Sale 1232 — United States Stamps and Postal History
Sale Date — Tuesday-Wednesday, 30-31 March, 2021
Category — 1912-15 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 405-461)
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS SPECTACULAR MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1914 7-CENT BLACK, SCOTT 407, IS GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. -- THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED.
Ex Merlin and Curtis. With 2011 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $3,600.00). This is the highest grade awarded and only three others share this grade
FINE. AN ATTRACTIVE SOUND EXAMPLE OF THE RARE ONE-CENT 1914 ISSUE WITH 12 x 10 COMPOUND PERFORATIONS.
Our census of Scott 423A, available at https://siegelauctions.com/census/us/scott/423A , contains 37 singles, a block of four and seven pairs in used condition.
Census no. 423A-CAN-37.
Ex "Sirron". With 1997 and 2010 P.F. certificates
FINE. AN ATTRACTIVE AND VERY RARE SOUND EXAMPLE OF THE 1914 2-CENT PERF 12 x 10 ISSUE. THIS IS THE FIRST SOUND EXAMPLE WE HAVE OFFERED IN NEARLY A DECADE.
Our census of Scott 423B, available at https://siegelauctions.com/census/us/scott/423B , contains 33 used and one unused example of this rarity. A significant portion of the surviving population has faults or is off-center. Of the used examples in our census, this is the only stamp with a clear registry cancel. Most have either duplex or wavy-line machine cancels.
Census no. 423B-CAN-09. Ex "Georgetown" and "Sirron". With 1990 P.F. and 2020 P.S.E. certificates (Fine 70; unpriced in SMQ at this grade)
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STUNNING MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF SCOTT 429, GRADED GEM 100 BY P.S.E. -- THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED.
With 2017 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100; SMQ $6,000.00). This is the highest grade awarded and it is shared by only two others. This is the first in this grade we have offered since 2009.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A GORGEOUS MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1914 7-CENT PERF 10 SINGLE-LINE WATERMARK ISSUE, SCOTT 430. THIS STAMP IS GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. -- ONLY ONE GRADES HIGHER AND TWO OTHERS SHARE THIS GRADE.
With 2003 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $4,500.00). Only one grades higher (at 98J) and two others share this grade
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED SCOTT 435, WITH THE PERFECT P.S.E. GRADE OF GEM 100.
According to Johl, in 1914 the Bureau of Engraving and Printing had difficulty securing proper inks, and the red which was used as the basic color for the 12c (and also the 2c) was the most difficult to obtain. In August 1914 World War I was just getting under way, and Great Britain allowed all dies and chemicals not manufactured domestically for printing U.S. stamps to be shipped from Germany. The Copper Red shade (Scott 435a) was from the earlier printing before the inks were received.
With 2020 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100; SMQ $3,500.00). This is the only Scott 435 at the Gem 100 grade, with just one higher
EXTREMELY FINE GEM EXAMPLE OF SCOTT 445, GRADED GEM 100 BY P.S.E.
With 1994 P.F. (as pair) and 2014 P.S.E. certificates (OGph, Gem 100; SMQ $2,000.00). This is the highest grade awarded and only two others share it, the highest grade awarded to a Mint N.H. single is one at 98J
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1915 2-CENT TYPE I VERTICAL COIL, SCOTT 449, GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY BOTH P.S.E. AND THE PHILATELIC FOUNDATION. THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED.
The 2c Type I rotary plate was used very briefly to make vertical coils issued in late 1915. It was briefly used because the Type I plate was not very deeply engraved and the curvature of the rotary press yielded impressions lacking in some of the details. The Bureau noticed this immediately, and quickly replaced it with the Type III plate (according to Scott, the EDU for No. 449 is Oct. 29, 1915 and the EDU for Type III is Dec. 10, 1915).
Ex Depew. With 2019 P.F. certificate (XF-Superb 95). With 2005 (copy, for a pair) and 2010 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $13,500.00). This is the highest grade awarded to any unused Scott 449 in the P.S.E. Population Report, and it is shared by only one other Mint N.H. single
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A BEAUTIFUL MINT NEVER-HINGED PAIR OF THE 2-CENT HORIZONTAL COIL, SCOTT 453.
Ex Depew. With 2002 and 2016 P.F. certificates (XF-Superb 95). With 2016 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $1,750.00). Regardless of which grade is more accurate, this is a scarce Mint N.H. pair in such choice condition -- for P.S.E. the highest grade awarded is 95 (2 at that grade)