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Sale 1224 — 2020 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Tuesday-Wednesday, 30 June-1 July, 2020

Category — Revenues

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
247
bl
Sale Number 1224, Lot Number 247, Revenues$200.00 U.S.I.R., Imperforate (R102a), $200.00 U.S.I.R., Imperforate (R102a)$200.00 U.S.I.R., Imperforate (R102a). Complete sheet of eight, each stamp with neat manuscript "N.Y. May 11, 1865/Chi + G.t.E.R.W. Co./By A. Tunney Secty" cancel, margins clear to just touching on two stamps

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

30,000
19,000
248°
 
Sale Number 1224, Lot Number 248, Revenues1c Blue & Black, Second Issue, Center Inverted (R103a), 1c Blue & Black, Second Issue, Center Inverted (R103a)1c Blue & Black, Second Issue, Center Inverted (R103a). Outstanding centering with balanced margins, rich color, unobtrusive manuscript cancel, completely sound

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

1,600
6,000
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249
 
Sale Number 1224, Lot Number 249, Revenues$1.00 Blue & Black, Second Issue, Center Inverted (R118a), $1.00 Blue & Black, Second Issue, Center Inverted (R118a)$1.00 Blue & Black, Second Issue, Center Inverted (R118a). Bright colors, neat manuscript cancel, horizontal crease and thin spots at top

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.

6,000
2,100
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250°
 
Sale Number 1224, Lot Number 250, Revenues$5.00 Blue & Black, Second Issue, Center Inverted (R127a), $5.00 Blue & Black, Second Issue, Center Inverted (R127a)$5.00 Blue & Black, Second Issue, Center Inverted (R127a). Deep rich color, 1871 manuscript cancel, completely sound

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

3,000
3,250
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251
 
Sale Number 1224, Lot Number 251, Revenues$200.00 Red, Blue & Black, Second Issue, "Small Persian Rug" (R132), $200.00 Red, Blue & Black, Second Issue, "Small Persian Rug" (R132)$200.00 Red, Blue & Black, Second Issue, "Small Persian Rug" (R132). Bright colors, neat July 1, 1872 manuscript cancel, few flaws including thins and small repair

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.

8,500
2,700
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252
 
Sale Number 1224, Lot Number 252, Revenues$500.00 Red Orange, Green & Black, Second Issue, "Large Persian Rug" (R133), $500.00 Red Orange, Green & Black, Second Issue, "Large Persian Rug" (R133)$500.00 Red Orange, Green & Black, Second Issue, "Large Persian Rug" (R133). Rich colors, detailed impressions, cut cancels in labels at top and bottom

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

16,500
11,500
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253
 
Sale Number 1224, Lot Number 253, Revenues$1.00 Green & Black, Third Issue, Center Inverted (R144a), $1.00 Green & Black, Third Issue, Center Inverted (R144a)$1.00 Green & Black, Third Issue, Center Inverted (R144a). Deep rich colors, bold July 21, 1872 manuscript cancel, small corner crease at bottom right

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.

12,500
6,500
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254
 
Sale Number 1224, Lot Number 254, Revenues10c Dark Green, "I.R." Overprint (R157), 10c Dark Green, "I.R." Overprint (R157)10c Dark Green, "I.R." Overprint (R157). Clear overprint, "M.M. L.I.C. 7/8/98" manuscript cancellation of the Michigan Mutual Life Insurance Co., rich color, horizontal crease, Very Fine appearing example of this rare emergency provisional, Sloane's Column (Jul. 31, 1948) stated that these provisional revenues were brought to the philatelic market by J. E. Scott, a collector and employee of the Michigan Mutual Life Insurance company, J. E. Scott reported that the company used 41 copies of the 8c, 66 of the 10c and 28 of the 15c, with copy of 1975 P.F. certificate for pair

4,000
2,100
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255
 
Sale Number 1224, Lot Number 255, Revenues$5.00 Green & Black on Violet Paper, Proprietary (RB10a), $5.00 Green & Black on Violet Paper, Proprietary (RB10a)$5.00 Green & Black on Violet Paper, Proprietary (RB10a). Outstanding centering, wonderfully rich color and beautifully etched impression, July 1878 manuscript cancel, the only imperfections are two miniscule corner perf creases at top right and top left, they are completely irrelevant given the remarkable preservation and overall condition of this stamp

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

11,000
11,500
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256
 
Sale Number 1224, Lot Number 256, Revenues$5.00 Green & Black on Violet Paper, Proprietary (RB10a), $5.00 Green & Black on Violet Paper, Proprietary (RB10a)$5.00 Green & Black on Violet Paper, Proprietary (RB10a). Rich colors and detailed impressions, unobtrusive manuscript cancel, few small toned spots, few short perfs at bottom left

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.

11,000
5,750
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257
 
Sale Number 1224, Lot Number 257, Revenues20c Red, Customs Fee, Perf 10 (RL1a), 20c Red, Customs Fee, Perf 10 (RL1a)20c Red, Customs Fee, Perf 10 (RL1a). Fresh color, light Sep. 28, 1917 cancel, certificate notes a small thin and two small corner creases, all of which are inconsequential

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.

7,000
4,750
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258
nhbl
Sale Number 1224, Lot Number 258, Revenues$1.00 1934 Hunting Permit (RW1), $1.00 1934 Hunting Permit (RW1)$1.00 1934 Hunting Permit (RW1). Mint N.H. top left corner plate no. 129201 block of six, fresh and bright color, selvage somewhat reduced, usual light natural gum skips and bends

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.

16,500
6,750
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259
nhbl
Sale Number 1224, Lot Number 259, Revenues$1.00 1935 Hunting Permit (RW2), $1.00 1935 Hunting Permit (RW2)$1.00 1935 Hunting Permit (RW2). Mint N.H. top right corner plate no. F131981 block of six, deep rich color and detailed impression, small natural paper crease in bottom right selvage

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.

12,500
3,750
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260°
E
Sale Number 1224, Lot Number 260, Revenues-1/2 lb. to 60 lbs. 1875 Tobacco Tax-Paid Stamps--Set of 12 Unique Working Models, -1/2 lb. to 60 lbs. 1875 Tobacco Tax-Paid Stamps--Set of 12 Unique Working Models-1/2 lb. to 60 lbs. 1875 Tobacco Tax-Paid Stamps--Set of 12 Unique Working Models. The set of twelve values, each a working model of the design created from sections of borders, numerals, vignette, etc., printed on India paper and glued onto heavy card to resemble a finished stamp and presented as a suggested design for approval, the vignette is a female allegorical representation of Justice holding the U.S. Internal Revenue law and an assessor with a book of tax stamps, "National Bank Note Company, New York.” imprint at bottom

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.

E. 12,000-15,000
12,000
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