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Sale 1234 — The Gary Petersen Collection of Important United States Stamps

Sale Date — Thursday-Friday, 29-30 April, 2021

Category — 1902-08 Issues including Rare Coils (Scott 308-322)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
287
nhbl
Sale Number 1234, Lot Number 287, 1902-08 Issues including Rare Coils (Scott 308-322)13c Purple Black (308), 13c Purple Black (308)13c Purple Black (308). Mint N.H. top left pane of 100 from the 400-subject sheet, imprint and plate no. 3835 blocks of six at top and left, deep rich color and proof-like impressions, many stamps are well-centered, couple light natural gum bends

A REMARKABLE MINT NEVER-HINGED INTACT PANE OF 100 OF THE 13-CENT 1902 ISSUE WITH MANY VERY FINE-EXTREMELY FINE STAMPS. PROBABLY ONE OF THE FINEST OF THE FEW PANES IN EXISTENCE.

This is one of the finest panes in existence. Most panes with superbly centered stamps have been broken to harvest the singles.

Scott value $11,100.00 as two plate blocks and 88 singles.

E. 5,000-7,500
5,000
288
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Sale Number 1234, Lot Number 288, 1902-08 Issues including Rare Coils (Scott 308-322)$1.00 Black (311), $1.00 Black (311)$1.00 Black (311). Original gum, detailed impression, well-proportioned margins, Very Fine

600
650
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289
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Sale Number 1234, Lot Number 289, 1902-08 Issues including Rare Coils (Scott 308-322)$2.00 Dark Blue (312), $2.00 Dark Blue (312)$2.00 Dark Blue (312). Original gum, h.r., rich color, Fine

825
550
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290
 
Sale Number 1234, Lot Number 290, 1902-08 Issues including Rare Coils (Scott 308-322)4c Brown, Imperforate, Schermack Ty. III Private Perforation (314A), 4c Brown, Imperforate, Schermack Ty. III Private Perforation (314A)4c Brown, Imperforate, Schermack Ty. III Private Perforation (314A). Wavy-line machine cancel, full Schermack perfs at right, just touched at top and left, deep rich color, tiny natural inclusion at bottom left

A FINE EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 4-CENT 1908 IMPERFORATE, SCOTT 314A. ONLY 32 USED SINGLES ARE AVAILABLE TO COLLECTORS.

With the rising popularity of vending and affixing machines, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing received numerous requests from manufacturers for supplies of imperforate stamps, which could then be privately perforated to conform to each firm's machine. In May 1908, a supply of 25 sheets (400 stamps per sheet) of the 4c 1902 Issue, without perforations, was delivered to the Schermack Mailing Machine Co. in Detroit. The entire supply was cut into coils with Schermack Type III perforations, designed for the firm's patented affixing machine and delivered to the Winfield Printing Co. for use on mass mailings of advertising material. Approximately 6,000 were used on a mailing for Hamilton Carhartt Manufacturer, and almost all of the 4,000 balance were used on a mailing for Burroughs Adding Machine Co.

Our census of Scott 314A incorporates the records of The Philatelic Foundation, the Levi records (which represents over 40 years of auction sales) and our own computerized sales history, and is available at our website at https://siegelauctions.com/census/us/scott/314A . The census reveals a startling fact -- there are only 32 used singles (two on piece), two used strips of three (one in the Miller Collection at The New York Public Library), a used pair and four covers (one of which bears a strip of three), for a total of 46 used stamps. Almost half of the used examples have faults.

Census no. 314A-CAN-31. With 2005 P.F. certificate

50,000
16,000
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291
ogbl
Sale Number 1234, Lot Number 291, 1902-08 Issues including Rare Coils (Scott 308-322)5c Blue, Imperforate (315), 5c Blue, Imperforate (315)5c Blue, Imperforate (315). Bottom imprint and plate no. 2953 block of six, original gum, lightly hinged, large margins to full, Very Fine and attractive plate block

3,000
2,000
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292
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Sale Number 1234, Lot Number 292, 1902-08 Issues including Rare Coils (Scott 308-322)4c Brown, Imperforate, Schermack Ty. III Private Perforation (314A), 4c Brown, Imperforate, Schermack Ty. III Private Perforation (314A)4c Brown, Imperforate, Schermack Ty. III Private Perforation (314A). Pair, original gum, left stamp Mint N.H., right stamp barest trace of hinging, rich color, proof-like impression, beautiful centering between top and bottom coil margins, Schermack perfs just barely in at right

EXTREMELY FINE. A MAGNIFICENT PAIR OF THE RARE 4-CENT 1908 IMPERFORATE. THIS PAIR CONTAINS ONE OF ONLY TWO KNOWN MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLES OF THIS GREAT RARITY -- ONLY FOUR PAIRS, TWO LINE PAIRS AND NINE SINGLES ARE KNOWN IN UNUSED CONDITION.

Our census of unused Scott 314A, available at https://siegelauctions.com/census/us/scott/314A , records four intact pairs, two guide line pairs and nine singles, for a total of 21 unused stamps. One of the singles is in the Miller collection owned by The New York Public Library. There are only 32 used singles (two on piece), two used strips of three (one in NYPL collection), a used pair and four covers (one of which bears a strip of three), for a total of 46 used stamps.

With the rising popularity of vending and affixing machines, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing received numerous requests from manufactures for supplies of imperforate stamps, which could then be privately perforated to conform to each firm's machine. In May 1908, a supply of 25 sheets (400 stamps per sheet) of the 4c 1902 Issue, without perforations, was delivered to the Schermack Mailing Machine Co. in Detroit. The entire supply was cut into coils with Schermack Type III perforations, designed for the firm's patented affixing machine and delivered to the Winfield Printing Co. for use on mass mailings of advertising material. Approximately 6,000 were used on a mailing for Hamilton Carhartt Manufacturer, and almost all of the 4,000 balance were used on a mailing for Burroughs Adding Machine Co.

All of the Scott 314A stamps that exist in unused condition originate from a local Detroit stamp collector, Karl Koslowski, who was the only one to purchase some of the 4c Imperforates--either from the Winfield Printing Company or from the Schermack firm. His earliest account of the event appeared two years later in the Philadelphia Stamp News and is considered to be the most reliable of several conflicting stories told by Koslowski (and interpreted by others) at later dates. In the 1910 article, Koslowski explains that he purchased 50 stamps and expected to be able to buy more, but the supply was destroyed when he returned. We can account for 32 of the 50 stamps Koslowski claims he acquired. There are 21 unused stamps currently in our census, all of which must have come from him, and he used at least 11 stamps on mail to friends, including the strip of three on a Koslowski cover, two used strips of three off cover (the mass mailings were all singles) and two singles on separate Koslowski covers. The earliest known cover is dated at Detroit on May 27, 1908, from Koslowski to a friend in Austria, and the latest is dated April 8, 1909, which was mailed to him using a sheet-margin single from Sicklerville, New Jersey. Apart from the stamps Koslowski used, there is one recorded commercial cover (June 2, 1908) and 32 used single stamps.

The two recorded Mint N.H. examples of Scott 314A come from the ex-Lilly strip of five, which was cut into two pairs and one single by Jack E. Molesworth after it appeared in the 1985 Rarities sale. We shall refer to the stamps in that strip as numbers 1 through 5. Stamp 1 was cut as a single and is described in the 1985 Rarities sale as having slight margin thinning (it is hinged). The pair comprising Stamps 2-3 was sold as part of the Zoellner collection in 1998 and soon after was divided into the Mint N.H. single (Stamp 2) and hinged single (Stamp 3). The pair comprising Stamps 4-5 is offered here. The left stamp is Mint N.H.

Census no. 314A-OG-PR-01. Ex Koslowski, Schmalzreidt, Col. Edward H. R. Green, Lilly and B. D. Phillips as part of a strip of five, and ex "Connoisseur" and Whitman in its present form. With 1985 and 2003 P.F. certificates (the former as a strip of four). Scott value as Mint N.H. and hinged singles

330,000
260,000
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293
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Sale Number 1234, Lot Number 293, 1902-08 Issues including Rare Coils (Scott 308-322)1c Blue Green, Coil (316), 1c Blue Green, Coil (316)1c Blue Green, Coil (316). Pair, original gum, deep rich color and proof-like impression, tiny thin spot at bottom

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE PAIR OF THE ONE-CENT VERTICAL COIL, SCOTT 316. OUR CENSUS RECORDS ONLY TEN PAIRS AND FIVE SINGLES. ONE OF THE RAREST OF ALL 20TH CENTURY STAMPS.

According to Johl, these first government coils were an experiment, and collectors and dealers were generally unaware of their existence. Regular sheets of 400 were printed and then perforated in only one direction. They were then cut into strips of 20. The strips were pasted together to form rolls (one paste-up pair is known).

It is unknown exactly how many of these experimental coils were produced. They were superseded less than a year later by the Washington-Franklin issue coils, the first of which were issued on December 29, 1908.

Our census of Scott 316, available at https://siegelauctions.com/census/us/scott/316 , records seven pairs, three line pairs (one of which is rejoined) and five unused singles, for a total of 25 stamps. Two pairs have been broken in the last few years. None are known used.

Census no. 316-OG-PR-09. With 1961 and 1985 P.F. certificates

375,000
140,000
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294
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Sale Number 1234, Lot Number 294, 1902-08 Issues including Rare Coils (Scott 308-322)1c Blue Green, Coil (316), 1c Blue Green, Coil (316)1c Blue Green, Coil (316). Original gum, barest trace of hinging, deep rich colors, proof-like impression, choice centering on post-office fresh paper

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. THIS IS THE FINEST SINGLE OF THE 1908 ONE-CENT VERTICAL COIL, SCOTT 316. ONLY TEN UNUSED PAIRS AND FIVE UNUSED SINGLES ARE RECORDED. ONE OF THE RAREST STAMPS OF 20TH CENTURY UNITED STATES PHILATELY.

According to Johl, these first government coils were an experiment, and collectors and dealers were generally unaware of their existence. Regular sheets of 400 were perforated in only one direction. They were then cut into strips of 20. The strips were pasted together to form rolls.

It is unknown exactly how many of these experimental coils were produced (one paste-up pair is known). They were superseded less than a year later by the Washington-Franklin issue coils, the first of which were issued on December 29, 1908.

Our census of Scott 316, available at https://siegelauctions.com/census/us/scott/316 , records seven pairs, three line pairs (one of which is rejoined) and five unused singles, for a total of 25 stamps. The population of singles has recently grown -- the pair offered in our 2015 Hall sale was broken shortly after that sale, and a pair with perfs in at bottom of one stamp was broken in 2019. The single offered here is sound and better centered than any of the other newly created singles.

Census no. 316-OG-02. Ex Engel as part of a strip of three and Whitman. With 1961, 1987 and 1997 P.F. certificates

160,000
115,000
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295
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Sale Number 1234, Lot Number 295, 1902-08 Issues including Rare Coils (Scott 308-322)5c Blue, Coil (317), 5c Blue, Coil (317)5c Blue, Coil (317). Pair, original gum, bottom stamp barely hinged, top stamp h.r., deep rich color and detailed impression

VERY FINE AND CHOICE PAIR OF THE 5-CENT BLUE VERTICAL COIL, SCOTT 317.

According to Johl, these first government coils were an experiment, and collectors and dealers were generally unaware of their existence. Regular sheets of 400 were printed and then perforated in only one direction. They were then cut into strips of 20. The strips were hand pasted together to form rolls. As such, they are almost always strongly centered to one side. The futility of attempts to find sound and centered examples has resulted in very few even being considered for grading -- only three pairs and five singles have been graded (highest grade for a pair is 85).

With 1937 A.P.S. and 1989 P.F. certificates

15,000
8,500
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296
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Sale Number 1234, Lot Number 296, 1902-08 Issues including Rare Coils (Scott 308-322)5c Blue, Coil (317), 5c Blue, Coil (317)5c Blue, Coil (317). Original gum, deep rich color on bright paper, attractive centering for this issue

VERY FINE SINGLE OF THE RARE 5-CENT 1908 VERTICAL COIL, SCOTT 317.

According to Johl, these first government coils were an experiment, and collectors and dealers were generally unaware of their existence. Regular sheets of 400 were printed and then perforated in only one direction. They were then cut into strips of 20. The strips were hand pasted together to form rolls. As such, they are almost always strongly centered to one side.

Ex Lutwak. With 1953 A.P.S. and 1976 P.F. certificates as a pair

6,000
4,750
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297
og
Sale Number 1234, Lot Number 297, 1902-08 Issues including Rare Coils (Scott 308-322)1c Blue Green, Coil (318), 1c Blue Green, Coil (318)1c Blue Green, Coil (318). Pair, original gum, lightly hinged, deep rich color, proof-like impression, few perf separations at bottom expertly rejoined

VERY FINE SOUND PAIR OF THE RARE ONE-CENT HORIZONTAL COIL, SCOTT 318.

With 2006 P.S.E. certificate

11,000
6,250
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298
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Sale Number 1234, Lot Number 298, 1902-08 Issues including Rare Coils (Scott 308-322)1c Blue Green, Coil (318), 1c Blue Green, Coil (318)1c Blue Green, Coil (318). Original gum, lightly hinged, detailed impression

VERY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE RARE ONE-CENT 1908 HORIZONTAL COIL, SCOTT 318.

Purple Ward backstamp. With copy of 2005 A.P.S. certificate for pair

4,250
3,250
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299
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Sale Number 1234, Lot Number 299, 1902-08 Issues including Rare Coils (Scott 308-322)2c Carmine, Ty. I, Coil (321), 2c Carmine, Ty. I, Coil (321)2c Carmine, Ty. I, Coil (321). Pair, original gum, lightly hinged, brilliant color, gorgeous centering, top stamp light diagonal crease at top right is of little consequence

VERY FINE. SCOTT 321 IS ONE OF THE RAREST OF ALL UNITED STATES STAMPS. ONLY FOUR UNUSED PAIRS AND TWO COVERS WITH SINGLES ARE AVAILABLE TO COLLECTORS. ONE OF THE KEYS TO A COMPLETE COLLECTION OF UNITED STATES STAMPS.

The first government coil stamps were experimental, and philatelists at the time were generally unaware of or indifferent to their existence. Sheets of 400 were printed and perforated in one direction. They were then cut into strips of 20 and hand-assembled into rolls for sale in vending machines. Only small numbers of these experimental coils were produced before the Washington-Franklin series superseded them. One of the rarest stamps in the world is Scott 321, the 2c Shield Vertical Coil. In February 1908, four rolls of 1,000 were produced, and the vertical format was never repeated. A supply was sent to the Parkhurst Vending Machine Co. in Indianapolis, the only city where Scott 321 is known to have been used.

Our census of Scott 321, available at https://siegelauctions.com/census/us/scott/321 , contains five pairs and two covers with singles. One of the pairs is part of the Miller collection owned by The New York Public Library. That leaves only four pairs plus the two covers available to collectors. Siegel has not offered a pair since before 1994. The Zoellner collection, which was complete, contained a cover. A pair was recently offered in a 2019 Cherrystone auction, where it realized $700,000 hammer.

The pair offered here was part of a significant old-time collection formed in the 1960s and 1970s, which included other rarities such as unused 1869 Pictorial Inverts. The collection sat dormant for decades until 2008, when the heirs brought it to a local auction house on Long Island, New York which specializes in estate sales and general collectibles. Every item in the sale was sent to The Philatelic Foundation for certificates. Mr. Petersen acquired this pair in that auction.

Census no. 321-OG-PR-03. With 1975 and 2008 P.F. certificates

600,000
1,250,000
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300
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Sale Number 1234, Lot Number 300, 1902-08 Issues including Rare Coils (Scott 308-322)2c Carmine, Coil (322), 2c Carmine, Coil (322)2c Carmine, Coil (322). Pair, original gum, lightly hinged, perf separations expertly reinforced

FINE AND RARE PAIR OF THE 1908 2-CENT SHIELD HORIZONTAL COIL.

Issued on July 31, 1908, and intended only to be used by private vending machine companies, Scott 322 is only known with the Die II widened line at lower left.

Purple Ward backstamps. With 1978 P.F. certificate

17,500
6,750
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301
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Sale Number 1234, Lot Number 301, 1902-08 Issues including Rare Coils (Scott 308-322)2c Carmine, Coil (322), 2c Carmine, Coil (322)2c Carmine, Coil (322). Original gum, lightly hinged, brilliant color and choice centering

FRESH AND VERY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT HORIZONTAL COIL, SCOTT 322.

With 2005 P.S.E. certificate for pair

7,000
4,750
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302
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Sale Number 1234, Lot Number 302, 1902-08 Issues including Rare Coils (Scott 308-322)2c Lake, Ty. I (319a), 2c Lake, Ty. I (319a)2c Lake, Ty. I (319a). Original gum, deep rich color, choice centering with wide margins, Extremely Fine, the Lake Type I is one of the scarcest 2c 1903 Shield issues, with 1988 P.F. certificate for block, this shade is listed but unpriced in Scott

E. 500-750
1,500
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