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Sale 1226 — Worldwide Stamps and Postal History

Sale Date — Tuesday-Thursday, 29 September-1 October, 2020

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Category — Colombia - 1859 First Issue, 2-1/2c thru 5c

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Sale Number 1226, Lot Number 1324, Colombia - 1859 First Issue, 2-1/2c thru 5c1859, 2-1/2c Yellow Green (1a), 1859, 2-1/2c Yellow Green (1a)1859, 2-1/2c Yellow Green (1a). Positions 7-11 thru 51-55, block of 25 from the right side of the sheet, large margins including sheet margins, unused (no gum), bright shade, faint creases, small tear in right sheet margin, couple thin spots

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS THE LARGEST RECORDED MULTIPLE OF THE 1859 2-1/2-CENTAVOS, OF WHICH VERY FEW UNUSED BLOCKS ARE KNOWN. A SPECTACULAR EXHIBITION ITEM AND IMPORTANT ARTIFACT OF CLASSIC COLOMBIAN PHILATELY.

The Bortfeldt handbook (page 18) mentions the existence of unused blocks "up to 25 stamps," referring to this block, which is the only one known of its size.

Ex Newbury and "Islander"

E. 3,000-4,000
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Sale Number 1226, Lot Number 1325, Colombia - 1859 First Issue, 2-1/2c thru 5c1859, 5c Blue Violet and Light Olive Green, Stone A (3, shades), 1859, 5c Blue Violet and Light Olive Green, Stone A (3, shades)1859, 5c Blue Violet and Light Olive Green, Stone A (3, shades). Three stamps from Stone A, two in similar Blue Violet shades, one with original gum, vertical crease, other unused (no gum), both with large margins, third in an unusual Light Olive Green shade, original gum, full margins to touched at left, thin spot, Fine-Very Fine appearance, an attractive group of scarcer shades from Stone A, ex Dr. Goeggel (Corinphila, Part 3, lot 4047)

E. 200-300
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Sale Number 1226, Lot Number 1326, Colombia - 1859 First Issue, 2-1/2c thru 5c1859, 5c Light Blue (2), 1859, 5c Light Blue (2)1859, 5c Light Blue (2). Stone B, Positions 18-22/29-33, horizontal block of ten, original gum, h.r., large margins including part of right sheet margin, beautiful fresh color and paper, couple small faint thin specks, usual gum creasing

EXTREMELY FINE. A HANDSOME AND SCARCE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF THE 5-CENTAVOS 1859 FIRST ISSUE FROM STONE B.

Ex Londono and "Islander"

E. 1,500-2,000
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Sale Number 1226, Lot Number 1327, Colombia - 1859 First Issue, 2-1/2c thru 5c1859, 5c Blue Violet, Tete-Beche Pair (2a), 1859, 5c Blue Violet, Tete-Beche Pair (2a)1859, 5c Blue Violet, Tete-Beche Pair (2a). Stone B, Positions 42-43, horizontal pair, right stamp is inverted transfer and also shows the blurred bottom numeral "5", original gum, large margins to clear, couple vertical gum creases and two tiny thin specks in margin

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENTAVOS TETE-BECHE ERROR.

The shade of this tete-beche pair is distinctly more violet than the typical Blue. There is no tete-beche multiple in the Reddish Violet shade, which only comes from Stone A (the inverted transfers were on Stone B).

Ex Caspary and "Islander". Scott value $4,500.00

E. 2,000-3,000
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Sale Number 1226, Lot Number 1328, Colombia - 1859 First Issue, 2-1/2c thru 5c1859, 5c Light Blue, Tete-Beche Pair (2a), 1859, 5c Light Blue, Tete-Beche Pair (2a)1859, 5c Light Blue, Tete-Beche Pair (2a). Stone B, Positions 42-43, horizontal pair, right stamp is inverted transfer and also shows the blurred bottom numeral "5", original gum, h.r., full to large margins, pastel shade, vertical gum crease at left, negligible faint thin spot, otherwise Very Fine, an unusually attractive original-gum example of this major error, "W.H.C." (Warren H. Colson) backstamps, ex Newbury and "Juan Santa Maria", Scott value $4,500.00

E. 1,000-1,500
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Sale Number 1226, Lot Number 1329, Colombia - 1859 First Issue, 2-1/2c thru 5c1859, 5c Blue, Tete-Beche Pair (2a), 1859, 5c Blue, Tete-Beche Pair (2a)1859, 5c Blue, Tete-Beche Pair (2a). Stone B, Positions 40-41, horizontal pair, right stamp is inverted transfer, original gum, h.r., full to large margins, beautiful color and very fresh, vertical crease at right and sealed tear at top mostly between stamps, otherwise Extremely Fine, exceptionally choice appearance, light backstamp, Scott value $4,500.00

E. 1,000-1,500
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Sale Number 1226, Lot Number 1330, Colombia - 1859 First Issue, 2-1/2c thru 5c1859, 5c Greenish Blue, Tete-Beche Pair (2a), 1859, 5c Greenish Blue, Tete-Beche Pair (2a)1859, 5c Greenish Blue, Tete-Beche Pair (2a). Stone B, Positions 40-41, horizontal pair, right stamp is inverted transfer, unused (no gum), large margins to ample at sides, pastel shade, slight hinge thin, Very Fine appearance, an attractive and scarce example of this classic transfer error, Scott value $4,500.00

E. 750-1,000
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Sale Number 1226, Lot Number 1331, Colombia - 1859 First Issue, 2-1/2c thru 5c1859, 5c Blue, Tete-Beche Pair (2a), 1859, 5c Blue, Tete-Beche Pair (2a)1859, 5c Blue, Tete-Beche Pair (2a). Stone B, Positions 9-11/20-22, top right corner sheet-margin block of six with two inverted transfers, top right with blurred "5", original gum, h.r., large margins all around, pastel shade, vertical crease at left and slight gum creasing at right, faint purplish stain at right

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. A STUNNING CORNER-MARGIN TETE-BECHE BLOCK OF THE COLOMBIA 1859 5-CENTAVOS FROM STONE B, CONTAINING TWO INVERTED TRANSFER POSITIONS.

Ex Crocker. Scott value for two tete-beche pairs is $9,000.00

E. 4,000-5,000
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Sale Number 1226, Lot Number 1332, Colombia - 1859 First Issue, 2-1/2c thru 5c1859, 5c Blue, Tete-Beche (2, 2a), 1859, 5c Blue, Tete-Beche (2, 2a)1859, 5c Blue, Tete-Beche (2, 2a). The spectacular reunited corner sheet-margin block of 20 from Stone B with tete-beche variety, comprising top left corner sheet-margin block of four, Positions 1-2/12-13 (Position 13 inverted), huge margins all around, and block of 16, Positions 3-4/14-15/23-26/34-37/45-48, sheet margins at left and top, slightly in at right, original gum, couple creases and usual gum creasing, thin spots including one that breaks paper in one stamp at right, a few other tiny imperfections, the block of four is very slightly toned compared with the larger block (they were separated and kept under different conditions for years)

VERY FINE. THIS IS THE SECOND LARGEST RECORDED BLOCK OF THE 5-CENTAVOS FIRST ISSUE. A REAMARKABLE LARGE MULTIPLE CONTAINING THE TETE-BECHE VARIETY.

This block was intact when it was part of the Larsen collection. After the collection was sold by Corinphila in 1960, the block of four at upper left, containing the inverted transfer Position 13, was cut out to be sold separately. In recent years, G.N.J. successfully reunited the two blocks. There is one larger multiple of the 1859 5c First Issue, also in Blue from Stone B: a block of 40 with the inverted transfer Position 13 and hole-punched Position 38 "50" error, ex Dr. Hugo Goeggel (Part 1, Corinphila sale, Feb. 27, 2013, lot 4312) and illustrated in the Bortfeldt book (page 25).

Ex Larsen (as a block of 20), ex Londono and "Islander" (with block of four removed)

E. 4,000-5,000
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Sale Number 1226, Lot Number 1333, Colombia - 1859 First Issue, 2-1/2c thru 5c1859, 5c Blue, "50" centavos instead of "5" Transfer Error (2b), 1859, 5c Blue, "50" centavos instead of "5" Transfer Error (2b)1859, 5c Blue, "50" centavos instead of "5" Transfer Error (2b). Stone B, Position 38, large margins at top and left, clear at right and barely in at bottom, bright color, red "Buenaventura/Franca" oval handstamp, tiny hole at bottom left in one letter of handstamp

FINE. ONE OF THE FINEST OF THE FIVE RECORDED USED EXAMPLES OF THE COLOMBIA 1859 ISSUE "50" FOR "5" CENTAVOS ERROR AND THE ONLY ONE CANCELLED IN RED. ONE OF THE RAREST AND MOST FASCINATING ERRORS IN CLASSIC SOUTH AMERICAN PHILATELY.

When the 5c Stone B was created, Position 38 was incorrectly transferred using the 20c value. It is possible that some stamps were printed from the stone before the 20c error was noticed and corrected, but no examples have been found (all of the 5c/20c se-tenant multiples come from the 20c stone with the 5c error transfer). The printer attempted to correct the error by retouching Position 38; however, instead of making a well-defined "5" denomination, the retouching created a stamp that appears to be a "50" centavos value. Some sheets were issued with the "50" error, as evidenced by five known used examples. The two recorded unused examples both have the central vignette cut out, which was the means used by Colombian postal authorities to invalidate the "50" centavos stamps (one of the cut-out stamps is offered in lot 1334).

The stamp offered here is from the Dr. Hugo Goeggel collection (Part 2, Corinphila sale, Sep. 18-19, 2013, lot 3055). In that sale it was incorrectly assigned Scott number 3b (Violet), but it is obviously Blue and from Stone B, so it is correctly classified as Scott 2b. All seven recorded examples of the "50" error come from Stone B, and they are in shades of blue, so the Scott Catalogue listing for a Violet stamp with the "50" error should be deleted (this number should really only apply to Stone A stamps). The catalogue values 3b at $15,000.00 and 2b at $7,500.00.

Ex Larsen, "Isleham" (Peyton) and Dr. Goeggel. Illustrated in Bortfeldt book (page 29).

E. 7,500-10,000
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Sale Number 1226, Lot Number 1334, Colombia - 1859 First Issue, 2-1/2c thru 5c1859, 5c Blue, "50" centavos instead of "5" Transfer Error, Se-Tenant with Normal 5c (2b), 1859, 5c Blue, "50" centavos instead of "5" Transfer Error, Se-Tenant with Normal 5c (2b)1859, 5c Blue, "50" centavos instead of "5" Transfer Error, Se-Tenant with Normal 5c (2b). Stone B, Positions 38-39, horizontal pair, the left stamp is the "50" retouching error with the central vignette cut out by postal authorities, right stamp normal 5c, original gum, full margins to clear at bottom, excellent color and freshness

VERY FINE. ONLY TWO OF THE SEVEN RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE COLOMBIA 1859 ISSUE "50" FOR "5" CENTAVOS ERROR ARE UNUSED, AND BOTH HAVE THE CENTRAL VIGNETTE CUT OUT BY POSTAL AUTHORITIES. ONE OF THE RAREST AND MOST FASCINATING ERRORS IN CLASSIC SOUTH AMERICAN PHILATELY.

When the 5c Stone B was created, Position 38 was incorrectly transferred using the 20c value. It is possible that some stamps were printed from the stone before the 20c error was noticed and corrected, but no examples have been found (all of the 5c/20c se-tenant multiples come from the 20c stone with the 5c error transfer). The printer attempted to correct the error by retouching Position 38; however, instead of making a well-defined "5" denomination, the retouching created a stamp that appears to be a "50" centavos value. Some sheets were issued with the "50" error, as evidenced by five known used examples, one of which is offered in lot 1333. The two recorded unused examples both have the central vignette cut out, which was the means used by Colombian postal authorities to invalidate the "50" centavos stamps. The other unused example is a cut-out "50" error in the block of 40, ex Dr. Hugo Goeggel (Part 1, Corinphila sale, Feb. 27, 2013, lot 4312) and illustrated in the Bortfeldt book (page 25). All known examples of the "50" error come from Stone B and are in shades of blue, and therefore should be classified as Scott number 2b. The Scott listing for this error in Violet (3b) is incorrect and should be deleted (Scott 3b should really be defined by stone -- Stone A).

E. 5,000-7,500
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