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United States & Possessions continued...

Officials continued...
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
261     O55 imagePost Office Dept., 1873, 30¢ black. Strip of five with right selvage, tied by quartered cork cancels duplexed with "Washington D.C., Dec" cds on large manila Post Office Department, Office of Third Assistant Postmaster General envelope to the Postmaster at Winchester N.H. prepaying; couple small stamp flaws and minor left edge restoration, Very Fine and choice.
Scott No. O55; Estimate $10,000 - 15,000.

THE ONLY RECORDED 30¢ POST OFFICE COVER, THE HIGHEST POST OFFICE VALUE ON COVER. A STUNNING DEPARTMENTAL OFFICIAL COVER.

The other recorded 30¢ Post Office stamp used on cover, is actually used on a large piece that has been deemed a fake by experts. There are no 24¢ or 90¢ Post Office covers recorded.
(Image1)
Est. $10,000-15,000
SOLD for $13,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
262 ()    O67 imageState Dept., 1873, 90¢ dark green. Used with two 10¢ State (O62) singles, and 30¢ State (O66), all tied by matching Circle of Vs cancel duplexed with "Washington D.C. Jun 17" cds on blue linen-lined package front to Matamoros, Mexico, endorsed "Via Brownsville, Texas" at bottom left, partial manuscript "45" at top; bottom 10¢ nick, 10¢ and 30¢ stamps with light creases, mended edge nicks, Fine and rare use, with 2009 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. O67; Estimate $30,000 - 40,000.

THE ONLY RECORDED COMBINATION OF THESE VALUES, ONE OF ONLY TWO 90¢ STATE COVERS, ONE OF ONLY EIGHT 30¢ STATE COVERS AND ONE OF ONLY TWO OFFICIAL COVERS FROM ANY DEPARTMENT TO MEXICO.

This cover was has not been offered since a 1950 auction where it was sold along with the other recorded 90¢ package front (ex-Waud, Markovits). The manuscript "45" indicates 45 half-ounce units (1 lb. 6½ oz.) at the domestic letter rate of 3¢ per ½ oz. for a total of $1.40 to the border. The handstamped "3.50" indicates 3.50 pesos Mexican postage due assessed in pesos at 2½ times the U.S. postage in dollars.
(Image1)
Est. $30,000-40,000
SOLD for $32,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
263 S    O68SD imageState Dept., 1875 Special Printing, $2 green & black, overprinted "Specimen". Without gum as issued, wide margins, exceptional freshness with rich deep colors; natural fiber inclusion barely visible from front, Very Fine, a great rarity with only 32 examples issued, with 2015 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. O68SD; $25,000.

A WONDERFUL SOUND EXAMPLE OF THE EXTREMELY RARE 1875 $2 STATE DEPARTMENT SPECIAL PRINTING ISSUE WITH SPECIMEN OVERPRINT. (Image1)
Scott $25,000

CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
264 o    O92 imageWar Dept., 1873, 30¢ rose. Cancelled by sharp bold strike of Skull & Crossbones in Coffin cancel (Cole SK-51) of Pittsburg Pa., an Extremely Fine gem, with 2017 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. O92; Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.

A PERFECT BOLD STRIKE OF THE PITTSBURGH SKULL & CROSSBONES IN COFFIN CANCEL OF PITTSBURG PA. ON THE 30¢ WAR ISSUE.

This cancel is known used only from November 25-29, 1873.
(Image1)
Est. $1,000-1,500
SOLD for $5,750.00
Will close during Public Auction
265 ()    O94 imageAgriculture Dept., 1879, 1¢ yellow. Exceedingly well centered with well-proportioned margins, radiant color, without gum as issued, choice and Very Fine to Extremely Fine, ex-Engel, Gorham, with 1992 P.S.E., 1957, 1992, 2003 and 2017 P.F. certificates, latter Graded (VF-XF 85, SSV $6,500).
Scott No. O94; $6,000.

A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE 1¢ 1879 AGRICULTURE AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY PRINTING ON SOFT PAPER.

As discerning collectors know, the Officials can be extremely difficult to obtain in sound, centered condition. This is especially true of the American printings on soft porous papers, which are prone to faults.
(Image1)
Scott $6,000

SOLD for $4,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
Newspaper Stamps
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
266 ()    PR40 imageNewspaper, 1875 Special Printing, 12¢ pale rose. Without gum as issued, superb centering and encompassed by huge margins, stunning radiant color, an Extremely Fine to Superb jumbo, with 1991 P.F. and 2017 P.S.E. certificates, the latter Graded (XF-Sup 95J, SMQ $4,400), one of two in this grade with none higher.
Scott No. PR40; $1,500.

WITHOUT QUESTION ONE OF THE FINEST EXAMPLES OF THE 1875 12¢ NEWSPAPER SPECIAL PRINTING ISSUE. (Image1)
Scott $1,500

SOLD for $3,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
267     PR95 imageNewspaper, 1894, 12¢ pink. O.g., lightly hinged, remarkable perfect centering amid huge margins, bright vivid color, an Extremely Fine to Superb jumbo, the only example to receive this grade with none higher, with 2001 P.F. and 2016 P.S.E. certificates, the latter Graded (XF-Sup 95J, unpriced this grade, priced at $5,050 for the grade of 90).
Scott No. PR95; $2,600.

WITHOUT QUESTION ONE OF THE FINEST EXAMPLES OF THE 1894 12¢ NEWSPAPER ISSUE AND EASILY THE FINEST JUMBO MARGIN EXAMPLE KNOWN. (Image1)
Scott $2,600

CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
268 o    PR96 imageNewspaper, 1894, 24¢ pink. Quartered cork cancel, attractively centered with perfs clear of design, bright pastel-like color, F.-V.F. appearance, an extremely rare newspaper issue in used condition, with all known examples having flaws.
Scott No. PR96; $8,000.

ONE OF THE FINER OF ONLY FOUR CERTIFIED USED EXAMPLES OF THE 1894 24¢ BUREAU NEWSPAPER ISSUE. (Image1)
Scott $8,000

SOLD for $2,900.00
Will close during Public Auction
269     PR113 imageNewspaper, 1895, $100 purple. O.g., very lightly hinged, well centered amid large oversized margins, bright and fresh with rich vivid color, a Very Fine jumbo, a choice mint example of this scarce and difficult issue, with 1992, 2003 P.F. and 2016 P.S.E. certificates, the latter Graded (VF 80J, SMQ $3,300 for 80 and $4,750 for 85) with only one graded higher at 95.
Scott No. PR113; $3,500. (Image1)
Scott $3,500

SOLD for $2,300.00
Will close during Public Auction
Parcel Post & Parcel Post Postage Due
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
270     Q6 imageParcel Post, 1913, 10¢ carmine rose. O.g., never hinged, precision centered amid wide margins, rich bold color, Extremely Fine to Superb, a gem never hinged example of the 10¢ Parcel Post issue, with 2016 P.S.E. Graded certificate (XF-Sup 95, SMQ $700).
Scott No. Q6; $95. (Image1)
Scott $95

SOLD for $425.00
Will close during Public Auction
271     Q8 imageParcel Post, 1913, 20¢ carmine rose. O.g., never hinged, rich bright color, evenly balanced margins and exceptional centering, Extremely Fine to Superb, with 1999 P.F. and 2006 P.S.E. certificates, the latter Graded (XF-Sup 95, SMQ $1,250).
Scott No. Q8; $280. (Image1)
Scott $280

SOLD for $900.00
Will close during Public Auction
272     Q12 imageParcel Post, 1913, $1 carmine rose. O.g., never hinged, precise centering within evenly balanced oversized margins, rich brilliant color, a Superb jumbo, a remarkable gem, with 2000, 2010 and 2016 P.F. certificates, the latter two Graded (S 98J, SSV $7,500 for 98 and not valued for a 98 Jumbo).
Scott No. Q12; $650.

WITHOUT QUESTION ONE OF THE FINEST EXAMPLES OF THE 1913 $1 PARCEL POST HIGH VALUE ISSUE. (Image1)
Scott $650

SOLD for $3,750.00
Will close during Public Auction
273     Q12 imageParcel Post, 1913, $1 carmine rose. O.g., never hinged, perfect centering within large beautifully balanced margins all around, rich vibrant color, a Superb gem, with 2016 P.S.E. Graded certificate (Superb 98, SMQ $8,000), with only 3 higher.
Scott No. Q12; $650.

ONE OF THE FINEST MINT NEVER HINGED EXAMPLES OF THE $1 PARCEL POST ISSUE. (Image1)
Scott $650

SOLD for $4,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
274     Q12 imageParcel Post, 1913, $1 carmine rose. O.g., never hinged, perfectly centered amid exceptionally wide margins, deep color, an Extremely Fine jumbo, with 1998 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates, the latter Graded (XF 90J, SMQ $1,775).
Scott No. Q12; $650. (Image1)
Scott $650

SOLD for $1,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
275     Q12 imageParcel Post, 1913, $1 carmine rose. Tied by open grid cancels and blue negative "Registered" handstamp on cover to Denmark, reverse with matching blue "Falmouth, Mass. Registered, Jun 8, 1914" cds plus New York (6.9) oval and Copenhagen (6.18) arrival cds, "P12" label; reduced at bottom and left, Very Fine, ex-Burrus.
Scott No. Q12; Estimate $750 - 1,000.

A RARE SOLO USE OF THE $1 PARCEL POST ON REGISTERED COVER TO DENMARK. (Image1)
Est. $750-1,000
SOLD for $1,700.00
Will close during Public Auction
276     JQ2 imageParcel Post Postage Due, 1913, 2¢ dark green. Bottom margin plate no. "6244" block of 6, o.g., never hinged, nicely centered, strong color, fresh and Very Fine, a choice example of this very scarce and difficult plate block.
Scott No. JQ2; $4,850. (Image1)
Scott $4,850

SOLD for $3,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
277 /    JQ4 imageParcel Post Postage Due, 1913, 10¢ dark green. Bottom margin plate block of 6, o.g., top left pair hinged, others never hinged, fresh with rich deep color; light gum bend, Very Fine and rare, a very scarce plate block.
Scott No. JQ4; $7,500. (Image1)
Scott $7,500

SOLD for $4,750.00
Will close during Public Auction
Local Issues
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
278     40L1 imageCity Despatch Post, 1842, 3¢ black on grayish. Position 4. Top sheet margin single showing full guideline all around, sharp impression, o.g., never hinged, Superb, with 2017 P.F. Graded certificate (Superb GEM 100, SSV unpriced).
Scott No. 40L1; $2,000 as o.g.

THE FINEST RECORDED NEVER-HINGED TOP-MARGIN SINGLE OF THE FIRST ADHESIVE STAMP ISSUED IN THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE. A STUNNING STAMP, THE ONLY ONE GRADED 100. (Image1)
Scott $2,000 as o.g.

SOLD for $3,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
279     112L2 imageOne Cent Despatch, 1856, 1¢ red. Large margins, neatly tied by "City Despatch, Oct 21, 8 A.M." cds on large cover to Commissioner of Pensions in Washington D.C., blue "Baltimore, Md., Oct 21" cds and matching "Free" straight line handstamp; stamp with light corner creases and cover with file crease and refolded at left, F.-V.F., with 2017 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 112L2; $1,750.

ONE OF TWO KNOWN USAGES OF THE 1¢ RED WILEY'S STAMP ON A TO-THE-MAILS USAGE IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE BALTIMORE "FREE" HANDSTAMP. (Image1)
Scott $1,750

SOLD for $1,050.00
Will close during Public Auction
280     159L2 imageSpence & Brown Express Post, 1848 (2¢) black. Rejoined vertical pair, o.g., margins full to just touching at top; creases barely detracting, Very Fine appearance, ex-Lilly, Hall & Kuphal.
Scott No. 159L2; $3,000.

CONSIDERED TO BE THE FINEST MULTIPLE OF THE SPENCE & BROWN EXPRESS POST'S ICONIC HORSE & RIDER STAMP.

The only other known multiple of this issue is the famous block of 25 which is somewhat heavily toned, stained and creased. The bottom stamp in this pair, with full margins all around, may be the finest known example in existence (and the illustration in the Scott catalog).
(Image1)
Scott $3,000

SOLD for $4,500.00
Will close during Public Auction

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