Lot 12001912, 10¢ orange yellow, o.g., never hinged, perfect centering within evenly balanced margins, rich deep color, fresh and pristine, Extremely Fine to Superb, a wonderful never hinged gem; with 2015 P.S.E. Graded certificate (XF-Sup 95, SMQ $550).
Scott No. 416 $100.
Lot 12011914, 50¢ violet, o.g., never hinged, precision centering amid wide well balanced margins, rich deep color on bright paper, Extremely Fine to Superb; with 2005 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 421 $850.
AN EXCEPTIONAL NEVER HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1914 50¢ FRANKLIN ISSUE.
Lot 1202 /1914, 50¢ violet, top margin plate block of 6 with plate number "7057", o.g., top center stamp very lightly hinged, others never hinged, choice overall centering, vivid rich color on fresh paper, Extremely Fine; with 2015 P.S.E. certificate.
Scott No. 421 $10,000.
WITHOUT QUESTION, ONE OF THE FINEST EXAMPLES OF THE 1914 50¢ VIOLET IN TOP MARGIN PLATE BLOCK FORMAT.
Lot 12031912, $1 violet brown, block of 4 with horizontal guideline, Post Office fresh o.g., hinge remnant (very small on left stamps), choice centering amid wide margins, rich color and proof-like impression on bright fresh paper, Extremely Fine and choice, an Outstanding Block; with 2015 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 423 $2,000.
Lot 1204 o1915, 2¢ red, type I, rotary coil, vertical line pair, 1918 R.P.O. town cancels, exceptional centering for this typically off-centered coil, bright distinctive color, Very Fine to Extremely Fine, the only example to receive this ultimate grade with none higher, ex-Anderson, N. Grace; with 1992 P.F. certificate and 2007 P.S.E. Graded certificate (VF-XF 85, SMQ $32,500).
Scott No. 449 $25,000.
CONSIDERED TO BE THE FINEST USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1915 2¢ TYPE I ROTARY VERTICAL COIL LINE IN EXISTENCE - A GREAT 20TH CENTURY COIL RARITY.
This quintessential used coil line pair sold in the Siegel 2012 Natalee Grace Collection of Used U.S. Stamps sale for $30,000 hammer. It is believed that only eleven coil line pairs in used condition exist, most of which are faulty, or if sound with perfs cutting into the design.
Lot 1205 /1916, 3¢ violet, rotary coil, horizontal line strip of 4, o.g., left and right stamps h.r., center line pair never hinged, beautifully centered, bold color and Post Office fresh, Extremely Fine, a choice pristine line pair; with 2015 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 456 $3,050.
Lot 1206 o1914, 2¢ carmine, imperf coil, horizontal line pair, two strikes of light December 1914 duplex cancels, attractively centered, bold bright color, light crease in lower portion of right margin which does not affect the design, Very Fine, ex-N. Grace; with 1981 and 2009 P.F. certificates.
Scott No. 459 $50,000.
THE UNIQUE USED LINE PAIR OF 1914 2¢ IMPERF VERTICAL COIL - THE EARLIEST KNOWN USAGE OF THE FIRST ROTARY COIL TO BE ISSUED - A PHENOMENAL U.S. PHILATELIC RARITY.
The 1914, 2¢ carmine, imperf coil was issued on June 30th of 1914 with 21,000 coils being ordered by the U.S. Automatic Vending Machine Company. This order consisted of 14 rolls of 1,000 and 14 rolls of 500. Since no notice was given that this order was filled with the new rotary press stamps, its existence went completely unnoticed at the time of issuance. It wasn't until 1917 that two of these rolls (one 1,000 roll and one 500 roll) where noted by stamp dealer Philip Ward Jr. and is the source for virtually all the unused examples in the market today.
Lot 12071916, 5¢ carmine error, o.g., never hinged, perfect centering amid large evenly balanced margins, rich radiant color and Post Office freshness, a Superb gem, the sole never hinged example to receive this superb grade with none higher (with the next highest grade being a 98); with 2013 P.S.A.G. and 2015 P.S.E. certificates, both Graded (Gem 100, SMQ $25,000).
Scott No. 467 $850.
WITHOUT QUESTION - THE FINEST MINT NEVER HINGED 1917 5¢ CARMINE PERF 10 ERROR IN EXISTENCE.
Lot 12081916, 30¢ orange red, o.g., never hinged, choice centering amid wide margins, rich intense color and Post Office fresh, Extremely Fine; with 1984, 1997 and 2006 P.F. certificates, the later Graded (XF 90, SSV $12,250).
Scott No. 476A $4,500 for the grade of fine.
BY FAR - ONE OF THE FINEST EXAMPLES OF THE 1916, 30¢ ON UNWATERMARKED PAPER.
It is believed that the Scott 476A came into existence during the transition from gauging perforation 10 to 11 and the use of the new unwatermarked paper. Although the Bureau does not record producing such an issue, it is evident that at least three different unwatermarked sheets where used, creating the 209 issued stamps (top right pane of 100 from plate #6911, bottom right pane of 100 from plate #6917, two left sheet margin blocks of 4 and a bottom margin single from plate #6914. The far majority of these stamps are off-centered and is the reason for the Scott catalog valuation in the grade of fine, with only a few truly extremely fine examples extant.
Lot 1209 o1920, 2¢ deep rose, type Ia, imperf, neat slogan machine cancel, margins large showing the Schermack type III perfs at left to just shaving design at upper right, intense deep rose color on bright paper, Fine and attractive, one of the very few bearing a slogan machine cancellation; with 1963 and 2001 P.F. certificates.
Scott No. 482A $65,000.
A HANDSOME AND DESIRABLE SOUND EXAMPLE OF THE 1920 2¢ TYPE IA IMPERFORATE WITH SCHERMACK TYPE III PRIVATE PERFORATIONS.
Of the approximately 45 examples known, only one example is known mint, only one used pair is recorded. Many of the known singles have margins cutting well into the design.