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Sale 1129 — 2016 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Tuesday, 31 May, 2016

Category — Columbian, 1894-95 Bureau, Trans-Mississippi, Pan-American Issues

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
395
c
Sale Number 1129, Lot Number 395, Columbian, 1894-95 Bureau, Trans-Mississippi, Pan-American Issues2c Columbian (231), 2c Columbian (231)2c Columbian (231). Rich color, tied by "Salem Mass. Jan. 2 6:30PM 1893" duplex datestamp and oval cancel on Sheet Metal Worker's corner card First Day cover to Frank E. Locke in Salem Mass.

VERY FINE. A RARE FIRST DAY COVER BEARING THE 2-CENT COLUMBIAN ISSUE.

The official Columbian First Day of Issue was January 1, 1893, which was a Sunday; most post offices were closed, so January 2 is accepted as the alternate First Day of Issue.

With 1971 AFDCS certificate.

5,000
1,400
396°
nh
Sale Number 1129, Lot Number 396, Columbian, 1894-95 Bureau, Trans-Mississippi, Pan-American Issues10c Columbian (237), 10c Columbian (237)10c Columbian (237). Mint N.H., intense shade and impression, unusually choice centering with wide and balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STUNNING MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT COLUMBIAN ISSUE, WHICH IS GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E.

With 2016 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $5,150.00). Only two have graded higher (at 98J).

285
4,500
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397°
ogbl
Sale Number 1129, Lot Number 397, Columbian, 1894-95 Bureau, Trans-Mississippi, Pan-American Issues$1.00 Columbian (241), $1.00 Columbian (241)$1.00 Columbian (241). Full top imprint, plate no. 93 and letter "W" block of eight, original gum, lightly hinged, brilliant color, few expertly reinforced perf separations

FINE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED TOP PLATE BLOCK OF EIGHT OF THE $1.00 COLUMBIAN ISSUE. ONE OF THE GREATEST RARITIES OF THE ISSUE.

A Power Search review failed to find another plate block of eight from the top position. Most come from the bottom position, and many have narrow selvage. Only one top plate block of six was located using Power Search. Other notable name sales, such as Kobacker, Fogelson, Eno, MLG and Wampler, did not contain any top plate blocks. The Weill stock contained a sheet of 100, with two bottom plate blocks.

85,000
0
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398
ogbl
Sale Number 1129, Lot Number 398, Columbian, 1894-95 Bureau, Trans-Mississippi, Pan-American Issues1c-10c 1895 Issue, Imperforate (264a-273a), 1c-10c 1895 Issue, Imperforate (264a-273a)1c-10c 1895 Issue, Imperforate (264a-273a). Blocks of four through the 10c including an extra 10c block, horizontal guide lines on 3c, 5c, 6c and 8c, 4c with large bottom right corner sheet margins, original gum, some h.r. and a few stamps Mint N.H., one 10c slightly disturbed gum, bright colors, large even margins

EXTREMELY FINE SET OF BLOCKS OF THE ONE-CENT THROUGH 10-CENT IMPERFORATE 1895 WATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE.

In Brookman Volume III, pages 128-129, a complete account of the origin of the 1895 Imperforates is quoted from a column by George B. Sloane. We provide excerpts: "At the time they appeared, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing had, but a short time previously, taken over the stamp printing contract from the American Bank Note Co. and were unfamiliar with and inexperienced in quantity production of postage stamps. Gilbert E. Jones, one of the owners of the New York Times, had rendered the Bureau invaluable technical advice and assistance in the organization of their facilities, and the Bureau desired to reward him in some way for his services. Mr. Jones was well-known collector, interested only in stamps in imperforate pairs, and when the subject was broached he suggested that, while he desired no recompense, if the Bureau could give him an imperforate pair or block of each of the stamps then in current use, for his collection, he would feel more than amply repaid."

Sloane then explains that the Bureau was restricted from presenting him with stamps from stock, but did allow him to buy regular perforated stamps on sale at the post office and exchange them for imperforates. Although the Scott Catalogue at first did not recognize the imperforates as regularly-issued stamps, from 1916 they inserted a statement "All denominations of this issue exist imperforate but they were not regularly issued in that condition".

7,075
1,800
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399
og
Sale Number 1129, Lot Number 399, Columbian, 1894-95 Bureau, Trans-Mississippi, Pan-American Issues15c-$5.00 1895 Bureau Issue, Imperforate (274a-278a), 15c-$5.00 1895 Bureau Issue, Imperforate (274a-278a)15c-$5.00 1895 Bureau Issue, Imperforate (274a-278a). Set of five pairs representing the top values of the series, original gum, margins all around throughout with some large, 50c with top part arrow sheet margin, deep rich colors, 50c with slight thin in selvage only

VERY FINE-EXTREMELY FINE. A SCARCE SET OF IMPERFORATE PAIRS OF THE HIGH-VALUE 1895 WATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE.

In Brookman Volume III, pages 128-129, a complete account of the origin of the 1895 Imperforates is quoted from a column by George B. Sloane. We provide excerpts: "At the time they appeared, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing had, but a short time previously, taken over the stamp printing contract from the American Bank Note Co. and were unfamiliar with and inexperienced in quantity production of postage stamps. Gilbert E. Jones, one of the owners of the New York Times, had rendered the Bureau invaluable technical advice and assistance in the organization of their facilities, and the Bureau desired to reward him in some way for his services. Mr. Jones was well-known collector, interested only in stamps in imperforate pairs, and when the subject was broached he suggested that, while he desired no recompense, if the Bureau could give him an imperforate pair or block of each of the stamps then in current use, for his collection, he would feel more than amply repaid."

Sloane then explains that the Bureau was restricted from presenting him with stamps from stock, but did allow him to buy regular perforated stamps on sale at the post office and exchange them for imperforates. Although the Scott Catalogue at first did not recognize the imperforates as regularly-issued stamps, from 1916 they inserted a statement "All denominations of this issue exist imperforate but they were not regularly issued in that condition".

10,050
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400
ogbl
Sale Number 1129, Lot Number 400, Columbian, 1894-95 Bureau, Trans-Mississippi, Pan-American Issues$5.00 Dark Green, Imperforate (278a), $5.00 Dark Green, Imperforate (278a)$5.00 Dark Green, Imperforate (278a). Block of four with horizontal guide line, original gum, large even margins all around, rich color, small pencil notation on gum

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE IMPERFORATE 1895 $5.00 WATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE.

Only 100 were printed, and most have been divided into pairs.

7,500
2,000
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401
c
Sale Number 1129, Lot Number 401, Columbian, 1894-95 Bureau, Trans-Mississippi, Pan-American Issues2c Trans-Mississippi (286), 2c Trans-Mississippi (286)2c Trans-Mississippi (286). Bright color, wide margins, piece out at top left corner, tied by pre-date "Camden N.J. Jun. 16 6-PM 1898" flag machine cancel on cover to Rev. Dr. S. F. Forgeus, c/o Pa. Ind. Ref'y, Huntingdon Pa., typed return address from S. Marx at 2445 No. 20th St. in Philadelphia, backstamps including Philadelphia (June 16, 9PM) and receiving (June 17), minor edgewear

VERY FINE COVER DESPITE STAMP FLAW. THIS IS ONE OF TWO RECORDED PRE-FIRST DAY COVERS OF THE 2-CENT TRANS-MISSISSIPPI ISSUE -- JUNE 16, 1898 IS THE EARLIEST DOCUMENTED USE OF THE ISSUE.

The official First Day of Issue of the Trans-Mississippi Issue was June 17, 1898. Two covers are known used on June 16: one from Harrisburg Pa. to Brooklyn (offered in Siegel Sale 1056, lot 362, realized $8,000 hammer) and the cover offered here.

With 1989 P.F. certificate

E. 5,000-7,500
9,000
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402°
 
Sale Number 1129, Lot Number 402, Columbian, 1894-95 Bureau, Trans-Mississippi, Pan-American Issues$1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292), $1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292)$1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292). Intense shade and proof-like impression, neat strikes of Philadelphia Pa. registry oval cancels, unusually choice centering with wide margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE $1.00 TRANS-MISSISSIPPI ISSUE, WHICH IS GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E. -- ONLY THREE USED EXAMPLES HAVE GRADED HIGHER.

The $1.00 Trans-Mississippi has been called the most beautiful stamp in United States philately. With 2016 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $4,000.00). Only three have graded higher.

725
4,250
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403
c
Sale Number 1129, Lot Number 403, Columbian, 1894-95 Bureau, Trans-Mississippi, Pan-American Issues2c Pan-American (295), 2c Pan-American (295)2c Pan-American (295). Bright color, tied by "Buffalo N.Y. May 1, 10-AM 1901" Pan-American Exposition First Day machine cancel on Buffalo Circulation Bureau Exposition illustrated corner card cover addressed to the Brooklyn Citizen in Brooklyn N.Y., receiving backstamp of the following day, tiny edgewear mostly from cancelling machine, Very Fine, approximately 60 First Days are recorded for this issue and very few are on covers with illustrations for the exhibition

2,750
800
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404
nh
Sale Number 1129, Lot Number 404, Columbian, 1894-95 Bureau, Trans-Mississippi, Pan-American Issues4c Pan-American (296), 4c Pan-American (296)4c Pan-American (296). Mint N.H., perfectly centered with unusually wide and balanced margins, rich colors

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STUNNING MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 4-CENT PAN-AMERICAN ISSUE, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 BY THE PHILATELIC FOUNDATION. AN EXTREMELY DIFFICULT ISSUE TO FIND IN SUCH SUPERB CONDITION.

With 2007 P.F. certificate (Superb 98). This is the highest grade awarded by the P.F. and the only one to achieve it. Looking at the P.S.E.'s Population Report, only one has graded higher and four others share this grade.

170
0
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405
ng
Sale Number 1129, Lot Number 405, Columbian, 1894-95 Bureau, Trans-Mississippi, Pan-American Issues4c Pan-American, Center Inverted (296a), 4c Pan-American, Center Inverted (296a)4c Pan-American, Center Inverted (296a). Unused (no gum), rich colors, few thins, horizontal crease not mentioned on accompanying certificate

FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE 4-CENT PAN-AMERICAN INVERT.

The 4c stamp portrays an electric automobile, known at the time as the "Electric Vehicle Service," as depicted on the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad brochure from which the engraving was made. In the background one can see the dome of the Capitol. One of the two men seated at the front was Samuel B. Hege, B&O's passenger agent, so this stamp actually depicts a living person in violation of the law.

The 4c Pan-American Invert was a special printing and not regularly issued. Examples were distributed through two official channels, and the gum on the majority of stamps without "Specimen" overprint was disturbed. In fact, because 97 of the stamps were removed from an album page, they are generally thinned or have seriously disturbed gum.

With 1989 P.F. certificate. Scott Catalogue notes that "Values are for examples with full original gum that is slightly disturbed".

85,000
6,500
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