Sale Number: 863
Sale Date:
2003 Rarities of the World

1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 233a to 245)
Lot Sym. Lot Description Est/Cat Realized
505 og 4c Columbian, Error of Color (233a). Original gum, lightly hinged, deep rich color in the more intense of the two error shades, detailed proof-like impression, fresh and bright paper

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 4-CENT COLUMBIAN ERROR OF COLOR.

The 4c Columbian color error was caused by the use of a wrong batch of ink, and spectrographic analysis has shown that the blue inks of the 4c error and 1c Columbian have the same components.

Stamps from at least two panes reached collectors, and the few cancelled examples indicate that stamps used by the public came from other panes. It is likely that a number of full sheets were printed using the wrong ink, and most of the stamps have simply been lost to philately.

With 1999 P.F. certificate. (Image Magnifier)

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19,000 15,750
506 ogbl 6c Columbian (235). Bottom imprint, plate no. 104 and letter "Z" block of eight, original gum, three stamps Mint N.H., others lightly hinged, perfectly centered throughout, few perf separations sensibly reinforced, top right stamp tiny corner crease, otherwise Extremely Fine, a remarkably well-centered plate block (Image Magnifier)

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2,150 1,500
507 nhbl 8c Columbian (236). Mint N.H. bottom imprint, plate no. 131 and letter "I I" block of eight, deep rich color and proof-like impression, Very Fine and choice, a beautiful plate block in a remarkable state of preservation, with 1972 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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2,450 1,250
508 og 50c Columbian (240). Bottom imprint, plate no. 77 and letter "S" strip of four, original gum, left stamp Mint N.H., others lightly hinged, deep rich color and proof-like impression

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A BEAUTIFUL IMPRINT AND PLATE NUMBER STRIP OF FOUR OF THE 50-CENT COLUMBIAN ISSUE.

Scott Retail does not take the Mint N.H. stamp into account. Signed in pencil in selvage at bottom left. (Image Magnifier)

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3,750 4,000
509 nh $1.00 Columbian (241). Mint N.H., choice centering, beautiful bright color on post-office fresh paper

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE $1.00 COLUMBIAN.

With photocopy of 2002 P.F. certificate for left margin block of four, this being the bottom right stamp (Image Magnifier)

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3,250 5,250
510 nh $2.00 Columbian (242). Mint N.H., deep rich color on bright paper, detailed impression

VERY FINE AND CHOICE MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE $4.00 COLUMBIAN.

With 2002 P.S.E. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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3,500 4,000
511 og $3.00 Columbian (243). Original gum, lightly hinged, beautifully centered with wide balanced margins on fresh paper

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE $3.00 COLUMBIAN.

With 1999 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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2,000 2,200
512 og $3.00 Columbian (243). Original gum, lightly hinged, bright and fresh, choice centering with nicely balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL-GUM $3.00 COLUMBIAN.

With 2001 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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2,000 2,700
513   $3.00 Columbian (243). Bright shade, light strike of cancel leaves entire design clearly visible, well-centered

EXTREMELY FINE GEM USED EXAMPLE OF THE $3.00 COLUMBIAN.

With 2003 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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1,050 2,200
514   $4.00 Columbian (244). Choice centering with exceptionally wide margins, light New York circular datestamp at top left leaves vast majority of design clearly visible, bright and fresh

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A HUGE BEAUTIFULLY CENTERED EXAMPLE OF THE $4.00 COLUMBIAN ISSUE. A TRUE CONDITION RARITY IN ALL FOUR C's -- COLOR, CENTERING, CANCEL AND CONDITION.

With 2002 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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1,300 5,250
515 og $5.00 Columbian (245). Original gum, barest trace of hinge at bottom right, almost perfect centering with Jumbo margins, deep shade and sharp proof-like impression on bright white paper

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB AND HUGE-MARGINED ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE $5.00 COLUMBIAN.

With 2002 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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3,100 4,750
516 og $5.00 Columbian (245). Original gum, sharp proof-like impression, almost perfect centering with well-proportioned margins

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE $5.00 COLUMBIAN.

With 2001 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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3,100 3,750
517   $5.00 Columbian (245). Choice centering with wide balanced margins, deep dark shade and detailed impression on brilliant white paper, light circular datestamp leaves design almost completely unobscured

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A REMARKABLE USED COPY OF THE $5.00 COLUMBIAN.

With 2001 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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1,600 3,750
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