
In an article in Opinions V, published by The Philatelic Foundation, William T. Crowe, former head of the Expert Committee, discussed the discovery of this rare stamp and how it might have been issued. The production of Scott 476A occurred during the period of transition from gauge-10 perfs to gauge 11. Bureau records do not list a 30c printing on unwatermarked paper that was perforated 10, but the existence of two certified panes -- one bottom-right pane from Plate 6917 and one top-right pane from Plate 6911 -- is evidence that the combination of new unwatermarked paper and old 10-gauge perfs occurred, even if inadvertently. Stamps from these two panes (200 total), two left sheet-margin blocks of four and a bottom plate no. 6914 single, none of which have any trace of watermark, are the only accepted examples of Scott 476A.
With 1984 P.F. certificate (does not mention trivial selvage flaws)
EXTREMELY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE 1916 50-CENT PERF 10 FRANKLIN ISSUE ON UNWATERMARKED PAPER.
With 2006 P.F. certificate (XF 90)
EXTREMELY FINE MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE $1.00 PERF 10 UNWATERMARKED FRANKLIN ISSUE.
With 1996 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE PLATE BLOCK OF THE $1.00 PERF 10 UNWATERMARKED FRANKLIN ISSUE, SCOTT 478.
Lewis Kaufman records only nine top and four bottom plate blocks of Scott 478. Plate 5782 was the only plate prepared for each of the $1.00 Franklin issues (Scott 423, 460, 478 and 518). The top center stamp in this plate block is a real Gem.
FRESH AND FINE. A RARE WIDE TOP PLATE NUMBER BLOCK OF SIX OF THE $2.00 MADISON PERF 10.
This is especially scarce as a wide top plate block.
FINE-VERY FINE. A RARE MINT NEVER-HINGED WIDE TOP PLATE NUMBER BLOCK OF SIX OF THE $5.00 MARSHALL 1917 PERF 10 ISSUE.
Especially rare as a wide top plate block
EXTREMELY FINE. A STUNNING MINT NEVER HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT IMPERFORATE ERROR IN A BLOCK OF NINE.
During the course of production of the normal 2c plate No. 7942, three positions were noted to be defective. The plate was returned to the siderographer, who burnished out the three positions and mistakenly re-entered them using a transfer roll for the 5c stamp. The error passed unnoticed and the sheets were issued.
VERY FINE AND SCARCE MINT NEVER-HINGED PAIR OF THE 2-CENT ROTARY TYPE II.
Unlike most other issues, the horizontal coil is actually scarcer than the vertical coil. It was in production for only a short period of time before being replaced by the Type III, Scott 492.
This coil is surprisingly rare in Mint N.H. condition. A review of our computerized records, which spans 20 years of our auctions, revealed only four other Mint N.H. pairs.
With copy of 1970 P.F. certificate for a strip of four