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
EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB LIGHTLY HINGED PLATE BLOCK OF SCOTT 538.
This is scarce with such choice centering and with such wide selvage.
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."
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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)
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.