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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 — Uruguay - 1859 Thin Numerals, 240c

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Cat./Est. Value
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Sale Number 1226, Lot Number 1382, Uruguay - 1859 Thin Numerals, 240cURUGUAY, 1859, 240c Vermilion, Thin Numerals (12), URUGUAY, 1859, 240c Vermilion, Thin Numerals (12)URUGUAY, 1859, 240c Vermilion, Thin Numerals (12). Type 12A with large circular "O" in "Montevideo" plate variety, unused (no gum), full to large margins, bright shade, Very Fine, this is the most prominent plate variety of the 240c Thin Numerals issue, all four examples of this variety known to us come from Type 12 in the transfer group (probably just one position on the printing stone) -- in addition to the stamp offered here and in the following lot, the Lee collection had two examples, one unused and one used (lots 404 and 405 in the 1942 Lee sale catalogue) -- ex "Concordia"

E. 400-500
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1383
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Sale Number 1226, Lot Number 1383, Uruguay - 1859 Thin Numerals, 240cURUGUAY, 1859, 240c Vermilion, Thin Numerals (12), URUGUAY, 1859, 240c Vermilion, Thin Numerals (12)URUGUAY, 1859, 240c Vermilion, Thin Numerals (12). Type 12A with large circular "O" in "Montevideo" plate variety, unused (no gum), full even margins, deep shade, large thin, Very Fine appearance, this is the most prominent plate variety of the 240c Thin Numerals issue, all four examples of this variety known to us come from Type 12 in the transfer group (probably just one position on the printing stone) -- in addition to the stamp offered here and in the preceding lot, the Lee collection had two examples, one unused and one used (lots 404 and 405 in the 1942 Lee sale catalogue) -- Soto Hermanos backstamp

E. 150-200
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1384
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Sale Number 1226, Lot Number 1384, Uruguay - 1859 Thin Numerals, 240cURUGUAY, 1859, 240c Vermilion, Thin Numerals (12), URUGUAY, 1859, 240c Vermilion, Thin Numerals (12)URUGUAY, 1859, 240c Vermilion, Thin Numerals (12). Horizontal pair, Types 17-18, original gum, h.r., large margins, beautiful rich color and strong impression, fresh and Extremely Fine, small "EJL" and Soto Hermanos backstamps

E. 100-150
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1385
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Sale Number 1226, Lot Number 1385, Uruguay - 1859 Thin Numerals, 240cURUGUAY, 1859, 240c Vermilion, Thin Numerals (12), URUGUAY, 1859, 240c Vermilion, Thin Numerals (12)URUGUAY, 1859, 240c Vermilion, Thin Numerals (12). Horizontal pair, Types 1-2, original gum, h.r., huge margins, rich color, horizontal crease at bottom touches frameline, otherwise Extremely Fine, interesting spacing with dividing line at right very close to frameline, ex Lee ("EJL" backstamps)

E. 150-200
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1386
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Sale Number 1226, Lot Number 1386, Uruguay - 1859 Thin Numerals, 240cURUGUAY, 1859, 240c Vermilion, Thin Numerals (12), URUGUAY, 1859, 240c Vermilion, Thin Numerals (12)URUGUAY, 1859, 240c Vermilion, Thin Numerals (12). Block of four with top left corner sheet margins, Positions 1-2/13-14, Types 1-2/3-4, origina gum, h.r., huge margins alla round, bright color, Extremely Fine, a superb and significant multiple that proves the lithographic printing stone starts with Types 1-2 (3-4 below), signed Diaz, illustrated in Lee book (figure 41, plate J), ex Lee (backstamped "EJL") and Hoffmann

E. 400-500
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1387
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Sale Number 1226, Lot Number 1387, Uruguay - 1859 Thin Numerals, 240cURUGUAY, 1859, 240c Vermilion, Thin Numerals (12), URUGUAY, 1859, 240c Vermilion, Thin Numerals (12)URUGUAY, 1859, 240c Vermilion, Thin Numerals (12). Original gum, h.r., bright shade described by G.N.J. as Orange, full to large margins, Very Fine, ex Lee ("EJL" backstamp, Scott value $90.00

E. 75-100
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1388
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Sale Number 1226, Lot Number 1388, Uruguay - 1859 Thin Numerals, 240cURUGUAY, 1859, 240c Vermilion, Thin Numerals (12), URUGUAY, 1859, 240c Vermilion, Thin Numerals (12)URUGUAY, 1859, 240c Vermilion, Thin Numerals (12). Original gum, shade described by G.N.J. as Orange, ample to full margins, Very Fine, Scott value $90.00

E. 75-100
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1389
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Sale Number 1226, Lot Number 1389, Uruguay - 1859 Thin Numerals, 240cURUGUAY, 1859, 240c Vermilion, Thin Numerals (12), URUGUAY, 1859, 240c Vermilion, Thin Numerals (12)URUGUAY, 1859, 240c Vermilion, Thin Numerals (12). Block of four, Types 7-8/9-10, unused (no gum), distinctive shade described by G.N.J. as Orange and also noted as the only known block in this shade, large margins, tiny scuff in top left stamp, faint crease thru top pair, bottom margin slightly irregular and backed with paper to make it appear even, otherwise Very Fine, signed Diaz

E. 300-400
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1390
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Sale Number 1226, Lot Number 1390, Uruguay - 1859 Thin Numerals, 240cURUGUAY, 1859, 240c Vermilion on Thick Paper, Thin Numerals (12 var), URUGUAY, 1859, 240c Vermilion on Thick Paper, Thin Numerals (12 var)URUGUAY, 1859, 240c Vermilion on Thick Paper, Thin Numerals (12 var). Block of four, Types 1-2/ 3-4, original gum, small h.r., large even margins, rich color and sharp impression on distinctly stout paper, tiny toned inclusion in gum

EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB BLOCK OF THE 1859 240-CENTAVOS THIN NUMERALS ISSUE, AND THE ONLY BLOCK KNOWN ON THICK PAPER, WHICH WAS DESCRIBED BY EMANUEL J. LEE AND ROBERT HOFFMAN AS UNIQUE.

To the best of our knowledge, this is the only recorded block of the 240c Thin Numerals on thick paper. It was described as such in Lee's monumental book on Uruguay (page 62, "on hard paper -- unique) and in Robert Hoffmann's 1956 Grand Award exhibit ("[Item] 70. Another unique piece from the Lee collection: a block of 4 of the 240 c. Thin Figures 1859 on very thick paper, not to be confused with the medium thick paper”). A photograph of the Hoffmann exhibit confirms the provenance of the block offered here. Curiously, in the 1982 Corinphila sale of the Hoffmann collection, this block was not described as printed on thick paper (lot 7715). The Scott Catalogue does not list this paper variety, but it is obviously of longstanding philatelic significance and great rarity.

E. 1,000-1,500
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