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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.