Sale Number: 973
Sale Date:
2009 Rarities of the World

Later Issues (Scott 389 thru 480)
Lot Sym. Lot Description Est/Cat Realized
194°   3c Deep Violet, Orangeburg Coil (389). Choice centering with huge margins, deep rich color and proof-like impression showing every detail of the engraving, neat wavy-line machine cancel used at Orangeburg N.Y.

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS IS EASILY ONE OF THE FINEST SOUND EXAMPLES OF THE 3-CENT ORANGEBURG COIL IN EXISTENCE.

Due to their use on mass mailings, many of the existing Orangeburg coils are faulty to some extent. The most common defects are corner creases or tears. Sound and well-centered copies have been recognized by collectors as truly rare, and bidding has been fierce for premium copies such as the stamp offered here.

2000 P.F. certificate no longer accompanies. With 2009 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $39,000.00). This is the highest grade awarded to date and only one other shares this grade. (Image Magnifier)

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195 og 2c Panama-Pacific, Lake Shade Variety (398b). Lightly hinged, intense color which is significantly different from both the listed shade and also the Carmine Lake shade, perfectly centered with wide and balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THE 2-CENT PANAMA-PACIFIC IN THE LAKE SHADE IS EXCEEDINGLY RARE IN ANY CONDITION -- THE STAMP OFFERED HERE, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 BY BOTH THE P.S.E. AND THE P.F., IS PROBABLY THE FINEST IN EXISTENCE. IT IS ALSO THE FIRST EXAMPLE OF THIS RARITY WE HAVE OFFERED SINCE KEEPING COMPUTERIZED RECORDS.

According to Johl, "there is one shade that is practically as scarce as the four-cent Blue of the Columbian issue, this is known as Lake, almost the same color as were the Postage Due stamps current at that time. Only one pane of 70 is said to have been found at a Post Office in San Francisco, although it hardly seems possible that but one sheet could have been printed in this dark color. When these were discovered there were only 40 copies left; 31 were purchased by A. L. Ott, an old-time collector, and 9 by a local dealer."

With 2006 P.F. and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (both graded OGph, Superb 98; SMQ $12,000.00). This is the first example we have offered since keeping computerized records. (Image Magnifier)

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5,000 14,500
196° nh 10c Orange, Panama-Pacific (400A). Mint N.H., brilliant color on post-office fresh paper, detailed impression, almost mathematically perfect centering with wide margins, unusual offset of an almost complete 10c stamp on back

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT ORANGE PERF 12 PANAMA-PACIFIC ISSUE.

With 2001 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $8,600.00). Only three examples have graded higher to date. (Image Magnifier)

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197 nh 5c Panama-Pacific, Perf 10 (403). Mint N.H., incredibly deep color and detailed impression on brilliant paper, almost mathematically perfect centering with wide margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT PERF 10 PANAMA-PACIFIC ISSUE, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E.

P.S.E. encapsulated (Superb 98; SMQ $10,400.00). Only two examples have graded higher to date (both 98J) and only four others share this desirable grade. (Image Magnifier)

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425 4,000
198 nh 10c Panama-Pacific, Perf 10 (404). Mint N.H., vivid color, proof-like impression on bright paper, almost mathematically perfect centering with wide margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A MAGNIFICENT STAMP IN EVERY RESPECT FOR THE COLLECTOR OF SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED GEMS. THIS STAMP HAS BEEN AWARDED THE GRADE OF SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E.

P.S.E. encapsulated (Superb 98; SMQ $26,000.00). Only one example has been awarded a higher grade to date (the Gem 100 which realized $105,000 hammer in our Sale 953), and only four others share this grade. (Image Magnifier)

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2,100 8,500
199 nh 10c Panama-Pacific, Perf 10 (404). Mint N.H., vibrant color as fresh as the day it was printed, unusually choice centering with wide and balanced margins, long and full perforations all around

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

With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $9,450.00). Only seven have graded higher to date. (Image Magnifier)

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2,200 4,750
200 og 10c Brown Yellow (416a). Barest trace of hinging, rich color on crisp paper, wide and balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1912 10-CENT FRANKLIN IN THE SCARCE BROWN YELLOW SHADE.

With 2007 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, XF-Superb 95; SMQ $3,250.00). This is only the fourth example of Scott 416a we have offered since keeping computerized records. As another indication of rarity, SMQ does not even price this in Mint N.H. condition above the grade of 80 (none certified). (Image Magnifier)

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201 nh 50c Violet (421). Mint N.H., intense shade and impression on post-office fresh paper, perfectly centered with wide and balanced margins, long and full perforations all around

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS MAGNIFICENT EXAMPLE OF SCOTT 421 HAS BEEN AWARDED THE GRADE OF SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED TO DATE AND ONLY THREE OTHERS SHARE THIS EXALTED GRADE.

With 1984 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $19,400.00). This is the highest grade awarded to date and only three others share this grade. (Image Magnifier)

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1,000 7,500
202 nh $1.00 Violet Brown (423). Mint N.H., extraordinary centering with wide margins, deep shade and proof-like impression on post-office fresh paper

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB EXAMPLE OF THE 1912 $1.00 PERF 12 ISSUE, WHICH IS EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO FIND WITH SUCH CHOICE CENTERING.

This stamp occasionally comes with wide margins, but is rarely found with such perfect centering, especially in Mint N.H. condition.

With 2007 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $8,700.00). Only one Mint N.H. stamp has been graded higher to date and only four others share this desirable grade. (Image Magnifier)

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1,200 5,500
203   1c Green, Perf 12 x 10 (423A; formerly 424a). Neat "Chicago Illinois" precancel applied inverted, rich color

FINE. AN ATTRACTIVE SOUND EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT ISSUE WITH 12 x 10 COMPOUND PERFORATIONS.

Our up-to-date census of Scott 423A is available at our website, at http://siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/423A/423A.pdf. In addition to some unused copies, we record a used total of 33 singles, eleven pairs, a block of four and three covers.

Census No. 423A-CAN-33. With 2009 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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10,000 5,250
204 nh 6c Red Orange (429). Mint N.H., radiant color as fresh as the day it was printed, mathematically perfect centering with wide and balanced margins, long and full perforations

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS POST-OFFICE FRESH STAMP HAS BEEN AWARDED THE GRADE OF GEM 100 BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED TO DATE.

With 1997 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (Gem 100; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $3,450.00 as 98). This is the highest grade awarded to date and only one other shares this grade. (Image Magnifier)

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115 4,000
205 nh 50c Violet (440). Mint N.H., radiant color on post-office fresh paper, unusually choice centering with wide and balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 50-CENT FRANKLIN, SCOTT 440.

With 2002 and 2006 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $8,800.00). Only six have graded higher to date. (Image Magnifier)

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1,300 3,250
206° nh 2c Red, Ty. I, Coil (449). Mint N.H. pair attached to lead-in strip from end of the coil roll with printed "500 2c stamps rolled lengthwise perforated auto-wound", also with purple printed "4-of 148 - A.L."

VERY FINE. A RARE MINT NEVER-HINGED PAIR OF THE 1915 2-CENT TYPE I VERTICAL COIL FROM THE END OF THE COIL ROLL.

With 2000 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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14,500 0
207   2c Red, Ty. I, Coil (449). Joint line pair, face-free oval cancel, fresh and bright color, wide margins at sides, perfs intact at top and bottom, negligible tiny tear at bottom left

FINE APPEARANCE. ONLY TEN USED JOINT LINE PAIRS AND ONE USED JOINT LINE STRIP OF FOUR OF SCOTT 449 HAVE BEEN CERTIFIED BY THE PHILATELIC FOUNDATION. A MAJOR RARITY.

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 contemporary collectors and dealers, who did not anticipate further production of vertical coils. With the basic letter rate at 2c, used coil multiples are extremely rare.

Of the ten recorded used joint line pairs, only three are sound and centered. The finest used line pair realized $52,500 hammer at auction approximately one year ago.

With 1987 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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25,000 8,000
208 nh $1.00 Violet Black (460). Mint N.H., mathematically perfect centering with wide and well-balanced margins, deep rich color and sharp proof-like impression on bright paper

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS SUPERB EXAMPLE OF THE PERF 10 DOUBLE-LINE WATERMARK $1.00 FRANKLIN IS EASILY ONE OF THE FINEST IN EXISTENCE, AND IS GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED TO DATE.

Even though this issue is not particularly rare, collectors who have been searching know the extreme difficulty of obtaining examples with such perfect centering and in such pristine condition.

With 2005 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $23,500.00). This is the highest grade awarded to date and only four others have been awarded this highly desirable grade (Image Magnifier)

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209 nh 4c Orange Brown (465). Mint N.H., radiant color, crisp impression, mathematically perfect centering, long and full perforations all around

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THE PINNACLE OF PERFECTION -- THIS STUNNING STAMP HAS ACHIEVED THE GRADE OF GEM 100 FROM P.S.E.

With 1983 and 1986 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (Gem 100; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $3,950.00 as 98). This is the highest grade awarded to date and the only example to achieve this grade. (Image Magnifier)

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100 3,500
210 nh 7c Black (469). Mint N.H., intense shade and proof-like impression, perfectly centered with unusually wide margins#

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN OUTSTANDING MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 7-CENT PERF 10 UNWATERMARKED ISSUE, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED TO DATE.

With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $8,350.00). This is the highest grade awarded to date and only two others share this grade. (Image Magnifier)

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290 4,750
211 nh 30c Orange Red, Perf 10 (476A). Position 48 from the plate no. 6911 sheet, Mint N.H., wonderfully fresh with strong color, centering is better than typically seen

VERY FINE FOR THE RARE AND ELUSIVE 30-CENT PERF 10 ON UNWATERMARKED PAPER.

With 1984 P.F. certificate. (Image Magnifier)

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8,000 3,750
212 nh $1.00 Violet Black (478). Mint N.H., brilliant shade and crisp impression, unusually choice centering with well-proportioned margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A GORGEOUS MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE $1.00 PERF 10 UNWATERMARKED FRANKLIN ISSUE, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E. -- ONLY ONE HAS GRADED HIGHER TO DATE.

With 2007 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $9,200.00). Only one has graded higher to date and only nine others share this grade. (Image Magnifier)

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1,800 5,000
213 nhbl $5.00 Light Green (480). Mint N.H. top plate no. 8016 block of six with wide selvage, radiant color on bright paper, wide margins

VERY FINE. A PRISTINE MINT NEVER-HINGED WIDE TOP PLATE NUMBER BLOCK OF SIX OF THE $5.00 MARSHALL 1917 PERF 10 ISSUE.

With 2007 P.S.E. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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5,500 4,750
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