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

1894-98 Bureau Issues (Scott 255c to 282C)
Lot Sym. Lot Description Est/Cat Realized
518 og 5c Chocolate, Vertical Pair, Imperforate Horizontally (255c). Original gum, lightly hinged, wide margins at top and bottom, fresh color and detailed impression

EXTREMELY FINE PAIR OF THE RARE UNWATERMARKED 5-CENT 1894 ISSUE IMPERFORATE HORIZONTALLY.

It is believed that most examples of this error originate from a part sheet purchased by a collector at the Richmond Va. post office. The unique unused block of nine with imprint and plate number, ex Col. Green collection, also originated from this find.

With 1999 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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2,500 4,000
519 og $1.00 Black, Ty. II (261A). Original gum, lightly hinged, beautiful intense shade and sharp proof-like impression on bright fresh paper

EXTREMELY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING EXAMPLE OF THE $1.00 TYPE II UNWATERMARKED 1894 ISSUE.

The production problems experienced by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in printing and perforating the first Bureau issues resulted in generally poor examples. The stamp offered here is a remarkable exception, with nearly-perfect centering and well-formed perforations. It is also the unwatermarked Type II variety, which is the rarest of the four $1.00 1894-95 Bureau issues.

With 1990 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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2,300 2,600
520 og $2.00 Bright Blue (262). Original gum, lightly hinged, rich color and proof-like impression on bright paper, choice centering with well-proportioned margins

VERY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE $2.00 UNWATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE. EXCEEDINGLY RARE IN SUCH PRISTINE CONDITION AND WITH SUCH OUTSTANDING CENTERING.

The higher values of the 1894 unwatermarked Bureau Issue can be difficult to find in well-centered and sound condition, due to production problems. Examples such as the stamp offered here should be considered condition rarities.

With 1995 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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3,100 3,000
521 og $5.00 Dark Green (263). Original gum, lightly hinged, deep rich color and sharp proof-like impression, choice centering with huge margins at top and bottom

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THE $5.00 1894 UNWATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE IS A RARE STAMP THAT IS SELDOM SEEN WITH SUCH WIDE MARGINS AND CHOICE CENTERING.

With 2002 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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5,000 6,250
522 og $5.00 Dark Green (263). Original gum, single small hinge mark at top, deep rich color and proof-like impression, unusually wide margins all around

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE $5.00 UNWATERMARKED 1894 BUREAU ISSUE.

This stamp is exceedingly rare with such enormous margins, With 2002 P.F. certificate for block of four. (Image Magnifier)

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5,000 0
523 ng 8c Violet Brown, USIR Watermark (272a). Horizontal pair with full imprint at top, unused (no gum), "I" of wmk. in selvage and "R" of wmk. split between stamps, few perf separations sensibly reinforced, some light staining at top

FINE-VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE "IR" POSITION PAIR OF THE 8-CENT 1895 ISSUE WITH "U S I R" WATERMARK.

Our records of unused Scott 272a contain four singles, two imprint and plate no. strips of three, and the pair offered here. We do not know if more than one stamp in the other two multiples have the watermark variety.

With 1975 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail as two singles. (Image Magnifier)

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10,000 3,750
524   6c Dull Brown, USIR Watermark (271a). Showing clear "I" of watermark, deep rich color, bold New York double oval cancel

EXTREMELY FINE. ONLY FIFTEEN USED COPIES OF THE 6-CENT 1895 USIR WATERMARK STAMP HAVE BEEN CERTIFIED BY THE PHILATELIC FOUNDATION.

Unlike its more common 8c counterpart, the 6c is an extremely rare stamp (only seventeen known). Of the fifteen used copies certified by the Philatelic Foundation, eight have perfs either close or touching the design (including both stamps in the only known pair), and one has a straight edge. The stamp offered here is one of the finest extant.

With 1986 and 2002 P.F. certificates (Image Magnifier)

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5,000 7,500
525 c 15c Dark Blue (274). Intense shade and well-centered, tied by numeral "2" grid and "Mar 10-98 New York 630PM" oval emergency duplex datestamp device on cover to Germany, receiving backstamps, small piece of backflap removed, Extremely Fine -- this is an extremely rare example of the emergency hand-cancellers supplied by the Post Office Dept. and used briefly in early 1898, which were necessary due to overwhelming demand to replace worn-out devices and to supply new offices and military camps during the Spanish-American War -- an accompanying article by K. F. Olson identifies the oval as Type I (from Washington D.C. only) (Image Magnifier)

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E. 1,000-1,500 0
526 nh $2.00 Bright Blue (277). Mint N.H., fresh color on brilliant white paper, choice centering with balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN OUTSTANDING MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1894 $2.00 WATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE.

With 1997 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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2,500 5,250
527 nh $5.00 Dark Green (278). Mint N.H., deep rich color and sharp proof-like impression on fresh and bright paper, precise centering with even margins all around

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE $5.00 1895 WATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE. A REMARKABLE STAMP.

An exceedingly rare stamp in sound superb Mint N.H. condition (Image Magnifier)

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5,500 22,000
528 nh 10c Brown, Ty. I (282C). Mint N.H., rich color and crisp impression, precise centering with even margins

EXTREMELY FINE. THE 10c BROWN TY. I IS VERY RARE IN MINT NEVER-HINGED CONDITION -- FAR MORE ELUSIVE THAN MOST COLLECTORS REALIZE.

With 2002 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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400 1,800
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