Sale 1227 — Outstanding United States Stamps and Gold Coins

Sale Date — Monday-Friday, 19-23 October, 2020

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Category — $1.00-$5.00 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 241-245)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2919°
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Sale 1227, Lot 2919, $1.00-$5.00 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 241-245)$1.00 Columbian (241). Original gum, barest trace of hinging, rich color, gorgeous centering with well-balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB LIGHTLY HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE $1.00 COLUMBIAN ISSUE.

The $1.00 is difficult to obtain in such superb condition; the margins are usually small. With 2020 P.F. certificate (XF-Superb 95).

1,000
5,250
2920
og
Sale 1227, Lot 2920, $1.00-$5.00 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 241-245)$1.00 Columbian (241). Original gum, lightly hinged, brilliant color, well-proportioned margins, Very Fine and choice, with 1991 P.F. certificate stating "it is genuine" (implying Mint N.H.)

1,000
800
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2921
og
Sale 1227, Lot 2921, $1.00-$5.00 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 241-245)$1.00 Columbian (241). Original gum, lightly hinged, brilliant color, Very Fine and choice, with 1983 P.F. certificate for a block of four (this the bottom left stamp)

1,000
850
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2922°
nhbl
Sale 1227, Lot 2922, $1.00-$5.00 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 241-245)$1.00 Columbian (241). Mint N.H. block of four, brilliant color and crisp impression

FINE AND SCARCE MINT NEVER-HINGED BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE $1.00 COLUMBIAN ISSUE.

Accompanied by part of imprint selvage. With 2020 P.S.A.G. certificate. Scott value as singles

13,600
0
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2923
ogbl
Sale 1227, Lot 2923, $1.00-$5.00 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 241-245)$1.00 Columbian (241). Block of four, original gum, lightly hinged, vivid color and well-centered, light gum wrinkle top left stamp, light pencil notation bottom left stamp, the two right stamps are very choice, overall Very Fine block

4,500
0
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2924
ogbl
Sale 1227, Lot 2924, $1.00-$5.00 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 241-245)$1.00 Columbian (241). Block of four, original gum, lightly hinged, bright color, horizontal crease thru bottom pair, vertical crease thru left pair, bottom left stamp with small natural inclusion, appears Fine

4,500
1,400
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2925
 
Sale 1227, Lot 2925, $1.00-$5.00 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 241-245)$1.00 Columbian (241). Bright shade, duplex cancel, Extremely Fine

525
250
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2926
 
Sale 1227, Lot 2926, $1.00-$5.00 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 241-245)$1.00 Columbian (241). Duplex cancel, well-balanced margins, fresh and Extremely Fine

525
350
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2927°
nh
Sale 1227, Lot 2927, $1.00-$5.00 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 241-245)$2.00 Columbian (242). Mint N.H., deep rich color and proof-like impression, perfectly centered

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A PHENOMENAL MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE $2.00 COLUMBIAN ISSUE, GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E. -- THE DOLLAR-VALUE COLUMBIAN ISSUES ARE EXTREMELY RARE IN SUCH HIGH GRADES IN MINT NEVER-HINGED CONDITION.

Typically, when a collector assembles an Extremely Fine, Mint Never-Hinged set of Columbians, the $2.00 space remains empty to the very end due to the low supply and high demand. It is simply one of the rarest stamps of the set in this condition. The Scott value of $4,000.00 for a Mint N.H. stamp (in Very Fine grade) does not begin to reflect the true rarity of such examples.

With 2020 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $50,000.00). Only one grades higher (at 98, we have never offered it) and three others share this desirable grade. This is the first in this grade we have offered since 2013.

3,500
55,000
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2928°
og
Sale 1227, Lot 2928, $1.00-$5.00 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 241-245)$2.00 Columbian (242). Original gum, lightly hinged, wide margins and choice centering, deep rich color, Extremely Fine, with 2020 P.F. certificate (XF 90)

1,000
2,900
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2929
og
Sale 1227, Lot 2929, $1.00-$5.00 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 241-245)$2.00 Columbian (242). Original gum, lightly hinged, attractive margins and well-centered, wonderful deep rich color, Very Fine, with 2007 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, VF 80; SMQ $1,000.00)

1,050
900
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2930
og
Sale 1227, Lot 2930, $1.00-$5.00 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 241-245)$2.00 Columbian (242). Original gum, lightly hinged, pretty color, natural gum crease, natural inclusion at bottom left, Fine, with copy of 1991 P.F. certificate for block only noting previously hinged

1,050
375
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2931
ogbl
Sale 1227, Lot 2931, $1.00-$5.00 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 241-245)$2.00 Columbian (242). Block of four, original gum, single h.r. at top, rich color, some perf separations including few reinforced at left, Fine

4,600
1,700
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2932°
nh
Sale 1227, Lot 2932, $1.00-$5.00 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 241-245)$3.00 Columbian (243). Mint N.H., deep rich color and proof-like impression, well-centered with wide margins

VERY FINE. A FRESH AND DESIRABLE MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE $3.00 COLUMBIAN.

With 2020 P.S.E. certificate (VF 80; SMQ $5,250.00)

4,250
5,000
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2933
nh
Sale 1227, Lot 2933, $1.00-$5.00 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 241-245)$3.00 Columbian (243). Mint N.H., brilliant shade on bright paper

FRESH AND VERY FINE MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE $3.00 COLUMBIAN.

With 2002 P.F. certificate

4,250
3,250
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2934
og
Sale 1227, Lot 2934, $1.00-$5.00 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 241-245)$3.00 Columbian (243). Original gum, rich color on bright paper, choice centering with wide and balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE $3.00 COLUMBIAN.

With 2013 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, XF 90; SMQ $2,500.00)

1,350
5,250
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2935
og
Sale 1227, Lot 2935, $1.00-$5.00 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 241-245)$3.00 Columbian (243). Original gum, wide margins and well-centered, pastel color, fresh and Extremely Fine

1,350
0
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2936
og
Sale 1227, Lot 2936, $1.00-$5.00 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 241-245)$3.00 Olive Green, Columbian (243a). Original gum, pretty shade, tiny picked-out inclusion at right not mentioned on certificate, appears Very Fine, with 1993 P.S.E. certificate

1,350
850
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2937
og
Sale 1227, Lot 2937, $1.00-$5.00 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 241-245)$3.00 Columbian (243). Disturbed original gum, rich color, intense impression, outstanding centering with wide and balanced margins, Extremely Fine, with 2019 P.S.E. certificate (DOG, XF-Superb 95; SMQ $4,800.00).

1,500
1,400
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2938
ng
Sale 1227, Lot 2938, $1.00-$5.00 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 241-245)$3.00 Olive Green, Columbian (243a). Unused (regummed), outstanding centering and margins, fresh color, Extremely Fine, with 2019 P.S.E. certificate (RG, XF-Superb 95; SMQ $1,500.00)

675
1,200
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2939
og
Sale 1227, Lot 2939, $1.00-$5.00 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 241-245)$3.00 Columbian (243). Bottom imprint, plate no. 106 and letters "B B" at right strip of four, original gum, lightly hinged, bright color, few minor natural paper wrinkles in selvage

VERY GOOD. A SCARCE IMPRINT AND PLATE NUMBER STRIP OF FOUR OF THE $3.00 COLUMBIAN.

The $3.00 Columbian is extremely difficult to find in any form of plate number multiple. Only three plate blocks are known (they are blocks of six). We have offered only three other imprint and plate number strips of four since 1993.

Ex "Lake Shore"

13,500
2,500
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2940
ogbl
Sale 1227, Lot 2940, $1.00-$5.00 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 241-245)$3.00 Columbian (243). Block of four, lower left stamp Mint N.H., others lightly hinged, deep rich color, few sensibly reinforced perf separations

FINE BLOCK OF THE $3.00 COLUMBIAN, CONTAINING A MINT NEVER-HINGED STAMP AT BOTTOM LEFT.

Scott value as hinged block of four

8,250
3,250
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2941
 
Sale 1227, Lot 2941, $1.00-$5.00 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 241-245)$3.00 Columbian (243). Intense color and detailed impression, unobtrusive circular datestamp cancel at left, Very Fine and choice, with 2010 P.S.E. certificate (VF-XF 85; SMQ $1,250.00)

750
1,200
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2942
 
Sale 1227, Lot 2942, $1.00-$5.00 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 241-245)$3.00 Columbian (243). Wide margins, fresh color, New York oval registry cancel, small crease at top visible only in fluid, short perf at bottom, Very Fine appearance

750
425
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2943°
nh
Sale 1227, Lot 2943, $1.00-$5.00 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 241-245)$4.00 Columbian (244). Mint N.H., brilliant color on bright paper, outstanding centering with balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE $4.00 COLUMBIAN ISSUE, GRADED XF 90 XQ BY THE PHILATELIC FOUNDATION -- THIS STAMP EXHIBITS A REMARKABLE DEGREE OF FRESHNESS RARELY SEEN ON COLUMBIAN DOLLAR-VALUE STAMPS.

The $4.00 Columbian depicts the two central figures in the story of Columbus -- Queen Isabella and Columbus himself. The portrait of Isabella is said to be based on a painting in Madrid, but its origins have been lost to history. The portrait of Columbus is based on a painting by the artist Lorenzo Lotto (c. 1480-1556). This portrait of Columbus was painted in 1512 as a commission from Domenico Malpiero, a Venetian senator and historian, and was executed shortly after the death of Columbus in 1504. It is one of the earliest portraits of Columbus (none is known to have been painted in his lifetime). This image was also used for several stamps of Chile.

With 2020 P.F. certificate (XF 90 XQ). The "XQ" denotes extraordinary quality

7,000
19,500
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2944
og
Sale 1227, Lot 2944, $1.00-$5.00 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 241-245)$4.00 Columbian (244). Original gum, lightly hinged, pretty shade, wide margins, Very Fine, with copy of 2002 P.F. certificate for block

2,000
1,700
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2945
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Sale 1227, Lot 2945, $1.00-$5.00 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 241-245)$4.00 Columbian (244). Unused (no gum), well-centered with wide and balanced margins, bright color, Very Fine and choice, with 1993 P.S.E. certificate

1,000
1,100
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2946
ogbl
Sale 1227, Lot 2946, $1.00-$5.00 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 241-245)$4.00 Pale Aniline Rose, Columbian (244a). Block of four, original gum, h.r. at top, vibrant color, small thin spot straddles bottom stamps at bottom, top pair with horizontal crease

FINE APPEARING ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF THE $4.00 COLUMBIAN ISSUE.

With 1974 P.F. certificate mentioning only the thin spot

10,000
2,500
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2947
ogbl
Sale 1227, Lot 2947, $1.00-$5.00 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 241-245)$4.00 Columbian (244). Block of four, slightly disturbed original gum, rich color, few minor perf separations

FINE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF THE $4.00 COLUMBIAN ISSUE.

Blocks of this issue are uncommon. Only 26,350 stamps were printed from Plate 107, and according to Luff 3,357 were destroyed.

10,000
2,800
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2948
og
Sale 1227, Lot 2948, $1.00-$5.00 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 241-245)$5.00 Columbian (245). Original gum, choice centering, Very Fine, P.S.E. encapsulated (OGph, F-VF 75; SMQ $1,650.00)

2,300
1,300
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2949
og
Sale 1227, Lot 2949, $1.00-$5.00 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 241-245)$5.00 Columbian (245). Original gum, deep shade, Fine, with 1999 P.F. certificate

2,300
1,200
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2950
ng
Sale 1227, Lot 2950, $1.00-$5.00 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 241-245)$5.00 Columbian (245). Unused (no gum), detailed impression, well-balanced margins, Very Fine

1,150
750
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2951
 
Sale 1227, Lot 2951, $1.00-$5.00 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 241-245)$5.00 Columbian (245). Intense shade and impression, choice centering with well-balanced margins, neat strike of 1893 circular datestamp cancel, Extremely Fine, red Dietrich backstamp, with 2009 P.F. certificate

1,150
1,500
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2952
 
Sale 1227, Lot 2952, $1.00-$5.00 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 241-245)$5.00 Columbian (245). Detailed impression, neat target cancel leaves design clearly visible, tiny thin spot, small repair at top center, Extremely Fine appearance

1,150
550
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