Lot 649 /oIran, 1875, 2s Dark Cobalt Blue, Rouletted, complete horizontal sheet of 4, setting ABCD, full o.g., includes all four types used bearing various cancels; two used examples with small thin, otherwise Very Fine; M. Sadri handstamp, with 2011 Persiphila certificate. Persiphila No. 6.
Scott No. 12 Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
Lot 650 oIran, 1878, 5k Red Bronze, type A, blue Meched town cancel, full well balanced margins, strong color, Very Fine and choice, an attractive example of this scarce re-engraved Lion issue; with 2013 Persiphila certificate. Persiphila No. 32.
Scott No. 38 $2,500.
Lot 651 oIran, 1878, 5k Purple Bronze, type C, violet town cancels, margins large to touching at left, rich color, F.-V.F.; with 2006 Persiphila certificate. Persiphila No. 33.
Scott No. 39 $4,000.
A RARE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1878 FIVE KRANS RE-ENGRAVED LION ISSUE IN PURPLE BRONZE COLOR.
Lot 652 oIran, 1878, 1t Red Brown on Blue Thin Porous Paper, type B, central Teheran 2/11 town cancel, clear to large margins, strong color, Very Fine; with 2014 Persiphila certificate. Persiphila No. 28A.
Scott No. 40 $8,000.
A HANDSOME AND RARE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1878 ONE TOMAN RE-ENGRAVED LION ISSUE.
Lot 653Iran, 1878, 1t Red Brown on Blue, type D, tied on small piece by "Teheran 10/3" town cancel, ample to large margins, rich color, Very Fine and choice; with 2015 Persiphila certificate. Persiphila No. 28.
Scott No. 40 $8,000.
THE ONLY KNOWN USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1878 ONE TOMAN RE-ENGRAVED LION ISSUE ON PIECE.
Blue paper was used to indicate the Toman denomination. No multiples of this issue are known to distinguish the settings, but most likely were printed in the same setting as the one Kran stamps on yellow paper.
Lot 654 oIran, 1879, 5k Nasser-Eddin Shah Qajar Varieties, two postally used singles; one imperforate with Teheran town cancel and wide margins, other inverted center with neat octagon town cancel, later with minor corner nick not mentioned on certificate, Very Fine; each with Persiphila certificate. Persiphila No. 45E, 45Ba.
Scott No. 42a, 42b Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
Lot 655Italy & Colonies, 1926 Polar Flight of the Dirigible "Norge", specially printed petite flown card over the North Pole, franked with a remarkable vertical se-tenant pair of the Nobile flight vignette, one stamp with an inverted center, in addition to being imperforate between (Sanabria #S3i), tied along with a Netherlands 10c adhesive to the reverse by two strikes of violet flight cachet oval handstamps, the address side of the card are two strikes of special double circle "Luftpost Med 'Norge', 11-14 V 1926, Svalbard - Nordpolen - Alaska" double-circle flight cachets, card indicia signed by member of the flight crew, in addition signed by the legendary stamp dealer Philipp Kosack, Very Fine.
Estimate $2,000 - 3,000.
AN ENORMOUSLY RARE CARD, BELIEVED TO BE THE ONLY COVER KNOWN BEARING THIS RARE COMBINATION ERROR OF THE FLIGHT VIGNETTE.
Lot 656 ()Japan, 1871, Dragon, 500m Blue Green, Plate 1, Laid Paper, vertical strip of 4, without gum as issued, large margins, crisp detailed impression and rich vibrant color, Extremely Fine, a stunning showpiece; with 2008 ISJP certificate. J.S.C.A. No. 4e.
Scott No. 4 $2,600 for singles.
A WONDERFUL AND SCARCE MINT MULTIPLE OF THE 1871 500M DRAGON ISSUE.
Lot 657Japan, 1875, Cherry Blossom, 10s Ultramarine, Foreign Wove Paper, With Syllabic 4 "Ni", well centered single tied by crossroads cancel on U.S. Consulate Hankow China corner card cover to Kingston Mass., matching "I. J. Postal Agency, Shanghai May 8" cds alongside, stamp additionally tied by red "Yokohama, Paid All, May 19" cds, manuscript "via San Francisco" routing endorsement, "rec. June 15, 1887, Hankow" docketing at left and red San Francisco transit backstamp; small cover opening tear at left, Extremely Fine.
Scott No. 45 Estimate $5,000 - 7,500.
AN OUTSTANDING USAGE FROM THE U.S. CONSULATE IN HANKOW AND FRANKED WITH JAPANESE 10S CHERRY BLOSSOM ISSUE AT THE JAPANESE POSTAL AGENCY IN SHANGHAI, CHINA.