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Sale 1166 — United States Stamps

Sale Date — Tuesday-Thursday, 24-26 October, 2017

Category — Modern Errors incl. CIA Candle Invert

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1180
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Sale Number 1166, Lot Number 1180, Modern Errors incl. CIA Candle Invert$1.00 Candle Holder, Brown (Engraved) Color Inverted (1610c), $1.00 Candle Holder, Brown (Engraved) Color Inverted (1610c)$1.00 Candle Holder, Brown (Engraved) Color Inverted (1610c). Mint N.H., with right side selvage and white band printed on stamp, fresh colors and well-centered

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A BEAUTIFUL MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE FAMOUS C.I.A. INVERT WITH THE WHITE BAND, WHICH ONLY COMES FROM THE RIGHT VERTICAL ROW OF THE SHEET.

Popularly called the "C.I.A. Invert", a single pane of 100 stamps was purchased at the McLean Va. Post Office by employees of the C.I.A., for use on mail from the agency. They noticed the error, pooled together funds to buy a replacement sheet and kept the pane for themselves. When it was discovered who had purchased the stamps, a scandal ensued over who actually owned the stamps. Of the pane of 100, only 93 sound examples reached collectors.

The far right column of ten stamps has a white band running down the side. This white band should have been in the unprinted gutter at right.

Scott Retail with no premium for the scarcer position

17,500
11,000
1181
nh
Sale Number 1166, Lot Number 1181, Modern Errors incl. CIA Candle Invert10.9c Hansom Cab, Imperforate (1904b), 10.9c Hansom Cab, Imperforate (1904b)10.9c Hansom Cab, Imperforate (1904b). Strip of four with joint line between right pair, neat Bureau gap precancel, Very Fine and choice, Scott Retail as two pairs with no premium for the joint line pair (which is listed but unpriced)

250
350
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1182
nhbl
Sale Number 1166, Lot Number 1182, Modern Errors incl. CIA Candle Invert3c Paul Dudley White, Tagging Omitted (2179b), 3c Paul Dudley White, Tagging Omitted (2179b)3c Paul Dudley White, Tagging Omitted (2179b). Mint N.H. pane of 100 with plate no. 2 at top right corner and zip block at bottom right, rich color, fresh and Very Fine, very rare especially as an intact pane, Scott Catalogue notes the tagging omitted error appeared before the untagged variety (Scott 2170a) and can be distinguished by the plate nos., only plates 2 and 3 produced the error, this intact pane is a great rarity, accompanied by normal pane from plate 2 for comparison and also a block of 24 believed to be the variety but not counted due to lack of plate no., Scott Retail as 100 singles

7,500
650
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1183
nh
Sale Number 1166, Lot Number 1183, Modern Errors incl. CIA Candle Invert15c Beach Umbrella, Blue Omitted (2443c), 15c Beach Umbrella, Blue Omitted (2443c)15c Beach Umbrella, Blue Omitted (2443c). Intact booklet containing one normal pane and one pane of the error, fresh and Extremely Fine, Scott Retail as just the error pane

1,150
200
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1184
P
Sale Number 1166, Lot Number 1184, Modern Errors incl. CIA Candle Invert$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, Very Fine, very few of these kits were sold before the USPS ended the sales program

E. 750-1,000
900
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1185
P
Sale Number 1166, Lot Number 1185, Modern Errors incl. CIA Candle Invert$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 sealed in original Post Office cellophane 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, Very Fine, very few of these kits were sold before the USPS ended the sales program

E. 750-1,000
900
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