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The Whitpain Collection of United States 1894-98 Bureau Issues continued...

1895 Watermarked Bureau Issue ($5.00, Scott 278)
Lot Sym. Lot Description  
450 nh $5.00 Dark Green (278).> Mint N.H., rich color and proof-like impression<><>^VERY FINE. A SCARCE MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1895 $5.00 WATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE.^<><>Scarce in Mint N.H. condition.$5.00 Dark Green (278). Mint N.H., rich color and proof-like impression

VERY FINE. A SCARCE MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1895 $5.00 WATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE.

Scarce in Mint N.H. condition. (Image)

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7,000.00

SOLD for $5,750.00
Will close during Public Auction
451 ogbl $5.00 Dark Green (278).> Block of four, original gum, couple hinge slivers where perf separations sensibly reinforced, top left stamp thin spot<><>^VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A SCARCE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF THE 1895
$5.00 WATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE.^<><>$5.00 Dark Green (278). Block of four, original gum, couple hinge slivers where perf separations sensibly reinforced, top left stamp thin spot

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A SCARCE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF THE 1895 $5.00 WATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE.

The last block of four we offered was in 2008, and the one before that was offered in 1998 (regummed). Only one full plate block exists. The Scott Catalogue assigns a paltry $1,000.00 premium for the block versus four singles, which in no way reflects its rarity. (Image)

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10,000.00

SOLD for $4,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
452 og $5.00 Dark Green (278).> Top imprint and plate no. 85 strip of three with wide selvage, two stamps Mint N.H., left stamp barest trace of what may be either hinging or natural gum skips, h.r. in top center
selvage, rich color and proof-like impression$5.00 Dark Green (278). Top imprint and plate no. 85 strip of three with wide selvage, two stamps Mint N.H., left stamp barest trace of what may be either hinging or natural gum skips, h.r. in top center selvage, rich color and proof-like impression

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A BEAUTIFUL AND RARE IMPRINT AND PLATE NUMBER STRIP OF THE 1895 $5.00 WATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE. ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE WITH TWO MINT NEVER-HINGED STAMPS.

This plate strip is exceptional for two reasons. The first is that very few sound imprint and plate number strips of three are known, especially from the top position. The second is that the $5.00 watermarked Bureau issue is an exceedingly rare stamp in sound and Mint N.H. condition. We have offered only four singles plus a plate number and imprint strip of three since keeping computerized records. This remarkable multiple adds two to that count.

An excellent alternative to a plate block, of which only one exists (and catalogues $200,000.00). Scott Retail as singles with no premium for the position. (Image)

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16,250.00

SOLD for $9,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
453   $5.00 Dark Green (278).> Bright color, face-free cancel, Fine$5.00 Dark Green (278). Bright color, face-free cancel, Fine (Image)

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650.00

SOLD for $250.00
Will close during Public Auction
454   $5.00 Dark Green (278).> Horizontal pair with <plate no. 85> at top right and part imprint at top left, light strike of target cancel, few expertly rejoined perf separations, tiny natural wrinkle at top of left
selvage, Very Fine, scarce used positio$5.00 Dark Green (278). Horizontal pair with plate no. 85 at top right and part imprint at top left, light strike of target cancel, few expertly rejoined perf separations, tiny natural wrinkle at top of left selvage, Very Fine, scarce used position piece, Scott Retail as singles with no premium for plate no. or imprint (Image)

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1,300.00

SOLD for $950.00
Will close during Public Auction
455 bl $5.00 Dark Green (278).> Block of four, choice centering, neat strikes of New York oval registry cancels, few flaws incl. sensibly reinforced perf separations and creases, still Very Fine, a scarce used block of
the $5.00 unwatermarked Bureau issue,$5.00 Dark Green (278). Block of four, choice centering, neat strikes of New York oval registry cancels, few flaws incl. sensibly reinforced perf separations and creases, still Very Fine, a scarce used block of the $5.00 unwatermarked Bureau issue, the last block we offered was in the Twigg-Smith sale in 2001 (Image)

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4,000.00

SOLD for $1,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
456   $5.00 Dark Green (278).> Block of eight, block of four and pair, first two natural s.e. at left, used with $1.00 Black, Ty. I (276), 3c Purple (268), 10c Orange Brown, Ty. I (282C) and pair of 15c Olive Green
(284), tied by New York Reg oval cancel$5.00 Dark Green (278). Block of eight, block of four and pair, first two natural s.e. at left, used with $1.00 Black, Ty. I (276), 3c Purple (268), 10c Orange Brown, Ty. I (282C) and pair of 15c Olive Green (284), tied by "New York Reg" oval cancels on piece, 3c perfs trimmed, couple light horizontal creases, one $5.00 small tear at bottom

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE AND DESIRABLE USED MULTIPLE AS PART OF $71.43 IN POSTAGE. THIS MAY BE THE LARGEST USED MULTIPLE OF THE $5.00 1895 WATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE IN EXISTENCE.

Using an inflation calculator, the $71.43 in postage in 1898 is the equivalent of $1,758.15 in today's money. We can only speculate as to what such a valuable package may have contained. Linn's U.S. Stamp Facts notes that the largest used multiple is a block of four, so the editors must have been unaware of this multiple. (Image)

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9,350.00

SOLD for $4,000.00
Will close during Public Auction

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