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Sale 1106 — 2015 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Thursday, 25 June, 2015

Category — 1894-98 Issue thru Pan-American Issue

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
3135°
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Sale Number 1106, Lot Number 3135, 1894-98 Issue thru Pan-American Issue2c Carmine Lake, Ty. I (249), 2c Carmine Lake, Ty. I (249)2c Carmine Lake, Ty. I (249). Mint N.H., perfectly centered with wide and balanced margins, intense shade and impression, long and full perforations

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A PHENOMENAL EXAMPLE OF THE UNWATERMARKED 2-CENT TYPE I 1894 ISSUE IN THE CARMINE LAKE SHADE. THIS MAGNIFICENT MINT NEVER-HINGED STAMP HAS BEEN AWARDED THE GRADE OF SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. -- ONLY TWO HAVE GRADED HIGHER AND NONE SHARE THIS GRADE.

As collectors of the First Bureau Issue know, great difficulty was experienced in perforating the stamps, either due to poor equipment or improper operation. Choppy, ragged perfs and poor centering are so common on this issue that it is often possible to separate the 1894 unwatermarked stamps from the 1895 watermarked stamps by the appearance of the perforations alone. This example, with precise centering, Jumbo margins and perfectly formed perforations is an extreme condition rarity.

With 2014 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $15,000.00). Only two have graded higher and none share this grade.

450
0
3135A
ogbl
Sale Number 1106, Lot Number 3135A, 1894-98 Issue thru Pan-American Issue$1.00 Black (261), $1.00 Black (261)$1.00 Black (261). Block of four, original gum, intense shade and proof-like impression, remarkably precise centering, which is unusual for a block of this scarce dollar-value unwatermarked Bureau issue

VERY FINE AND CHOICE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 1894 $1.00 TYPE I UNWATERMARKED.

With 1997 P.F. certificate

4,500
4,000
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3136°
 
Sale Number 1106, Lot Number 3136, 1894-98 Issue thru Pan-American Issue$1.00 Black, Ty. II (261A), $1.00 Black, Ty. II (261A)$1.00 Black, Ty. II (261A). Perfectly centered with wide margins, intense shade and proof-like impression, neat strikes of circular datestamp cancels

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS MAY WELL BE THE FINEST USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1894 TYPE II UNWATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE. THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT ISSUES TO OBTAIN WITH SUCH CHOICE CENTERING.

The $1.00 Type II, which is defined as having the complete circle around the left "$1", occurred on only 50 of the 200 subjects of Plate 76. It is believed that only 8,762 were issued. This is a miniscule number when compared to the previous $1.00 stamp of the Columbian series (55,050 issued) and its watermarked counterpart (Scott 276A with 63,803 issued). They were mostly used on parcels or other oversize or heavy mailings. The stamps on these mailings tend to be damaged from use or were discarded, resulting in a small population of sound used stamps. Linn's Stamp Facts estimates less than ten covers are known.

With 2014 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $20,000.00). This is the highest grade awarded and the only example to achieve this grade.

825
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3137
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Sale Number 1106, Lot Number 3137, 1894-98 Issue thru Pan-American Issue2c Red, Ty. IV, Horizontal Watermark, Complete 25c Booklet (BK2), 2c Red, Ty. IV, Horizontal Watermark, Complete 25c Booklet (BK2)2c Red, Ty. IV, Horizontal Watermark, Complete 25c Booklet (BK2). Comprising two panes of six of No. 279Bj, single large staple, front cover uncreased (a rarity), back cover light crease near staple

VERY FINE. A RARE INTACT BOOKLET, WITH PRISTINE COVERS.

While Scott lists the cover shades for BK1 and BK2 as Cream and Buff respectively, this can much more easily be distinguished from BK1 by the thick yellowish waxed paper interleaving.

5,000
3,750
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3138
 
Sale Number 1106, Lot Number 3138, 1894-98 Issue thru Pan-American Issue10c Brown, Ty. I-II (282C-283), 10c Brown, Ty. I-II (282C-283)10c Brown, Ty. I-II (282C-283). Horizontal pair, left stamp Type II, cork cancels, centered to top left, few expertly rejoined perf separations, left stamp tiny tear at left, right stamp thinned

AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE COMBINATION PAIR OF THE 1899 10-CENT CHANGE OF COLORS, WITH THE LEFT STAMP TYPE II AND THE RIGHT STAMP TYPE I. THIS IS THE FIRST SUCH COMBINATION PAIR WE HAVE OFFERED IN ALL OF OUR RARITIES SALES OR AUCTIONS SINCE 1994. A PHENOMENAL RARITY.

The Type II design, with the tips of the ornaments breaking into the curved line at left, is the same die used on the earlier 1890 Issue without corner ornaments. Type I must have been made from an altered die. According to Brookman, Plate 932 contained seven positions entered using the Type II design. The remaining 393 positions were Type I. These must have been reentered using the wrong transfer roll after the original Type I entries were found to be deficient in some way. Brookman notes "These items are rare, particularly in used condition", an observation we can confirm as this is the only we have offered since keeping computerized records.

With 2014 Weiss and 2015 P.F. certificates. Unlisted as used in Scott. Scott Retail as unused $15,000.00

E. 2,000-3,000
2,300
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3139
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Sale Number 1106, Lot Number 3139, 1894-98 Issue thru Pan-American Issue8c Trans-Mississippi, Vertical Pair, Imperforate Horizontally (289a), 8c Trans-Mississippi, Vertical Pair, Imperforate Horizontally (289a)8c Trans-Mississippi, Vertical Pair, Imperforate Horizontally (289a). Original gum, lightly hinged, deep rich color, few natural gum creases as found on most examples of this rare error, which originated from one pane of 50

EXTREMELY FINE CENTERING AND VERY RARE. THIS IS THE ONLY MAJOR ERROR OF THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI ISSUE.

Datz states that 25 pairs are known (including blocks).

Ex "Laila". With 2000 P.F. certificate.

27,500
9,000
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3140°
ogbl
Sale Number 1106, Lot Number 3140, 1894-98 Issue thru Pan-American Issue50c Trans-Mississippi (291), 50c Trans-Mississippi (291)50c Trans-Mississippi (291). Bottom imprint and plate no. 603 block of four with wide selvage, original gum, top stamps lightly hinged, bottom stamps Mint N.H., radiant color, crisp impression, faint natural gum bends, perfs separated between left stamps

FRESH AND FINE. AN ATTRACTIVE IMPRINT AND PLATE NUMBER BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 50-CENT TRANS-MISSISSIPPI ISSUE.

Plate number 603 is the only plate number recorded for this issue. Ex MLG. With 2009 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail with no premium for the two Mint N.H. stamps

15,000
13,000
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3141
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Sale Number 1106, Lot Number 3141, 1894-98 Issue thru Pan-American Issue$1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292), $1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292)$1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292). Bottom imprint and plate no. 606 pair, original gum, each stamp single hinge mark, detailed impression, right stamp unusual printing smudge at right from overinking not mentioned on accompanying certificate

VERY FINE IMPRINT AND PLATE NUMBER PAIR OF THE $1.00 TRANS-MISSISSIPPI ISSUE.

With 1989 P.F. certificate

3,000
1,600
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3142
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Sale Number 1106, Lot Number 3142, 1894-98 Issue thru Pan-American Issue$1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292), $1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292)$1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292). Block of four, original gum, h.r., intense shade and impression

FINE-VERY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE $1.00 TRANS-MISSISSIPPI ISSUE.

This has been called the most beautiful design in U.S. philately.

5,250
2,800
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3143°
TC
Sale Number 1106, Lot Number 3143, 1894-98 Issue thru Pan-American Issue8c Violet & Black, Trial Color Small Die Proof on Wove (298TC2b), 8c Violet & Black, Trial Color Small Die Proof on Wove (298TC2b)8c Violet & Black, Trial Color Small Die Proof on Wove (298TC2b). 30 x 23mm, rich colors

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. THIS 8-CENT PAN-AMERICAN TRIAL COLOR SMALL DIE PROOF ON WOVE PAPER MAY WELL BE UNIQUE.

This is the only Trial Color proof listed in Scott Catalogue for the Pan-American issue. With 1986 and 2014 P.F. certificates

2,500
6,250
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3144
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Sale Number 1106, Lot Number 3144, 1894-98 Issue thru Pan-American Issue1c Pan-American, Center Inverted (294a), 1c Pan-American, Center Inverted (294a)1c Pan-American, Center Inverted (294a). Original gum, rich colors and sharp detailed impressions, excellent centering

EXTREMELY FINE. A REMARKABLY FRESH AND BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT PAN-AMERICAN INVERT.

The 1c Pan-American Inverts were found in at least four different post offices around the country, soon after release of the issue in May 1901.

Ex "Millwood" and Dr. Morris. With 1992 P.F. and 2015 P.S.E. certificates (OGh, VF-XF 85; SMQ $20,000.00)

12,500
19,500
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3145°
ogbl
Sale Number 1106, Lot Number 3145, 1894-98 Issue thru Pan-American Issue1c Pan-American, Center Inverted (294a), 1c Pan-American, Center Inverted (294a)1c Pan-American, Center Inverted (294a). Block of four, lightly hinged, deep rich colors and proof-like impressions, choice centering, bottom right stamp trivial crease not mentioned on accompanying certificate

EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE ONE-CENT PAN-AMERICAN INVERT, WITH EXTRAORDINARY CENTERING. RARE WITH SUCH CHOICE CENTERING

The Pan-American inverts were the first bicolored postage stamps produced by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing and the first invert postage errors issued by the Post Office since the 1869's. The 1c Pan-American Inverts were found in several post offices around the country. Thirteen blocks of four, a block of six and a block of 20 are recorded in our Levi records, some of which may have been broken into singles.

Ex Crocker. With 1989 P.F. certificate as sound.

75,000
75,000
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3146
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Sale Number 1106, Lot Number 3146, 1894-98 Issue thru Pan-American Issue1c Pan-American, Center Inverted (294a), 1c Pan-American, Center Inverted (294a)1c Pan-American, Center Inverted (294a). Block of four, h.r., deep rich colors and proof-like impressions, bottom left stamp light natural gum bend, tiny hinge thins affect three stamps, top left is sound

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE ONE-CENT PAN-AMERICAN INVERT.

The Pan-American inverts were the first bicolored postage stamps produced by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing and the first invert postage errors issued by the Post Office since the 1869's. The 1c Pan-American Inverts were found in several post offices around the country. Thirteen blocks of four, a block of six and a block of 20 are recorded in our Levi records, some of which may have been broken into singles.

75,000
30,000
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3147°
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Sale Number 1106, Lot Number 3147, 1894-98 Issue thru Pan-American Issue4c Pan-American, Center Inverted (296a), 4c Pan-American, Center Inverted (296a)4c Pan-American, Center Inverted (296a). Block of four, large part disturbed original gum, rich color and sharp vignette impression, bright fresh paper, choice centering throughout, horizontal perfs mostly rejoined, a few irregular perfs at top left, top right stamp with tiny sealed tear and slight diagonal crease

EXTREMELY FINE CENTERING. AN EXTREMELY RARE BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 4-CENT PAN-AMERICAN INVERT. ONLY SIX BLOCKS ARE RECORDED, AND THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST CENTERED.

Our records contain six blocks of four of the 4c Pan-American Invert. A seventh block that was offered in Part 17 of the Col. Edward H. R. Green auction series has since been divided into singles, two of which have been offered in our auctions. Most of the blocks have disturbed gum and minor flaws. The centering and freshness of the block offered here are unsurpassed.

Ex Col. Edward H. R. Green, Amos Eno and Stephen Bechtel. With 2015 P.F. certificate

400,000
240,000
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