Sale 1134 — The Alan Collection of United States Stamps
Sale Date — Wednesday, 14 September, 2016
Category — 1908-12 Issues (Scott 367-396)
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB GUIDE LINE PAIR OF THE 2-CENT 1910 VERTICAL COIL, SCOTT 386.
According to Johl (Vol. 1, p. 111), the Bureau switched to Perf 8-1/2 for their coils after a very short period of time. The Perf 12 coils proved to be too susceptible to falling apart in the machines used to affix (and make) the coils. Scott 386 was one of the first to be discontinued.
Ex "Scarsdale" and Curtis. 1998 P.F. certificate as Mint N.H. no longer accompanies. With 2004 P.S.E. certificate (OG, XF-Superb 95; SMQ $4,500.00). This is the only guide line pair awarded this high grade with none higher. The highest Mint N.H. line pair is graded 90
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB PAIR OF THE 1910 ONE-CENT HORIZONTAL COIL.
With 2000 P.S.E., 2001 P.F. and 2014 P.S.A.G. certificates (98J ogPH). By comparison, the P.S.E. Population Report lists no pairs or line pairs of Scott 387 in a grade above 98 (one Mint N.H. pair grades 98)
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A BEAUTIFUL LIGHTLY HINGED PAIR OF THE SCARCE 1910 2-CENT SINGLE-LINE WATERMARKED PERF 12 HORIZONTAL COIL.
With 1992 P.S.E. certificate. With 2003 and 2006 P.F. certificates (VF-XF 85)
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A MAGNIFICENT MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE SCARCE 1910 2-CENT HORIZONTAL COIL, SCOTT 388, GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E.
This 2c coil was in production for only a short period of time before being superseded by the Perf 8-1/2 issue. Due to the greater popularity of the horizontal coils with users, combined with a wary attitude by many collectors that early coils were simply trimmed stamps, most were used and few preserved.
With 2007 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $15,000.00)
EXTREMELY FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF ONE OF THE GREAT COIL RARITIES IN UNITED STATES PHILATELY.
The Orangeburg coil was made by the Post Office Department in 1911, specifically for use by the Bell Pharmaceutical Company. The 3c coil stamps were used to send samples of their products to physicians. Due to the quantity of mail, they were put through the first-class cancelling machine at Orangeburg, New York. The Orangeburg coil stamps' use on third-class mail, and the fact that philatelists were generally unaware of their production accounts for their rarity. Many have small faults such as corner creases or small tears.
With 2002 and 2010 P.F. certificates