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Sale 1219 — The Edward Morton Collection of Outstanding Quality U.S. Stamps

Sale Date — Wednesday-Thursday, 8-9 April, 2020

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Category — Special Delivery

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
550
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Sale Number 1219, Lot Number 550, Special Delivery10c Blue, Special Delivery (E1), 10c Blue, Special Delivery (E1)10c Blue, Special Delivery (E1). Original gum, lightly hinged, rich color, wide and balanced margins, Extremely Fine, with 2005 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, XF-Superb 95; SMQ $1,375.00)

550
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551
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Sale Number 1219, Lot Number 551, Special Delivery10c Blue, Special Delivery (E2), 10c Blue, Special Delivery (E2)10c Blue, Special Delivery (E2). Original gum, lightly hinged, intense shade, long and full perforations, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2004 P.F. and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (OGph, XF-Superb 95; SMQ $1,350.00), only two grade higher and four others share this grade, for collectors looking for Mint N.H. examples, only one grades higher with five equal

500
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552
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Sale Number 1219, Lot Number 552, Special Delivery10c Orange, Special Delivery (E3), 10c Orange, Special Delivery (E3)10c Orange, Special Delivery (E3). Original gum, barest trace of hinging, vibrant color, wide and balanced margins, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2006 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, XF-Superb 95; SMQ $650.00), only three grade higher

300
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553
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Sale Number 1219, Lot Number 553, Special Delivery10c Blue, Special Delivery (E4), 10c Blue, Special Delivery (E4)10c Blue, Special Delivery (E4). Mint N.H., near perfect centering, deep rich color on bright white paper, fresh in every respect

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THE 10-CENT 1894 UNWATERMARKED SPECIAL DELIVERY ISSUE IS A NOTORIOUSLY CHALLENGING ISSUE TO OBTAIN IN MINT NEVER-HINGED CONDITION IN THIS SUPERIOR GRADE -- P.S.E. HAS GRADED THIS STAMP XF-SUPERB 95.

The 1894 series, being the first printed by the Bureau, encountered many production problems. Most stamps were poorly centered and the norm is small margins.

With 1984 and 2019 P.F. certificates. With 2011 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $13,000.00). Only two grade higher and three others share this grade.

2,000
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554
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Sale Number 1219, Lot Number 554, Special Delivery10c Blue, Special Delivery, Dots in Curved Frame Above Messenger (E5a), 10c Blue, Special Delivery, Dots in Curved Frame Above Messenger (E5a)10c Blue, Special Delivery, Dots in Curved Frame Above Messenger (E5a). Mint N.H. with huge bottom selvage showing a bit of the imprint, exceptionally choice centering with wide margins, rich color and fresh paper

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A MAGNIFICENT MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1895 10-CENT WATERMARKED SPECIAL DELIVERY ISSUE WITH DOTS ABOVE THE MESSENGER VARIETY. A TRUE CONDITION RARITY WITH THE LOFTY GRADE OF SUPERB 98 -- THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED.

The Dots in Curved Frame above Messenger variety (E5a) comes only from plate 882. It is priced in Scott at approximately double the normal E5.

With 2019 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 90). The normal Scott E5 has an SMQ value of $7,000.00 for Superb 98. Given the relative rarity of Scott E5a versus E5, the SMQ value for this stamp should be well in excess of that for E5. This is the highest grade awarded for Scott E5a and it is shared by no others. The normal E5 has two at Superb 98 with none higher

800
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555
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Sale Number 1219, Lot Number 555, Special Delivery10c Ultramarine, Special Delivery (E6), 10c Ultramarine, Special Delivery (E6)10c Ultramarine, Special Delivery (E6). Remarkably well-centered with balanced margins, lovely color and impression, lightly hinged, Extremely Fine Gem, one of the scarcest Special Delivery stamps to find in choice condition, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $550.00), only two grade higher

225
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556
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Sale Number 1219, Lot Number 556, Special Delivery10c Green, Special Delivery (E7), 10c Green, Special Delivery (E7)10c Green, Special Delivery (E7). Mint N.H., rich color and proof-like impression, near perfect centering with Jumbo margins, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2007 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98 Jumbo; SMQ $1,800.00), only two grade higher (both 100J) and only two others share this desirable grade

140
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557
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Sale Number 1219, Lot Number 557, Special Delivery10c Ultramarine, Special Delivery (E8), 10c Ultramarine, Special Delivery (E8)10c Ultramarine, Special Delivery (E8). Mint N.H., deep rich color on bright paper, beautiful centering with wide and balanced margins, Extremely Fine Gem, with 1995 and 2007 P.F. certificates (XF-Superb 95)

240
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558
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Sale Number 1219, Lot Number 558, Special Delivery10c Ultramarine (E9), 10c Ultramarine (E9)10c Ultramarine (E9). Mint N.H. with wide top selvage, brilliant color, gorgeous centering with Jumbo margins, Extremely Fine Gem, a stamp with great eye appeal, with 2007 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $1,750.00)

425
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559
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Sale Number 1219, Lot Number 559, Special Delivery10c Pale Ultramarine, Special Delivery (E10), 10c Pale Ultramarine, Special Delivery (E10)10c Pale Ultramarine, Special Delivery (E10). Mint N.H., almost perfectly centered with wide margins, rich color on bright paper

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1916 PERF 10 UNWATERMARKED SPECIAL DELIVERY ISSUE, SCOTT E10, GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E.

With 2011 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $3,600.00). Only three grade higher (two at 98J, one at 100J) and only two others share this lofty grade

700
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560
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Sale Number 1219, Lot Number 560, Special Delivery10c Ultramarine, Special Delivery (E11), 10c Ultramarine, Special Delivery (E11)10c Ultramarine, Special Delivery (E11). Mint N.H., wonderful pastel color on bright paper, gorgeous centering with Jumbo margins, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2005 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $425.00)

45
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561
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Sale Number 1219, Lot Number 561, Special Delivery10c-30c 1922-57 Special Delivery (E12-E21), 10c-30c 1922-57 Special Delivery (E12-E21)10c-30c 1922-57 Special Delivery (E12-E21). Mint N.H., each selected by Mr. Morton for superior centering and each with graded P.S.E. certificate from 2006-2008, Nos. E19 and E21 graded Superb 98, Nos. E12 and E13 graded XF-Superb 95 Jumbo, others graded XF-Superb 95, Extremely Fine Gem group which would take work to duplicate, SMQ value $1,234.00

178
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