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Sale 1197 — United States Stamps

Sale Date — Thursday-Friday, 14-15 March, 2019

Category — Special Delivery thru Offices in China

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2117
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Sale Number 1197, Lot Number 2117, Special Delivery thru Offices in China10c 1885-1917, Special Delivery (E1-E11), 10c 1885-1917, Special Delivery (E1-E11)10c 1885-1917, Special Delivery (E1-E11). Complete set, original gum, Nos. E8, E9, E10 and E11 Mint N.H., others hinged but generally not heavily, choice centering nearly throughout, a couple small flaws including tiny thins on Nos. E1 and E3, Very Fine, a most attractive set of Special Deliveries, four certificates accompany (two are copies)

4,065
2,000
2118
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Sale Number 1197, Lot Number 2118, Special Delivery thru Offices in China10c Orange, Special Delivery (E3), 10c Orange, Special Delivery (E3)10c Orange, Special Delivery (E3). Mint N.H., vivid color, Jumbo margins, Very Fine and choice, with 1992 P.F. and 2014 P.S.E. certificates (VF-XF 85 Jumbo; SMQ $1,225.00)

650
600
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2119
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Sale Number 1197, Lot Number 2119, Special Delivery thru Offices in China10c Ultramarine, Special Delivery (E6), 10c Ultramarine, Special Delivery (E6)10c Ultramarine, Special Delivery (E6). Mint N.H. with wide top plate no. 1774 selvage, bright shade, Very Fine and choice, with 1997 P.F. certificate

400
550
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2120
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Sale Number 1197, Lot Number 2120, Special Delivery thru Offices in China10c Ultramarine, Special Delivery (E8), 10c Ultramarine, Special Delivery (E8)10c Ultramarine, Special Delivery (E8). Mint N.H., bright color, choice centering and wide margins, Extremely Fine, with 1980 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $510.00)

240
500
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2121
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Sale Number 1197, Lot Number 2121, Special Delivery thru Offices in China10c Deep Ultramarine, Special Delivery (E12a), 10c Deep Ultramarine, Special Delivery (E12a)10c Deep Ultramarine, Special Delivery (E12a). Mint N.H., deep shade, detailed impression, perfectly centered

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS MAGNIFICENT MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1922 10-CENT SPECIAL DELIVERY ISSUE IS AWARDED THE PERFECT GRADE OF GEM 100 BY P.S.E.

With 2019 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100; SMQ $2,100.00). Only one has graded higher (never offered in our auctions) and only two others share this grade (ex Whitman and "Hanover").

130
2,100
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2122
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Sale Number 1197, Lot Number 2122, Special Delivery thru Offices in China1c Deep Brown, Special Printing (J8), 1c Deep Brown, Special Printing (J8)1c Deep Brown, Special Printing (J8). Original gum, deep rich color and detailed impression on bright paper

VERY FINE. A RARE SOUND ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT POSTAGE DUE SPECIAL PRINTING.

The 1c, 2c and 3c are undoubtedly the rarest values of the American Bank Note Co. Postage Due Special Printings, although the sold quantities in the official records are relatively high. William E. Mooz, in an article on the 1c appearing in Chronicle No. 170, May 1996, offers evidence to support his theory that the actual number of true Special Printings sold was significantly lower than the reported figures. For the 1c, Mooz estimates 500 sold, but it is possible that as many as 400 purchased by G. B. Calman were destroyed. It is widely accepted that nearly 9,000 1c stamps sold as Special Printings were actually regular issues.

With 1999 P.F. certificate

16,000
6,000
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2123
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Sale Number 1197, Lot Number 2123, Special Delivery thru Offices in China2c Deep Brown, Special Printing (J9), 2c Deep Brown, Special Printing (J9)2c Deep Brown, Special Printing (J9). Large part original gum, bright color and crisp impression, light diagonal crease, few thin spots

VERY FINE APPEARING ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1879 2-CENT POSTAGE DUE SPECIAL PRINTING.

The reported sale figures for the rare 1c, 2c and 3c Postage Due Special Printings probably include orders filled with regular stamps, as all three are far rarer than the reported sales numbers would suggest. This is rarely offered with any form of original gum.

With 1995 P.F. certificate stating original gum

15,000
2,600
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2124°
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Sale Number 1197, Lot Number 2124, Special Delivery thru Offices in China3c Deep Brown, Special Printing (J10), 3c Deep Brown, Special Printing (J10)3c Deep Brown, Special Printing (J10). Unused (no gum), bright color and detailed impression, choice centering for this difficult issue

EXTREMELY FINE. THE 3-CENT IS THE RAREST OF THE 1879 POSTAGE DUE SPECIAL PRINTINGS.

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 in sound centered condition. This example is one of the finest known.

With 1959 and 2018 P.F. certificates

8,000
6,750
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2125
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Sale Number 1197, Lot Number 2125, Special Delivery thru Offices in China5c Deep Brown, Special Printing (J11), 5c Deep Brown, Special Printing (J11)5c Deep Brown, Special Printing (J11). Unused (no gum), rich color and detailed impression, faults including thin spots and tears, otherwise Fine, a rare stamp, it has been estimated that only 249 of the 5c Postage Due Special Printing reached the public, with 1999 P.F. certificate

5,250
1,400
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2126
 
Sale Number 1197, Lot Number 2126, Special Delivery thru Offices in China2c Vermilion (J30), 2c Vermilion (J30)2c Vermilion (J30). Choice centering with wide margins, bright color, circular datestamp cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 1999 P.F. certificate

350
2,700
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2127
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Sale Number 1197, Lot Number 2127, Special Delivery thru Offices in China1c Deep Claret (J31), 1c Deep Claret (J31)1c Deep Claret (J31). Mint N.H., rich color, detailed impression, beautifully balanced margins, Extremely Fine, with 2018 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $425.00)

260
500
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2128
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Sale Number 1197, Lot Number 2128, Special Delivery thru Offices in China50c Deep Claret (J44), 50c Deep Claret (J44)50c Deep Claret (J44). Mint N.H., intense color on bright paper, wide margins, fresh and Extremely Fine

925
2,100
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2129
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Sale Number 1197, Lot Number 2129, Special Delivery thru Offices in China10c Carmine (J74), 10c Carmine (J74)10c Carmine (J74). Mint N.H., perfectly balanced margins, bright color on fresh paper, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb stamp in every respect, with 2018 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 95), this is the highest grade awarded to a J74, with none equal

95
750
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2130
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Sale Number 1197, Lot Number 2130, Special Delivery thru Offices in China30c Carmine (J75), 30c Carmine (J75)30c Carmine (J75). Mint N.H. with top plate no. 20225 selvage, brilliant color, Jumbo margins, fresh and Extremely Fine, with 2016 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90 Jumbo; SMQ $425.00 for 90, $675.00 for 95)

275
225
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2131
 
Sale Number 1197, Lot Number 2131, Special Delivery thru Offices in ChinaPostage Due Balance, Postage Due BalancePostage Due Balance. Six used stamps, Nos. J17, J21, J29, J37 (thin spot), J58 and J59, range of cancels, No. J58 with precancel, Very Fine-Extremely Fine, each with P.F. certificate

4,575
2,300
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2132
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Sale Number 1197, Lot Number 2132, Special Delivery thru Offices in China2c-$2.00 Offices in China (K1-K18), 2c-$2.00 Offices in China (K1-K18)2c-$2.00 Offices in China (K1-K18). Few h.r., rich colors, few tiny faults, Fine-Very Fine set

2,110
475
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2133
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Sale Number 1197, Lot Number 2133, Special Delivery thru Offices in China2c-$2.00 Offices in China (K1-K18), 2c-$2.00 Offices in China (K1-K18)2c-$2.00 Offices in China (K1-K18). Complete set of unused, Mint N.H. including Nos. K4-K8, K10 and K17-K18, also two used (K1 and K2), better quality than normally seen, Very Fine-Extremely Fine, the K15 and K16 are especially nice, six with certificates

3,132
1,800
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2134
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Sale Number 1197, Lot Number 2134, Special Delivery thru Offices in China2c-$2.00 Offices in China (K1-K16), 2c-$2.00 Offices in China (K1-K16)2c-$2.00 Offices in China (K1-K16). Blocks of four, includes both shades of the 16c on 8c and 24c on 12c, top stamps hinged, bottom stamps Mint N.H., bright colors throughout, Nos. K5 and K7 contain some particularly well-centered stamps, No. K8a with toned spots on gum

FINE-VERY FINE. AN ATTRACTIVE SET OF BLOCKS OF THE OFFICES IN CHINA.

Scott Retail as two hinged sets and two Mint Never-Hinged sets

13,930
4,750
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2135
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Sale Number 1197, Lot Number 2135, Special Delivery thru Offices in China12c on 6c Offices in China (K6), 12c on 6c Offices in China (K6)12c on 6c Offices in China (K6). Mint N.H., brilliant color, Jumbo margins, tiny ink spot on gum (possibly from surcharge), Extremely Fine, a huge stamp, with 2007 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90 Jumbo; SMQ $850.00)

210
400
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2136
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Sale Number 1197, Lot Number 2136, Special Delivery thru Offices in China2c on 1c Offices in China (K17), 2c on 1c Offices in China (K17)2c on 1c Offices in China (K17). Top plate no. 10595 block of six, five stamps Mint N.H., short gumming at top, fresh color, small inclusion in selvage, Fine-Very Fine

850
160
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2137
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Sale Number 1197, Lot Number 2137, Special Delivery thru Offices in China4c on 2c Offices in China (K18), 4c on 2c Offices in China (K18)4c on 2c Offices in China (K18). Top plate no. 13129 block of six, with wide selvage, top stamps Mint N.H., bottom stamps with slight mount-disturbed gum, bright color, Fine

800
130
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2138
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Sale Number 1197, Lot Number 2138, Special Delivery thru Offices in China(1c) Franklin Carrier, Large Die Essay on Glazed Card (LO1-E4), (1c) Franklin Carrier, Large Die Essay on Glazed Card (LO1-E4)(1c) Franklin Carrier, Large Die Essay on Glazed Card (LO1-E4). Three essays attributed to Clarence Brazer, including Brown, Green and Scarlet, each die sunk on card with full die sinkage, the first 117 x 162mm on rough card, the other two 120 x 125mm on glazed card, Very Fine and unusual, Scott Retail as the listed glazed card

1,950
950
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