Sale 1267 — The Porter W. Venn II Collection of U.S. Postal Stationery, Part 1
Sale Date — Thursday, 20 October, 2022
Category — 1893 Columbian Issue, 1899 Plimpton Issue (Scott U349-
VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE MINT ENTIRE OF THE 2-CENT COLUMBIAN DARK SLATE ERROR OF COLOR. ONLY THREE ARE RECORDED AND THIS IS THE FINEST EXAMPLE OF THE THREE. AN EASILY IDENTIFIED AND POPULAR POSTAL STATIONERY ERROR.
The normal color for the 2c Columbian entire is Violet, with some variation to Red Violet. This Dark Slate color is dramatically different and in a specialty where tiny die variations can mean multi-thousand dollar differences in value, this easily identified rarity appeals to a broad range of collectors.
The UPSS Catalog records only three mint entires of this error. This example, in sound condition, was offered in our 1972 Rarities sale. The second example was offered in our 2007 sale of the "Saddleback" collection and has vertical file folds. Porter Venn noted that the third example was in "very bad condition" but we have not encountered it. The Scott and UPSS values are no doubt based on the creased "Saddleback" example that realized $4,500 hammer. This sound example is considerably more desirable.
EXTREMELY FINE. A VERY RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 1899 4-CENT BROWN DIE 103 ON WHITE ENTIRE. IT IS ESTIMATED THAT ONLY THREE ENTIRES IN THIS SIZE EXIST.
The UPSS Catalog records only five entires for the 1899 4c Die 103, split between size 10 (three) and the larger size 25 (two).
With 2002 P.F. certificate. UPSS value $12,500.00