Sale 1096 — The Robert R. Hall Collection of Outstanding United States Stamps

Sale Date — Tuesday-Thursday, 28-30 April, 2015

Category — 1898 Spanish-American War, Documentary, Proprietary Revenue Issues

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1004
 
Sale 1096, Lot 1004, 1898 Spanish-American War, Documentary, Proprietary Revenue Issues3c Green & Black on Violet Paper, Proprietary, Center Inverted (RB3ad). Rich color and strong vignette impression, lightly struck blue oval handstamp cancel, strong crease across top right corner ending in small tear (pressed and strengthened)

FINE CENTERING. ONE OF SEVEN RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE 3-CENT PROPRIETARY INVERT. ONE OF THE GREATEST RARITIES OF ALL INVERTS AND REVENUE STAMPS.

Larry Lyons records only seven examples of the 3c Proprietary Invert in his privately published census, all on violet paper (none is known on green paper). At least five have faults or repairs, some of a serious nature. This stamp has a reinforced crease at top right, but is not "repaired" in the true meaning of the word. It is certainly one of the finest appearing of the seven known examples.

14,000
5,000