Sale 1174 — The J. R. Helton, Jr. Collection of Used United States Stamps

Sale Date — Wednesday, 7 March, 2018

Category — 1917-22 Issues (Scott 498-544)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
212
 
Sale 1174, Lot 212, 1917-22 Issues (Scott 498-544)4c Brown (503). Mathematically precise centering with well-proportioned margins, beautiful bright shade on fresh paper, lightly cancelled, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2015 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100; SMQ $850.00), only one example has graded higher (offered in Siegel Sale 1140, Lot 911) and one other shares this exalted grade

0
425
213
 
Sale 1174, Lot 213, 1917-22 Issues (Scott 498-544)5c Rose, Error (505). Brilliant color, neat duplex cancel, fresh and Extremely Fine, with 2013 P.S.E. certificate (VF-XF 85; SMQ $750.00), only two have graded higher with no other examples on record at this grade, despite this example having sold for $2,200.00 hammer in our Sale 1067 (lot 1579), the P.S.E. has not altered the SMQ value since then

600
650
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214
 
Sale 1174, Lot 214, 1917-22 Issues (Scott 498-544)7c Black (507). Jumbo margins and perfect centering, intense shade, lightly cancelled, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2015 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98 Jumbo; SMQ $450.00), this is the highest grade on record and it is shared by only one other (ex Kirke)

1
600
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215
 
Sale 1174, Lot 215, 1917-22 Issues (Scott 498-544)15c Gray (514). Precise centering with wide and balanced margins, rich color, light cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2010 and 2013 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $400.00), only two have graded higher

1
250
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216
 
Sale 1174, Lot 216, 1917-22 Issues (Scott 498-544)20c Light Ultramarine (515). Exceptionally well-centered with wide margins, bright shade, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2012 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $300.00), only four have graded higher

0
180
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217
 
Sale 1174, Lot 217, 1917-22 Issues (Scott 498-544)50c Red Violet (517). Perfectly centered with Jumbo margins, deep rich color on bright paper, light roller cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2013 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98 Jumbo; SMQ $475.00), this is the highest grade on record with only three others equal

0
225
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218
 
Sale 1174, Lot 218, 1917-22 Issues (Scott 498-544)$2.00 Orange Red & Black (523). Bright colors, unusual vignette shift to the right, face-free cancel, choice centering, Extremely Fine, with 2004 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $850.00), only five have graded higher

240
375
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219
 
Sale 1174, Lot 219, 1917-22 Issues (Scott 498-544)$2.00 Orange Red & Black (523). Jumbo margins, bright colors, light cancel at bottom right, Extremely Fine, with 2014 P.F. certificate (XF 90 Jumbo)

240
350
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220
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Sale 1174, Lot 220, 1917-22 Issues (Scott 498-544)$2.00 Orange Red & Black (523). Bottom right corner block of four with "W.E.S." and "A.L.C." plate finishers' initials in selvage, rich colors, neat Kansas City Federal Reserve duplex cancels, fresh and Fine-Very Fine, scarce used block, with 2011 P.F. certificate

1,300
800
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221
 
Sale 1174, Lot 221, 1917-22 Issues (Scott 498-544)2c Carmine, Ty. Va (528). Perfectly centered with Jumbo margins, deep rich color, choice strike of New York Grand Central Dec. 27, 1920 circular datestamp, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb stamp in every respect, with 2018 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 100, SMQ $750.00 as 100), this is the highest grade possible and the only example to achieve it

0
750
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222
 
Sale 1174, Lot 222, 1917-22 Issues (Scott 498-544)3c Purple, Ty. IV (530). Huge Jumbo margins with precise centering, lovely rich color, light barred cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2016 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98 Jumbo; SMQ $250.00 as 98, $750.00 as 100), only one has graded higher and no others share this grade

0
225
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223
 
Sale 1174, Lot 223, 1917-22 Issues (Scott 498-544)1c Green (531). Huge margins including portion of adjoining stamp at right, deep rich color, perfect strike of "St. Joseph Mich. Jun. 30 2PM 1919" circular datestamp, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2016 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100; SMQ $400.00), only one example has graded higher

12
200
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224
 
Sale 1174, Lot 224, 1917-22 Issues (Scott 498-544)1c Green (531). Horizontal pair with guide line at center, huge balanced margins including small part of adjoining stamps at left and right, strong color, bold "Benton Harbor Mich. Jul. 23 7PM" circular datestamp, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2016 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $350.00), only two pairs have graded higher with this the sole pair at this grade

52
180
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225
 
Sale 1174, Lot 225, 1917-22 Issues (Scott 498-544)2c Carmine, Ty. V, Imperforate (533). Perfect Jumbo margins with portions of all eight adjoining stamps, vivid color, Benton Harbor Mich. circular datestamp cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb stamp in every respect, ex Kirke, with 2011 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (Gem 100 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 100, SMQ $1,000.00 as 100), only four other examples have achieved this ultimate grade, collectors should not confuse the wide availability of earlier engraved Washington-Franklin imperforate multiples in unused condition, many of which have been cut up to create Jumbo singles, with the availability of offset imperforates, which are scarce as large used multiples

125
600
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226
 
Sale 1174, Lot 226, 1917-22 Issues (Scott 498-544)2c Carmine, Ty. V, Imperforate (533). Huge margins all around including small parts of adjoining stamps on each side, bold Benton Harbor Mich. circular datestamp, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2009 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100; SMQ $1,000.00), only five grade higher including the example offered in the previous lot

125
500
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227
 
Sale 1174, Lot 227, 1917-22 Issues (Scott 498-544)2c Carmine, Ty. V, Imperforate (533). Huge margins all around including traces of adjoining stamps on three sides, neat Benton Harbor Mich. circular datestamp, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2009 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $550.00)

125
250
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228
 
Sale 1174, Lot 228, 1917-22 Issues (Scott 498-544)1c Green, Rotary Perf 11 (544). Light circular datestamp cancel, deep rich color, Jumbo margins and particularly well-centered for this difficult issue

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A SOUND JUMBO LIGHTLY CANCELLED EXAMPLE OF THE 1922 ONE-CENT ROTARY PERF 11, SCOTT 544.

A small quantity of 1c Rotary Press stamps was perforated 11 on a flat plate perforating machine at the end of 1922, using remainder sheets from the earlier printings that were normally perforated in 10 gauge or 10/11 compound gauge. Its existence as a Perf 11 variety was discovered in 1936, almost 13 years after it was produced. Its discovery was announced in an article in the Bureau Specialist by Max Johl, who in the same article announced the discovery of a 1c Franklin Rotary Perf 11 (what would become Scott 596 in 1963). The 1c Washington Rotary Perf 11 received its Scott Catalogue listing in 1938. Most of the recorded copies of Scott 544 are off-center or have been damaged -- the result of poor production standards and mis-handling.

Ex Lyons, "Sirron" and Kirke. With 1987 and 2001 P.F. certificates. With 2010 P.S.E. certificate (VF 80 Jumbo; SMQ $7,000.00). This is the only stamp to achieve this grade with only four grading higher (highest is 90J)

3,500
4,750
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