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Sale 1224 — 2020 Rarities of the World

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

Category — Worldwide: China thru Germany

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
319
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Sale Number 1224, Lot Number 319, Worldwide: China thru GermanyCHINA, 1915, $2.00 Blue & Black Hall of Classics, Center Inverted (237a; Chan 245a), CHINA, 1915, $2.00 Blue & Black Hall of Classics, Center Inverted (237a; Chan 245a)CHINA, 1915, $2.00 Blue & Black Hall of Classics, Center Inverted (237a; Chan 245a). Large part original gum, h.r., centered to the right and bottom as are several others that came from the left side of one of the sheets, unusually fresh, with brilliant color on pristine white paper

FINE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE RARE AND POPULAR 1915 $2.00 HALL OF CLASSICS WITH CENTER INVERTED. ONE OF THE "FOUR TREASURES OF THE REPUBLIC."

It is now believed two sheets of 50 stamps were issued with the center inverted. However, only a small fraction of those survive today. Though we are unaware of any published census, estimates in the literature of the number known are usually between 30 and 40.

Pencil note on gum says this was purchased in a 1937 Harmer Rooke sale -- the E. H. Finegan collection. Scott $175,000.00

E. 30,000-40,000
47,500
320°
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Sale Number 1224, Lot Number 320, Worldwide: China thru GermanyEAST AFRICA & UGANDA PROTECTORATES, 1912-21, 50r Carmine & Green (57a; SG 61a), EAST AFRICA & UGANDA PROTECTORATES, 1912-21, 50r Carmine & Green (57a; SG 61a)EAST AFRICA & UGANDA PROTECTORATES, 1912-21, 50r Carmine & Green (57a; SG 61a). Lightly hinged, strong colors of this scarcer though subtle sub-shade, Very Fine, Scott mistakenly lists this as No. 57 but the catalogue value indicates it should be No. 57a, with 2000 B.P.A. certificate, Scott $1,400.00, SG £1,700

E. 1,000-1,500
1,100
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321°
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Sale Number 1224, Lot Number 321, Worldwide: China thru GermanyEAST AFRICA & UGANDA PROTECTORATES, 1912, 100r Black & Violet on Red (58; SG 62), EAST AFRICA & UGANDA PROTECTORATES, 1912, 100r Black & Violet on Red (58; SG 62)EAST AFRICA & UGANDA PROTECTORATES, 1912, 100r Black & Violet on Red (58; SG 62). Barely hinged (if at all), deep intense colors, well-centered

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A HANDSOME AND DESIRABLE EXAMPLE OF THIS RARE HIGH-DENOMINATION OF EAST AFRICA & UGANDA PROTECTORATES.

Signed Calves. Scott $9,750.00. SG £9,500

E. 6,000-8,000
6,000
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322
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Sale Number 1224, Lot Number 322, Worldwide: China thru GermanyFAR EASTERN REPUBLIC, 1923 Air Post Surcharges (Michel 45A, 45B, 52A, 53A, 56, 58), FAR EASTERN REPUBLIC, 1923 Air Post Surcharges (Michel 45A, 45B, 52A, 53A, 56, 58)FAR EASTERN REPUBLIC, 1923 Air Post Surcharges (Michel 45A, 45B, 52A, 53A, 56, 58). Six values from the series, some h.r., fresh colors, Fine-Very Fine and rare, only 25 of No. 45B were printed, other values in quantities of 50-100 each, most values signed Bloch, with 1994 Mikulski certificate for the group, Michel €8,600

E. 1,500-2,000
2,000
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323
 
Sale Number 1224, Lot Number 323, Worldwide: China thru GermanyFINLAND, 1856-58, 5k Blue, Small Pearls (1; Facit 1l), FINLAND, 1856-58, 5k Blue, Small Pearls (1; Facit 1l)FINLAND, 1856-58, 5k Blue, Small Pearls (1; Facit 1l). Horizontal pair, large balanced margins all around, deep color and impression, tied on piece by two central strikes of "Helsingfors 23.6.1857" circular datestamps without the usual additional pen stroke cancels

EXTREMELY FINE. A WONDERFUL USED PAIR OF THIS CLASSIC ISSUE AND VERY RARE IN THIS SUPERB QUALITY.

Ex Mellgren and Gross. With 1966 A. Diena and 1997 Gummesson certificates. Facit SK 125,000

E. 7,500-10,000
6,250
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324
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Sale Number 1224, Lot Number 324, Worldwide: China thru GermanyFINLAND, 1868, 10p Red Brown on Lilac, Roulette III, Error of Color (13c; Facit 5v5), FINLAND, 1868, 10p Red Brown on Lilac, Roulette III, Error of Color (13c; Facit 5v5)FINLAND, 1868, 10p Red Brown on Lilac, Roulette III, Error of Color (13c; Facit 5v5). Original gum, extraordinarily well-centered, completely intact teeth, deep rich color and strong impression on crisp paper

EXTREMELY FINE. A GEM ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE VERY RARE 1868 10-PENNI ERROR OF COLOR. WITHOUT QUESTION ONE OF THE FINEST, IF NOT THE FINEST, ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLES IN EXISTENCE.

In the second setting of cliches for the 5-penni plate, a 10-penni cliche (Position 10 in the first setting of the 10-penni plate) was placed in error in Position 31. On January 11, 1868, 1,000 sheets of the 5-penni stamps containing the 10-penni error were delivered to the Postal Administration, all subsequently sent to various post offices. A second printing of 1,000 sheets containing the error was delivered in the second quarter of 1868. The error stamps in this printing were removed and destroyed in 1870.

Ex Faberge (with tiny red owner's handstamp), Rothschild and Gross. With 2006 Gummesson certificate. Scott $8,000.00. Facit SK 70,000

E. 4,000-5,000
4,000
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325°
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Sale Number 1224, Lot Number 325, Worldwide: China thru GermanyGERMANY, ALLIED MILITARY GOVERNMENT, Complete Unexploded "Specimen" Booklet, GERMANY, ALLIED MILITARY GOVERNMENT, Complete Unexploded "Specimen" BookletGERMANY, ALLIED MILITARY GOVERNMENT, Complete Unexploded "Specimen" Booklet. Nine different Mint N.H. panes of ten with interleaving, Type I, Washington printing, Perf 11, Germany Scott Nos. 3N2a-3N9a, 3N13a which is the complete set of nine different for this printing, each pane with large block letter continuous "SPECIMEN" handstamp in purple, the cover is imprinted "SPECIMENS OF ALLIED MILITARY GERMAN POSTAGE STAMPS", some panes with slight gum disturbance from interleaving

VERY FINE. THIS IS ONLY THE SECOND WE HAVE SOLD AND THE THIRD KNOWN TO US.

An article by Joe Schirmer in U.S. Possessions (Volume 3, No. 1, 1980) states that the U.S. Government had only fifteen of these booklets (in the Treasury Department or the Smithsonian), and it is unknown how many may be in private hands. We sold one other in 2005 (for $14,500 plus premium), and we are aware of another that sold at auction in 2004. It could be a very long time before another example comes to the market.

E. 5,000-7,500
12,500
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326
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Sale Number 1224, Lot Number 326, Worldwide: China thru GermanyGERMAN OFFICES IN TURKEY, Germany, 1884, 10pf Rose and 20pf Ultramarine (Michel V41a, V42a), GERMAN OFFICES IN TURKEY, Germany, 1884, 10pf Rose and 20pf Ultramarine (Michel V41a, V42a)GERMAN OFFICES IN TURKEY, Germany, 1884, 10pf Rose and 20pf Ultramarine (Michel V41a, V42a). Used with German Offices in Turkey, 1884, 10pa to 2-1/2pi Overprinted Set of Five (1-3, 5, 6; Michel 1-5), all neatly tied by "Constantinopel Deutsche Post 31.5.84" Type 6 circular datestamps on registered six-times rate cover to Hanover, Germany, with manuscript "80gr", the U.P.U. rates were figured in 15 gram increments, thus six times 1pi postage and 1pi registration for a total of 7pi, paid by 5-1/2pi in overprinted stamps and 30pf equals 1-1/2pi in German stamps, registry etiquette and two backstamps, small cover edge tear at bottom right, Very Fine, a marvelous two-issue, five-color franking, ex Schnell and Gross

E. 2,000-3,000
1,200
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