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Sale 1224 — 2020 Rarities of the World

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

Category — 1914-1922 and Later Issues

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
200°
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Sale Number 1224, Lot Number 200, 1914-1922 and Later Issues1c Green, Perf 12 x 10 (423A), 1c Green, Perf 12 x 10 (423A)1c Green, Perf 12 x 10 (423A). Block of four, centered to top as are virtually all known unused examples, deep rich color, natural straight edge at left

VERY GOOD. THIS IS THE ONE OF ONLY TWO UNUSED BLOCKS OF FOUR OF THE 1914 ONE-CENT PERF 12 x 10 ISSUE. A GREAT RARITY OF 20TH CENTURY PHILATELY.

Our census of Scott 423A, available at https://siegelauctions.com/census/us/scott/423A , contains nine unused singles, two vertical pairs and two unused blocks of four, for a total of 21 unused copies. The other block contains two Mint N.H. and two with tiny thins. All genuine stamps are off-center to some degree, with the perfs touching at top on all but three. The only other block known of any of the Compound Perf issues is the used block of four of Scott 423A, from the "Sirron" collection and last offered in Siegel Sale 1209 (lot 1261).

Census no. 423A-OG-BL-01. With 2003 P.F. certificate. Listed but unpriced in Scott as a block. Scott value as four singles

56,000
0
201
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Sale Number 1224, Lot Number 201, 1914-1922 and Later Issues1c Green, Vertical Pair, Imperforate Horizontally (424c), 1c Green, Vertical Pair, Imperforate Horizontally (424c)1c Green, Vertical Pair, Imperforate Horizontally (424c). Block of four, bottom pair lightly hinged, top pair h.r., rich color, typical centering for this scarce variety -- most of the examples we have encountered are centered sharply to the right -- Fine, this is only the second block we have offered since keeping computerized records, Scott value as two pairs

6,000
1,300
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202
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Sale Number 1224, Lot Number 202, 1914-1922 and Later Issues20c Ultramarine (438), 20c Ultramarine (438)20c Ultramarine (438). Bottom plate no. 6909 block of six with full bottom selvage, lightly hinged, brilliant color

EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB LIGHTLY HINGED PLATE BLOCK OF SCOTT 538.

This is scarce with such choice centering and with such wide selvage.

3,250
2,200
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203
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Sale Number 1224, Lot Number 203, 1914-1922 and Later Issues2c Red, Ty. I, Coil (449), 2c Red, Ty. I, Coil (449)2c Red, Ty. I, Coil (449). Joint line pair, bottom stamp lightly hinged, top stamp disturbed gum with loss of about half, brilliant color and detailed impression.

FINE-VERY FINE JOINT LINE PAIR OF THE RARE 1915 2-CENT TYPE I VERTICAL COIL, SCOTT 449.

The 2c Type I rotary plate was used very briefly to make vertical coils issued in late 1915. It was briefly used because the Type I plate was not very deeply engraved and the curvature of the rotary press yielded impressions lacking in some of the details. The Bureau noticed this immediately, and quickly replaced it with the Type III plate (according to Scott, the EDU for No. 449 is Oct. 29, 1915, and the EDU for Type III is Dec. 10, 1915).

With 1996 P.S.E. certificate stating "part o.g."

13,500
3,500
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204
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Sale Number 1224, Lot Number 204, 1914-1922 and Later Issues$2.00 Dark Blue (479), $2.00 Dark Blue (479)$2.00 Dark Blue (479). Top plate no. 8015 block of six, lightly hinged, deep rich color, selvage slightly reduced, Fine

4,000
2,000
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205
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Sale Number 1224, Lot Number 205, 1914-1922 and Later Issues$5.00 Light Green (480), $5.00 Light Green (480)$5.00 Light Green (480). Mint N.H. wide top plate no. 8016 block of six, radiant color, choice margins and centering, small natural staple hole in upper part of selvage

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A BEATUIFUL AND SCARCE CENTERED, MINT NEVER-HINGED TOP PLATE BLOCK OF SIX OF THE $5.00 MARSHALL 1917 PERF 10 ISSUE.

Like its 1902 Issue counterpart, Scott 313, the Perf 10 Scott 480 was printed from only one plate, no. 8016. It is particularly desirable as a wide top Mint N.H. plate block

5,000
5,500
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206
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Sale Number 1224, Lot Number 206, 1914-1922 and Later Issues1c Green, A.E.F. Booklet Pane, Complete $3.00 Booklet (498f/BK64), 1c Green, A.E.F. Booklet Pane, Complete $3.00 Booklet (498f/BK64)1c Green, A.E.F. Booklet Pane, Complete $3.00 Booklet (498f/BK64). Ten Mint N.H. panes with intact staples, interleaving and back cover, front cover separated, each pane with light pencil position number in bottom margin, front cover with small stained spots, small tear and piece out near staples

FINE-VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE INTACT BOOKLET OF THE ONE-CENT PANE ISSUED TO AMERICAN EXPEDITIONARY FORCES IN FRANCE DURING WORLD WAR I. VERY FEW INTACT BOOKLETS HAVE SURVIVED.

Ex "Lake Shore". Scott value as ten Mint N.H. panes without premium for the complete booklet format or the covers.

17,000
7,500
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207
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Sale Number 1224, Lot Number 207, 1914-1922 and Later Issues2c Rose, Ty. I, A.E.F. Booklet Pane (499f), 2c Rose, Ty. I, A.E.F. Booklet Pane (499f)2c Rose, Ty. I, A.E.F. Booklet Pane (499f). Lightly hinged, bright color, choice centering for this difficult issue

VERY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 2-CENT A.E.F. BOOKLET PANE. THIS WELL-CENTERED EXAMPLE RANKS AMONG THE FINEST EXTANT.

The A.E.F. booklet panes were issued in September 1917, primarily for use by the American Expeditionary Forces in Europe during World War I. Only 3,000 panes were prepared of both the 1c and 2c denominations. By October they were no longer needed, as Congress voted to allow mail to be sent free of charge by active members of the Armed Forces. Many of the panes were destroyed. A Power Search review shows many surviving examples have faults.

With 1997 P.F. certificate

20,000
16,500
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208
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Sale Number 1224, Lot Number 208, 1914-1922 and Later Issues1c Green, Perf 10 at Top or Bottom (498g), 1c Green, Perf 10 at Top or Bottom (498g)1c Green, Perf 10 at Top or Bottom (498g). Mint N.H. block of 25 with plate no. 13366 at top right, four stamps in the block are the error, Perf 10 between positions 10 and 15 in the block, perfs between positions 9 and 14 are transitional (3 holes Perf 11 and 7 holes Perf 10), deep rich color, choice centering

EXTREMELY FINE. SINCE ITS DISCOVERY ABOUT 15 YEARS AGO, THIS HAS MAINTAINED ITS POSITION AS THE LARGEST RECORDED MULTIPLE OF THE ONE-CENT 1917 ISSUE WITH PERF 10 ON ONE SIDE. ONE OF THE GREAT 20TH?CENTURY RARITIES.

Our census of Scott 498g is available at https://siegelauctions.com/census/us/scott/498g. Tallying the number of stamps in a summary is complicated by the existence of multiples containing Perf 10 One Side and Transitional Perf 10/11 One Side stamps, as well Mint N.H. and hinged stamps in the same multiple. Here is the tally (current 5/25/2020):

Mint N.H. = 10 stamps (6=Perf 10 and 4=Transitional P10/11) -- 8 are in multiples

Previously Hinged = 2 stamps (both Perf 10) -- 1 is in a multiple

Used = 7 stamps (6=Perf 10 and 1=Transitional P10/11) -- 3 are in multiples

Accompanied by a dealer's old envelope which does not mention the Perf 10 on one side stamps and offers the block for $2.48. It is believed that the block was purchased from the post office in Rochester N.Y. and sat in a dealer's stock until its discovery about 15 years ago.

Census no. 498g-OG-BL-01. With 2006 P.F. certificate. Scott value $27,500.00 for Mint N.H. single (the same for transitional variety) -- total $110,000.00

E. 30,000-40,000
28,000
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209
 
Sale Number 1224, Lot Number 209, 1914-1922 and Later Issues9c Salmon Red, Perf 10 at Top (509a), 9c Salmon Red, Perf 10 at Top (509a)9c Salmon Red, Perf 10 at Top (509a). Vibrant color, bold "Saint Petersburg Florida" precancel, few perf flaws at bottom and faint crease visible only in fluid

FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 9-CENT 1917 ISSUE PERF 10 AT TOP.

Our census of Scott 509a, available at our website at https://siegelauctions.com/census/us/scott/509a , contains a total of 32 used and one unused example of this rarity. 27 of the used copies are precancelled. One other has a St. Petersburg precancel.

Census no. 509a-CAN-04.

7,500
1,600
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210
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Sale Number 1224, Lot Number 210, 1914-1922 and Later Issues11c Light Green, Perf 10 at Bottom (511a), 11c Light Green, Perf 10 at Bottom (511a)11c Light Green, Perf 10 at Bottom (511a). Block of four, bottom pair Perf 10 at bottom, top stamps Perf 11 all around, tiny h.r., bright shade

VERY FINE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF FOUR CONTAINING TWO EXAMPLES OF THE RARE 11-CENT PERF 10 AT TOP OR BOTTOM VARIETY.

With 1975 P.F. certificate. Unpriced as a multiple in Scott (which does give a price for a used multiple). Scott value $8,000.00 as two singles

E. 2,000-3,000
2,100
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211°
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Sale Number 1224, Lot Number 211, 1914-1922 and Later Issues$1.00 Violet Brown (518), $1.00 Violet Brown (518)$1.00 Violet Brown (518). Mint N.H., rich color and proof-like impression, near perfect centering with Jumbo margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE $1.00 1917 ISSUE, SCOTT 518, GRADED SUPERB 98 JUMBO BY P.S.E.

With 2019 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98 Jumbo; SMQ $2,250.00). Only five grade higher

95
2,200
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212
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Sale Number 1224, Lot Number 212, 1914-1922 and Later Issues2c Carmine, Ty. VII, Imperforate (534B), 2c Carmine, Ty. VII, Imperforate (534B)2c Carmine, Ty. VII, Imperforate (534B). Bottom plate no. 12305 block of six, lightly hinged, large margins all around, intense shade on bright fresh paper

VERY FINE AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE PLATE BLOCK OF THE 2-CENT TYPE VII IMPERFORATE OFFSET ISSUE, SCOTT 534B.

According to Armstrong, the imperforates were issued to satisfy the needs of the last remaining private coil manufacturer. The Mail-O-Meter Company merged with the Schermack Company and so these issues are known with the Schermack Type III perforations, also seen on Scott 314A and 482A. However, a small supply of the imperforate 2c Type VII stamps without Schermack perfs did reach the public. A Power Search review found only three other unduplicated plate blocks offered in our Rarities sale since 1964 and all of our auctions since 1994.

With 2006 P.F. certificate

17,500
11,000
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213
c
Sale Number 1224, Lot Number 213, 1914-1922 and Later Issues1c Green, Rotary Perf 11 (544), 1c Green, Rotary Perf 11 (544)1c Green, Rotary Perf 11 (544). Choice centering, tied by "Jackson Mich. 6:30PM Dec. 21, 1922" machine cancel on small cover to Albion Mich.

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE 1922 ONE-CENT ROTARY PERF 11 ON COVER. ONLY NINE POSTCARDS AND FIVE COVERS HAVE BEEN CERTIFIED AS GENUINE BY THE PHILATELIC FOUNDATION.

A small quantity of 1c Rotary Press stamps was perforated 11 at the end of 1922, using remainder sheets from the earlier printings that were normally perforated in 10 gauge or 10/11 compound gauge. Its existence as a Perf 11 variety was discovered in 1936, and the stamp received its Scott Catalogue listing in 1938.

Until the 2011 edition, the Scott Catalogue listed this cover as the earliest documented usage. The new edition lists the EDU as Dec. 17, 1922 based on a postcard expertized by APEX. This remains the earliest known use on a full cover. In addition to the 14 examples expertized by the P.F. there are a handful of others which have received A.P.S. certificates.

With 2007 A.P.S. certificate

6,500
3,250
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214°
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Sale Number 1224, Lot Number 214, 1914-1922 and Later Issues5c Pilgrim Tercentenary (550), 5c Pilgrim Tercentenary (550)5c Pilgrim Tercentenary (550). Mint N.H., Jumbo margins and mathematically perfect centering, vivid color on bright paper

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THE PERFECT MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT PILGRIM ISSUE, GRADED GEM 100 JUMBO BY P.S.E. THIS IS THE SOLE STAMP AWARDED THIS HIGHEST OF GRADES AMONG ALL THREE DENOMINATIONS OF THE PILGRIM TERCENTENARY ISSUE.

With 2019 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100 Jumbo; SMQ $4,500.00 as 100, unpriced in 100 Jumbo grade). This is the highest grade possible and this stands alone as the only Gem 100 Jumbo among all three denominations of the Pilgrim Tercentenary Issue (Scott 548-550)

65
9,500
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215
P
Sale Number 1224, Lot Number 215, 1914-1922 and Later Issues-1/2c-50c 1922-25 Issue, Large Die Proofs (551P1-570P1, 622P1), -1/2c-50c 1922-25 Issue, Large Die Proofs (551P1-570P1, 622P1)-1/2c-50c 1922-25 Issue, Large Die Proofs (551P1-570P1, 622P1). Each die sunk on individual 152 x 120 mm cards (except two on 152 x 114 mm cards) with full die sinkage, India slightly trimmed, some with slight toning

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE GROUP OF LARGE DIE PROOFS OF THE HALF-CENT TO THE 50-CENT FOR THE 1922-25 ISSUE.

This set through the 50c is a strong start, and the dollar-value die proofs will finish the job.

23,450
4,750
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216
P
Sale Number 1224, Lot Number 216, 1914-1922 and Later Issues$5.00 Head of Freedom, Large Die Proof on India (573P1), $5.00 Head of Freedom, Large Die Proof on India (573P1)$5.00 Head of Freedom, Large Die Proof on India (573P1). Hybrid die proof as are all known contemporary examples, India paper cut to shape and mounted on larger piece of yellowish bond, die sunk on 150 x 200mm card with full die sinkage, typed "Approved: February 7, 1923." and signed by Postmaster General Hubert Work, pencil "1198125" on back, some very faint toning and slight wrinkling of bond paper

VERY FINE. THE ONLY SIGNED DIE PROOF OF THE $5.00 1922 ISSUE KNOWN TO US.

Accompanied by a letter dated March 1, signed by Harry S. New, stating that the set of die proofs prepared by his direction was presented to President Calvin Coolidge.

Ex Fekete. Scott value without postmaster general's signature

5,000
3,250
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217
P
Sale Number 1224, Lot Number 217, 1914-1922 and Later Issues$5.00 Head of Freedom, Large Die Proof on India (573P1), $5.00 Head of Freedom, Large Die Proof on India (573P1)$5.00 Head of Freedom, Large Die Proof on India (573P1). Hybrid die proof as are all known contemporary examples, India paper cut to shape and mounted on larger piece of yellowish bond, die sunk on 97 x 111mm card with full die sinkage, beautiful deep rich colors

EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE LARGE DIE PROOF OF THE $5.00 1922 HEAD OF FREEDOM ISSUE.

We know of five or six $5.00 1922 Issue large die proofs on India.

5,000
2,600
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218
c
Sale Number 1224, Lot Number 218, 1914-1922 and Later Issues2c Carmine, Perf 10 at Top (554d), 2c Carmine, Perf 10 at Top (554d)2c Carmine, Perf 10 at Top (554d). Choice centering, tied by light strike of “Gregory Mich. Sep. ?” duplex datestamp on cover to C. E. Brooks, Marshall Mich., blue “Test” handstamp at left with manuscript “15440 Boys Cured 2/10/14”, also 1923 receiving handstamp, with original contents inquiring about a patented medical device to cure the sender’s daughter the same as her son had previously been cured, also with copy of typed response -- probably one of Marshall’s infamous fraudsters -- slightly reduced at right

VERY FINE. ONE OF ONLY FIVE COVERS WITH THE 1922 2-CENT PERF 10 AT TOP OR BOTTOM RECORDED IN OUR CENSUS. A GREAT 20TH CENTURY COVER RARITY.

Our census of Scott 554d, available at https://siegelauctions.com/census/us/scott/554d , lists approximately 22 used singles and stamps in precancelled blocks, five on separate covers and five unused examples (three contained in the unique plate block).

Census no. 554d-COV-23. With 2009 P.F. certificate

20,000
0
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218A
 
Sale Number 1224, Lot Number 218A, 1914-1922 and Later Issues1c Green, Rotary, Perf 11 (594), 1c Green, Rotary, Perf 11 (594)1c Green, Rotary, Perf 11 (594). Vertical pair, extraordinarily choice centering -- the top stamp is almost perfectly centered and the bottom is centered slightly to lower left -- neatly cancelled by machine cancel with circular datestamp on top stamp and wavy lines on bottom, rich color and very fresh, fully formed perforations all around

EXTREMELY FINE-VERY FINE. THIS REMARKABLE PAIR HAS RECENTLY BEEN IDENTIFIED AND CERTIFIED AS THE RARE ONE-CENT 1923 ROTARY COIL WASTE ISSUE, SCOTT 594. IT IS THE ONLY RECORDED VERTICAL PAIR AND CONTAINS ONE OF THE FINEST CENTERED SOUND EXAMPLES OF SCOTT 594.

The 1c Green, Scott 594, is waste from a horizontal rotary printing used to make coils. At the beginning or end of a coil-stamp print run from the 170-subject rotary plates, some leading or trailing paper was produced that was too short for rolling into 500-stamp rolls. In 1919 the Bureau devised a plan to salvage this waste by perforating and cutting the sheets into panes. They were put through the 11-gauge flat-plate perforator in use at the time, giving the sheets full perforations on all sides. In 1923 coil waste from the new 1c and 2c rotary production was turned into stamps later classified as Scott 578-579 and 594-595. These were the last of the coil-waste issues. The existence of Scott 594 was not reported until four months after the final sheets were delivered, and the 1c Rotary Perf 11 was soon recognized as one of the rarest United States stamps.

There are today approximately 100 confirmed examples of Scott 594. The first major find of this stamp was made in 1934 by Ernest E. Fairbanks, who retrieved nine pairs (18 stamps, one or two damaged) on nine separate covers that were returned by the post office years earlier from a bulk mailing. All were postmarked at New York City on October 4, 1924. The nine Fairbanks covers were cut down into pieces, and today there are perhaps five or six of these pieces intact. Our census of Scott 594 used is available at https://siegelauctions.com/census/US/Scott/594 . This pair is a new discovery and the latest addition to our census. It is the only recorded vertical pair of this 20th Century rarity. There may be three other intact pairs, all horizontal (one on cover).

Census no. 594-CAN-PR-06. With 2020 P.S.A.G. certificate. Scott footnote states that stamps are "valued with perforations just touching frameline on one side" -- both stamps in this pair have perfs well clear of design on all sides.

25,000
21,000
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219°
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Sale Number 1224, Lot Number 219, 1914-1922 and Later Issues4c Mesa Verde, Vertical Pair, Imperforate Horizontally (743a), 4c Mesa Verde, Vertical Pair, Imperforate Horizontally (743a)4c Mesa Verde, Vertical Pair, Imperforate Horizontally (743a). Mint N.H. with selvage at top, without the brown Post Office paper often found on reverse, attractive centering and margins, deep rich color, couple light natural gum bends and signed in ungummed portion of selvage on reverse

VERY FINE AND RARE MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 4-CENT MESA VERDE IMPERFORATE BETWEEN ERROR.

Only 15 pairs have been recorded, and 6-9 have the Post Office paper adherence. This is only the second Mint N.H. pair we have offered since keeping computerized records.

With 1978 and 2017 P.F. certificates

8,000
4,000
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220
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Sale Number 1224, Lot Number 220, 1914-1922 and Later Issues$5.00 Red Brown & Black (834a), $5.00 Red Brown & Black (834a)$5.00 Red Brown & Black (834a). Mint N.H. top double plate nos. 22167/22169 and arrow block of four, deep rich colors in this very distinctive error shade, well-centered, natural gum bends

EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE AND DESIRABLE MINT NEVER-HINGED PLATE BLOCK OF THE $5.00 PRESIDENTIAL ISSUE IN THE RED BROWN AND BLACK COLOR. THIS IS THE FIRST IN MINT NEVER-HINGED CONDITION WE HAVE OFFERED IN DECADES.

Roland E. Rustad states in his book The Prexies that only twelve plate blocks of this distinctive color error are recorded (p. 329). We have no reason to doubt that count but we have not seen anywhere close to that many. Before this Mint N.H. plate block, we have offered only a single no-gum plate block (four separate times) since 1989.

Accompanied by a lengthy April 18, 1950 letter (photostat) from Bureau of Engraving Director A. W. Hall to George B. Sloane (the discoverer of the error), explaining the testing that the Bureau performed on the stamps sent by him to determine that they are indeed the color error -- caused by an incorrect ink mixture containing a trace of black -- and not a chemically altered color

15,000
26,000
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221
c
Sale Number 1224, Lot Number 221, 1914-1922 and Later IssuesOctober 28, 1941 -- Amsterdam to New York, October 28, 1941 -- Amsterdam to New YorkOctober 28, 1941 -- Amsterdam to New York. Cover with Netherlands 12c stamp tied by "Amsterdam 28 X 17 1941" postmark and addressed to Jackson Heights N.Y., back of cover with Berlin censor's label, also with "Opened by Examiner 2019" censor's label which identifies this as the Bermuda censor, pencil "I.C." on label from Imperial Censorship station and was only used after Roosevelt's declaration of war, slightly reduced at right, Very Fine, believed to be the only use of this censor's marking on surface mail from Holland to the United States, this was routed overland to Lisbon via Berlin where it was likely carried on the S.S. Exeter from the American Export Line

E. 1,000-1,500
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222
c
Sale Number 1224, Lot Number 222, 1914-1922 and Later IssuesAnzac Clipper to Honolulu, Dec. 7, 1941 -- The Day of Infamy, Anzac Clipper to Honolulu, Dec. 7, 1941 -- The Day of InfamyAnzac Clipper to Honolulu, Dec. 7, 1941 -- The Day of Infamy. Cover bearing 20c and 50c Presidential (825, 831) paying the 70c per half ounce rate, tied by "Bethel Ohio Dec. 4, 1941" circular datestamp, second clear strike below, on cover to Palembang, Sumatra, carried on the Anzac Clipper from San Francisco on December 7, the morning of the Pearl Harbor attacks, the flight was less than an hour away from Honolulu when word of the attacks was radioed and it was then diverted to Hilo, "RELEASED/ BY I.C.B." (Information Control Branch) and "214" Hawaii censorship examiner backstamps, red sealing tape with "Passed DHC/37" with crown handstamp applied in Calcutta, India, boxed "RETURN TO SENDER, SERVICE SUSPENDED" handstamp with pointing hand, black censor's tape, neat "New York, N.Y. Aug. 11" circular datestamp at bottom center, vertical file fold

VERY FINE. A HISTORIC COVER CARRIED FROM SAN FRANCISCO TO HONOLULU ON THE ANZAC CLIPPER ON DECEMBER 7, 1941 -- THE FLIGHT WAS FORTUITOUSLY DELAYED EACH OF THE PREVIOUS TWO DAYS AND FINALLY TOOK OFF ON THE MORNING OF THE PEARL HARBOR ATTACK, ARRIVING LATE ENOUGH TO BE DIVERTED TO HILO AS THE BOMBS FELL. THIS COVER WAS THEN SENT AROUND THE WORLD IN THE OTHER DIRECTION BEFORE BEING RETURNED AS UNDELIVERABLE DUE TO THE INVASION OF BRITISH MALAYA.

A series of articles by Ken Lawrence in various philatelic journals tells the story of the Anzac Clipper and the mails it carried. We quote from one of them: "The Boeing B-314A flying boat Anzac Clipper took off from San Francisco late on the afternoon of December 5 but experienced mechanical trouble 400 miles out and had to return for repairs. After being repaired, she had been rescheduled to leave at two o’clock in the afternoon on December 6, but departure had been postponed so the pilot, Captain Harry Lanier Turner, could attend his daughter’s first piano recital at Oakland. At eight o’clock the next morning Anzac Clipper was less than an hour away from Honolulu when her radio officer received a coded flash warning that Pearl Harbor was under Japanese air attack. The providentially late departure from San Francisco had delayed her approach just long enough to have kept the vulnerable aircraft out of harm’s way. Pan Am’s 'Plan A' secret instructions in the event of war rerouted Anzac Clipper to Hilo, 220 miles southeast of the combat zone."

Mail from the Anzac Clipper can be identified by the Honolulu censor backstamps (after the attacks the mail was forwarded from Hilo to Honolulu). Mail to destinations in Hawaii was delivered. Flights farther west ceased. Mail to Japanese-occupied places was returned to the senders. Mail to other places was rerouted for transatlantic transport to the destinations. The cover offered here was carried via Miami, Belgian Congo and Egypt to Calcutta where the "PASSED DHC/37" was applied. The letter was returned to New York, because of the Japanese invasion of British Malaya that started just hours before the attack on Pearl Harbor.

E. 5,000-7,500
4,500
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