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Sale 1156 — United States Stamps

Sale Date — Thursday, 11 May, 2017

Category — Special Delivery thru Offices in China

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
3818
 
Sale Number 1156, Lot Number 3818, Special Delivery thru Offices in China10c Blue, Special Delivery (E1), 10c Blue, Special Delivery (E1)10c Blue, Special Delivery (E1). Tied by red circular datestamp and used with Hawaii, 1866, 5c Blue (32) on 10c Black cut square (U5), also tied by target handstamp, Fine, a very unusual combination

E. 300-400
160
3819
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Sale Number 1156, Lot Number 3819, Special Delivery thru Offices in China10c Deep Blue, Imperforate (E5a), 10c Deep Blue, Imperforate (E5a)10c Deep Blue, Imperforate (E5a). Vertical pair, original gum, h.r., large margins, few tiny thins and tiny scrape on bottom stamp

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE IMPERFORATE PAIR OF THE 1895 SPECIAL DELIVERY ISSUE.

Using the logic behind including No. E3 as a part of the Columbian issues, one can argue Nos. E4 and E5 are part of the 1894 and 1895 Bureau issues. Perhaps this is why Nos. E4 and E5 are the only Special Delivery issues found imperforate. However, unlike its regular-issue counterparts, which exist in abundant quantities, Nos. E4a and E5a are very rare. We have offered only two others since our 1992 Rarities sale, both of which had small faults.

With 1979 P.F. certificate

4,500
0
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3820
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Sale Number 1156, Lot Number 3820, Special Delivery thru Offices in China10c Green, Special Delivery (E7), 10c Green, Special Delivery (E7)10c Green, Special Delivery (E7). Mint N.H. with wide top right corner selvage, lovely shade, particularly wide and balanced margins, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2010 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $600.00)

140
300
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3821
nhbl
Sale Number 1156, Lot Number 3821, Special Delivery thru Offices in China10c Gray Violet, Special Delivery, Horizontal Pair, Imperforate Between (E15c), 10c Gray Violet, Special Delivery, Horizontal Pair, Imperforate Between (E15c)10c Gray Violet, Special Delivery, Horizontal Pair, Imperforate Between (E15c). Mint N.H. left selvage block of four containing two error pairs, deep rich color, Very Fine, Scott Retail as two pairs

1,200
275
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3822
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Sale Number 1156, Lot Number 3822, Special Delivery thru Offices in China3c Deep Brown, Special Printing (J10), 3c Deep Brown, Special Printing (J10)3c Deep Brown, Special Printing (J10). Unused (no gum), crisp impression, small closed tear, two filled thins, short perfs at top not mentioned on accompanying certificate

FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 3-CENT POSTAGE DUE SPECIAL PRINTING. THIS IS THE RAREST POSTAGE DUE ISSUE.

Although 436 copies were reported sold, it is believed that 100 copies were destroyed in the Calman lot. A thorough search of the marketplace, combined with conversations with dealers and collectors, has confirmed the extreme rarity of this stamp.

With 1985 and 2017 P.F. certificates. Scott Retail as with original gum

20,000
2,500
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3823°
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Sale Number 1156, Lot Number 3823, Special Delivery thru Offices in China10c Deep Brown, Special Printing (J12), 10c Deep Brown, Special Printing (J12)10c Deep Brown, Special Printing (J12). Large part disturbed original gum, rich color and clear cameo on back indicative of the Special Printing, tiny thin spot at top, Fine appearance, it has been estimated that no more than 174 examples of the 10c Postage Due Special Printing reached the public, with 2005 P.F. certificate as "disturbed part o.g." (it covers most of the back)

7,000
1,300
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3824
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Sale Number 1156, Lot Number 3824, Special Delivery thru Offices in China30c Deep Brown, Special Printing (J13), 30c Deep Brown, Special Printing (J13)30c Deep Brown, Special Printing (J13). Unused (no gum), crisp impression, thin spots and horizontal crease at top, otherwise Fine and scarce, it has been estimated that no more than 179 examples of the 30c Postage Due Special Printing reached the public, with 2017 P.F. certificate, Scott Retail as with gum

7,500
550
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3825
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Sale Number 1156, Lot Number 3825, Special Delivery thru Offices in China5c Red Brown (J18), 5c Red Brown (J18)5c Red Brown (J18). Original gum, lightly hinged, wonderfully well-balanced margins, rich color and a sharp impression, Extremely Fine Gem, ex Curtis, with 1989 P.F. and 2013 P.S.E. certificates (OGph, XF-Superb 95; SMQ $1,300.00), this is the highest grade awarded to any unused No. J18 and it is shared by only five others

600
1,000
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3826
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Sale Number 1156, Lot Number 3826, Special Delivery thru Offices in China50c Bright Claret (J28), 50c Bright Claret (J28)50c Bright Claret (J28). Original gum, lightly hinged, beautifully centered with wide margins, brilliant color, Extremely Fine Gem, ex Gorham and Curtis, with 1995, 2005 and 2006 P.F. certificates (XF-Superb 95)

600
650
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3827°
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Sale Number 1156, Lot Number 3827, Special Delivery thru Offices in China2c Vermilion (J30), 2c Vermilion (J30)2c Vermilion (J30). Mint N.H. with wide half arrow selvage at right, h.r. in selvage only, deep rich color on bright paper, well-centered, Very Fine and choice, with 2016 P.F. certificate (VF 80)

1,900
0
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3828
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Sale Number 1156, Lot Number 3828, Special Delivery thru Offices in China30c Carmine (J75), 30c Carmine (J75)30c Carmine (J75). Mint N.H., brilliant color, gorgeous centering, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2005 P.F. and 2006 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $675.00)

325
475
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3829
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Sale Number 1156, Lot Number 3829, Special Delivery thru Offices in China50c Carmine (J76), 50c Carmine (J76)50c Carmine (J76). Mint N.H., vivid color, outstanding centering, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2009 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $925.00), this is the highest grade awarded and it is shared by only six others

375
750
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3830
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Sale Number 1156, Lot Number 3830, Special Delivery thru Offices in China12c on 6c Offices in China (K6), 12c on 6c Offices in China (K6)12c on 6c Offices in China (K6). Mint N.H., vivid color, gorgeous centering and margins, Extremely Fine, with 2014 P.F. certificate (XF 90)

220
400
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3831
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Sale Number 1156, Lot Number 3831, Special Delivery thru Offices in China14c on 7c Offices in China (K7), 14c on 7c Offices in China (K7)14c on 7c Offices in China (K7). Mint N.H., deep shade on fresh paper, balanced margins, Extremely Fine, with 2014 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $520.00)

225
475
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3832
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Sale Number 1156, Lot Number 3832, Special Delivery thru Offices in China14c on 7c Offices in China (K7), 14c on 7c Offices in China (K7)14c on 7c Offices in China (K7). Single hinge mark at top, perfect centering with balanced margins, intense shade, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2016 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, Superb 98; SMQ $425.00), this is the highest grade awarded in any condition and it is shared by only three others (one hinged, two Mint N.H.)

87
400
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3833
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Sale Number 1156, Lot Number 3833, Special Delivery thru Offices in China18c on 9c Offices in China (K9), 18c on 9c Offices in China (K9)18c on 9c Offices in China (K9). Mint N.H., well-centered, bright color, fresh and Extremely Fine, with 1999 P.F. and 2011 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $425.00)

170
300
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3834
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Sale Number 1156, Lot Number 3834, Special Delivery thru Offices in China20c on 10c Offices in China (K10), 20c on 10c Offices in China (K10)20c on 10c Offices in China (K10). Mint N.H., vibrant color, wide and balanced margins, Extremely Fine, ex Hoffman, with 2007 P.F. certificate (XF 90)

160
325
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3835
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Sale Number 1156, Lot Number 3835, Special Delivery thru Offices in China30c on 15c Offices in China (K12), 30c on 15c Offices in China (K12)30c on 15c Offices in China (K12). Mint N.H., deep shade, well-proportioned margins, Extremely Fine, with 1997 P.F. and 2011 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $565.00)

210
400
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3836
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Sale Number 1156, Lot Number 3836, Special Delivery thru Offices in China40c on 20c Offices in China (K13), 40c on 20c Offices in China (K13)40c on 20c Offices in China (K13). Mint N.H., radiant color on bright paper, well-proportioned margins, Extremely Fine, with 2012 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $775.00)

300
500
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3837
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Sale Number 1156, Lot Number 3837, Special Delivery thru Offices in China$1.00 on 50c Offices in China (K15), $1.00 on 50c Offices in China (K15)$1.00 on 50c Offices in China (K15). Mint N.H., wide and well-proportioned margins, post-office fresh, Very Fine and choice, ex Hall, with 2006 P.F. certificate (VF-XF 85)

1,300
800
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3838
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Sale Number 1156, Lot Number 3838, Special Delivery thru Offices in China4c on 2c Offices in China (K18), 4c on 2c Offices in China (K18)4c on 2c Offices in China (K18). Mint N.H., brilliant color, choice centering and margins, Extremely Fine, with 1991 and 2012 P.F. certificates (XF 90)

230
500
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