Sale Number: 824
Sale Date:
2000 Rarities of the World

Washington-Franklin Issues
Lot Sym. Lot Description Est/Cat Realized
310 nh 10c Panama-Pacific, Perf 10 (404). Mint N.H. bottom left corner margin single with siderographer's "J.C.N." initials, deep rich color and sharp impression on bright paper, perfectly centered with wide balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT PERF 10 PANAMA-PACIFIC ISSUE.

With 1992 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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1,500 4,500
311 og 1c Green, Perf 12 x 10 (424a). Original gum, deep rich color, centered to top, fresh and Very Fine, a rare perforation variety caused when the sheet was fed through two different gauge perforating machines, with 1999 P.S.E. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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2,750 1,600
312 nhbl 1c Green, Vertical Pair, Imperforate Between and at Top (424f). Mint N.H. top left sheet margin block of nine, showing fold-over at top right which leaves the top right vertical pair imperforate between and imperforate at top, center stamp at top also imperforate at top, deep rich color, rest of block centered to top, few minor perf separations, light creases caused by the fold-over

FINE-VERY FINE. THE UNIQUE EXAMPLE OF THIS DRAMATIC IMPERFORATE-BETWEEN ERROR IN A MULTIPLE SHOWING HOW THE ERROR OCCURRED. A WONDERFUL SHOWPIECE.

Formerly listed as Scott No. 424e (and listed on the accompanying certificate as such), this item's listing in the Scott catalogue was removed when it was decided by Scott Catalogue that the other examples of this type did not qualify as the error. This example was unknown to the editors of Scott Catalogue. We are told that the item will be reinstated as No. 424f in next year's U.S. Specialized catalogue.

With 1987 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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E. 3,000-4,000 5,000
313 nh 50c Violet (440). Mint N.H., gorgeous color, outstanding centering with wide balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 50-CENT FRANKLIN.

With 1999 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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900 4,500
314 ogbl 50c Violet (440). Top margin plate no. 7057 block of six, five stamps Mint N.H., center stamp at bottom barely hinged, beautiful color, remarkably fresh and intact, each stamp is perfectly centered

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS IS PROBABLY THE FINEST PLATE BLOCK OF THE 50-CENT FRANKLIN (SCOTT 440) IN EXISTENCE.

This full top selvage plate block is absolutely pristine and perfectly centered. The Scott 440 plate block sold for $15,000 hammer in Shreves Wampler sale was a top margin, lightly hinged block, but it was noticeably off center. The plate block offered here is in the finest attainable quality. (Image Magnifier)

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13,500 35,000
315 nh 2c Red, Ty. I, Coil (449). Mint N.H. pair, rich color, unusually well-centered

EXTREMELY FINE AND RARE COIL PAIR. A BEAUTIFUL MINT NEVER HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT 1915 TYPE I COIL.

The 2c Type I rotary plate was used very briefly to make vertical coils issued in December 1915. It was superseded in February 1916 by the Type III plate. The early printing of the 2c Rotary Vertical Coil was almost completely overlooked by the contemporary philatelic community, which failed to anticipate further vertical coil production.

With 1998 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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8,250 13,000
316 nh 2c Carmine, Ty. I, Imperforate Coil (459). Mint N.H. joint line pair, without usual crease between stamps

EXTREMELY FINE GEM JOINT LINE PAIR. SUPERB IN EVERY RESPECT.

Scott Retail for creased (Image Magnifier)

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1,500 2,600
317 nh $1.00 Violet Black (460). Mint N.H., deep rich color and proof-like impression, well-centered on fresh white paper

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THE $1.00 FRANKLIN SCOTT 460.

With 2000 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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1,350 3,000
318 nh 30c Orange Red, Perf 10 (476A). Position 19 from Plate 6911, Mint N.H., very deep and intense color, sharp proof-like impression on bright white paper, very well-centered for this difficult stamp

FRESH AND VERY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 30-CENT PERF 10 ON UNWATERMARKED PAPER.

In an article in Philatelic Opinions V published by the Philatelic Foundation, William T. Crowe, head of the Expert Committee, discusses the discovery of this rare stamp and how it might have been issued. The production of Scott 476A occurred during the period of transition from gauge-10 perfs to gauge 11. Bureau records do not list a 30c printing on unwatermarked paper that was perforated 10, but the existence of two certified panes--one bottom-right pane from Plate 6917 and one top-right pane from Plate 6911--is evidence that the combination of new unwatermarked paper and old 10-gauge perfs occurred, even if inadvertantly. Stamps from these two panes (200 total), two left sheet-margin blocks of four and a bottom plate no. 6914 single, none of which have any trace of watermark, are the only accepted examples of Scott 476A.

With 1984 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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5,250 8,000
319 nh 30c Orange Red, Perf 10 (476A). Position 10 from Plate 6911, Mint N.H. with full top right corner margin, very deep and intense color, sharp proof-like impression on bright white paper

FRESH AND FINE. AN ATTRACTIVE MINT NEVER HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 30-CENT PERF 10 ON UNWATERMARKED PAPER. POSITION 10 FROM PLATE 6911 IS THE ONLY POSITION WITH TOP RIGHT CORNER SELVAGE.

With 1984 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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5,250 3,750
320 og 2c Carmine, Ty. II, Coil, (491). Joint line pair, barely hinged, deep rich color, very well-centered with nicely balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB EXAMPLE OF THE RARE TYPE II JOINT LINE PAIR WITH CENTERING ALMOST NEVER SEEN ON THIS ISSUE.

With 1977 and 1999 P.F. certificates (Image Magnifier)

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10,500 15,000
321 nh 1c Green, A.E.F. Booklet Pane (498f). Mint N.H. complete pane of 30 stamps, deep rich color, phenomenal centering for this difficult issue

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A CHOICE MINT NEVER HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT A.E.F. BOOKLET PANE.

With 1998 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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1,350 2,900
322 og 2c Rose, Ty. I, A.E.F. Booklet Pane (499f). Complete pane of 30, Position W2, lightly hinged, deep rich color

EXTREMELY FINE GEM EXAMPLE OF THIS RARE BOOKLET PANE. IT IS BELIEVED NO MORE THAN TWENTY PANES EXIST, THE VAST MAJORITY OF WHICH ARE POORLY CENTERED. THIS INCREDIBLY WELL-CENTERED EXAMPLE RANKS AMONG THE FINEST EXTANT.

With 1999 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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27,500 25,000
323 nhbl 2c Deep Rose, Ty. Ia (500). Mint N.H. top plate no. 10208 block of six, incredibly intense Deep Rose color on fresh paper, remarkably well-centered

EXTREMELY FINE AND CHOICE PLATE BLOCK OF THE TYPE IA PLATE BLOCK WITH FULL TOP SELVAGE.

Full top plate blocks of Scott 500 from the experimental Type Ia plate are rare and almost invariably off center. This is one of the finest we have ever encountered.

With 1999 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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2,750 4,000
324   6c Red Orange, Perf 10 at Top (506a). Bright color, well-centered with wide and even margins all around, bold "Scranton PA" precancel, top right corner crease and small tear, Extremely Fine appearance (Image Magnifier)

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1,500 2,000
325   12c Claret Brown, Perf 10 at Bottom (512b). Neat "Reading Pa." precancel, rich color, thin spot, tear at top right, otherwise Fine, rare (Image Magnifier)

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2,250 2,000
326   11c Green, Perf 10 at Top (514a). Rich color, neat "Minneapolis Minn." precancel, single nibbed perf at bottom left, Very Fine appearance, very rare (Image Magnifier)

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1,500 1,500
327   15c Grey, Perf 10 at Top (514a). Well-centered, "Hartford Conn" precancel, rich color, pulled perf at left, thin spot, internal crease and small tear at bottom, still Extremely Fine appearance, a rare Perf 10 on One Side variety (Image Magnifier)

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2,500 4,500
328 nhbl 50c Red Violet (517). Mint N.H. top plate no. block of six, deep dark shade, post office fresh and intact, beautiful centering rarely seen on this plate block

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED PLATE BLOCK IN THE FINEST ATTAINABLE CONDITION.

With 1999 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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2,400 5,250
329 nh 2c Carmine, Ty. VII, Imperforate (534B). Mint N.H. horizontal pair, huge margins all around including sheet margin at left, radiant color on bright white paper

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A BRILLIANT MINT NEVER HINGED PAIR OF THE 2-CENT TYPE VII IMPERFORATE.

Most Type VII stamps were used by private vending and affixing-machine companies. However, unlike Scott 314A and 482A, a small supply of the imperforate 2c Type VII stamps did reach the public.

With 1996 P.F. certificate for plate block, this being the bottom pair (Image Magnifier)

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6,000 8,500
330 nh 2c Carmine Rose, Ty. II, Rotary (539). Mint N.H., rich color and sharp impression, exceptionally well-centered

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THIS RARE ROTARY-PRESS PRINTING. AN EXCEEDINGLY DIFFICULT STAMP TO FIND IN SUCH CONDITION.

At the beginning or end of a coil-stamp print run from the 170-subject rotary plates, some leading or trailing paper was left over that was too short for rolling into 500-stamp rolls. In 1919, the Bureau devised a plan to salvage this waste by converting the stamps from coil stamps into sheet stamps. This was accomplished by cutting the sheets into panes and putting the panes through the flat-plate perforator in use at the time, giving the stamps perforations on all sides.

Since Scott 539 was put through two different perforating machines of differing gauges at different times, most of the stamps are off-center. The stamp offered here is a true condition rarity by virtue of its centering, margins and Mint N.H. state.

With 1992 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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4,000 17,500
331 og 2c Carmine Rose, Ty. II, Rotary (539). Barest trace of hinging, rich color, well-centered for this very difficult stamp

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A WONDERFUL COPY OF THE 2-CENT TYPE II COIL-WASTE.

As explained in lot 330, the 2c Type II Rotary stamp (Scott 539) was produced from coil waste. It is rarely seen well-centered, this stamp being far above the usual grade.

With 1992 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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2,800 3,500
332 nh 1c Green, Rotary Perf 11 (544). Mint N.H., fresh and bright color, very well-centered for this stamp with nicely proportioned margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. EASILY ONE OF THE FINEST OF THE FEW EXTANT MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLES OF THIS MAJOR RARITY. PROBABLY FEWER THAN 20 ARE KNOWN IN ANY KIND OF UNUSED CONDITION.

A small quantity of 1c Rotary Press stamps was perforated 11 at the end of 1922, using remainder sheets from the earlier printings that were normally perforated in 10 gauge or 11/10 compound gauge. Its existence as a Perf 11 variety was discovered in 1936, and the stamp received its Scott catalogue listing in 1938. Most of the recorded copies of Scott 544 are off-center or have been damaged -- the result of poor production standards and poor handling.

Ex Zoellner. With 1991 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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22,500 62,500
333   1c Green, Rotary Perf 11 (544). Lightly cancelled, well-centered for this difficult rotary press stamp, rich color

EXTREMELY FINE. A CHOICE WELL-CENTERED EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 1-CENT ROTARY PERF 11.

Most of the recorded used copies of Scott 544 are poorly centered. This well-centered, lightly-cancelled stamp is a wonderful condition rarity.

With 1957 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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3,250 6,000
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