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Sale 1147 — The Don David Price Collection of the U.S. 1918 24c Jenny Air Post Issue

Sale Date — Tuesday, 28 February, 2017

Category — Inverted Jenny Reprint and Non-Inverted Sheet

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
63
P
Sale Number 1147, Lot Number 63, Inverted Jenny Reprint and Non-Inverted Sheet$2.00 Red & Blue, Inverted Jenny, Limited Edition Souvenir Kit (4806 var), $2.00 Red & Blue, Inverted Jenny, Limited Edition Souvenir Kit (4806 var)$2.00 Red & Blue, Inverted Jenny, Limited Edition Souvenir Kit (4806 var). Commemorative box containing an array of proof material and sheets, including sheets of six with vignette only, frame only, complete stamps but without background design, albino stamps with background design, die wipe sheet, also normal sheet and first day precancelled sheet, plus 48-page booklet, one edge of box with small inconsequential scrape, Very Fine, very few of these kits were sold before the USPS ended the sales program

E. 300-400
1,400
64
nh
Sale Number 1147, Lot Number 64, Inverted Jenny Reprint and Non-Inverted Sheet$2.00 Red & Blue, Non-Inverted Jenny Error Sheet (4806d), $2.00 Red & Blue, Non-Inverted Jenny Error Sheet (4806d)$2.00 Red & Blue, Non-Inverted Jenny Error Sheet (4806d). Intact pane of six self-adhesive stamps with souvenir sheet design in margin, choice centering, back of pane indicates plate position (this is the upper left of the six positions), accompanied by official registration certificate signed by Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe, certifying this is the second souvenir sheet registered with the U.S. Postal Service

EXTREMELY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE NON-INVERTED JENNY SHEET. ONLY 100 WERE DISTRIBUTED TO RANDOM POST OFFICES AROUND THE COUNTRY, AND ONLY 30 HAVE BEEN REGISTERED WITH THE POSTAL SERVICE. A PHENOMENAL MODERN RARITY.

According to the U.S. Postal Service's website (http://about.usps.com/postal-bulletin/2013/pb22371/html/info_003.htm ) and other sources, the $2.00 Inverted Jenny souvenir sheet went on sale nationwide September 22, 2013, and a ceremony was held on that day at the National Postal Museum. The souvenir sheet was printed using the intaglio printing process and plates made from the original dies used to produce the 1918 24c Air Post stamp (Scott C3). The denomination was changed to make it easily distinguishable from the original. The souvenir sheet background depicts the original airmail route, the National Postal Museum, and aviation pioneer Reuben H. Fleet.

A special automatic distribution was done to all post offices. Pre-orders and re-orders through stamp distribution offices or centers were not allowed once original automatic distribution quantities were sold. A total of 13,200,600 stamps were printed, which translates into 2,200,100 souvenir sheets of six. They were printed six souvenir sheets at a time, and their position on the plate is noted on back of each. The sheets were sold individually wrapped in cellophane, which collectors questioned at the time of issue.

The reason for the odd quantity and cellophane wrapping was revealed shortly after the release of the souvenir sheets, when an upright example was discovered by a collector in Ontario, Canada. The USPS then revealed that 100 had been created and randomly seeded throughout their distribution system. The cellophane wrappers were used to prevent searching through stocks for the upright designs -- souvenir sheets with opened cellophane were not returnable.

As of November 2016, Linn's Stamp News reported that only 30 had been registered with the Postal Service. While there may be some that have been discovered and not reported, it seems likely that the majority of the 100 sheets remain undiscovered. As of October 2016, the sheets are no longer available from Stamp Fulfillment Services -- meaning the only continuing source of the sheets is stock in post offices.

With 2014 P.F. certificate

75,000
55,000
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