Sale 1156 — United States Stamps
Sale Date — Thursday, 11 May, 2017
Category — Special Delivery thru Offices in China
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
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