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United States & Possessions continued...

Airmail Issues continued...
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
241     C13-C15 image1930, Graf Zeppelin complete, matched set first day covers. All with rich color, each on separate flown cover (65¢ on card) and tied by "Washington, D.C., Apr 19, 1930" First Day of Issue slogan machine postmark, purple U.S. and red German flight cachet handstamp and all with green Zeppelin receiver on reverse, Extremely Fine, a choice First Day flown set.
Scott No. C13-C15; $2,900. (Image1) (Image2) (Image3)

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Scott $2,900

SOLD for $1,100.00
Will close during Public Auction
242     C15 imageAirmail, 1930, $2.60 Graf Zeppelin. O.g., never hinged, deep bold color, precision centering with large well balanced margins, fresh and Extremely Fine to Superb, with 2008 P.S.E. Graded certificate (XF-Sup 95, SMQ $1,750).
Scott No. C15; $975. (Image1)
Scott $975

CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
243     C15 imageAirmail, 1930, $2.60 Graf Zeppelin. O.g., never hinged, rich intense color, exceptional centering within large well balanced margins, Extremely Fine to Superb, a beautiful gem high value, with 2016 P.F. Graded certificate (XF-S 95, SMQ $1,750).
Scott No. C15; $975. (Image1)
Scott $975

SOLD for $1,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
244 o    C15 imageAirmail, 1930, $2.60 Graf Zeppelin. Slogan machine cancel, gem centering within well balanced margins, rich bold color, Extremely Fine to Superb, with 2011 P.S.E. Graded certificate (XF-Sup 95, SMQ $1,250) with only six graded higher.
Scott No. C15; $600. (Image1)
Scott $600

SOLD for $850.00
Will close during Public Auction
245     C32 image1946 Operation Crossroads Atomic Bomb Test Cover. Addressed by Sgt. John B. Armstrong aboard the U.S.S. Saratoga to Los Angeles, Cal., franked with 1946, 6¢ Airmail tied by "U.S. Navy, Fleet Post Office, Jul 1, 1946" duplex with "Atomic Bomb Test, Bikini Atoll" slogan, with original enclosure regarding the postmark and bomb test…They told us yesterday that there would be a special postmark on the letters sent today so be sure and save the envelope. The cancellation will be a Atom Bomb drawing of some sort…Saturday morning around 6:00AM, weather permitting the A Bomb will be dropped the first.; included is Armstrong's "Joint Task Force One - Atomic Bomb Test" participation card and a news clipping of his death mentioning his participation in Operation Crossroads, Very Fine.
Scott No. C32; Estimate $500 - 750.

Operation Crossroads was a pair of nuclear weapon tests conducted by the United States at Bikini Atoll in mid-1946. The first test was Able. The bomb was named Gilda after Rita Hayworth's character in the 1946 film Gilda, and was dropped from the B-29 Superfortress Dave's Dream of the 509th Bombardment Group on July 1, 1946. It was the first detonation of a nuclear device since the atomic bombing of Nagasaki on August 9, 1945.
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Est. $500-750
SOLD for $800.00
Will close during Public Auction
246       image1971 Apollo 15 Lunar Landing Cover. Multicolor cacheted cover with inscription "This envelope was carried to the moon aboard the Apollo 16 #116 of 300 to the lunar surface in L.M. Falcon", franked with 1¢ Jefferson pair + 6¢ Apollo 8 (1278+1371) tied by "Kennedy Space Center, Fl., Jul 26, 1971" launch date postmark, additionally franked with 8¢ Space Achievement setenant pair (1435b) tied by "U.S.S. Okinawa (LPH-3), Aug 7, 1971" return postmark, signed by each astronaut David Scott, Al Worden and James Irwin, Very Fine, with 1983 notarized affidavit signed by Scott, Worden and Irwin.
Estimate; $5,000 - 7,500.

A RARE APOLLO 15 LUNAR MISSION CARRIED TO THE SURFACE OF THE MOON. (Image1)
Est. $5,000-7,500
SOLD for $5,250.00
Will close during Public Auction
Special Delivery & Postage Due
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
247     E7 imageSpecial Delivery, 1908, 10¢ green. Top margin plate no. "4920" block of 6 with imprint, o.g., never hinged, choice overall centering, rich color and exceptional freshness, Extremely Fine and choice, with 2016 P.S.E. certificate.
Scott No. E7; $1,400.

A GEM TOP MARGIN PLATE BLOCK OF THE 10¢ "HELMUT OF MERCURY" SPECIAL DELIVERY ISSUE. (Image1)
Scott $1,400

SOLD for $1,300.00
Will close during Public Auction
248     J24 imagePostage Due, 1891, 3¢ bright claret. O.g., never hinged, bright and fresh with rich radiant color, perfectly centered within wide margins, Extremely Fine to Superb, a remarkable large-margin Postage Due issue, with 2010 P.S.E. Graded certificate (XF-Sup 95, SMQ $750) one of 6 in this grade with only 2 graded higher.
Scott No. J24; $180. (Image1)
Scott $180

SOLD for $400.00
Will close during Public Auction
249     J24 imagePostage Due, 1891, 3¢ bright claret. O.g., never hinged, exceptional centered within balanced margins, fresh with bold color, Extremely Fine to Superb, with 1996 and 2013 P.S.E. certificates, the latter Graded (XF-Sup 95, SMQ $750) one of 6 in this grade with only 2 graded higher.
Scott No. J24; $180. (Image1)
Scott $180

SOLD for $425.00
Will close during Public Auction
250     J25 imagePostage Due, 1891, 5¢ bright claret. O.g., never hinged, deep rich color and precise centering, Extremely Fine to Superb, a striking never hinged gem, with 1999 and 2010 P.F. certificates, the latter Graded (XF-S 95, SSV $1,000).
Scott No. J25; $290. (Image1)
Scott $290

SOLD for $625.00
Will close during Public Auction
251     J26 imagePostage Due, 1891, 10¢ bright claret. O.g., never hinged, rich radiant color on bright fresh paper, large well balanced margins, Extremely Fine to Superb, an exceptional never hinged gem, with 2012 P.S.E. Graded certificate (XF-Sup 95, SMQ $1,500) one of 4 in this grade with only 3 graded higher.
Scott No. J26; $500. (Image1)
Scott $500

SOLD for $850.00
Will close during Public Auction
252     J30 imagePostage Due, 1894, 2¢ deep vermilion. O.g., lightly hinged, large beautifully balanced all around, rich vibrant color and Post Office fresh, Extremely Fine to Superb, the only example to grade as such with none higher and only one graded higher mint or used at 95J for an o.g., n.h. example, with 2009 P.S.E. Graded certificate (XF-Sup 95, SMQ $3,000).
Scott No. J30; $775. (Image1)
Scott $775

SOLD for $1,700.00
Will close during Public Auction
253     J33 imagePostage Due, 1895, 3¢ deep claret. O.g., never hinged, intensely rich color on bright paper, wide margins and exceptional centering, an Extremely Fine to Superb jumbo, a wonderful large margin gem, one of only two examples to receive this graded with only one higher, with 2004 P.F. and 2015 P.S.E. certificates, the latter Graded (XF-Sup 95J, SMQ $1,625).
Scott No. J33; $575. (Image1)
Scott $575

SOLD for $1,200.00
Will close during Public Auction
Offices in China
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
254     K4 imageOffices in China, 1919, 8¢ on 4¢ brown. Bottom margin single, o.g., never hinged, beautifully centered amid enormous margins, fresh with rich color, an Extremely Fine to Superb jumbo, with 2017 P.S.A.G. Graded certificate (95J, SSV $1,050 for 95 and $2,250 for 98).
Scott No. K4; $150. (Image1)
Scott $150

SOLD for $800.00
Will close during Public Auction
255     K9 imageOffices in China, 1919, 18¢ on 9¢ salmon red. O.g., never hinged, perfect centering within well balanced margins, rich bright color, Extremely Fine to Superb, a choice never hinged gem, with 2012 P.S.E. Graded certificate (XF-Sup 95, SMQ $1,100) with only 6 graded higher.
Scott No. K9; $170. (Image1)
Scott $170

SOLD for $900.00
Will close during Public Auction
256     K13 imageOffices in China, 1919, 40¢ on 20¢ deep ultramarine. Top margin plate no. "12594" block of 6, o.g., minor gum disturbance on one stamp, well centered, deep rich color, Very Fine and choice, a beautiful top margin plate block, with 2016 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. K13; $1,300. (Image1)
Scott $1,300

CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
Officials
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
257     UO19 imageWar Dept., 1873, 2¢ dark red. Entire with "Official Business" imprint uprated with 1¢ War (O83) tied by "New-York 'F' Oct 19" duplex, preprinted address to The Chief of Engineers, U.S. Army, Washington D.C., blue "Office of the Chief of Engineers, Oct 20 1876" double-oval receiver and red crayon "Casey" at left; opened at top and right, Very Fine and choice, ex-Ackerman, with 2017 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. UO19; Estimate $4,000 - 6,000.

THE ONLY RECORDED USED 2¢ REAY ENTIRE, A REMARKABLE RARITY THAT HAS NOT BEEN OFFERED SINCE THE 1935 ACKERMAN SALE OF U.S. OFFICIALS.

This entire has not previously been recorded by the Scott or UPSS catalogs. Scott lists a used cut square of UO19.
(Image1)
Est. $4,000-6,000
SOLD for $4,250.00
Will close during Public Auction
258     O25 imageJustice Dept., 1873, 1¢ purple. Bright color, tied by "Washington D.C. Mar 6" duplex on legal-size cover with "Department of Justice Blanks" imprint and illustrated Eagle and Shield seal to Clarksburgh W.V., with Chief Clerk's signed statement that no written matter was enclosed for the 1¢ printed matter rate; slightly reduced at right, Very Fine and rare use, ex-Huggins.
Scott No. O25; Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.

A RARE USE OF THE 1¢ JUSTICE PAYING THE PRINTED MATTER RATE. (Image1)
Est. $1,000-1,500
SOLD for $1,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
259     O39 imageNavy Dept., 1873, 7¢ ultramarine. Cancelled by purple quartered cork as forwarding postage, matching purple "Washington D.C., Jun 18, 1878" cds on cover originally mailed bearing 3¢ green (158), faulty at bottom, tied by cork cancel duplexed with "Baltimore Md., Jun 18" cds to Midshipman W.S. Benson on the U.S. Flagship "Hartford", care of the U.S. Navy Department at Washington D.C., readdressed to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, reverse with Rio de Janeiro (7.30) arrival cds, Very Fine.
Scott No. O39; Estimate $2,000 - 3,000.

The 7¢ Navy stamp was added to the cover to make up the 10¢ UPU transition rate to Brazil effective July 1st, 1877.
(Image1)
Est. $2,000-3,000
SOLD for $5,250.00
Will close during Public Auction
260 o    O49a imagePost Office Dept., 1873, 3¢ black, printed on both sides. With reverse showing strong second impression of upper portion of stamp design and partial plate imprint above, light target cancels, sound with full intact perfs all around, Very Fine, with 2014 P. Scheller certificate.
Scott No. O49a; $7,500.

WITHOUT QUESTION THE FINEST OF THREE KNOWN EXAMPLES OF THE 3¢ POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT PRINTED ON BOTH SIDES VARIETY - A GREAT OFFICIAL ISSUE RARITY.

Only two other examples of this printing variety are known, with both examples showing faint yet visible portions of four stamps. Both of these examples have internal tears and one with an additional crease. The last time one sold at auction (ex-Markovits) was in a 2006 the Matthew Bennett auction which realized $7,475 and is the basis for current catalog value. The stamp offered here with strong second impression, an additional plate imprint and completely sound is by far the finest example known of this extremely rare variety.
(Image1)
Scott $7,500

SOLD for $6,000.00
Will close during Public Auction

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