Sale 1224 — 2020 Rarities of the World
Sale Date — Tuesday-Wednesday, 30 June-1 July, 2020
Category — Revenues
VERY FINE. THIS IS THE FINEST OF THE THREE RECORDED COMPLETE SHEETS OF THE IMPERFORATE $200.00 FIRST ISSUE REVENUE.
Ex Joyce and Zoellner. With 1991 P.F. certificate. Scott value as two blocks of four
EXTREMELY FINE. A VERY RARE SOUND AND BEAUTIFULLY CENTERED EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT SECOND ISSUE REVENUE WITH INVERTED CENTER. THIS IS THE FINEST WE HAVE OFFERED.
A review using Power Search reveals how elusive this invert is in sound and centered condition -- especially with a manuscript rather than herringbone cancel. Among the approximately 15 records (accounting for duplicates) of Siegel sales of Scott R103a since 1993 and in Rarities sales since 1966, not a single used example compares favorably to this stamp.
With 2012 P.S.E. certificate
VERY FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE RARE $1.00 SECOND REVENUE ISSUE WITH INVERTED CENTER.
A review using Power Search shows that most examples of this invert are either off-center or have small faults.
FRESH AND FINE EXAMPLE OF THE $5.00 SECOND ISSUE REVENUE INVERT. A VERY DIFFICULT STAMP TO FIND BOTH SOUND AND WITH REASONABLE CENTERING.
With 1994 P.F. and 2017 P.S.E. certificates
A WELL-CENTERED AND PRESENTABLE EXAMPLE OF THE COLORFUL AND SCARCE "SMALL PERSIAN RUG".
Both the Small and Large "Persian Rug" stamps were printed one to a sheet.
VERY FINE. A DESIRABLE SOUND EXAMPLE OF THE CELEBRATED $500.00 "LARGE PERSIAN RUG". ONE OF THE MOST VISUALLY STUNNING AND ELABORATELY ENGRAVED STAMPS IN ALL OF PHILATELY.
Only 210 were issued, and it is safe to say that most examples are faulty to some degree. A document exists from July 24, 1874, detailing the purchaser of each. The Kingsley census records 76 copies, and our expanded census, available at our website at https://siegelauctions.com/census/us/scott/R133 , contains 88.
Unlisted in Kingsley census
FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE $1.00 THIRD ISSUE REVENUE WITH INVERTED CENTER. ONE OF THE GREAT REVENUE RARITIES.
In his privately published census, Larry Lyons records a total of 26 copies (one is known outside the census). Of these, five are on one document and one is on another, leaving 20 copies not on documents. Of these, virtually all have faults and most have poor centering.
Ex Lapham (pencil note on back). With 1976 P.F. certificate.
EXTREMELY FINE. A VISUALLY STRIKING EXAMPLE OF THE RARE $5.00 PROPRIETARY STAMP ON VIOLET PAPER. AMONG THE FINEST WE HAVE OFFERED.
According to Introduction to U.S. Revenue Stamps by Richard Friedberg, beginning with the 1871 revenue issues, the government provided for two classes of revenue stamps, one for documentary issues and one for proprietary articles, such as medicines, matches, perfumes, playing cards, canned foods etc. Kingsley records just 119 copies
Most examples of the $5.00 have faults (many quite severe), due to the stamp’s large size and the nature of its use. The example offered here, with its outstanding physical attributes and essentially sound condition (the perf creases are almost undetectable), is one of the finest extant.
P.F. certificate 155294 no longer accompanies
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN ATTRACTIVE EXAMPLE OF THE $5.00 PROPRIETARY ON VIOLET PAPER.
Examples of the $5.00 Proprietary Issue almost invariably have faults, due to the stamp's large size and the nature of its use. The Kingsley book contains a table showing 2,109 stamps ordered and he records only 119 copies extant.
Pencil "Ackerman" on back.
VERY FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 20-CENT RED PERF 10 CUSTOMS FEE ISSUE. THE RAREST OF ALL CUSTOMS FEE STAMPS.
This is the second copy we have offered since keeping computerized records. From the World Traveler Collection. With 2020 P.F. certificate.
FINE-VERY FINE MINT NEVER-HINGED PLATE BLOCK OF THE FIRST HUNTING PERMIT ISSUE, SCOTT RW1.
According to The Duck Stamp Story, multiples of RW1 were authorized to be sold only in the last two weeks that the stamp was available, which accounts for the rarity of plate blocks.
FINE-VERY FINE MINT NEVER-HINGED PLATE BLOCK OF THE SECOND FEDERAL DUCK ISSUE.
Designed by Frank Weston Benson, this issue shows Canvasback ducks taking flight. These ducks are a diving species, which are highly migratory in the United States. That makes them especially fun to shoot dead.
VERY FINE. A SPECTACULAR SET OF UNIQUE WORKING MODELS FOR THE BICOLORED SERIES OF 1875 TOBACCO STAMPS. THIS IS ONLY THE SECOND PUBLIC OFFERING OF THIS SET IN THE 145 YEARS SINCE IT WAS CREATED.
Until the 1989 Christie's sale of the Weill Brothers' stock, this extraordinary and unique set of models had never been offered publicly. It was part of the Philip H. Ward Jr. collection and inventory, purchased intact by the Weills from the Ward estate. Ward no doubt acquired the models along with significant portions of the legendary Hiram E. Deats collection. The Turner book of Revenue essays and proofs does not list this set.
An exciting offering of the 1875 Tobacco Tax-Paid models, available for the first time in 31 years.