FINE. A SCARCE SOUND EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT ROTARY PERF 11 ISSUE, SCOTT 594. ONE OF THE RAREST 20TH CENTURY STAMPS.
The 1c Green, Scott 594, is waste from a horizontal rotary printing used to make coils. At the beginning or end of a coil-stamp print run from the 170-subject rotary plates, some leading or trailing paper was produced that was too short for rolling into 500-stamp rolls. In 1919 the Bureau devised a plan to salvage this waste by perforating and cutting the sheets into panes. They were put through the 11-gauge flat-plate perforator in use at the time, giving the sheets full perforations on all sides. The existence of Scott 594 was not reported until four months after the final sheets were delivered, and the 1c Rotary Perf 11 was soon recognized as one of the rarest United States stamps.
Our census of Scott 594, available at our website at: http://www.siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/594/594.pdf, contains 92 used singles, four used pairs and five covers (including one with a pair) for a total of 106 used stamps. Many have perforations either in on one or more sides, or have faults.
Census No. 594-CAN-22. With 1981 P.F., 2008 P.S.E. and 2016 P.F. certificates.
FRESH AND FINE EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT HARDING ROTARY PERF 11, WHICH IS ONE OF THE RAREST OF ALL 20TH CENTURY ISSUES.
Warren G. Harding, the 29th President, died in San Francisco on August 2, 1923, during a cross-country "Voyage of Understanding". Several people suggested a Harding memorial stamp, printed in black, and it was rushed into production. The first flat plate printing (Scott 610) was issued on September 1, 1923, in his home town of Marion, Ohio, followed less than two weeks later by the normal Perf 10 rotary press printing (Scott 612) on September 12.
The 2c Harding Rotary Perf 11 stamp was discovered in 1938 by Leslie Lewis of the New York firm, Stanley Gibbons Inc. Gary Griffith presents his hypothesis in United States Stamps 1922-26 that rotary-printed sheets of 400 were first reduced to panes of 100 and then fed through the 11-gauge perforating machine normally used for flat plate sheets. This method explains the existence of a straight-edge on Scott 613. Production quality and quantity was very low, due to the rotary press stamps' natural tendency to curl, and the use of the flat plate perforator for the slightly different-sized rotary printing.
Our census of the 2c Harding Rotary Perf 11, available at our website at http://www.siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/613/613.pdf , records 45 used singles (one faintly cancelled, if at all), one used pair and the used strip of three. Of the singles, just over half are sound.
Census No. 613-CAN-21. Ex Carl W. Schedler (Siegel Sale 476, Sep. 10, 1975 where acquired by the current owner). With 1961 P.F. certificate.
VERY FINE. THE FIRST TIME ANY EXAMPLE OF THIS ERROR HAS BEEN OFFERED TO THE MARKET.
This is one of two panes of the 15-cent Owls missing the yellow and magenta that were recently discovered by a collector in a large hoard of discount postage. The second pane also has the black intaglio misregistered.
Because this error is so striking and obvious, it is amazing that no one noticed it until 38 years after it was issued. Nearly all color-omitted errors are found within a year or two of being issued. It is almost unheard of for a pane of a commemorative stamp clearly missing two colors to languish as discount postage for nearly four decades before discovery.
This is the first time this error has ever been offered. The collector is keeping the second pane with the misregistered black intaglio. If the pane is broken up properly, it would yield ten se-tenant blocks of four, plus five singles each of two stamps.
With 2016 A.P.S. certificate. Recently listed in Scott based on these two discovery panes.