Sale 1260 — 2022 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Tuesday, 28 June, 2022

Category — Worldwide Stamps and Covers

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
181
c
Sale 1260, Lot 181, Worldwide Stamps and CoversAUSTRALIA, 1919 Ross-Smith First Aerial Post. Well-centered, tied by "First Aerial Mail Great Britain to Australia 26 Feb 1920" oval flight datestamp with additional strike on reverse on "Baghdad, Mesopot" picture postcard, addressed to Sydney, posted in Mesopotamia while the flight was enroute to Australia with dateline "Baghdad, 10 January 1919", endorsed "By the Super Hanley Aeroplane from Baghdad" and signed by crewmember "J.M. Bennett, Darwin, 12.12.19", bottom corners of card repaired

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A REMARKABLE USE OF THE 1919 ROSS-SMITH VIGNETTE ON FLOWN FLIGHT COVER ORIGINATING FROM BAGHDAD, MESOPOTAMIA, WHILE ENROUTE TO ITS FINAL DESINTATION IN AUSTRALIA. VERY FEW EXAMPLES ARE KNOWN FROM BAGHDAD--THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST EYE-APPEALING WE HAVE ENCOUNTERED FROM THIS SCARCE FLIGHT.

No. 39 in the Col. L. H. Smith census. With 2022 B.P.A. certificate

Sale 1260, Lot 181, Worldwide Stamps and Covers
Image 2
E. 4,000-5,000
2,100
182
 
Sale 1260, Lot 182, Worldwide Stamps and CoversBRITISH GUIANA, 1850, 12c Black on Blue (5; SG 5). Cut to shape, initialed "E.D.W." (Edmond Dalzell Wight), cut close to touching, with Demerara Apr. 4, 1851 circular datestamp, variously creased and with thins

FINE APPEARING USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1850 12-CENT BLACK ON BLUE "COTTON REEL" -- AN ICONIC RARITY OF THE BRITISH COMMONWEALTH AND OF THE WORLD.

The first stamps of British Guiana were issued in July 1850, in denominations of 2c, 4c, 8c and 12c. They were printed at the offices of the Royal Gazette of British Guiana newspaper. Quickly produced from printer's type and a printer's rule bent into a crude circle, the stamps earned the nickname "Cotton Reel" from collectors, because they look similar to labels on the wooden ends of a reel of cotton thread. Each stamp was initialed as a control to prevent either theft or counterfeiting. The "E.D.W." initials of Edmond D. Wight also appear on the famous One-Cent Magenta British Guiana stamp.

With 2022 B.P.A. certificate. Scott $11,000.00. SG £11,000

E. 2,000-3,000
3,750
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183°
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Sale 1260, Lot 183, Worldwide Stamps and CoversCANADA, 1897, 10c Brown Red (45; SG 111). Mint N.H., essentially perfect centering with wide margins, rich color on bright white paper

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT BROWN RED, OTTAWA PRINTING, GRADED SUPERB 98 BY THE P.F.--RARELY FOUND IN THIS CHOICE CONDITION.

With 2020 Greene and 2022 P.F. certificates (Superb 98). Scott $1,400.00. Unitrade C$2,700.00

E. 3,000-4,000
3,250
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184
c
Sale 1260, Lot 184, Worldwide Stamps and CoversCAROLINE ISLANDS, 1910, 5pf on 3pf Brown, Ponape Provisional, Inverted Surcharge (20a; Michel 7PvK). Tied by "Ponape Karolinen 12/7/10" circular datestamp (the only day it was used) on picture postcard, used locally, official negative seal alongside, card with light vertical bend affecting the negative seal

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE 5-PFENNIG ON 3-PFENNIG PONAPE PROVISIONAL WITH INVERTED SURCHARGE. ONLY KNOWN IN USED CONDITION DURING A SUPPLY SHORTAGE.

Due to the unexpected arrival of the Imperial East Asian Cruiser Squadron on July 2, supplies of the 5pf and 10pf stamps became exhausted. This Provisional was in use for just one day. Only a small fraction of the 500 issued are found with the surcharge inverted.

Signed Brandes and Bloch. With 1958 Friedl certificate. Scott $7,750.00. Michel €7,000

E. 2,000-3,000
1,800
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185
E
Sale 1260, Lot 185, Worldwide Stamps and CoversFINLAND, 1940 Helsinki Olympics, Hammarsten-Jansson Composite Essays. Three sheets, each with seven different designs, in black, blue, and brown, on glossy paper, black with a faint horizontal crease

VERY FINE TRIO OF COMPOSITE ESSAYS FOR THE CANCELLED 1940 OLYMPICS IN HELSINKI.

The 1940 Olympics were originally scheduled to be held in Tokyo, but due to the 1937 Japanese invasion of China, they were rescheduled for Helsinki. With the outbreak of World War II, they were cancelled altogether. These composite essays were made for a proposed set commemorating the 1940 Helsinki Olympics, but no stamps were ever produced due to the cancellation of the Games.

Each sheet signed on the back in pencil by Henrik Pollak, and with his 1985 photo-opinions

E. 2,000-3,000
2,000
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186
nh
Sale 1260, Lot 186, Worldwide Stamps and CoversFRENCH SOUTHERN & ANTARCTIC TERRITORIES, 1969, 87fr Concorde, Unissued Value (C18 Footnote; Yvert PA19a). Mint N.H. well-centered, fresh color and sharp impression

VERY FINE. A RARE AND ICONIC EXAMPLE OF THE 1969 87-FRANCS CONCORDE UNISSUED VALUE. ONLY A SINGLE PANE OF 50 WAS RELEASED--THE KEY STAMP OF THE TERRITORY.

Signed Roumet and with his 2006 certificate. Scott $3,000.00. Yvert €7,000

E. 2,000-3,000
2,400
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187
c
Sale 1260, Lot 187, Worldwide Stamps and CoversGREECE, 1896, 1l-10d Olympics (117-128; Michel 96-107). Each neatly tied by red "Comite Hellene Des Jeux Olympique 1896" circular datestamp cachets on Greece Olympic Committee presentation stationery

VERY FINE USE OF THE SET OF THE FIRST MODERN OLYMPIC GAMES ON OFFICIAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE STATIONERY.

A rare showpiece. Perfect for exhibition

E. 3,000-4,000
4,250
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188
bl
Sale 1260, Lot 188, Worldwide Stamps and CoversJAPAN, 1871, 200m Vermilion on Native Wove Paper, Plate I (3a). Vertical block of six, Positions 1-2/9-10/17-18 from upper left corner of Plate I, beautiful fine early impression and vibrant color, mostly large to full margins except just touched at bottom right, single clear strike of Tokyo Kensazumi cancel, slight wrinkling as usual for this thin paper, but entirely sound

VERY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING USED BLOCK OF THE 1871 200-MON DRAGON ISSUE -- USED BLOCKS OF THE 200-MON ARE RARE, BUT THIS BLOCK ON NATIVE WOVE PAPER IS OF EVEN GREATER RARITY, AND THE EARLY IMPRESSION FROM PLATE I ADDS TO ITS SIGNIFICANCE AND VALUE.

The 1871 first issue of Japan, the 48, 100, 200 and 500-mon Dragon designs with values printed in black, were printed on different papers from two frame plates of each value. The 200-mon is found on native laid paper and native wove paper, the wove being considerably scarcer. Although unused multiples, including complete sheets, have survived, used multiples are much scarcer, and blocks are rare. Among used blocks of the 200-mon value, this block of six stands out as a printing on wove paper and an early impression showing all of the fine detail of the frame design (the intermediate and late impressions show wear). A thorough search of auction catalogues (Woodward, Levy, Moser, et al) and the Kanai collection located very few used blocks of the 200-mon from Plate I or II on or off cover, most of which are on laid paper.

Ex Tracey Woodward (Harmer's London, June 26-28, 1939, lot 62).

E. 7,500-10,000
9,500
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189
c
Sale 1260, Lot 189, Worldwide Stamps and CoversJAPAN, 1875, 6s Orange (43). Syllabic 10, rich color, used with 1875, 4s Green (42), Syllabic 3, dark shade, identical segmented cork cancels, one tying 4s which is also tied by red "Yokohama Paid All Jan. 23" (1877) double-circle datestamp and red "5/CENTS" credit handstamp on folded notice with printed dateline "E. Jubin & Cie, Yokohama, 22 Janvier 1877" to G. Hoyer, Lyon France, sender's directive "Par City of Tokio"--carried on PMSS City of Tokio, which arrived in San Francisco on February 10, 1877, and was placed in quarantine due to a passenger with smallpox (Daily Alta California, Feb. 11, 1877)--"San Francisco Cal. St.Shp. Feb. 11" circular datestamp, Calais arrival datestamp (Mar. 5), Lyon receiving datestamp (Mar. 5), receipt docketing on interior

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND RARE COVER WITH AN UNUSUAL COMBINATION OF JAPANESE CHERRY BLOSSOM ISSUES PAYING THE 10-SEN RATE TO FRANCE VIA THE UNITED STATES.

At the time of mailing, the rate from Japan to the United States was 5 sen (equal to 5 cents) and the GPU rate from the U.S. to France applied to transit letters received from Japan. The post office at Yokohama applied the "5/CENTS" handstamp to credit the U.S. for the postage to France from the 10 sen (10c) prepayment. This rate and credit are found on covers with the 10s Cherry Blossom issue, but very rarely with a combination of other values.

Ex Rinck. "G.LAMY" handstamp at lower right (a French dealer and expert, who co-wrote philatelic books with Rinck).

E. 5,000-7,500
8,000
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190
c
Sale 1260, Lot 190, Worldwide Stamps and CoversNEPAL, 1881, 2a Purple, Pin Perf (2; SG 2). Horizontal pair and single, used with 1881 1a Blue, Imperforate (4; SG 4), each tied by barred hexagon cancel of Kadarban with circular datestamp on side flap of Jun. 23, 1881 registered native cover to Kathmandu, accompanied by original enclosure (with translation from Devanagari), left stamp in pair with minor paper split at bottom and single with light surface abrasion, 1a with minor creasing from strike of cancel and toning from native gum used

VERY FINE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THE 2-ANNA PIN PERF FIRST ISSUE ON COVER AND THE ONLY KNOWN MULTIPLE OF ANY FIRST ISSUE ON COVER. A TREMENDOUS RARITY OF NEPAL AND ARGUABLY THE KEY POSTAL HISTORY ITEM OF THE COUNTRY.

The stamps correctly pay the 2a postage rate plus 5a registry fee. Ex Gupta, Singer, and Frajola. With 2020 B.P.A. certificate

E. 7,500-10,000
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191
c
Sale 1260, Lot 191, Worldwide Stamps and CoversNEPAL, 1881, 1a Blue, 2a Purple, 4a Green, Imperforate (4-6; SG 4-6). 1a (Setting 3) with large margins to clear, 2a (Setting 2) with mostly large margins to just barely touching at corner, 4a (Setting 1) huge margins to clear at corner, each tied by barred hexagon cancel of Jaleswar despatch circular datestamp on reverse of Oct. 29, 1881 registered native cover to Kathmandu, arrival backstamp, cover with minor faults including small piece missing at bottom

VERY FINE. THE FINEST OF ONLY THREE COVERS WITH ALL THREE VALUES OF 1881 IMPERFORATE FIRST ISSUE OF NEPAL. A MAGNIFICENT AND DESIRABLE EARLY NEPALESE COVER.

This franking correctly pays the double rate postage (2a) plus registry fee (5a). Ex Gupta and Frajola. With 2020 B.P.A. certificate

E. 4,000-5,000
3,000
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192
ng
Sale 1260, Lot 192, Worldwide Stamps and CoversNEWFOUNDLAND, 1857, 4p Scarlet Vermilion (4; SG 4). Unused (regummed) ample to full margins, brilliant color and proof-like impression on bright paper

VERY FINE UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE 4-PENCE SCARLET VERMILION IN SOUND CONDITION. A MAJOR NEWFOUNDLAND RARITY.

The majority of unused examples have small to touching margins and a few also have faults. This example is a beautiful exception. Our census of Newfoundland No. 4, available at our website at https://siegelauctions.com/census/newfoundland/scott/4, records 16 unused, including 3 with original gum and 13 without gum.

Census no. 4-UNC-01. Ex Hamilton. With 2014 B.P.A. certificate. Scott $12,500.00. SG £15,000. Unitrade C$15,000.00

E. 5,000-7,500
3,500
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193°
og
Sale 1260, Lot 193, Worldwide Stamps and CoversNEWFOUNDLAND, 1860, 1sh Orange, Handmade Paper without Mesh (15; SG 15). Original gum, lightly hinged, large even margins, vivid fresh color and sharp impression, pristine condition, Ferrary's small purple trefoil backstamp, neatly signed on back by Alberto Diena in pencil

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS IS THE ONLY ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE NEWFOUNDLAND 1860 ONE-SHILLING ORANGE ON HANDMADE PAPER WITHOUT MESH--SCOTT AND STANLEY GIBBONS NUMBER 15--AND THIS IS WITHOUT QUESTION THE FINEST EXAMPLE OF THIS MAJOR BRITISH NORTH AMERICAN RARITY. A MAGNIFICENT STAMP WITH FERRARY PROVENANCE.

The Newfoundland One-Shilling stamps come from three printings, distinguished by paper and/or color. The first was issued on January 1, 1857--it was printed in Scarlet Vermilion on thick wove paper with a distinct mesh pattern produced by the wire screen upon which the wood pulp was laid (Scott 9, SG 9). The second printing was in 1860 in the Orange color (or Orange-Vermilion in SG Catalogue) on handmade paper without mesh (Scott 15, SG 15). The 1860 paper was watermarked "STACEY WISE/1858" in outline letters on two lines, but only part of each printed sheet received the watermark--no unused examples of the One-Shilling are recorded with the watermark. In addition to the "Stacey Wise" paper, there are a few examples of the One-Shilling Orange on laid paper (horizontal or vertical), which are believed to be proof impressions on a type of note paper (Pratt, The Pence Issues of Newfoundland 1857-1866, pages 103-105). Finally, the third and last printing was made in 1861 in Rose color on similar or identical "Stacey Wise" paper (Scott 23, SG 23).

The 1857 Scarlet Vermilion is very scarce in used condition and rare in unused condition (especially so with original gum). The 1860 Orange is much rarer than the 1857 Scarlet Vermilion--unused examples are extremely rare, and only a few have original gum. The 1861 Rose is very common in unused condition, but quite scarce genuinely used.

This superb 1860 Orange stamp is the only example with original gum. Only two others can be compared to it in terms of margins and soundness, but neither of those has original gum. It was featured in the second sale of the famous Ferrary collection (October 13-15, 1921, lot 562), and the back corner has Ferrary's small purple trefoil handstamped mark. We have been unable to trace its provenance after Ferrary, but it has a 1969 certificate issued by Alberto Diena, which indicates it was located in a European collection.

Ex Ferrary (Second Sale, October 13-15, 1921, lot 562). With 1969 A. Diena photo certificate and 2017 B.P.A. certificate. Stanley Gibbons value £35,000. Unitrade value C$80,000.

E. 40,000-50,000
55,000
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194
og
Sale 1260, Lot 194, Worldwide Stamps and CoversROMANIA, 1930 2l Bright Blue, Air Post, Overprint Inverted (C8 var; Michel 372Y var; Sanabria 8a). Pane of 50 (no selvage), Positions 31 and 32 the errors, original gum, minor gum staining where the two stamps were reattached to the sheet by the printer

VERY FINE. THE ONLY TWO EXAMPLES OF THE 1930 2-LEI KING CAROL II CORONATION WITH INVERTED OVERPRINT EVER PRODUCED.

The circumstances surrounding the creation of this error are most unusual. In June 1930, Carol returned to Romania to claim title to King from his son Michael. It was hastily decided to prepare stamps for the occasion. However, there was no time to print new stamps, so it was decided that unused sheets of several stamps, including the 1928 Airmail set of three, were to be overprinted "8 JUNIE 1930" to serve as coronation stamps. Just before this sheet was to be overprinted, it was noticed that two stamps (positions 31 and 41) had been detached from the sheet, and so the printer used gummed paper to reattach them. In doing so, he inadvertently attached them upside-down, thus creating two of the world's rarest airmail stamps. Inverted overprints usually occur when the entire pane is placed in an upside-down position prior to overprinting, in which every stamp in the pane is an invert error. In fact, we know of no other instance where one or more stamps in a pane had fallen off and were reattached upside-down prior to overprinting. In such cases, the stamps would have been either overprinted without the missing stamps, or the sheet discarded entirely before overprinting.

This pane's whereabouts were largely unknown until its first public appearance in 1980, though it is widely speculated to have been part of King Carol II's personal collection. It is listed in the 1966 Sanabria Airmail Catalogue, where it is correctly noted as only two printed. It is also signed by A. Brun and R. Zoscsak, so it must have been known to at least some well-connected experts prior to 1980.

Although the error has been well-known for decades, we are unaware of it being listed in any catalogue other than Sanabria. It was priced in the 1966 Sanabria catalogue at $1,000.00 each, or $2,000.00 for both errors. By comparison, the most valuable Air Post stamp, the United States Inverted Jenny was priced at $15,000.00. Since very fine examples of the Inverted Jenny currently sell at 20-times (or more) of the 1966 price, it would suggest our estimate to be quite conservative. Its last public offering was in the 1996 Christie's sale of Herbert Klein's estate. It was purchased at that sale by Professor George Rusu. It was last publicly shown at World Stamp Expo 2000 as part of Prof. Rusu's "Man's History of Flight" exhibit. We are now offering it on behalf of the Rusu estate.

Signed A. Brun and Koscsak. With 1981 Friedl (Herbert Bloch) certificate, noting that this is the basis for the Sanabria listing.

E. 10,000-15,000
11,500
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