Lot 643Germany, 1872 Small Shield, 2kr Red Orange, block of 4, o.g., never hinged, strong bright color, fresh with crisp detailed embossed centers, Very Fine, one of very few never hinged multiples in existence, accompanied by 2k orange shade block for comparison. Scott No. 8a $21,000 for singles.
Michel No. 8 €26,000 for singles ($28,650).
AN EXTREMELY RARE NEVER HINGED MULTIPLE OF THE 1872 2K SMALL SHIELD ISSUE IN THE RED ORANGE SHADE.
Lot 644Caroline Islands, 1910, Ponape Provisional, 5pf on 3pf Brown, well centered, tied by "Ponape, 12/7, 10" cds on picture post card to Berlin, Germany, with second official seal cachet handstamp alongside, post card showing native view, Very Fine; signed Bartels. Michel No. 7 Pv €6,000 ($6,610).
Scott No. 20 $5,500.
A VERY RARE USAGE OF THE CAROLINE ISLANDS 1910 5PF ON 3PF PONAPE PROVISIONAL ISSUE.
A large number of 5pf stamps where used during a visit by the German war ships "Scharnhorst" and "Nurmberg", which supposedly used up the supply. Because of this, 500 3pf stamps were surcharged 5pf and distributed. Part of the issue is sais to have been lost in the Ponape insurrection in late 1910.
Lot 645Kiauchau, 1900, 5pf on 10pf Carmine, type I surcharge, o.g., lightly hinged, brilliant color and Post Office fresh, Very Fine, a choice mint example of this scarce surcharge issue; with 1968 A. Diena certificate, signed Grobe. Scott No. 4 $3,250.
Michel No. 2 €4,000 ($4,410).
Lot 646Kiauchau, 1900, 5pf on 10pf Carmine, type II surcharge, full o.g., rich color, very fresh, Very Fine, an attractive example from the second Tsingtau issue; signed Richter & Rohr, with photocopy of 1968 A. Diena certificate. Scott No. 5 $3,250.
Michel No. 2 var. €4,000 ($4,410).
Lot 647Kiauchau, 1905, $1½ Black Violet, neatly tied on piece by 1906 Tsingtau town cancel, choice centering, rich color, Extremely Fine, an attractive used high value. Michel No. 26 €2,000 ($2,200).
Scott No. 31 $1,700.
Lot 648 oKiauchau, 1905, $2½ Slate & Carmine, socked-on-the-nose 1906 Tsingtau town cancel, strong bold colors, well centered, Very Fine. Michel No. 27A.
Scott No. 32 $5,000.
A CHOICE USED EXAMPLE OF THE KIAUCHAU 1905 $2½ SLATE & CARMINE.