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Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries, Inc. Sale: 1209

United States
Essays, Proofs and Specimens: 1870 thru later Issu

Sale No: 1209
Lot No: 1056
Symbol: P
Cat No: 219P4-229P4

image 1c-90c 1890-93 Issue, Plate Proofs on Card (219P4-229P4). 12, including both listed shades of the 2c (219DP4 and 220P4), large margins throughout, vivid colors which are fresher than often encountered with this set, Very Fine-Extremely Fine (Image)

$ 785.00

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Sold...US$ 650.00

Closed..Oct-22-2019, 11:20:28 EST
Sold For 650

Sale No: 1209
Lot No: 1057
Symbol: TC
Cat No: 233TC1de

image 4c Columbian, Sepia Large Die Trial Color Proof on India (233TC1de). Cut down to 42 x 37mm and affixed to card backing, warm color, Very Fine and scarce, with 2011 P.F. certificate as No. 233TC2, Scott Retail as full size (Image)

$ 850.00

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Sold...US$ 325.00

Closed..Oct-22-2019, 11:20:53 EST
Sold For 325

Sale No: 1209
Lot No: 1058
Symbol: P
Cat No: 230P3-245P3

image 1c-$5.00 Columbian, Plate Proofs on India (230P3-245P3). Complete set 16, on original card backing and all but the 1c and $4.00 with wide card margin at bottom which nicely shows where the India paper meets the card, large margins throughout, brilliant colors, Very Fine, an exceptionally choice set of Columbian plate proofs on India, these are normally encountered with flaws due to the fragile nature of the paper, this set is a wonderful exception (Image)

$ 3,305.00

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Sold...US$ 2,800.00

Closed..Oct-22-2019, 11:21:52 EST
Sold For 2800

Sale No: 1209
Lot No: 1059
Symbol: P
Cat No: 230P4-245P4

image 1c-$5.00 Columbian, Plate Proofs on Card (230P4-245P4). Large margins to just clear, 6c, 8c and $3.00 faded, few other minor faults, otherwise Fine-Very Fine set (Image)

$ 2,110.00

Openings not Provided
Sold...US$ 375.00

Closed..Oct-22-2019, 11:22:41 EST
Sold For 375

Sale No: 1209
Lot No: 1060
Symbol: TC
Cat No: 257TC1a

image 8c Black, Large Die Trial Color Proof on India (257TC1a). 56 x 71mm, American Bank Note Co. imprint at bottom and blue "49726" control no. on back, Very Fine and rare, only three are recorded (Image)

$ 1,250.00

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Sold...US$ 700.00

Closed..Oct-22-2019, 11:23:22 EST
Sold For 700

Sale No: 1209
Lot No: 1061
Symbol: P
Cat No: 262P1-263P1

image $2.00 Dark Blue, $5.00 Dark Green, Large Die Proofs on India (262P1-263P1). On cards with full die sinkage, $2.00 62 x 124mm, the vertical format variety, $5.00 149 x 219mm, $2.00 with pencil note "OK to harden", $5.00 singed in pencil by engravers Kennedy and Phillipe, $5.00 with some very minor toning and small card fault in extreme bottom right corner, Very Fine pair of die proofs for the top values of the 1894 Issue, ex Finkelburg (Image)

$ 1,150.00

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Sold...US$ 750.00

Closed..Oct-22-2019, 11:23:58 EST
Sold For 750

Sale No: 1209
Lot No: 1062
Symbol: P
Cat No: 284P1

image 15c Olive Green, Large Die Proof on India (284P1). On 85 x 84mm card with full die sinkage, rich color, India paper with some speckled tiny toned spots, otherwise Very Fine, ex Finkelburg (Image)

$ 800.00

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Sold...US$ 275.00

Closed..Oct-22-2019, 11:24:45 EST
Sold For 275

Sale No: 1209
Lot No: 1063
Symbol: P
Cat No: 286P4

image 2c Copper Red, Plate Proof on Card (286P4). Deep rich color, large even margins including frameline of adjoining stamp at left


Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) plate proofs of the 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (or of any BEP commemorative issue) should not be confused with the more readily available 1893 Columbian plate proofs, which were printed by a private bank note company. The Trans-Mississippi plate proofs are great rarities. In fact, of the nine denominations, only the 2c and $2.00 Trans-Mississippi are found in plate proof form outside government archives--both are on card (no India paper proofs are known). We do not know of any other BEP commemorative plate proofs in private hands.

The only source of the $2.00 Trans-Mississippi plate proofs is a vertical block of six with imprint and plate number, sold in Part 17 of the Colonel Green sales (Harmer, Rooke & Co., 11/13-18/1944). The plate block of four from this multiple was offered in our 2019 sale of multiples from the William H. Gross Collection (Sale 1200, lot 174). The 2c Trans-Mississippi plate proof is equally rare--we have located only six singles and no multiples. At one point the vignettes for the 2c and $2.00 were switched, so perhaps this is the reason why plate proofs of these two denominations were released. (Image)

$ 10,000.00

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Sold...US$ 7,000.00

Closed..Oct-22-2019, 11:25:23 EST
Sold For 7000

Sale No: 1209
Lot No: 1064
Symbol: P
Cat No: 300P2-313P2

image 1c-$5.00 1902-03 Issue, Small Die Proofs on Wove (300P2-313P2). Complete set, rich colors, each on original gray card backing, 50c trifle oxidized


Only 85 presentation albums were prepared. (Image)

$ 4,250.00

Openings not Provided
Sold...US$ 2,300.00

Closed..Oct-22-2019, 11:26:20 EST
Sold For 2300

Sale No: 1209
Lot No: 1065
Symbol: PBL
Cat No: O70P3

image $10.00 State, Plate Proof on India (O70P3). Sheet of ten without the surrounding selvage, paper h.r. and few faults as often found on this fragile paper, Very Fine appearance and a very scarce multiple, Scott Retail as full sheet with selvage is $4,000.00, Scott Retail as blocks of four and singles (Image)

$ 1,150.00

Openings not Provided
Sold...US$ 600.00

Closed..Oct-22-2019, 11:27:01 EST
Sold For 600
Sale No: 1209
Lot No: 1066
Symbol: TC
Cat No: O35TC4-O45TC4

image 1c-90c Navy, Atlanta Trial Color Proofs on Card (O35TC4-O45TC4). Complete set of eleven proofs in Brown, large margins, fresh and Very Fine (Image)

$ 438.00

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Sold...US$ 375.00

Closed..Oct-22-2019, 11:27:31 EST
Sold For 375

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