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Gem-Quality United States Stamps continued...

1917-20 Issues (Scott 519-547)
Lot Sym. Lot Description  
1516 nh Image2c Carmine (519). Mint N.H., well-centered with wide margins, rich color, Extremely Fine, with 1982, 1999 and 2009 P.F. certificates (VF-XF 85) (Image)

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$ 900.00

SOLD for $1,000.00
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1517   Image2c Carmine (519). Rich color and detailed impression on bright paper, unusually choice centering with wide and balanced margins, neat strike of "Times Square N.Y." oval registry cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT PERF 11 DOUBLE-LINE WATERMARKED ISSUE, SCOTT 519, IN THE FINEST CONDITION ATTAINABLE. THIS WONDERFUL STAMP HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E., WHICH IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED.

The Johl book quotes Joseph B. Leavy, the Government Philatelist, who described how this issue came about: "In September 1910 the Postmaster of St. Louis transferred to the Postmaster of New York City the following imperforate postage stamps in sheets of 400 -- 120 sheets of the 1c -- 1,500 sheets of the 2c. They had been specially made with uniform margins [sic imperforate] for use by the United States Automatic Vending Machine Company, which company had moved to New York at that time. It seems that this firm had gone out of business for in 1917 the Postmaster in New York reported having on hand 1,467 sheets of the 2c imperforate, Series of 1908, and could find no record of the U.S. Automatic Vending Company, and asked that he be allowed to return them for credit. This being a period of conservation, the Bureau notified him to return them for perforation. They were perforated in September 1917, (four months after the last wheels of the perforating machines had been changed to gauge 11). In perforating them 34 sheets had been spoiled and were returned to the Bureau for redemption and destruction, leaving a total of 1,433 sheets of 400 or 573,200 stamps perforated 11, which were placed on sale in New York City." Johl further notes these were sold in the regular course of business and by the end of October had been distributed to post offices around New York. The majority was used for postage and destroyed before philatelists knew of the issue's existence. The example offered here, with a clear New York cancel and in superb condition, is a phenomenal rarity.

Ex "Natalee Grace". With 1996 and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $5,250.00). This is the highest grade awarded and it is shared by only one other. As another indication of rarity, only eight used copies have been graded in total, and the next-highest grade is a single example at VF 80. (Image)

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$ 1,800.00

SOLD for $2,200.00
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1518 nh Image$2.00 Orange Red & Black (523). Mint N.H. with part arrow right selvage, detailed impressions on post-office fresh paper, perfectly centered with Jumbo margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STUNNING MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE $2.00 ORANGE RED & BLACK 1918 FRANKLIN ISSUE, WHICH HAS BEEN AWARDED THE GRADE OF SUPERB 98 JUMBO BY P.S.E.

Ex Whitman. With 1997 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98 Jumbo; SMQ $9,000.00). This is the only example in the P.S.E. Population Report graded 98J. Only two stamps grade higher (one each at 100 and 100J). (Image)

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$ 1,100.00

SOLD for $3,250.00
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1519   Image$2.00 Orange Red & Black (523). Brilliant colors and detailed impressions, outstanding centering with Jumbo margins, light 1925 circular datestamp cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2001 P.F. and 2006 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $1,100.00), only two grade higher and two others share this grade (Image)

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$ 240.00

SOLD for $800.00
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1520 nh Image$5.00 Deep Green & Black (524). Mint N.H., mathematically perfect centering with wide margins, deep rich frame color, post-office fresh paper and gum

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS STUNNING MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1918 $5.00 FRANKLIN ISSUE HAS BEEN AWARDED THE PERFECT GRADE OF GEM 100 BY P.S.E. -- THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED.

Ex Merlin. With 2007 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100; SMQ $6,5000.00). Only one other stamp has equaled this perfect Gem 100 grade. (Image)

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$ 340.00

SOLD for $7,000.00
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1521 nh Image$5.00 Deep Green & Black (524). Mint N.H., intense colors and proof-like impressions, near perfect centering with wide margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1918 $5.00 BI-COLOR ISSUE, GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E.

With 2013 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $2,650.00). Only three grade higher (highest is the 100 offered in the previous lot). (Image)

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$ 340.00

SOLD for $1,500.00
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1522 nh Image2c Carmine, Ty. Va (528). Mint N.H. with bottom plate no. 11516 selvage, brilliant color on post-office fresh paper, outstanding centering with Jumbo margins, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2009 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98 Jumbo; SMQ $875.00 without premium for the plate no.), this is the highest grade awarded and it is shared by only seven others (Image)

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$ 20.00

SOLD for $750.00
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1523   Image2c Carmine, Ty. Va (528). Jumbo margins and near perfect centering, bright color, bold strike of oval grid cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98 Jumbo; SMQ $375.00), only two grade higher (Image)

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$ 0.40

SOLD for $300.00
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1524 nh Image3c Purple, Ty. IV (530). Mint N.H. with bottom plate no. 9561 selvage, fresh color on bright paper, near perfect centering with Jumbo margins, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2009 P.F. (Superb 98 Jumbo) and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98 Jumbo; SMQ $450.00), only one grades higher (at 100J) and three others share this grade (Image)

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$ 4.50

SOLD for $400.00
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1525   Image3c Purple, Ty. IV (530). Wide margins and precise centering, bright color, oval grid cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2013 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $250.00), only two grade higher and two others share this grade (Image)

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$ 0.30

SOLD for $200.00
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1526 bl Image1c Green (531). Right plate no. 9509 block of six, large margins, clear strikes of "Beloit Wis. Mar. 17 4PM 1919" duplex cancels, small thin spot at left center not mentioned on accompanying certificate, Very Fine appearance, this is the earliest documented use of Scott 531, with 2003 A.P.S. certificate (Image)

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E. $ 300-400

SOLD for $275.00
Will close during Public Auction

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