VERY FINE APPEARING AND SCARCE USED EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT PAN-AMERICAN INVERT.
The 1c Pan-American Inverts were found in at least four different post offices around the country, soon after release of the issue in May 1901. According to the revised Johl-King book (p.7) "The first known copies of this error were discovered at Bessemer, Alabama, by the Carrell Jewelry Company on some circulars just prior to mailing them. When they realized the find they had made they lost no time in removing the stamps from the circulars and thus saved them to philately."
The 1c Pan-American Invert in used condition is considerably scarcer than unused. Our census, available at our website at https://siegelauctions.com/census/us/scott/294a , records 55 used examples (two on piece and a pair) plus three on covers, for a total of 58 copies.
Census no. 294a-CAN-56
VERY FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE 4-CENT PAN-AMERICAN INVERT.
The 4c stamp portrays an electric automobile, known at the time as the "Electric Vehicle Service," as depicted on the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad brochure from which the engraving was made. In the background one can see the dome of the Capitol. One of the two men seated at the front was Samuel B. Hege, B&O's passenger agent, so this stamp actually depicts a living person in violation of the law.
The 4c Pan-American Invert was a special printing and not regularly issued. Examples were distributed through two official channels, and the gum on the majority of stamps without "Specimen" overprint was disturbed. In fact, because 97 of the stamps were removed from an album page, they are generally thinned or have seriously disturbed or no gum.
With 2008 P.S.E. certificate stating "genuine, regummed, with tiny faults". Scott value for original gum is $85,000.00
EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL MINT NEVER-HINGED PLATE BLOCK OF THE 5-CENT PAN-AMERICAN ISSUE.
Scarce with such choice centering.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A TRULY SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 8-CENT PAN-AMERICAN ISSUE, GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED.
P.S.E. encapsulated (Superb 98; SMQ $5,000.00). This is the highest grade awarded and only eight others share it out of a total graded population of 314. The population at 98 has not changed since 2014. This is the first we have offered since 2016.
VERY FINE-EXTREMELY FINE TOP PLATE BLOCK OF THE 8-CENT PAN-AMERICAN ISSUE.
This plate block has great visual appeal.