EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED PLATE BLOCK OF THE 15-CENT 1902 ISSUE IN THE FINEST CONDITION ATTAINABLE.
This is the only Mint N.H. plate block we have offered since at least 1993. Ex "Silver Lake". With 1997 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE. A STUNNING AND RARE MINT NEVER-HINGED SET OF THE FOUR POSITIONS ON THE SHEET OF 400 THAT YIELD ARROW BLOCKS.
The blue Ball Marker, caused by ink settling into indentations from a Brinnell plate hardness measuring device, is only found on the top, right and left arrow blocks. Some arrow blocks do not have the Ball Markers at all. This set, showing the markers on all three possible positions, is highly desirable.
Each with 2019 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; unpriced in block form). Scott value as three Mint N.H. ball marker blocks and four singles
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A PHENOMENAL MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT LOUISIANA PURCHASE ISSUE, GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. THIS IS WITHOUT QUESTION ONE OF THE FINEST IN EXISTENCE.
With 2006 and 2021 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $4,750.00). SMQ value is too low in our opinion. Only one grades higher, at 98J (realized $14,500 hammer in 2017 versus SMQ of $7,500.00). Four others share this grade.
VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL WIDE TOP MINT NEVER-HINGED PLATE BLOCK OF TEN OF THE 10-CENT LOUISIANA PURCHASE.
Scott Catalogue lists plate blocks of four and six for this issue. The plate blocks of six are considerably scarcer -- particularly with wide top selvage in the pristine Mint N.H. condition of this block.
With 2021 P.S.E. certificate. Scott value as Mint N.H. plate block of six plus four singles
VERY FINE AND CHOICE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 10-CENT HORIZONTAL COIL, SCOTT 356.
According to Johl (Volume 1, page 181), only 10,000 of the 10c Washington coil stamp were issued. They were made especially for a New York firm to send out advertising samples, similar to the 3c Orangeburg coil. Only a few rolls were sold to the firm, and the remaining rolls were distributed to some of the large post offices across the country. Dealers acquired several rolls, but because most contemporary collectors did not collect coils, many were used and destroyed.
With 2014 P.S.E. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING EXAMPLE OF THE EXTREMELY RARE 4-CENT BLUISH PAPER, WHICH IS ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT BLUISH PAPERS TO FIND IN SUCH PRISTINE CONDITION.
The June 1910 Third Assistant Postmaster General's report states that 4,400 (eleven sheets) of the 4c were printed on Bluish Paper. It is believed that none of the 4c and 8c Bluish Paper stamps were distributed to post offices, and that all of the examples in collectors' hands reached the market through the Travers-Steinmetz exchange and the 1914 National Museum trades to H. F. Colman (12 copies) and Nassau Stamp Company (65 copies). This is likely one of the twelve traded to Colman, as it bears his purple backstamp.
Ex Peyton ("Isleham"), Zoellner and Curtis. With 1986 P.F. certificate
FINE-VERY FINE. A RARE AND DESIRABLE PLATE BLOCK OF THE 6-CENT 1909 BLUISH PAPER ISSUE -- APPROXIMATELY A DOZEN ARE KNOWN. ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE FROM THE TOP POSITION.
Lewis Kaufman records fourteen 6c Bluish Paper plate blocks, including five top, eight left and one right position. In addition to the plate blocks, one pane of 100 is also known with plate blocks at left and bottom, and a second pane (4936 UR) was reported by Boggs to be in the Post Office Department files
Ex Todd and Schwartz. With 2017 P.F. certificate
FINE-VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE USED BLOCK OF THE 13-CENT ON BLUISH PAPER.
An estimated ten 13c Bluish Paper panes were packaged with normal stamps and distributed to the post office at Saginaw, Michigan. According to the Assistant Postmaster, John J. Spencer, "We found what was left of what no doubt had been originally ten sheets safely resting at the bottom under a lot of new stock, the coming of which had doubtless saved these from annihilation [or use]. They were readily distinguished, having a marginal pen and ink marking. We found a partial mint sheet and margins from several other sheets had been used. One or two sheets had also been precancelled. We were satisfied that ten sheets (of 100) had reached this post office."
A Power Search review located five used blocks of the 13c Bluish Paper, all of which have Saginaw cancellations. This is the sixth recorded used block. Another used block was divided into singles after it was certified by The Philatelic Foundation in 1992.
With 2019 P.S.E. certificate
VERY FINE-EXTREMELY FINE. A STUNNING AND EXTREMELY RARE MINT NEVER-HINGED WIDE TOP PLATE BLOCK OF THE 5-CENT PANAMA-PACIFIC PERF 12 ISSUE. THIS IS THE FINEST PLATE BLOCK WE HAVE OFFERED IN AT LEAST 30 YEARS.
The 5c Panama-Pacific Issue is very rare as a wide top plate block. A Power Search review found several wide bottom plate blocks, as well as some standard top plate blocks, but this is the only wide top plate block in Mint N.H. condition we have offered since at least 1993. This is a true condition rarity.
With 2021 P.S.A.G. certificate (80 ogNH)
EXTREMELY FINE. A SPECTACULAR MINT NEVER-HINGED PLATE NUMBER SINGLE OF THE 10-CENT PANAMA-PACIFIC PERF 10.
VERY FINE. THIS IS THE EARLIEST RECORDED USE OF THE 1914 PERF 12 x 10 ISSUE AND ONE OF THE EARLIEST OF ALL PERF 10 ISSUES.
The earliest documented use of the 1c Perf 10 all around, Scott 424, is October 11, 1914, which corresponds to the September-October transition period from Perf 12 to 10, as stated by Johl. However, Bureau records show that the Perf 10 wheels arrived in December 1913, and the earliest documented use of a stamp from the Perf 10 booklet pane is December 18, 1913. Four other dated uses are known of Scott 423A. One is a cover bearing a defective vertical pair, dated August 7, 1914. The second is a post card, dated December 20, 1914. The last two are postcards, each dated December 23, 1914 -- one offered in the following lot.
Our census of Scott 423A is available at https://siegelauctions.com/census/us/scott/423A . Fewer than 20 singles with a postal cancel are recorded (the majority of the singles have a Quincy Ill. precancel).
Census no. 423A-CAN-PCE-26. Ex Floyd, "Chesapeake" and "Sirron". With 1955 A.P.S. and 2001 P.F. certificates.
VERY FINE. ONE OF ONLY FOUR RECORDED COVERS (OR CARDS) WITH THE 1914 ONE-CENT PERF 12 x 10. A GREAT RARITY OF THE WASHINGTON-FRANKLIN ISSUES.
Our census of Scott 423A is available at: https://siegelauctions.com/census/us/scott/423A . It contains 37 used singles, six used pairs, the unique used block of four and four covers or cards (one with a pair).
Census no. 423A-COV-02. Ex Siskin (signed by him), Zoellner, "Chesapeake" and "Sirron". With 1998 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A GORGEOUS MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1914 15-CENT GRAY SCOTT 437, GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E.
Ex Merlin. With 2010 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $5,250.00). Only two grade higher (both at 98J)
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A RARE WIDE TOP POSITION PLATE BLOCK OF THE 1915 50-CENT PERF 10 WITH SINGLE-LINE WATERMARK, SCOTT 440.
We have offered only one other wide top plate block since 2007.
Ex Cheyney and Gross. With 1977 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE AND BEAUTIFUL USED GUIDE LINE PAIR OF THE 3-CENT SINGLE-LINE WATERMARK PERF 10 COIL, SCOTT 445. VERY DIFFICULT TO FIND IN CHOICE USED CONDITION.
Ex Depew. With 2003 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $5,500.00). This is the highest grade awarded and it is shared by no others. The next highest grade for a used guide line pair is 80
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE $1.00 PERF 10 UNWATERMARKED FRANKLIN ISSUE, GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E. ONLY TWO GRADE HIGHER.
This issue was in use for less than six months before the Perf 11 (Scott 518) stamps were produced. Due to its short production run and it differing from the previous $1.00 issue (Scott 460) only by its lack of a watermark, many collectors and dealers of the day overlooked this issue.
With 2007 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $5,750.00). Only two grade higher (both at 98)
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STUNNING MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1917 $5.00 MARSHALL PERF 10 ISSUE, GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E.
With 2014 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $2,750.00). This is the highest grade awarded
FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE USED JOINT LINE PAIR OF THE 2-CENT ROTARY TYPE II, SCOTT 491. OUR CENSUS RECORDS JUST 12 USED JOINT LINE MULTIPLES.
Unlike many other issues, the horizontal coil is actually scarcer than the vertical coil. It was in production for only a short period of time before being replaced by the Type III, Scott 492.
Our census of used joint line multiples of Scott 491, available at our website at https://siegelauctions.com/census/us/scott/491 , records ten joint line pairs, a joint line strip of three, and a joint line strip of five. Most are off-center either top to bottom or side to side or both.
Census no. 491-CAN-LP-11. With 2013 P.F. certificate
FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF FOUR KNOWN EXAMPLES OF THE 50-CENT PERF 10 AT TOP OR BOTTOM VARIETY. NONE ARE KNOWN UNUSED. THIS IS ONE OF THE RAREST OF ALL THE PERF 10 ON ONE SIDE VARIETIES.
Our census of Scott 517c, available at our website at https://siegelauctions.com/census/us/scott/517c , contains only four certified examples of this rarity, three with postal cancels. Only one is completely sound. Another has a San Francisco precancel with a diagonal crease.
Census no. 517c-CAN-04. With 2021 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STUNNING MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF SCOTT 518, GRADED GEM 100 BY P.S.E.
With 2021 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100; SMQ $4,500.00). Only two grade higher (both were sold by us in 2021) and three others share this desirable grade. This is the first we have offered at this grade.
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A BEAUTIFUL SOUND AND CENTERED EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 1922 ONE-CENT ROTARY PERF 11, SCOTT 544.
Ex "Sirron". With 1989 and 2021 P.F. certificates (VF-XF 85). By way of comparison, the P.S.E. Population Report lists only two Scott 544's graded above 80J (one 85 and one 85J)
EXTREMELY FINE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 1922 ONE-CENT ROTARY PERF 11 USED ON A VALENTINE POSTCARD. ONLY NINE POSTCARDS AND FIVE COVERS HAVE BEEN CERTIFIED AS GENUINE BY THE PHILATELIC FOUNDATION.
A small quantity of 1c Rotary Press stamps was perforated 11 at the end of 1922, using remainder sheets from the earlier printings that were normally perforated in 10 gauge or 10/11 compound gauge. Its existence as a Perf 11 variety was discovered in 1936, and the stamp received its Scott Catalogue listing in 1938.
Ex "Sirron". With 1990 P.F. certificate.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN EXCEPTIONAL MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT PILGRIM ISSUE, AWARDED THE PERFECT GRADE OF GEM 100 BY P.S.E.
With 2021 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100; SMQ $4,500.00). Only one grades higher and five others share this grade
FINE. ONE OF ONLY FOUR RECORDED UNUSED EXAMPLES OF THE 10-CENT 1922 PERF 10 AT TOP OR BOTTOM VARIETY. THIS IS ONE OF THE RAREST OF ALL OF THE PERF 10 ON ONE SIDE VARIETIES.
Our census records of Scott 562c, available at https://www.siegelauctions.com/census/US/Scott/562c , contain only four unused examples. One was offered in our 1990 Rarities sale and described as "Mint." The example offered here and one other are both ex "Sirron" (the other has original gum and a perf indentation). The fourth, with original gum, was offered in our 2015 Rarities sale.
Census no. 562c-UNC-02. Ex "Sirron". With 2007 P.F. certificate. Scott value as original gum
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS MAGNIFICENT MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE $5.00 1922 ISSUE IS GRADED GEM 100 BY P.S.E. -- THE ESSENCE OF PERFECTION.
Collectors seeking to build the highest graded sets of the most iconic United States definitive issues have been constrained by the top value of the 1922 Issue, Scott 573. Of the more than 520 submissions of Mint N.H. stamps, only two have achieved the perfect grade of Gem 100, with none higher. Looking at the 1922 set as a whole, the only other stamps still without a Mint N.H. Gem 100 grade are the 5c and 9c values (Scott 557 and 561).
With 1991 P.F. and 2020 P.S.E. certificates (Gem 100; SMQ $2,250.00). This is the highest grade awarded with none higher. SMQ is far too low for this high-denomination stamp -- the only other example at this grade realized $10,500.00 hammer in our 2014 Rarities sale. Scott value $180.00
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED PLATE BLOCK OF THE 2-CENT PERF 11 ROTARY PRESS COIL WASTE ISSUE, SCOTT 595. RARELY FOUND WITH THIS PRECISE CENTERING.
Like its more famous and expensive cousin, Scott 594, the 2c Scott 595 is waste from a horizontal rotary printing used to make coils. At the beginning or end of a coil-stamp print run from the 170-subject rotary plates, some leading or trailing paper was produced that was too short for rolling into 500-stamp rolls. In 1919 the Bureau devised a plan to salvage this waste by perforating and cutting the sheets into panes. They were put through the 11-gauge flat plate perforator in use at the time, giving the sheets full perforations on all sides. The mismatch of the printing and perforating process produced stamps that are generally poorly centered. This plate block with superb centering is a true condition rarity.
With 2021 P.S.A.G. certificate (95 ogNH).