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Sale 1201 — The Dr. William H. Johnson Collection of the U.S. 1890 Small Bank Note Issue

Sale Date — Tuesday, 21 May, 2019

Category — Plate Proofs

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2031
Pbl
Sale Number 1201, Lot Number 2031, Plate Proofs1c-90c 1890 Issue, Plate Proofs on India, Card (219P3-229P4), 1c-90c 1890 Issue, Plate Proofs on India, Card (219P3-229P4)1c-90c 1890 Issue, Plate Proofs on India, Card (219P3-229P4). Eleven bottom imprint and plate no. blocks of twelve, the 1c, 2c, 3c, 5c and 8c on India which is mounted on cards, others on card, five also have letters in the imprints, large margins, radiant colors

VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL SET OF PLATE PROOF BOTTOM IMPRINT AND PLATE NUMBER BLOCKS OF TWELVE OF THE 1890 ISSUE. TRULY SPECTACULAR.

This is an excellent alternative to the almost impossible dream of forming a complete set of plate blocks of the issued stamps. These proofs are especially desirable, as they are all from the bottom plate positions.

11,850
6,750
2032
P
Sale Number 1201, Lot Number 2032, Plate Proofs1c-90c 1890-93 Issue, Plate Proofs on India (219P3, 219DP3, 221P3-229P3), 1c-90c 1890-93 Issue, Plate Proofs on India (219P3, 219DP3, 221P3-229P3)1c-90c 1890-93 Issue, Plate Proofs on India (219P3, 219DP3, 221P3-229P3). Horizontal pairs, large margins, 15c small translucency from hinge, still Very Fine set, Scott Retail as singles

978
600
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2033
Pbl
Sale Number 1201, Lot Number 2033, Plate Proofs1c-90c 1890-93 Issue, Plate Proofs on India, Card (219P3/229P3), 1c-90c 1890-93 Issue, Plate Proofs on India, Card (219P3/229P3)1c-90c 1890-93 Issue, Plate Proofs on India, Card (219P3/229P3). Twelve blocks of four, the 219D and 4c-10c on card, others on India, large margins, rich colors, also including extra 4c block of eight on India with imprint and letter "J" at top and bottom right corner margin block of four of 228P4, fresh and Very Fine group, especially desirable with both 2c colors

4,370
1,500
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2034
P
Sale Number 1201, Lot Number 2034, Plate Proofs1c-90c 1890-93 Issue, Plate Proofs on Card (219P4, 220P4-229P4), 1c-90c 1890-93 Issue, Plate Proofs on Card (219P4, 220P4-229P4)1c-90c 1890-93 Issue, Plate Proofs on Card (219P4, 220P4-229P4). Eleven, large margins throughout, vivid colors which are fresher than often encountered with this set, Very Fine, accompanied by original envelope with printed "United States Postage Stamps, Issue 1890.", Scott Retail with no premium for the envelope

620
650
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2035
Pbl
Sale Number 1201, Lot Number 2035, Plate Proofs2c Lake, Imperforate on Stamp Paper (219DPe), 2c Lake, Imperforate on Stamp Paper (219DPe)2c Lake, Imperforate on Stamp Paper (219DPe). Bottom imprint, letter "B" and plate no. 6 block of twelve, unused (no gum), large margins, fresh and Very Fine, Scott Retail as plate block of eight

800
425
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2036
TC
Sale Number 1201, Lot Number 2036, Plate Proofs2c Orange, Trial Color Plate Proofs on Stamp Paper (220TC5), 2c Orange, Trial Color Plate Proofs on Stamp Paper (220TC5)2c Orange, Trial Color Plate Proofs on Stamp Paper (220TC5). Two horizontal pairs, one with bottom part imprint and letter "B", original gum, lightly hinged, large margins, Very Fine, scarce, one with purple dealer's backstamp, one with 1990 P.F. certificate, unlisted in Scott

E. 200-300
300
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2037
c
Sale Number 1201, Lot Number 2037, Plate Proofs4c Dark Brown, 6c Brown Red, Imperforate on Stamp Paper (222P5, 224P5), 4c Dark Brown, 6c Brown Red, Imperforate on Stamp Paper (222P5, 224P5)4c Dark Brown, 6c Brown Red, Imperforate on Stamp Paper (222P5, 224P5). Large margins, tied by New York registry ovals, purple "New York N.Y. Nov. 7, 1894 Reg. No.___" oval datestamp on registered cover to Montreal, Canada, receiving backstamp, slightly toned, otherwise Very Fine, this is the earliest documented use of these imperforates, with 2006 A.P.S. certificate, also accompanied by 2c Lake which is either a trimmed stamp or imperf used on cover March 12, 1890 which is an early date

E. 300-400
425
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2038
TC
Sale Number 1201, Lot Number 2038, Plate Proofs4c Lincoln, Trial Color Plate Proofs on Stamp Paper (222TC5), 4c Lincoln, Trial Color Plate Proofs on Stamp Paper (222TC5)4c Lincoln, Trial Color Plate Proofs on Stamp Paper (222TC5). Album page containing ten singles, all are in shades of brown, each affixed to small card labelled from "A" to "E" and "G" to "K", page with neat writing "These proofs and notes taken from the album page of The Earl of Crawford" and "proofs were in eleven shades lettered A to K." F was approved shade and marked in pencil "Approved PMG 5/2/90", Very Fine, a wonderful page, ex Earl of Crawford and Brazer, unlisted in Scott

E. 750-1,000
1,100
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2039
TC
Sale Number 1201, Lot Number 2039, Plate Proofs5c Grant, Trial Color Plate Proofs on Stamp Paper (223TC5), 5c Grant, Trial Color Plate Proofs on Stamp Paper (223TC5)5c Grant, Trial Color Plate Proofs on Stamp Paper (223TC5). Album page containing twelve singles, all are in shades of brown, each affixed to small card labelled from "A" to "C" and "E" to "J and "M" and "N", page with neat writing "These proofs and notes taken from the album page of The Earl of Crawford" and "Proofs were in thirteen shades lettered A to M." D was approved shade and marked in pencil "Approved PMG 5/2/(90)", the approved color with postmaster's signature is also included at bottom, Very Fine, a wonderful page, especially desirable with the signed approved color, ex Earl of Crawford and Brazer, unlisted in Scott

E. 750-1,000
2,600
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2040
TC
Sale Number 1201, Lot Number 2040, Plate Proofs6c Garfield, Trial Color Plate Proofs on Stamp Paper (224TC5), 6c Garfield, Trial Color Plate Proofs on Stamp Paper (224TC5)6c Garfield, Trial Color Plate Proofs on Stamp Paper (224TC5). Eleven singles, wide range colors represented -- Scott Catalogue lists twelve shades and these all look different to us, original gum, large margins, Very Fine and desirable group

1,320
700
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2041
TC
Sale Number 1201, Lot Number 2041, Plate Proofs6c Garfield, Trial Color Plate Proofs on Stamp Paper (224TC5), 6c Garfield, Trial Color Plate Proofs on Stamp Paper (224TC5)6c Garfield, Trial Color Plate Proofs on Stamp Paper (224TC5). Two pairs and two singles, the pairs with either wide top or bottom part imprint sheet margin, the singles privately perforated, original gum, few small adherences, Very Fine and unusual, Scott Retail as normal singles

720
225
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2042
S
Sale Number 1201, Lot Number 2042, Plate Proofs1c-90c 1890-93 Issue, "Specimen" Ovpts. Ty. E (219S-E, 220S-E to 229S-E), 1c-90c 1890-93 Issue, "Specimen" Ovpts. Ty. E (219S-E, 220S-E to 229S-E)1c-90c 1890-93 Issue, "Specimen" Ovpts. Ty. E (219S-E, 220S-E to 229S-E). Each with horizontal "Specimen" overprint at bottom, also with an additional 1c with diagonal overprint, original gum, h.r., 4c and 5c thinned at right, 10c light horizontal crease, otherwise Fine-Very Fine, a rare set

1,825
2,700
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