Sale 1187 — United States Stamps
Sale Date — Wednesday, 25 July, 2018
Category — 1922-29 and Later Issues (Scott 551-forward)
FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE PART ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT ROTARY PERF 11 ISSUE, SCOTT 594.
The 1c Green, Scott 594, is waste from a horizontal rotary printing used to make coils. At the beginning or end of a coil-stamp print run from the 170-subject rotary plates, some leading or trailing paper was produced that was too short for rolling into 500-stamp rolls. In 1919 the Bureau devised a plan to salvage this waste by perforating and cutting the sheets into panes. They were put through the 11-gauge flat-plate perforator in use at the time, giving the sheets full perforations on all sides. The existence of Scott 594 was not reported until four months after the final sheets were delivered, and the 1c Rotary Perf 11 was soon recognized as one of the rarest United States stamps.
Our census of unused examples of Scott 594, based on the Levi and P.F. records and available at our website at https://siegelauctions.com/census/us/scott/594 , contains only 17 stamps. Of these only 11 have any gum, and three of those have perforated initials of Crowell Publishing Co. of Springfield, Ohio, which some collectors regard as equivalent to a cancel.
Census No. 594-OG-03. With 1956 P.F. certificate not mentioning any faults
FINE. A RARE SOUND EXAMPLE OF THE 1923 ONE-CENT ROTARY PERF 11 ISSUE.
Like the 2c, Scott 595, this issue was perforated in both directions on the flat plate perforating machine. This machine was not designed to perforate rotary press stamps, which are slightly different in size due to the curvature of the printing plate. This caused notoriously poor perforations. The existence of Scott 594 was not reported until four months after the final sheets were delivered, and the 1c Rotary Perf 11 was soon recognized as one of the rarest United States stamps.
Our census of Scott 594, available at our website at: https:/siegelauctions.com/census/us/scott/594 , contains 89 used singles, four used pairs and five covers (including one with a pair) for a total of 103 used stamps. Many have perforations either in on one or more sides, or have faults. This example was once part of a pair on piece (see Siegel Sale 811, lot 223).
Census No. 594-CAN-PR-PCE-01 as the left stamp of a pair on piece. With 1993 P.F. certificate as the pair. Scott Catalogue notes "both unused and used are valued with perforations just touching frameline on one side"
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF SCOTT 634A, GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E.
With 1979 P.F. and 2014 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $4,950.00). Only four have graded higher (at 100)
VERY FINE. A RARE PLATE BLOCK OF THE 30-CENT PRESIDENTIAL IN THE DEEP BLUE SHADE.
According to The Prexies by Roland Rustad, in a report in the American Philatelist President Franklin Roosevelt was presented with two 30c sheets, one in this Deep Blue shade and the other in Ultramarine. He chose the Ultramarine for the issued stamp, and the Blue sheet was taken back to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing for destruction. A block of four was saved for President Roosevelt, a known stamp collector. Since then, other examples in the Deep Blue shade have surfaced. It has been speculated that the letter "M" in the selvage was part of a notation made in the hand of FDR, but we are not sure.
With 2016 P.F. certificate. Accompanied by an article on the 30c shades by John M. Hotchner
EXTREMELY FINE GEMS. A TRULY SUPERB SET OF 35 FAMOUS AMERICANS, 32 OF WHICH ARE GRADED GEM 100 BY P.S.E.
13 stamps are P.S.E. encapsulated and 22 stamps with P.S.E. paper certificates. Total SMQ $6,195.00
EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE MINT NEVER-HINGED JOINT LINE PAIR OF THE 2-1/2 CENT BUNKER HILL WITH SMALL HOLES.
Scott Catalogue notes this is only known with Bureau precancel