Sale 1219 — The Edward Morton Collection of Outstanding Quality U.S. Stamps
Sale Date — Wednesday-Thursday, 8-9 April, 2020
Category — 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)
EXTREMELY FINE GEM MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE UNWATERMARKED 2-CENT TYPE I CARMINE LAKE.
With 2011 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $4,400.00). Only four grade higher
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS MASSIVE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE $1.00 TYPE I UNWATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE IS GRADED SUPERB 98 JUMBO BY P.S.E.
Ex Merlin. With 2011 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, Superb 98 Jumbo; SMQ $8,900.00). This is the highest grade awarded to a hinged Scott 261 and it is shared by only one other. For Mint N.H., one grades 98J and one grades 100
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1894 $1.00 TYPE II UNWATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE, GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED IN ANY CATEGORY.
With 2011 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, Superb 98; SMQ $11,000.00). This is the highest grade awarded in any category and only one other shares this grade.
EXTREMELY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE $2.00 1894 UNWATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE.
With 2010 P.F. certificate (XF 90)
EXTREMELY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1894 $5.00 UNWATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE.
The 1894 Unwatermarked issue was the first U.S. postage issue to be printed by the Bureau of Engraving & Printing, after the contract with American Bank Note Co. expired. The first stamps printed by the Bureau are notoriously difficult to find well-centered, as production was marred by initial problems as they geared up to meet the needs of the public for stamps. The designs through the $1.00 repeated the 1890 ABN Co. issue, with the addition of corner triangles to distinguish the printings. The use of the same designs is another indication of the time pressure that may have caused some of the initial production problems. Perhaps the two most difficult denominations to find in superb condition are the $1.00 Type II (Scott 261A), and the $5.00 (Scott 263).
With 1995 P.F. and 2011 P.S.E. certificates