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Sale 1227 — Outstanding United States Stamps and Gold Coins

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

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Category — The Dr. Bernard S. Yudowitz Collection of Plate Blocks (Scott 230-299)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
3042
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Sale Number 1227, Lot Number 3042, The Dr. Bernard S. Yudowitz Collection of Plate Blocks (Scott 230-299)1c-5c Columbian (230-231, 233-234), 1c-5c Columbian (230-231, 233-234)1c-5c Columbian (230-231, 233-234). Imprint, plate no. and letter blocks of eight, the 4c a block of ten, 1c traces of gum, others mount glazed original gum, rich colors, choice centering, 5c few perf separations including top left stamp separated, otherwise Very Fine group of plate blocks

5,800
1,300
3043
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Sale Number 1227, Lot Number 3043, The Dr. Bernard S. Yudowitz Collection of Plate Blocks (Scott 230-299)3c Columbian (232), 3c Columbian (232)3c Columbian (232). Mint N.H. top imprint, plate no. 75 and letter "R" at left block of eight, rich color and proof-like impression on bright paper, small tear at top of second selvage from left, still Very Fine plate block

2,000
1,200
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3044
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Sale Number 1227, Lot Number 3044, The Dr. Bernard S. Yudowitz Collection of Plate Blocks (Scott 230-299)6c Columbian (235), 6c Columbian (235)6c Columbian (235). Mint N.H. bottom imprint, plate no. 104 and letter "Z" at left block of eight, rich color on bright paper, Very Fine and choice plate block

3,100
1,000
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3045
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Sale Number 1227, Lot Number 3045, The Dr. Bernard S. Yudowitz Collection of Plate Blocks (Scott 230-299)8c Columbian (236), 8c Columbian (236)8c Columbian (236). Mint N.H. bottom right corner imprint, plate no. 130 and letter "I I" at right block of ten, deep rich color and proof-like impression, small hinge sliver reinforcements at bottom of ungummed selvage (easily removed so we count this as Mint N.H.), Very Fine and choice, Scott value as plate block of eight and two singles

2,880
1,900
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3046
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Sale Number 1227, Lot Number 3046, The Dr. Bernard S. Yudowitz Collection of Plate Blocks (Scott 230-299)10c Columbian (237), 10c Columbian (237)10c Columbian (237). Separated bottom imprint and plate no. 102 block of eight with two plate numbers, mount disturbed original gum, separated along vertical perfs at center, few other perf separations, otherwise Fine-Very Fine, Scott value as intact plate block of six with imprint $3,000.00

E. 300-400
600
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3047
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Sale Number 1227, Lot Number 3047, The Dr. Bernard S. Yudowitz Collection of Plate Blocks (Scott 230-299)15c Columbian (238), 15c Columbian (238)15c Columbian (238). Mint N.H. bottom imprint, plate no. 58 and letter "M" at right block of eight, intense proof-like shade and impression, bright paper

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A SCARCE AND BEAUTIFUL MINT NEVER-HINGED PLATE BLOCK OF EIGHT OF THE 15-CENT COLUMBIAN ISSUE.

We have offered only eight other Mint N.H. plate blocks of eight or larger since keeping computerized records.

12,000
3,125
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3048
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Sale Number 1227, Lot Number 3048, The Dr. Bernard S. Yudowitz Collection of Plate Blocks (Scott 230-299)30c Columbian (239), 30c Columbian (239)30c Columbian (239). Top imprint, plate no. 59 and letter "N" at right block of eight, original gum with some mount glazing throughout, deep rich color and proof-like impression, choice centering, some perf separations at left

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE PLATE BLOCK OF EIGHT OF THE 30-CENT COLUMBIAN ISSUE.

A Power Search review (which includes all of our Rarities sales) indicates that we have only sold approximately 14 plate blocks (of six or eight) plus a block of 18 containing two imprint and plate number multiples, which has probably been broken. Of these, several had thin spots or small tears. Most are not as well centered as the block offered here.

With clear 1992 P.F. certificate

10,500
4,500
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3049
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Sale Number 1227, Lot Number 3049, The Dr. Bernard S. Yudowitz Collection of Plate Blocks (Scott 230-299)50c Columbian (240), 50c Columbian (240)50c Columbian (240). Bottom left corner imprint, plate no. 77 and letter "S" at left block of ten, original gum which shows very slight signs of mount disturbance, deep rich color, extraordinarily choice centering and margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERBLY-CENTERED PLATE BLOCK OF THE 50-CENT COLUMBIAN ISSUE, AND AN IMPRESSIVE LARGE MULTIPLE.

The 50c Columbian is the first value of the series that was printed in much more limited quantities, with 243,750 copies versus more than 617,000 of the 30c and millions of each of the 1c-15c (or more than a billion in the case of the 2c). It is scarce as a plate block, and it exists only from the bottom position due to the way the sheets from the 100-subject plates were cut and perforated (the $4.00 also exists only as a bottom plate block -- all the other Columbian values have top and bottom plate blocks).

With 2004 P.F. certificate as Mint N.H.. Scott value as plate block of eight and two singles

23,350
32,500
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3050
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Sale Number 1227, Lot Number 3050, The Dr. Bernard S. Yudowitz Collection of Plate Blocks (Scott 230-299)$1.00 Columbian (241), $1.00 Columbian (241)$1.00 Columbian (241). Bottom imprint, plate no. 93 and letter "W" at right block of eight, slightly disturbed original gum from mount, deep rich color, perf separations expertly reinforced

FINE-VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE IMPRINT AND PLATE NUMBER BLOCK OF EIGHT OF THE $1.00 COLUMBIAN.

According to Brookman, only 55,050 copies of the $1.00 Columbian were issued. It was sold out before all of the other dollar values, probably because it was the most affordable of the dollar-value stamps. Speculation soon drove the price to $5.00 but it soon fell again, to about $1.50.

The theme of the stamp, Isabella pledging her jewels to finance Columbus's voyage, is known to most fifth-grade students who study the voyage of Columbus. However, the offer was never accepted, as financing was found elsewhere. Perhaps a dozen plate blocks of eight exist for the $1.00 Columbian.

Scott value $75,000.00

E. 15,000-20,000
18,500
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3051
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Sale Number 1227, Lot Number 3051, The Dr. Bernard S. Yudowitz Collection of Plate Blocks (Scott 230-299)1894-98 Issue Plate Blocks (247/284), 1894-98 Issue Plate Blocks (247/284)1894-98 Issue Plate Blocks (247/284). 19 imprint and plate no. blocks of six, including Nos. 247, 248, 253, 255, 257, 264, 265, 267, 268, 269, 270, 272, 279, 279B, 280, 281, 282, 282a and 284, part original gum or mount glazed original gum, rich colors, far better centering than normally seen, few with perf separations, occasional possible thin speck, Very Fine-Extremely Fine group, if not for the gum these would all be offered as individual lots, Scott value as original-gum plate blocks

18,430
6,000
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3052
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Sale Number 1227, Lot Number 3052, The Dr. Bernard S. Yudowitz Collection of Plate Blocks (Scott 230-299)1c Ultramarine (246), 1c Ultramarine (246)1c Ultramarine (246). Top imprint and plate no. 31 block of six, original gum which is naturally short at top, brilliant color, Extremely Fine

500
400
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3053
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Sale Number 1227, Lot Number 3053, The Dr. Bernard S. Yudowitz Collection of Plate Blocks (Scott 230-299)2c Carmine Lake, Ty. I (249), 2c Carmine Lake, Ty. I (249)2c Carmine Lake, Ty. I (249). Top imprint and plate no. 113 block of six with wide selvage, top center and bottom right stamps Mint N.H., others with few areas of gum skips, brilliant color, choice centering throughout, Extremely Fine

2,750
0
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3054
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Sale Number 1227, Lot Number 3054, The Dr. Bernard S. Yudowitz Collection of Plate Blocks (Scott 230-299)2c Carmine, Ty. II (251), 2c Carmine, Ty. II (251)2c Carmine, Ty. II (251). Bottom imprint and plate no. 132 block of six, original gum, lightly hinged, brilliant color, few trivial perf separations, Fine-Very Fine, a very scarce plate block, ex Hall

4,000
900
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3055
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Sale Number 1227, Lot Number 3055, The Dr. Bernard S. Yudowitz Collection of Plate Blocks (Scott 230-299)2c Carmine, Ty. III (252), 2c Carmine, Ty. III (252)2c Carmine, Ty. III (252). Bottom imprint and plate no. 151 block of six, original gum, lightly hinged, radiant color, few perf separations, Fine-Very Fine, we have offered only three others since at least 1993, only one other has better centering, ex Hall

2,100
850
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3056
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Sale Number 1227, Lot Number 3056, The Dr. Bernard S. Yudowitz Collection of Plate Blocks (Scott 230-299)3c Purple, Imperforate (253a), 3c Purple, Imperforate (253a)3c Purple, Imperforate (253a). Bottom imprint and plate no. 47 block of six, large margins, brilliant color, disturbed original gum, h.r., left pair vertical crease, small thin spot between pos. 2 and 3

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE IMPRINT AND PLATE NUMBER BLOCK OF SIX OF THE 1894 3-CENT IMPERFORATE UNWATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE.

Full imperforate sheets of 400 of the 3c, 4c, 5c and 10c values were removed from the Bureau and became available to collectors. They were not gummed when they came from the Bureau, but were later unofficially gummed.

Ex "Whitpain". With 2009 P.F. certificate as original gum. Scott value $7,500.00

E. 2,000-3,000
1,700
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3057
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Sale Number 1227, Lot Number 3057, The Dr. Bernard S. Yudowitz Collection of Plate Blocks (Scott 230-299)4c Dark Brown (254), 4c Dark Brown (254)4c Dark Brown (254). Bottom imprint and plate no. 94 block of six, mount glazed original gum, crisp impression, Very Fine and choice, surprisingly difficult to find with decent centering

2,300
750
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3058
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Sale Number 1227, Lot Number 3058, The Dr. Bernard S. Yudowitz Collection of Plate Blocks (Scott 230-299)6c Dull Brown (256), 6c Dull Brown (256)6c Dull Brown (256). Bottom imprint and plate no. 28 block of six, mount glazed original gum, h.r. at top and in selvage where couple sensibly rejoined perf separations, left stamps with unusual extraneous diagonal ink marks, otherwise Fine-Very Fine

3,250
600
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3059
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Sale Number 1227, Lot Number 3059, The Dr. Bernard S. Yudowitz Collection of Plate Blocks (Scott 230-299)10c Dark Green (258), 10c Dark Green (258)10c Dark Green (258). Wide top imprint and plate no. 62 block of six, part original gum ranging from almost intact on top left stamp to traces on right stamps, rich color, choice centering, Extremely Fine

3,250
2,100
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3060
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Sale Number 1227, Lot Number 3060, The Dr. Bernard S. Yudowitz Collection of Plate Blocks (Scott 230-299)15c Dark Blue (259), 15c Dark Blue (259)15c Dark Blue (259). Bottom imprint and plate no. 52 block of six, unused (no gum), intense shade and impression on bright paper, few perf separations sensibly reinforced, positions 1 and 2 with small thins, Fine-Very Fine appearance, scarce with such choice centering, a Power Search review found only five others (also from the bottom position) -- two have perfs either in or close, the centering of the plate block offered here is superior to almost all the others, and bidders may wish to overlook the lack of gum in order to obtain one with decent centering, with 2009 P.F. certificate, Scott value with gum

4,750
850
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3061
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Sale Number 1227, Lot Number 3061, The Dr. Bernard S. Yudowitz Collection of Plate Blocks (Scott 230-299)50c Orange (260), 50c Orange (260)50c Orange (260). Bottom imprint and plate no. 75 block of six, original gum, positions 3-6 Mint N.H., bright color

FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE PLATE BLOCK OF THE 1894 50-CENT UNWATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE.

Lewis Kaufman records fewer than ten plate blocks of this issue. We have offered only one other example since at least 1993, which was stained and not nearly as choice as this plate block. None was offered in the Gross Multiples or Treasures sales.

Ex Curtis. With 2007 P.F. certificate

20,000
4,750
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3062
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Sale Number 1227, Lot Number 3062, The Dr. Bernard S. Yudowitz Collection of Plate Blocks (Scott 230-299)1c-8c 1895 Issue, Imperforate (264a, 267a, 268a, 269a, 272b), 1c-8c 1895 Issue, Imperforate (264a, 267a, 268a, 269a, 272b)1c-8c 1895 Issue, Imperforate (264a, 267a, 268a, 269a, 272b). Imprint and plate no. blocks of six, 3c-8c top positions, 1c left position, 2c right position, large margins to full all around, mount glazed original gum, Very Fine and scarce group

10,600
4,000
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3063
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Sale Number 1227, Lot Number 3063, The Dr. Bernard S. Yudowitz Collection of Plate Blocks (Scott 230-299)2c Carmine, Ty. II (266), 2c Carmine, Ty. II (266)2c Carmine, Ty. II (266). Right imprint and plate no. 169 block of six, brilliant color, beautiful centering, few areas of gum loss on bottom stamps, center stamps Mint N.H., Extremely Fine

525
180
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3064
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Sale Number 1227, Lot Number 3064, The Dr. Bernard S. Yudowitz Collection of Plate Blocks (Scott 230-299)6c Dull Brown (271), 6c Dull Brown (271)6c Dull Brown (271). Top imprint and plate no. 28 block of six, slightly disturbed original gum, few with areas of gum loss, pretty shade, well-balanced margins, Extremely Fine, scarce with such choice centering

2,900
1,800
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3065
ogbl
Sale Number 1227, Lot Number 3065, The Dr. Bernard S. Yudowitz Collection of Plate Blocks (Scott 230-299)6c Dull Brown, Imperforate (271b), 6c Dull Brown, Imperforate (271b)6c Dull Brown, Imperforate (271b). Top imprint and plate no. 373 block of six, part original gum covering a little less than half of the back, large margins, rich color, Very Fine, a rare imperforate plate block, this is the first we have offered since at least 1993, a search of our digital library located only this plate block and an imprint and plate number strip of three offered in the second Todd sale, ex Todd, unpriced in Scott as a plate block

E. 500-750
1,700
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3066
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Sale Number 1227, Lot Number 3066, The Dr. Bernard S. Yudowitz Collection of Plate Blocks (Scott 230-299)10c Dark Green (273), 10c Dark Green (273)10c Dark Green (273). Top imprint and plate no. 306 block of six, original gum, lightly hinged at top center, others Mint N.H., radiant color, Very Fine and scarce plate block, we have offered only one Mint N.H. plate block since keeping computerized records so this is as close as one can reasonably achieve

1,750
950
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3067
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Sale Number 1227, Lot Number 3067, The Dr. Bernard S. Yudowitz Collection of Plate Blocks (Scott 230-299)15c Dark Blue (274), 15c Dark Blue (274)15c Dark Blue (274). Wide top imprint and plate no. 52 block of six, disturbed original gum with some mount glazing, deep rich color and proof-like impression, Fine, a scarce plate block and especially desirable from the top position, the 15c was printed from two plates -- numbers 52 and 264, the latter has a different style of imprint, ex "Whitpain", with 2009 P.F. certificate

4,500
1,800
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3068
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Sale Number 1227, Lot Number 3068, The Dr. Bernard S. Yudowitz Collection of Plate Blocks (Scott 230-299)50c Orange (275), 50c Orange (275)50c Orange (275). Bottom imprint and plate no. 75 block of six, original gum which is mount glazed, vibrant color, choice centering, top left and bottom center stamps small thin spots

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE PLATE BLOCK OF THE 1895 50-CENT WATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE.

We were able to locate only about a half-dozen plate blocks of this issue. As another indication of rarity, none was offered in any of the Todd sales.

7,500
1,900
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3069
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Sale Number 1227, Lot Number 3069, The Dr. Bernard S. Yudowitz Collection of Plate Blocks (Scott 230-299)10c Brown, Ty. I (282C), 10c Brown, Ty. I (282C)10c Brown, Ty. I (282C). Bottom imprint and plate no. 305 block of six, mount glazed original gum, rich color and detailed impression, well-balanced margins, Very Fine, an attractive and scarce plate block, we have offered only two others since keeping computerized records, ex "Whitpain"

2,600
1,700
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3070
ogbl
Sale Number 1227, Lot Number 3070, The Dr. Bernard S. Yudowitz Collection of Plate Blocks (Scott 230-299)10c Orange Brown, Ty. II (283), 10c Orange Brown, Ty. II (283)10c Orange Brown, Ty. II (283). Top imprint and plate no. 1337 block of six, large part original gum with areas of gum loss on three stamps, left stamps appear Mint N.H., top right stamp barely hinged, rich color, Very Fine, probably worth more as singles in today's market

1,900
850
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3071
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Sale Number 1227, Lot Number 3071, The Dr. Bernard S. Yudowitz Collection of Plate Blocks (Scott 230-299)1c-10c Trans-Mississippi (285-286, 288-290), 1c-10c Trans-Mississippi (285-286, 288-290)1c-10c Trans-Mississippi (285-286, 288-290). Imprint and plate no. blocks, 1c and 5c corner selvage of ten, 8c and 10c top imprint and plate no. blocks of four, 1c and 8c mount glazed original gum, others small part original gum with few disturbances, rich colors, few perf separations, Fine-Very Fine, Scott value as original gum

7,010
1,600
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3072
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Sale Number 1227, Lot Number 3072, The Dr. Bernard S. Yudowitz Collection of Plate Blocks (Scott 230-299)4c Trans-Mississippi (287), 4c Trans-Mississippi (287)4c Trans-Mississippi (287). Top imprint and plate no. 634 block of four, top stamps Mint N.H., bottom stamps with areas of gum loss, unusually vibrant color, Very Fine

850
325
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3073
ogbl
Sale Number 1227, Lot Number 3073, The Dr. Bernard S. Yudowitz Collection of Plate Blocks (Scott 230-299)50c Trans-Mississippi (291), 50c Trans-Mississippi (291)50c Trans-Mississippi (291). Wide top imprint and plate no. 603 block of four, original gum, barest trace of hinging, radiant color

FINE. A SCARCE LIGHTLY-HINGED TOP IMPRINT AND PLATE NUMBER BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 50-CENT TRANS-MISSISSIPPI ISSUE.

Plate number 603 is the only plate number recorded for this issue. As an indication of rarity, we have offered only four other top position plate blocks in the past 20 years, including two with significantly narrower selvage

17,500
6,750
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3074
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Sale Number 1227, Lot Number 3074, The Dr. Bernard S. Yudowitz Collection of Plate Blocks (Scott 230-299)50c Trans-Mississippi (291), 50c Trans-Mississippi (291)50c Trans-Mississippi (291). Bottom imprint and plate no. 603 block of four with wide selvage, original gum with some mount glazing, deep rich color, crisp impression, faint natural gum bends, perf separations expertly reinforced

FINE. AN ATTRACTIVE IMPRINT AND PLATE NUMBER BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 50-CENT TRANS-MISSISSIPPI ISSUE.

Plate number 603 is the only plate number recorded for this issue.

17,500
3,750
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3075
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Sale Number 1227, Lot Number 3075, The Dr. Bernard S. Yudowitz Collection of Plate Blocks (Scott 230-299)$1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292), $1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292)$1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292). Bottom imprint and plate no. 606 block of four, bottom left stamp barely hinged, bottom right stamp lightly hinged, others original gum, h.r. at top, intense shade and impression, top left stamp small thin spot, expertly reinforced perf separations between stamps

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE AND DESIRABLE PLATE BLOCK OF THE $1.00 TRANS-MISSISSIPPI ISSUE.

The $1.00 stamp issued for the Trans-Mississippi Exposition was based on an image of cattle in a storm in an engraving by C. O. Murray, a copy of which was loaned to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing by Mrs. C. B. Johnson. The engraving was used as a trademark by an American cattle company, but the image originated in an oil painting by J. A. MacWhirter entitled "The Vanguard", which depicts cattle in the West Highlands of Scotland. The Post Office Department was embarrassed when the painting was identified as the property of the Lord Blysworth, who was sent a formal apology and philatelic memento through the British Ambassador. The memento, a proof item, was donated to by Lord Blysworth to The Royal Philatelic Society London, where it resides today.

35,000
13,500
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3076
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Sale Number 1227, Lot Number 3076, The Dr. Bernard S. Yudowitz Collection of Plate Blocks (Scott 230-299)5c Pan-American (297), 5c Pan-American (297)5c Pan-American (297). Bottom imprint and plate no. 1140 block of six, traces of original gum, pressman's fingerprint on selvage on back, rich colors, choice centering, Extremely Fine, Scott value as original gum

2,100
600
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3077
ogbl
Sale Number 1227, Lot Number 3077, The Dr. Bernard S. Yudowitz Collection of Plate Blocks (Scott 230-299)8c Pan-American (298), 8c Pan-American (298)8c Pan-American (298). Top imprint and plate no. 1150 block of six, few small gum skips on right stamps, bottom left stamp area of gum loss about the size of a hinge, others with nice gum, deep rich colors, Very Fine, desirable from the top position

3,800
1,100
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3078
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Sale Number 1227, Lot Number 3078, The Dr. Bernard S. Yudowitz Collection of Plate Blocks (Scott 230-299)10c Pan-American (299), 10c Pan-American (299)10c Pan-American (299). Bottom left corner imprint and plate no. 1151 block of eight, traces of original gum, choice centering throughout, beautiful rich colors and sharp impressions, Extremely Fine, scarce with such choice centering, Scott value as a plate block and two singles with gum

6,730
2,200
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