FINE AND FRESH ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE $48.00 1875 NEWSPAPER ISSUE.
Ex Hillmer. With 1990 P.F. certificate
FINE EXAMPLE OF THE 96-CENT 1875 CONTINENTAL NEWSPAPER SPECIAL PRINTING.
Only 141 were sold. A Power Search review shows that the centering on the example offered here is typical -- very few are known with decent centering and without faults.
With 1980 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE $1.92 1875 CONTINENTAL NEWSPAPER SPECIAL PRINTING. ONLY 41 WERE SOLD.
The $1.92 value of the 1875 Continental Newspaper Special Printing marks the start of the rarities of the set. We have offered only ten unduplicated examples in all of our Rarities sales going back to 1964 and in our regular auctions going back to 1994. The stamp offered here is included in that count (1993 Rarities).
Ex Lyons. Signed Bartels. With 1991 P.F. certificate
$6.00 Ultramarine, 1875 Special Printing (PR50). Without gum as issued, choice centering and wide margins, fresh and bright color
VERY FINE. THIS IS THE FINEST EXAMPLE OF THE $6.00 CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE COMPANY NEWSPAPER SPECIAL PRINTING IN OUR RECORDS. ONLY FOURTEEN WERE SOLD, AND ONLY SIX HAVE EVER BEEN CERTIFIED AS GENUINE. ONE OF THE RAREST STAMPS IN UNITED STATES PHILATELY.
According to sale records of the 1875 Newspaper Special Printings, 14 of the $6.00 were sold and delivered. On July 16, 1884, the Special Printings were withdrawn from sale, and the remaining supply was destroyed.
Our records of Scott PR50, available at https://siegelauctions.com/census/us/scott/PR50 , contain only six copies certified as genuine: five by The Philatelic Foundation and one certified by P.S.E. One is reperfed at bottom.
Census No. PR50-UNC-01. With 2003 P.F. certificate
FINE APPEARANCE. THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THE $36.00 1875 NEWSPAPER SPECIAL PRINTING, OF WHICH ONLY TWO WERE SOLD. THIS IS WITHOUT QUESTION ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL SPECIAL PRINTINGS, AND ONE OF THE MOST OUTSTANDING NEWSPAPERS AND PERIODICALS ITEMS IN EXISTENCE.
The large-format Newspaper stamps issued in 1865 were unsatisfactory for collecting postage on the bulk mailing of newspapers and periodicals. Starting January 1, 1875, the rate was fixed at 2c per pound for weekly or more frequent publications, and 3c per pound for less frequent publications. A total of 24 denominations were created, ranging from 2c to $60, so that payment could be made on mailing weight from one pound to one ton without using more than five stamps in any transaction. They could not be used for any other purpose.
The $36.00 design depicts a figure representing Commerce. Fully clothed, she holds the caduceus, or winged rod of Mercury, in her left hand and a miniature ship in the other. The regular-issue stamps were sent to postmasters on December 11, 1874, for use starting on the first day of the new year.
In a separate development, in 1875 stamps from previous issues to the current date were made for the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, and were intended both for sale and also to showcase examples of every U.S. stamp printed. Stamps which were no longer valid for postage were called Reprints (those which were demonetized -- Scott Nos. 3, 4, 40-47, PR5-PR7 and LO3-LO6). Those still valid for use were called Re-Issues. Those printed concurrently with contemporary designs were called Special Printings.
Special Printings were created for Bank Note Company regular postage issues (Scott 167-177 and 180-181), Officials and Newspapers and Periodicals. The Officials received "Specimen" (or "Sepcimen") overprints. Continental Bank Note Company produced the Special Printings, because they held the current contract.
The Reprints, Re-Issues and Special Printings were only available for purchase through the Third Assistant Postmaster General, who maintained a small office to fill requests from over the counter and mail order sales. This office remained open from 1875 to 1883, and all remaining stamps on hand were destroyed under close supervision on July 3, 1884. Invoices were prepared for all sales transactions, listing the denomination, quantity sold and name of purchaser.
For the $36.00 Newspaper stamp, the records show that two were sold, both to Paul Lietzow of Berlin, Germany, but on different dates. The first sale was entered on December 29, 1879. The second $36.00 sold was entered on July 26, 1880. There were no other purchasers -- apparently the number of people in the 1870's and early 1880's willing to pay $36 for a stamp that could never be used was limited to one person in Europe. Lietzow was also the purchaser of the only copies sold of the $24.00 (two), $48.00 (one) and $60.00 (one) denominations, as well as two each of the $9.00 and $12.00 values.
Paul Lietzow was a German collector/dealer who displayed his collection in one of the first philatelic exhibitions in Germany. The first was held in April 1870 and featured one person's collection. Lietzow exhibited his collection in July 1877 in Berlin for the benefit of wounded soldiers. His collection at the time comprised 6,200 stamps housed in six large volumes, quite an achievement for the time. In 1880 and 1882 he published handbooks on philately, one of which was a precursor to the Scott Catalogue. The idea of exhibitions and handbooks was to increase the appeal of stamp collecting, which was widely seen as suitable only for schoolboys and not worthy of serious pursuit.
This stamp made its first appearance at auction in the May 30, 2003 Shreves Philatelic Galleries auction. At the time of the sale it was unpriced in Scott, and subsequent Scott values are based on its 2003 sale price. By way of comparison, the Scott value for PR53, which also has two sold and only one known, is priced at $500,000.00 based on its sale price in our 2014 Rarities of the World sale.
With 2002 P.S.E. and 2003 P.F. certificates.
FINE APPEARANCE. THE 36-CENT 1894 UNWATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE IS ONE OF THE RAREST OF ALL NEWSPAPERS AND PERIODICALS STAMPS. ONLY NINE ARE CONTAINED IN OUR RECORDS, AND NONE ARE SOUND.
Our recently updated census of PR97, available at https://siegelauctions.com/census/us/scott/PR97 contains nine unused examples, all with original gum. Three are only known from old black and white photos. None are sound -- most have thin spots or creases. We have offered only two other unduplicated examples since keeping computerized records, including one reperfed at right with a thin spot and one with a small tear and light creasing.
Census No. PR97-OG-01. With 2002 P.F. certificate
FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 60-CENT 1894 NEWSPAPERS AND PERIODICALS ISSUE. ONLY EIGHTEEN UNUSED EXAMPLES ARE CONTAINED IN OUR RECORDS.
Our census of PR98, available at https://siegelauctions.com/census/us/scott/PR98 , contains eighteen unused and five used examples. Of the unused examples, only three are confirmed as sound, one of which has a straight edge at top and another of which has adherences on back.
Census No. PR98-OG-10. Ex Lutwak and Lessin. With 1994 and 2002 P.F. certificates
FINE APPEARANCE. ONLY ELEVEN EXAMPLES OF THE 1894 UNWATERMARKED BUREAU NEWSPAPERS AND PERIODICALS ISSUE ARE RECORDED IN OUR CENSUS, AND ONLY TWO ARE CONFIRMED AS SOUND. ONE OF THE GREATEST RARITIES OF THE ISSUE.
Our recently updated census of PR100, available at https://siegelauctions.com/census/us/scott/PR100 , contains only eleven copies. Only two are confirmed as sound -- Census numbers 3 and 6 -- but number 6 has perfs touching the design at right. Many others also have perforations touching the design. The example offered here, with a small fault and with perforations clear on three sides and partly clear at top, is quite desirable.
Census No. PR100-OG-08. With 1973 and 2003 P.F. certificates.
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE $6.00 1894 UNWATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE, PR101. ONLY FIFTEEN UNUSED AND ONE USED EXAMPLES ARE RECORDED IN OUR CENSUS, AND ONLY SIX HAVE ORIGINAL GUM. A GREAT RARITY.
Our recently updated census of PR101, available at https://siegelauctions.com/census/us/scott/PR101 , contains fifteen unused and one used copy of this rarity. Only six have original gum, and of these only two (Nos. OG-03 and OG-04) are confirmed as sound. One is repaired and one is reperfed. The example offered here, with original gum, choice centering and a negligible flaw, is highly desirable.
Census No. PR101-OG-15. Ex Lyons. With 1960 P.F. certificate