Sale 1230 — U.S. and Hawaii Stamps and Postal History
Sale Date — Tuesday-Friday, 15-18 December, 2020
Category — 1894-1903 Bureau Issues (Scott 246-284)
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE IMPRINT AND PLATE NUMBER BLOCK OF SIX OF THE 1894 4-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. We have previously sold a left position plate block, in our 1967 Rarities sale, and the bottom position plate block in one of our 2014 auctions.
EXTREMELY FINE MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1895 $2.00 WATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE. A DIFFICULT STAMP TO FIND IN THE HIGHER GRADES IN MINT NEVER-HINGED CONDITION -- ESPECIALLY WITH A PLATE NUMBER.
With 2019 P.F. certificate (VF-XF 85).
EXTREMELY FINE DESPITE THE TINY FLAW. AN EXTRAORDINARILY CHOICE USED BLOCK OF THIS BUREAU ISSUE TOP VALUE.
In terms of margins and centering, this is one of the finest used blocks of the $5.00 1895 Issue extant.