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)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
443
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Sale 1219, Lot 443, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)1c Ultramarine (246). Mint N.H., precise centering with beautifully balanced margins, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2013 P.S.A.G. certificate (95 ogNH)

90
475
444
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Sale 1219, Lot 444, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)2c Carmine Lake, Ty. I (249). Mint N.H., beautiful dark shade and proof-like impression, well-centered with wide margins

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

450
2,600
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445
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Sale 1219, Lot 445, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)2c Carmine, Ty. I (250). Mint N.H., vivid color, nicely balanced margins, bright and fresh, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2005 P.F. certificate

85
250
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446
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Sale 1219, Lot 446, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)2c Carmine, Ty. II (251). Mint N.H., gorgeous color, well-balanced margins on post office fresh paper, Extremely Fine, an exceedingly difficult stamp to find in centered Mint N.H. condition, with 2011 P.S.E. certificate (VF-XF 85; SMQ $1,700.00), only four Mint N.H. examples grade higher (highest is 95)

1,200
1,300
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447
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Sale 1219, Lot 447, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)2c Carmine, Ty. III (252). Mint N.H., attractive centering and margins, bright color, Very Fine and choice, with 2011 P.S.E. certificate (VF-XF 85; SMQ $575.00)

400
600
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448
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Sale 1219, Lot 448, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)3c Purple (253). Mint N.H., wide margins, deep rich color, Very Fine and choice, with 2011 P.F. certificate

360
250
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449
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Sale 1219, Lot 449, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)4c Dark Brown (254). Original gum, deep rich color, precise centering with balanced margins, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2007 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, XF-Superb 95; SMQ $475.00)

200
325
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450
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Sale 1219, Lot 450, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)5c Chocolate (255). Original gum, single hinge mark at top, outstanding centering and margins, rich color, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2007 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, XF-Superb 95; SMQ $350.00)

120
475
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451
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Sale 1219, Lot 451, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)6c Dull Brown (256). Original gum, outstanding centering with balanced margins, intense color, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2007 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, XF-Superb 95; SMQ $575.00)

160
375
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452
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Sale 1219, Lot 452, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)10c Dark Green (258). Mint N.H., well-centered, deep rich color, fresh and Extremely Fine, with 1999 P.F. and 2006 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $2,750.00), only six grade higher (highest is 98)

850
5,750
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453
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Sale 1219, Lot 453, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)15c Dark Blue (259). Original gum, lightly hinged, wide and beautifully balanced margins, intense shade on bright paper, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2009 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, XF-Superb 95; SMQ $1,150.00), only four unused stamps in any gum condition grade higher

275
750
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454
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Sale 1219, Lot 454, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)50c Orange (260). Mint N.H., vibrant color on bright paper, well-centered with nicely proportioned margins, Very Fine and choice, with 1993 P.F. and 2004 P.S.E. certificates (VF-XF 85; SMQ $2,200.00)

1,425
1,400
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455
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Sale 1219, Lot 455, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)$1.00 Black (261). Original gum, perfectly centered with enormous margins on all sides, intense shade and sharp proof-like impression

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

1,000
4,000
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456
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Sale 1219, Lot 456, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)$1.00 Black, Ty. II (261A). Original gum, lightly hinged, intense shade and proof-like impression on bright paper, gorgeous centering with unusually wide and balanced margins

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.

2,100
6,250
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457
og
Sale 1219, Lot 457, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)$2.00 Bright Blue (262). Original gum, wide and beautifully balanced margins, rich color on bright paper

EXTREMELY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE $2.00 1894 UNWATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE.

With 2010 P.F. certificate (XF 90)

2,750
3,750
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458
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Sale 1219, Lot 458, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)$5.00 Dark Green (263). Original gum, lightly hinged, choice margins and centering, magnificent deep rich color and clear impression

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

4,000
4,250
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