Sale 1232 — United States Stamps and Postal History
Sale Date — Tuesday-Wednesday, 30-31 March, 2021
Category — Postage Due, Offices in China, Officials, Newspapers, Parcel Post
FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE SCARCE 1879 5-CENT POSTAGE DUE SPECIAL PRINTING.
It has been estimated that only 249 of the 5c Postage Due Special Printing reached the public.
With 1994 and 2017 P.F. certificates. Small backstamp
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A REMARKABLE MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 40-CENT OFFICES IN CHINA ISSUE THAT WOULD BE NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE TO IMPROVE UPON.
With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $4,000.00).Only one grades higher (at 98J) and none share this desirable grade. A review of the P.S.E. Population Report for the underlying stamp, Scott No. 515, will also give an indication of its rarity in higher grades. The significantly more available Scott No. 515 has only 15 Mint N.H. stamps graded 98 or above.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE $1.00 ON 50-CENT OFFICES IN CHINA, GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E. AN OUTSTANDING CONDITION RARITY.
Ex Morton. With 1999 P.F. and 2012 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $6,250.00). Only two grade higher (at 98, one recently brought $10,000 hammer) and only five others share this desirable grade.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE $1.00 ON 50-CENT OFFICES IN CHINA, GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E.
With 2009 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, Superb 98; SMQ $2,500.00). Only one unused stamp grades higher (hinged at 98J).
EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE $5.00 1895 NEWSPAPER ISSUE. VERY RARE IN THIS QUALITY AND THE FINEST EXAMPLE WE HAVE OFFERED.
With 1988 and 2020 P.F. certificates (XF 90). By way of comparison, the highest grade awarded by P.S.E. to this issue is also XF 90 (two examples)
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED PLATE BLOCK OF THE 15-CENT PARCEL POST ISSUE.
With 2020 P.S.E. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE $1.00 PARCEL POST, GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E.
According to Johl and Gobie, the $1.00 Parcel Post stamp originally had the manufacturing design ultimately used for the 25c stamp. This fruit growing scene is from a photograph provided by the Department of Agriculture of a grove in Florida.
With 2016 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $8,000.00). Only three Mint N.H. stamps grade higher (highest is 100) and only five others share this lofty grade.