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2019 Rarities of the World continued...

1916-22 and Later Issues
Lot Sym. Lot Description  
2094°   Image2c Deep Rose, Ty. Ia, Imperforate, Schermack Ty. III Private Perforation (482A). Incredibly deep rich color on bright paper, full Schermack perforations on both sides, with additional margin to left of Schermack perforations, wide margins at top and bottom, centered to left as are virtually all known examples, perfect wavy-line machine cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS IS ONE OF THE FINEST EXAMPLES OF THE 2-CENT TYPE Ia IMPERFORATE IN EXISTENCE. AN OUTSTANDING RARITY AND ONE OF THE RAREST STAMPS OF 20TH CENTURY UNITED STATES PHILATELY.

Scott 482A, like its slightly more famous predecessor, Scott 314A, was issued imperforate by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing and sold to the Schermack Company for use in its patented stamp-affixing machines. The Schermack "Sealer and Stamper" machine typically applied stamps one at a time, and, in most cases, the hyphen-hole perfs on one side would be cut off. Unlike Scott 314A, the release of imperforate sheets printed from the experimental Type Ia plates escaped the notice of contemporary collectors, and, therefore, has a very small survival rate.

Our census of Scott 482A, available at our website at https://siegelauctions.com/census/US/Scott/482A , records one pair (ex Zoellner), four covers, one unused single (perfs trimmed on both sides), a used pair and 40 used singles for a total of 47 stamps.

Schermack Type III stamps are often cut into the design by the oblong perforations or miscut with one side of the perforated margin missing. This problem for collectors, which meant very little to contemporary users of the stamps, resulted from two consecutive events. First, the sheets were perforated with the Schermack holes, creating an opportunity for misalignment between the stamps. Second, when the strip of stamps was fed through the Schermack affixing machine, the cutting blade did not always align with the space between stamps. The stamp offered here is remarkable because the Schermack perforations just touch the design, and it was cut with margins well clear of the design and with Schermack perforations intact.

Census No. 482A-CAN-20. Ex Twigg-Smith, "Scarsdale" and "Hanover". 1989 and 2001 P.F. certificates no longer accompany. With 2009 and 2017 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $135,000.00). This is the only Scott 482A at the 90 grade, with only one higher (at 90J) (Image)

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$ 65,000.00


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2095 nh Image3c Dark Violet, Ty. II (502). Mint N.H., deep rich color on bright paper, intense impression, perfectly centered with Jumbo margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS IS THE ONLY EXAMPLE OF SCOTT 502 GRADED GEM 100 JUMBO BY P.S.E. -- THE HIGHEST GRADE POSSIBLE ON THE GRADING CHART. THE ESSENCE OF PERFECTION.

Ex "Scarsdale", "Westchester" and "Golden State". With 1997 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (Gem 100 Jumbo; unpriced in this grade in SMQ, SMQ $1,900.00 as 100). The highest grade possible and the only to achieve it. This stamp has attracted strong interest every time it has been sold -- $4,500 hammer in the 2007 "Scarsdale" sale, $5,250 hammer in the "Westchester" sale and $6,250 hammer in the recent "Golden State" sale. Moving down the scale, one is graded 100 (we have never offered it) and only four are graded 98 -- low Population Report numbers. (Image)

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$ 27.50


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2096 nh Image6c Red Orange (506). Mint N.H., perfectly centered with Jumbo margins, vibrant color as fresh as the day it was printed on bright paper

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A PERFECT POST-OFFICE FRESH MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF SCOTT 506, GRADE GEM 100 JUMBO BY P.S.E. -- THE HIGHEST GRADE POSSIBLE AND THE ONLY TO ACHIEVE IT.

Ex "Golden State". With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 100, SMQ $1,350.00 as 100). This is the highest grade possible and the only stamp to achieve it. (Image)

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25.00


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2097 nh Image9c Salmon Red (509). Mint N.H., radiant color as fresh as the day it was printed, perfectly centered with Jumbo margins

EXTYREMELY FINE GEM. A PHENOMENAL MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 9-CENT PERF 11 1917 ISSUE, SCOTT 509, GRADED SUPERB 98 JUMBO BY P.S.E.

Ex "Southern Cross", Dr. Morris, Dr. Killien, "Westchester" and "Golden State". With 1993 P.F. and 2006 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98 Jumbo; SMQ $850.00). In our opinion the SMQ value is far too low. Only one has graded higher (at 100, the margins are noticeably smaller than the stamp offered here but it must measure closer to perfect) and two others share this grade. (Image)

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25.00


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2098 nh Image30c Orange Red (516). Mint N.H., mathematically perfect centering with incredible Jumbo margins, fiery color, post-office fresh paper and gum

EXTREMELY FINE GEM MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF SCOTT 516, GRADED GEM 100 JUMBO BY P.S.E. -- THE HIGHEST GRADE POSSIBLE AND THE ONLY EXAMPLE TO ACHIEVE IT.

Ex Merlin. With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 100, SMQ $1,900.00 as 100). This is the highest grade possible and no others share this grade in any condition (Mint N.H., hinged or used). (Image)

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$ 70.00


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2099 nh Image2c Carmine, Ty. VII, Imperforate (534B). Mint N.H., huge and balanced margins all around, gorgeous color and impression

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 2-CENT TYPE VII IMPERFORATE, GRADED GEM 100 BY P.S.E. -- THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED AND THE ONLY ONE TO ACHIEVE THIS GRADE.

Most Type VII stamps were used by private vending and affixing-machine companies. However, unlike Scott 314A and 482A, a small supply of the imperforate 2c Type VII stamps did reach the public.

P.S.E. Encapsulated (Gem 100; SMQ $7,500.00). This is the highest grade awarded and the only one to achieve it. Multiples are extremely rare, so it is virtually impossible to "create" mutant 100 Jumbos by sacrificing surrounding stamps (Image)

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$ 3,750.00


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2100°   Image2c Carmine, Ty. VII, Imperforate (534B). Horizontal pair, large margins all around, brilliant color, lightly cancelled by parts of circular datestamp with "1922" clearly visible (the appropriate year of use for this issue)

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A RARE AND BEAUTIFUL LIGHTLY CANCELLED USED PAIR OF THE 2-CENT TYPE VII IMPERFORATE OFFSET ISSUE.

Our informal review of auction catalogues and the records of The Philatelic Foundation found four blocks of four and nine pairs, of which only four are sound. The sound example offered here is one of only three used pairs we have offered since keeping computerized records.

With 1967 P.F. and 2018 P.S.E. certificates (VF-XF 85; SMQ $3,400.00) (Image)

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$ 4,500.00


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2101 ogbl Image1c Green, Perf 10 at Bottom (498g). Top plate no. F 13381 block of six, bottom stamps show transitional perforations with right stamp Perf 11, center stamp transitional Perf 10/11, left stamp Perf 10, bottom left stamp and two stamps at top lightly hinged, others Mint N.H., deep rich color

VERY FINE. ONE OF ONLY TWO KNOWN MULTIPLES OF THE ONE-CENT GREEN 1917 ISSUE PERF 10 AT TOP OR BOTTOM, SHOWING TRANSITIONAL PERFORATIONS AND WITH PLATE NUMBER AT TOP. ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT 20TH CENTURY PERFORATION RARITIES.

At a certain point during production one of the perforating wheels became defective. In the course of repairs part of one perforation wheel was inadvertently changed from Perf 11 to Perf 10. Based on the physical evidence of surviving copies, this was the nineteenth row of pins on the wheel. Many examples of the Perf 10 on One Side rarities show transitional perfs where the out-of-gauge perforation pins crossed the span of more than one stamp.

Our census of this rarity contains 12 unused (including two in a block of four, four in a block of 25 and and two in this plate block of six) and seven used examples (two are part of a block).

Census No. 498g-OG-BL-02. With 2003 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail as one hinged and one Mint N.H. example of the variety without premium for the plate block (Image)

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$ 42,500.00


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2102 ogbl Image11c Light Green, Perf 10 at Bottom (511a). Top plate no. 13469 block of six, bottom left stamp with transitional 11/10 gauge perforations at bottom, bottom center stamp also has transitional perfs, bottom right Perf 10, bottom center stamp lightly hinged, the other two varieties are Mint N.H., radiant color

A FINE-VERY FINE AND EXTREMELY RARE PLATE BLOCK CONTAINING TWO MINT NEVER-HINGED AND ONE LIGHTLY-HINGED EXAMPLES OF THE 1917 11-CENT PERF 10 AT BOTTOM VARIETY. ONLY FOUR SUCH PLATE BLOCKS ARE KNOWN. AN OUTSTANDING EXHIBITION PIECE.

We record the following plate blocks containing Scott 511a: 1) plate no. 13470 with two Perf 10 stamps in the bottom row, ex Zoellner; 2) plate no. 13467, off-center with perfs touching at right; 3) plate no. 13467, three Perf 10 stamps in the bottom row, including a transitional 11-to-10 gauge; 4) plate no. 13469, with two transitional and one Perf 10 stamp in the bottom row, the example offered here.

With 2007 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail for just the three varieties without premium for the plate block (Image)

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$ 15,500.00


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2103   Image20c Light Ultramarine, Perf 10 at Top (515d). Horizontal pair, left stamp Perf 10 at top, right stamp normal Perf 11, "Chicago Illinois" precancel applied inverted, right stamp faint natural wrinkle

FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE PAIR OF THE 1917 20-CENT FRANKLIN WITH ONE STAMP PERF 10 AT TOP.

Our census of Scott 515d, available at https://siegelauctions.com/census/us/scott/515d , contains only thirteen used examples. Nine have precancels. This is the only example we record contained in a multiple.

Census No. 515d-CAN-10. The Scott Catalogue states in a footnote to this issue, "Valued in the grade of Fine." (Image)

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$ 12,500.00


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2104 ogbl Image2c Carmine, Perf 10 at Bottom (554d). Top plate no. 14411 block of six, bottom center and bottom right stamps Perf 10 at bottom, bottom left stamp transitional Perf 10 and 11 at bottom, top stamps normal, positions 2-4 and 6 Mint N.H. (two are the varieties), brilliant color

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. THE UNIQUE PLATE BLOCK OF THE 1922 2-CENT CONTAINING TWO STAMPS PERF 10 AT BOTTOM AND ONE STAMP WITH TRANSITIONAL PERFS AT BOTTOM. ONLY TWO OTHER UNUSED EXAMPLES OF THIS PERFORATION VARIETY ARE KNOWN TO US. ONE OF THE MOST OUTSTANDING PLATE BLOCK RARITIES OF THE 20TH CENTURY.

Our unpublished census of Scott 554d contains 20 used singles, a used block of four, four covers and five unused examples (three contained in the unique plate block offered here). The Scott footnote stating that the single unused example is unique is out of date and should be removed.

Unpublished Census No. 554d-OG-BL-01. With 2009 P.F. certificate (Image)

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E. $ 30,000-4,000


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