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Sale 1240 — United States Stamps

Sale Date — Tuesday-Wednesday, 20-21 July, 2021

Category — Essays, Proofs and Specimens: 20th Century Small Die Proofs

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
56
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Sale Number 1240, Lot Number 56, Essays, Proofs and Specimens: 20th Century Small Die Proofs2c, 5c Norse-American, Small Die Proofs on Wove (620P2-621P2), 2c, 5c Norse-American, Small Die Proofs on Wove (620P2-621P2)2c, 5c Norse-American, Small Die Proofs on Wove (620P2-621P2). Brilliant colors, fresh and bright

EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF THREE RECORDED SETS OF SMALL DIE PROOFS FOR THE 1925 NORSE-AMERICAN ISSUE.

According to research by essay-proof authority James E. Lee and an article by Clarence Brazer in the Essay Proof Journal, three sets of full-size die proofs on wove paper were produced in the 1930s by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) -- covering issues from the 1898 Trans-Mississippi through the 1934 Mother's Day. One set, with proving room numbers on the face, remained full size and became part of the Hugh M. Southgate collection (thought to be part of a trade with the BEP) and then the Caroline Prentiss Cromwell collection. The other two sets were trimmed to small die proof size. One of the trimmed sets was given to President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The other probably went to Alvin Hall, director of the BEP. Today we know of a fourth set of small die proofs which Greg Manning Auctions sold on behalf of The Philatelic Foundation in 1973. Therefore, assuming the untrimmed proofs remain in that state, only three small die proofs exist of any of the 1925-34 issues offered in this sale. None of the sets described above remain intact. The small die proofs after Scott 737 (Mother's Day issue) offered in this sale were also produced by the BEP and are similarly rare, with between one and three of each known.

With 2019 P.F. certificates

5,000
6,500
57
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Sale Number 1240, Lot Number 57, Essays, Proofs and Specimens: 20th Century Small Die Proofs2c Vermont Sesquicentennial, Small Die Proof on Wove (643P2), 2c Vermont Sesquicentennial, Small Die Proof on Wove (643P2)2c Vermont Sesquicentennial, Small Die Proof on Wove (643P2). Brilliant color, Extremely Fine and one of only three known, outside of a large intact group of 20th Century small die proofs offered in our Sale 1113, this is the only example we have offered since before 1993, with 2018 P.S.E. certificate

1,500
850
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58
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Sale Number 1240, Lot Number 58, Essays, Proofs and Specimens: 20th Century Small Die Proofs2c-5c Aeronautics, Small Die Proofs on Wove (649P2-650P2), 2c-5c Aeronautics, Small Die Proofs on Wove (649P2-650P2)2c-5c Aeronautics, Small Die Proofs on Wove (649P2-650P2). Gorgeous colors, Extremely Fine and one of only three known sets, outside of a large intact group of 20th Century small die proofs offered in our Sale 1113, we have not offered another example of the 5c since before 1993, with 2006 P.F. certificates

3,000
2,300
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59
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Sale Number 1240, Lot Number 59, Essays, Proofs and Specimens: 20th Century Small Die Proofs2c Fallen Timbers, Small Die Proof on Wove (680P2), 2c Fallen Timbers, Small Die Proof on Wove (680P2)2c Fallen Timbers, Small Die Proof on Wove (680P2). Vivid color, Extremely Fine and one of only three known, outside of a large intact group of 20th Century small die proofs offered in our Sale 1113, this is the only example we have offered since before 1993, with 2018 P.S.E. certificate

1,500
2,000
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60
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Sale Number 1240, Lot Number 60, Essays, Proofs and Specimens: 20th Century Small Die Proofs2c Ohio River, Small Die Proof on Wove (681P2), 2c Ohio River, Small Die Proof on Wove (681P2)2c Ohio River, Small Die Proof on Wove (681P2). Rich color, Extremely Fine and rare, only three known, with 2018 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100; proofs unpriced in SMQ)

1,500
1,300
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61
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Sale Number 1240, Lot Number 61, Essays, Proofs and Specimens: 20th Century Small Die Proofs2c Massachusetts Bay, Small Die Proof on Wove (682P2), 2c Massachusetts Bay, Small Die Proof on Wove (682P2)2c Massachusetts Bay, Small Die Proof on Wove (682P2). Bright color, Extremely Fine and one of only three known, outside of a large intact group of 20th Century small die proofs offered in our Sale 1113, this is the only example we have offered since before 1993, with 2018 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100; proofs unpriced in SMQ)

1,500
800
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62
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Sale Number 1240, Lot Number 62, Essays, Proofs and Specimens: 20th Century Small Die Proofs2c Carolina-Charleston, Small Die Proof on Wove (683P2), 2c Carolina-Charleston, Small Die Proof on Wove (683P2)2c Carolina-Charleston, Small Die Proof on Wove (683P2). Brilliant color, Extremely Fine and one of only three known, outside of a large intact group of 20th Century small die proofs offered in our Sale 1113, this is the only example we have offered since before 1993, with 2018 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100; proofs unpriced in SMQ)

1,500
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63
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Sale Number 1240, Lot Number 63, Essays, Proofs and Specimens: 20th Century Small Die Proofs2c Braddock's Field, Small Die Proof on Wove (688P2), 2c Braddock's Field, Small Die Proof on Wove (688P2)2c Braddock's Field, Small Die Proof on Wove (688P2). Wonderful depth of color, Extremely Fine and one of only three known, outside of a large intact group of 20th Century small die proofs offered in our Sale 1113, this is the only example we have offered since before 1993, with 2018 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100; proofs unpriced in SMQ)

1,500
950
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64
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Sale Number 1240, Lot Number 64, Essays, Proofs and Specimens: 20th Century Small Die Proofs2c Von Steuben, Large Die Proof on Wove (689P1a), 2c Von Steuben, Large Die Proof on Wove (689P1a)2c Von Steuben, Large Die Proof on Wove (689P1a). 75 x 84mm with blue "362746" Bureau control number at bottom, brilliant color, fresh and Very Fine, a scarce large die proof of this issue

1,000
1,100
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65
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Sale Number 1240, Lot Number 65, Essays, Proofs and Specimens: 20th Century Small Die Proofs-1/2c Washington Bicentennial, Large Die Proof on India (704P1), -1/2c Washington Bicentennial, Large Die Proof on India (704P1)-1/2c Washington Bicentennial, Large Die Proof on India (704P1). Off card and cut down to 24 x 27mm, rich color, Very Fine, with 2019 P.F. certificate

1,000
0
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66
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Sale Number 1240, Lot Number 66, Essays, Proofs and Specimens: 20th Century Small Die Proofs3c Newburgh, Small Die Proof on Wove (727P2), 3c Newburgh, Small Die Proof on Wove (727P2)3c Newburgh, Small Die Proof on Wove (727P2). Deep rich color, Extremely Fine and one of only three known, outside of a large intact group of 20th Century small die proofs offered in our Sale 1113, this is the only example we have offered since before 1993, with 2018 P.F. and P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; proofs unpriced in SMQ)

1,500
1,300
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67
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Sale Number 1240, Lot Number 67, Essays, Proofs and Specimens: 20th Century Small Die Proofs2c-3c Century of Progress, Small Die Proofs on Wove (728P2-729P2), 2c-3c Century of Progress, Small Die Proofs on Wove (728P2-729P2)2c-3c Century of Progress, Small Die Proofs on Wove (728P2-729P2). Matched pair, beautiful colors and impressions, Extremely Fine and one of only three known sets, with 2018 P.F. and P.S.E. certificates (Gem 100; proofs unpriced in SMQ)

3,000
1,700
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68
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Sale Number 1240, Lot Number 68, Essays, Proofs and Specimens: 20th Century Small Die Proofs3c Maryland, Small Die Proof on Wove (736P2), 3c Maryland, Small Die Proof on Wove (736P2)3c Maryland, Small Die Proof on Wove (736P2). Gorgeous color, Extremely Fine and one of only three known, outside of a large intact group of 20th Century small die proofs offered in our Sale 1113, this is the only example we have offered since before 1993, with 2018 P.F. and P.S.E. certificates (Gem 100; proofs unpriced in SMQ)

1,500
750
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69
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Sale Number 1240, Lot Number 69, Essays, Proofs and Specimens: 20th Century Small Die Proofs3c Nicolet's Landing, Small Die Proof on Wove (739P2), 3c Nicolet's Landing, Small Die Proof on Wove (739P2)3c Nicolet's Landing, Small Die Proof on Wove (739P2). Rich color, Extremely Fine and very rare, outside of a large intact group of 20th Century small die proofs offered in our Sale 1113, this is only the second example we have offered since before 1993, with 2018 P.F. and P.S.E. certificates (Gem 100; proofs unpriced in SMQ)

1,500
1,100
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70
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Sale Number 1240, Lot Number 70, Essays, Proofs and Specimens: 20th Century Small Die Proofs1934 National Parks Issue, Harry L. Peckmore Die Proofs, 1934 National Parks Issue, Harry L. Peckmore Die Proofs1934 National Parks Issue, Harry L. Peckmore Die Proofs. Complete set of ten large-size engravings of images similar to those used on the stamps (Scott 740-749), prepared for H. L. Lindquist for Stamps magazine, Very Fine, great collateral items for the National Parks collector and seldom offered for sale

E. 500-750
325
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71
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Sale Number 1240, Lot Number 71, Essays, Proofs and Specimens: 20th Century Small Die Proofs3c California, Small Die Proof on Wove (773P2), 3c California, Small Die Proof on Wove (773P2)3c California, Small Die Proof on Wove (773P2). Beautiful color, Extremely Fine and very rare, outside of a large intact group of 20th Century small die proofs offered in our Sale 1113, this is the only example we have offered since before 1993, with 2019 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100; proofs unpriced in SMQ)

1,500
750
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72
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Sale Number 1240, Lot Number 72, Essays, Proofs and Specimens: 20th Century Small Die Proofs3c Rhode Island, Small Die Proof on Wove (777P2), 3c Rhode Island, Small Die Proof on Wove (777P2)3c Rhode Island, Small Die Proof on Wove (777P2). Deep rich color, Extremely Fine and very rare, outside of a large intact group of 20th Century small die proofs offered in our Sale 1113, this is the only example we have offered since before 1993, with 2019 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; proofs unpriced in SMQ)

1,500
750
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73
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Sale Number 1240, Lot Number 73, Essays, Proofs and Specimens: 20th Century Small Die Proofs3c Arkansas, Small Die Proof on Wove (782P2), 3c Arkansas, Small Die Proof on Wove (782P2)3c Arkansas, Small Die Proof on Wove (782P2). Deep rich color, Extremely Fine and very rare, outside of a large intact group of 20th Century small die proofs offered in our Sale 1113, this is the only example we have offered since before 1993, with 2019 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100; proofs unpriced in SMQ)

1,500
750
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74
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Sale Number 1240, Lot Number 74, Essays, Proofs and Specimens: 20th Century Small Die Proofs3c Oregon Territory, Small Die Proof on Wove (783P2), 3c Oregon Territory, Small Die Proof on Wove (783P2)3c Oregon Territory, Small Die Proof on Wove (783P2). Intense shade, Extremely Fine and very rare, outside of a large intact group of 20th Century small die proofs offered in our Sale 1113, this is the only example we have offered since before 1993, with 2020 P.F. certificate

1,500
750
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75
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Sale Number 1240, Lot Number 75, Essays, Proofs and Specimens: 20th Century Small Die Proofs1936-37 Army Issue, Harry L. Peckmore Die Proofs, 1936-37 Army Issue, Harry L. Peckmore Die Proofs1936-37 Army Issue, Harry L. Peckmore Die Proofs. Complete set of eight large-size portrait engravings of figures depicted on the issued stamps (Scott 785-789), including Nathaneal Greene, Andrew Jackson, Winfield Scott, William T. Sherman, Philip Sheridan, Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson and West Point, prepared for H. L. Lindquist for Stamps magazine, Very Fine, great collateral items for the Army-Navy Issues collector and seldom offered for sale

E. 400-500
300
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76
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Sale Number 1240, Lot Number 76, Essays, Proofs and Specimens: 20th Century Small Die Proofs3c Ordinance of 1787 Sesquicentennial, Small Die Proof on Wove (795P2), 3c Ordinance of 1787 Sesquicentennial, Small Die Proof on Wove (795P2)3c Ordinance of 1787 Sesquicentennial, Small Die Proof on Wove (795P2). Bright color, Extremely Fine and very rare, outside of a large intact group of 20th Century small die proofs offered in our Sale 1113, this is the only example we have offered since before 1993, with 2018 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; proofs unpriced in SMQ)

1,500
750
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77
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Sale Number 1240, Lot Number 77, Essays, Proofs and Specimens: 20th Century Small Die Proofs3c Constitution Sesquicentennial, Small Die Proof on Wove (798P2), 3c Constitution Sesquicentennial, Small Die Proof on Wove (798P2)3c Constitution Sesquicentennial, Small Die Proof on Wove (798P2). Vivid color, Extremely Fine and very rare, outside of a large intact group of 20th Century small die proofs offered in our Sale 1113, this is the only example we have offered since before 1993, with 2020 P.F. certificate

1,500
750
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78
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Sale Number 1240, Lot Number 78, Essays, Proofs and Specimens: 20th Century Small Die Proofs3c Virgin Islands, Small Die Proof on Wove (802P2), 3c Virgin Islands, Small Die Proof on Wove (802P2)3c Virgin Islands, Small Die Proof on Wove (802P2). Rich color, Extremely Fine and very rare, outside of a large intact group of 20th Century small die proofs offered in our Sale 1113, this is the only example we have offered since before 1993, with 2018 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; proofs unpriced in SMQ)

1,500
750
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79
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Sale Number 1240, Lot Number 79, Essays, Proofs and Specimens: 20th Century Small Die Proofs3c Northwest Territory Sesquicentennial, Small Die Proof on Wove (837P2), 3c Northwest Territory Sesquicentennial, Small Die Proof on Wove (837P2)3c Northwest Territory Sesquicentennial, Small Die Proof on Wove (837P2). Bright color, Extremely Fine and very rare, this is the only example we have offered since before 1993, with 2020 P.F. certificate

1,500
750
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80
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Sale Number 1240, Lot Number 80, Essays, Proofs and Specimens: 20th Century Small Die Proofs3c Golden Gate, Small Die Proof on Wove (852P2), 3c Golden Gate, Small Die Proof on Wove (852P2)3c Golden Gate, Small Die Proof on Wove (852P2). Rich color, Extremely Fine and very rare, this is the only example we have offered since before 1993, with 2018 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; proofs unpriced in SMQ)

1,500
750
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81
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Sale Number 1240, Lot Number 81, Essays, Proofs and Specimens: 20th Century Small Die Proofs3c Printing Tercentenary, Small Die Proof on Wove (857P2), 3c Printing Tercentenary, Small Die Proof on Wove (857P2)3c Printing Tercentenary, Small Die Proof on Wove (857P2). Rich color, Extremely Fine and very rare, outside of a large intact group of 20th Century small die proofs offered in our Sale 1113, this is the only example we have offered since before 1993, with 2019 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; proofs unpriced in SMQ)

1,500
750
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82
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Sale Number 1240, Lot Number 82, Essays, Proofs and Specimens: 20th Century Small Die Proofs3c Pan-American Union, Small Die Proof on Wove (895P2), 3c Pan-American Union, Small Die Proof on Wove (895P2)3c Pan-American Union, Small Die Proof on Wove (895P2). Vivid color, Extremely Fine and very rare, outside of a large intact group of 20th Century small die proofs offered in our Sale 1113, this is the only example we have offered since before 1993, with 2019 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; proofs unpriced in SMQ)

1,500
750
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83
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Sale Number 1240, Lot Number 83, Essays, Proofs and Specimens: 20th Century Small Die Proofs3c Idaho, Small Die Proof on Wove (896P2), 3c Idaho, Small Die Proof on Wove (896P2)3c Idaho, Small Die Proof on Wove (896P2). Bright color, Extremely Fine and very rare, outside of a large intact group of 20th Century small die proofs offered in our Sale 1113, this is the only example we have offered since before 1993, with 2019 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100; proofs unpriced in SMQ)

1,500
750
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84
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Sale Number 1240, Lot Number 84, Essays, Proofs and Specimens: 20th Century Small Die Proofs3c Wyoming, Small Die Proof on Wove (897P2), 3c Wyoming, Small Die Proof on Wove (897P2)3c Wyoming, Small Die Proof on Wove (897P2). Intense shade, Extremely Fine and very rare, outside of a large intact group of 20th Century small die proofs offered in our Sale 1113, this is the only example we have offered since before 1993, with 2019 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100; proofs unpriced in SMQ)

1,500
750
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85
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Sale Number 1240, Lot Number 85, Essays, Proofs and Specimens: 20th Century Small Die Proofs3c Coronado Expedition, Small Die Proof on Wove (898P2), 3c Coronado Expedition, Small Die Proof on Wove (898P2)3c Coronado Expedition, Small Die Proof on Wove (898P2). Rich color, Extremely Fine and very rare, outside of a large intact group of 20th Century small die proofs offered in our Sale 1113, this is the only example we have offered since before 1993, with 2019 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100; proofs unpriced in SMQ)

1,500
750
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86
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Sale Number 1240, Lot Number 86, Essays, Proofs and Specimens: 20th Century Small Die Proofs3c Kentucky, Small Die Proof on Wove (904P2), 3c Kentucky, Small Die Proof on Wove (904P2)3c Kentucky, Small Die Proof on Wove (904P2). Rich color, Extremely Fine and very rare, outside of a large intact group of 20th Century small die proofs offered in our Sale 1113, this is the only example we have offered since before 1993, with 2020 P.F. certificate

1,500
750
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