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Sale 1163 — The Clipper City Collection of Superb U.S. Stamps

Sale Date — Tuesday, 19 September, 2017

Category — 1919-20 Issues (Scott 537-550)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
403
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Sale Number 1163, Lot Number 403, 1919-20 Issues (Scott 537-550)3c Violet, 3c Red Violet (537, 537c), 3c Violet, 3c Red Violet (537, 537c)3c Violet, 3c Red Violet (537, 537c). Mint N.H., the better 537c shade with beautiful balanced Jumbo margins, strong color with excellent reddish hue, Extremely Fine, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90 Jumbo, SMQ $725.00), No. 537 with huge and balanced margins, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2011 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $275.00)

300
700
404
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Sale Number 1163, Lot Number 404, 1919-20 Issues (Scott 537-550)2c Carmine Rose, Ty. II, Rotary Perf 11 x 10 (539), 2c Carmine Rose, Ty. II, Rotary Perf 11 x 10 (539)2c Carmine Rose, Ty. II, Rotary Perf 11 x 10 (539). Mint N.H., rich color and sharp impression, well-balanced margins and attractive centering

VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THIS RARE ROTARY-PRESS WASTE ISSUE.

At the beginning or end of a coil-stamp print run from the 170-subject rotary plates, some leading or trailing paper was left over that was too short for rolling into 500-stamp rolls. In 1919, the Bureau devised a plan to salvage this waste by converting the stamps from coil stamps into sheet stamps. This was accomplished by cutting the sheets into panes and putting the panes through the flat-plate perforator in use at the time, giving the stamps perforations on all sides.

Since Scott 539 was put through two different perforating machines of differing gauges at different times, most of the stamps are off-center.

With 1986 P.F. and 2013 P.S.E. certificates (F-VF 75; SMQ $7,200.00). Only one stamp has been graded higher in the P.S.E. Population Report -- at VF 80 -- and only one other shares this grade. The $7,200.00 SMQ value for a 75 grade speaks volumes about the centering normally encountered on this rare stamp

4,250
3,500
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405
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Sale Number 1163, Lot Number 405, 1919-20 Issues (Scott 537-550)2c Carmine Rose, Ty. III, Rotary Perf 11 x 10 (540), 2c Carmine Rose, Ty. III, Rotary Perf 11 x 10 (540)2c Carmine Rose, Ty. III, Rotary Perf 11 x 10 (540). Mint N.H., vivid color, unusually choice centering for this difficult issue, Extremely Fine Gem, ex Merlin, with 2006 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $250.00), only six have graded higher (all at 98)

27
325
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406
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Sale Number 1163, Lot Number 406, 1919-20 Issues (Scott 537-550)3c Violet, Ty. II, Rotary Perf 11 x 10 (541), 3c Violet, Ty. II, Rotary Perf 11 x 10 (541)3c Violet, Ty. II, Rotary Perf 11 x 10 (541). Mint N.H., rich color, outstanding centering, bright and fresh, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2016 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $750.00)

100
650
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407
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Sale Number 1163, Lot Number 407, 1919-20 Issues (Scott 537-550)1c Green, Perf 10 x 11 (542), 1c Green, Perf 10 x 11 (542)1c Green, Perf 10 x 11 (542). Mint N.H., essentially perfect centering with wide margins, unusual for this Rotary Press issue, rich color, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb stamp, with 2013 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $850.00), this is the highest grade awarded (six equal)

30
750
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408
 
Sale Number 1163, Lot Number 408, 1919-20 Issues (Scott 537-550)1c Green, Rotary Perf 11 (544), 1c Green, Rotary Perf 11 (544)1c Green, Rotary Perf 11 (544). Rich color and detailed impression, Jumbo margins and choice centering, machine cancel leaves design clearly visible

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A BEAUTIFUL SOUND, CENTERED EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT ROTARY PERF 11 ISSUE, SCOTT 544.

A small quantity of 1c Rotary Press stamps was perforated 11 on a flat plate perforating machine at the end of 1922, using remainder sheets from the earlier printings that were normally perforated in 10 gauge or 10/11 compound gauge. Its existence as a Perf 11 variety was discovered in 1936, almost 13 years after it was produced. Its discovery was announced in an article in the Bureau Specialist by Max Johl, who in the same article announced the discovery of a 1c Franklin Rotary Perf 11 (what would become Scott 596 in 1963). The 1c Washington Rotary Perf 11 received its Scott Catalogue listing in 1938. Most of the recorded copies of Scott 544 are off-center or have been damaged -- the result of poor production standards and mis-handling.

With 1980 P.F. and 2014 P.S.E. certificates (VF-XF 85 Jumbo; SMQ $8,750.00). Only one stamp has been graded higher in the P.S.E. Population Report (at 90J) and this is the sole example graded 85J.

3,750
4,250
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409
nh
Sale Number 1163, Lot Number 409, 1919-20 Issues (Scott 537-550)1c Green, Rotary (545), 1c Green, Rotary (545)1c Green, Rotary (545). Mint N.H., deep rich color and sharp proof-like impression, choice centering for this difficult rotary-press issue

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1921 ONE-CENT PERF 11 ROTARY WASTE ISSUE, SCOTT 545.

With 1996 P.F. and 2012 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $2,150.00). Only five have graded higher and only four others share this grade.

450
1,400
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410
nh
Sale Number 1163, Lot Number 410, 1919-20 Issues (Scott 537-550)2c Carmine Rose, Ty. III, Rotary (546), 2c Carmine Rose, Ty. III, Rotary (546)2c Carmine Rose, Ty. III, Rotary (546). Mint N.H., brilliant color, gorgeous centering with Jumbo margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT ROTARY COIL WASTE ISSUE, SCOTT 546, GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 JUMBO BY P.S.E.

With 2007 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $2,500.00). Only two have graded higher (both at 98) and this remains the only example graded 95J

240
2,300
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411
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Sale Number 1163, Lot Number 411, 1919-20 Issues (Scott 537-550)$2.00 Carmine & Black (547), $2.00 Carmine & Black (547)$2.00 Carmine & Black (547). Mint N.H., rich colors, wide and balanced margins, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2012 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $800.00)

270
650
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412
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Sale Number 1163, Lot Number 412, 1919-20 Issues (Scott 537-550)5c Pilgrim Tercentenary (550), 5c Pilgrim Tercentenary (550)5c Pilgrim Tercentenary (550). Mint N.H., deep rich color and proof-like impression, wide and balanced margins, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2005 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $500.00)

75
400
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