Sale Number: 846
Sale Date:
2002 Rarities of the World

Pan-American Issue
Lot Sym. Lot Description Est/Cat Realized
2265 c 1c-10c Pan-American (294-299). Complete set, each has deep rich color, tied by strikes of Washington D.C." oval cancels on First Day Cover addressed to Luzern, Switzerland, perfectly struck purple "Sub-Sta. No. 87, Wash. D.C. Registered May 1, 1901" double-circle datestamp, blue registry number 19465 and New York registry label 19452, New York and receiving backstamps, faint vertical file fold does not affect any stamps

EXTREMELY FINE. ONLY TWELVE FIRST DAY COVERS ARE KNOWN BEARING A COMPLETE SET OF THE PAN-AMERICAN EXPOSITION SERIES.

In an article in the June 1999 issue of First Days, Alan Berkun records eleven covers bearing complete sets of the Pan-American Issue, including four from District of Columbia (all to Germany), four from Mass., two from New York and one from Seattle (sold in our 2001 Rarities sale). This cover becomes the 12th first day in the census. One other full set is known on cover to Switzerland, originating in New York. The registry numbers are consistent with those of the other covers recorded by Berkun.

With 1980 Brettl certificate (Image Magnifier)

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27,500 30,000
2266 og 4c Pan-American, Center Inverted (296a). Original gum, rich colors and fine impressions

VERY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE 4-CENT PAN-AMERICAN INVERT.

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 due to its removal from mounting paper. In fact, many of these stamps are thinned or have seriously disturbed gum.

Signed "SA" (Spencer Anderson). With 1968 P.F. certificate describing the stamp as "genuine, unused original gum" However, revised Philatelic Foundation policy is to describe slightly disturbed original gum on No. 296a, due to the manner in which they were reportedly found. We must conform to the current P.F. policy, despite the fresh original gum on this stamp. (Image Magnifier)

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22,500 12,000
2267 og 4c Pan-American, Center Inverted, Specimen Overprint (296a-S). Original gum, rich colors and fine impressions, clear strike of the overprint at bottom left

VERY FINE AND CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THE 4-CENT PAN-AMERICAN INVERT WITH SPECIMEN OVERPRINT.

If the reported numbers are correct, a total of 203 4c Inverts was released, both with and without the overprint. An unknown quantity of the 4c Pan-American invert was overprinted with a small "Specimen" overprint. Some examples, both with and without the overprint, were given away by Third Asst. Postmaster General Edwin C. Madden. When postal authorities learned of the practice, they detroyed 194 copies and put one pane of 100 into the official archives. At a later date, 97 of these were traded for rarities missing from the archives.

With 1986 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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6,500 6,000
2268° nhbl 10c Pan-American (299). Mint N.H. top left plate no., imprint and part arrow block of ten with part arrow at right, deep rich colors and proof-like impressions, choice centering throughout

VERY FINE-EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL MINT NEVER-HINGED PLATE BLOCK OF TEN OF THE 10-CENT PAN-AMERICAN ISSUE.

Scarce in such pristine condition. (Image Magnifier)

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12,500 6,000
2269° nhbl 10c Pan-American (299). Mint N.H. bottom left corner plate no. and imprint block of eight, choice centering throughout, beautiful rich colors and sharp impressions, incredibly fresh and completely intact

EXTREMELY FINE. AN EXCEPTIONAL MINT NEVER-HINGED PLATE BLOCK OF THE 10-CENT PAN-AMERICAN ISSUE.

Scott Retail as a plate block and two singles (Image Magnifier)

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9,650 13,500
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