FINE-VERY FINE. A RARE WIDE TOP PLATE BLOCK OF THE 1915 50-CENT PERF 10 WITH SINGLE-LINE WATERMARK.
We have offered only one other wide top plate block since 2007. Ex Hall. With 1983 P.F. certificate
FINE. A RARE PLATE BLOCK OF THE PERF 10 DOUBLE-LINE WATERMARK $1.00 FRANKLIN, SCOTT 460.
Lewis Kaufman records only twelve top and six bottom plate blocks available to collectors (excluding the top position in the Miller collection owned by The New York Public Library)
VERY FINE. A RARE FULL TOP PLATE BLOCK OF THE $1.00 PERF 10 UNWATERMARKED FRANKLIN ISSUE, SCOTT 478.
Lewis Kaufman records 13 available top plate blocks of Scott 478 (plus four bottom plate blocks), but not all of these are full tops as several have reduced selvage. There is a top position in the Miller collection owned by The New York Public Library
EXTREMELY FINE AND ATTRACTIVE WIDE TOP POSITION PLATE BLOCK OF THE $5.00 MARSHALL 1917 ISSUE.
A beautiful plate block featuring remarkable centering and color.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A TRULY OUTSTANDING WIDE-MARGIN PLATE NUMBER BLOCK OF THE 50-CENT 1917 PERF 11 FRANKLIN ISSUE.
Ex Curtis. With 2005 P.F. certificate
FINE-VERY FINE. A RARE SOUND PLATE BLOCK OF THE 1918 $2.00 ORANGE RED & BLACK. ONLY A HANDFUL OF PLATE BLOCKS EXIST.
The $2.00 and $5.00 1918 Issue are the first bicolored dollar-denominated postage stamps issued by the United States. Both were released just three months after the famous 1918 24c Inverted Jenny, but the early printings were issued in small quantities, since stocks of the earlier $2.00 and $5.00 issues were still on hand.
According to Johl, the $2.00 Orange Red & Black was a color error on the part of the Bureau of Engraving & Printing. The official description and order for the bi-color stamps specified "Red and Black" for the $2.00. When subsequent printings appeared in 1920 and philatelists brought the matter to the attention of the Bureau, they were told "this stamp has always been this color" (Johl, p. 306). From studies of Bureau and Post Office records, it is clear that the originally-intended color was not issued until November 1920 (Scott 547), and that the earlier Orange Red stamps were mistakes. The quantity issued has been variously estimated at between 47,000 and 68,000.
EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE 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 also known with the Schermack Type III perforations seen on Scott 314A and 482A. However, a small supply of the imperforate 2c Type VII stamps without Schermack perfs did reach the public.
Ex Hall. With clear 1996 P.F. certificate stating bottom stamps Mint N.H. With 2015 P.S.E. certificate mentioning the gum and light toning (DOG, XF-Superb 95; blocks unpriced in SMQ). Scott value as block of four with no premium for the plate number
FINE-VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND INCREDIBLY RARE PLATE BLOCK OF THE 3-CENT VICTORY ISSUE IN THE SCARCE DEEP RED VIOLET SHADE.
This is the only plate block of this shade we have offered since at least 1993. Ex Drucker. With 1961 P.F. certificate