Lot 1181 SCuba, Special Delivery, 1899, 10c on 10¢ Blue, "Specimen" Overprint, plate 492, purple "Specimen" handstamp, rich color, o.g., lightly hinged, F.-V.F. and rare.
Scott No. E1S $1,500.
ONE OF ONLY THREE RECORDED CUBA 10¢ SPECIAL DELIVERY "SPECIMEN" OVERPRINTS WITH NO DOTS IN FRAME.
In March 1900 one pane of each denomination was prepared for the Paris and Pan-American Expositions. H.G. Mandel stamped most of these with "Specimen" on stamps that were mounted by him for the displays at the expositions.
Lot 1182Cuba, Special Delivery, 1899, 10c on 10¢ Blue, Special Printing, 5 Dots in Curved Frame Above Messenger's Head, "Specimen" Overprint, purple "Specimen" handstamp, rich color, o.g., hinge remnant, short perf, F.-V.F. and rare.
Scott No. E1Sa $5,250.
ONE OF ONLY THREE RECORDED CUBA 10¢ "SPECIMEN" OVERPRINTS WITH DOTS IN FRAME.
The five dots in curved frame above messenger's head was from plate 882, which was not used to print the ordinary Cuba #E1 issue.
Lot 1183Cuba, Special Delivery, 1899, 10c on 10¢ Blue, matching top and bottom plate number 492 and imprint strips of three, top with full wide selvage and showing frequent plate use with multiple pressmen's initials, reinforced at top edge; bottom plate containing no period after "Cuba" variety (pos. 47), o.g., F.-V.F.
Scott No. E1, E1a $2,000 + no premium for error.
Lot 1184 /Cuba, Special Delivery, 1899, 10c on 10¢ Blue, block of six, well centered with strong color, plate 492 positions 21-23/26-28 penciled on back, top center stamp (pos. 22) no period after "Cuba" variety, o.g., top corner stamps with h.r.'s, error and bottom left stamps n.h.; bottom right with small thin, separation between left pair and block, Very Fine and rare error multiple.
Scott No. E1, E1a $1,565 + as singles.
Lot 1185 /oCuba, Special Delivery, 1899, 10c on 10¢ Blue, group comprising E1 var. with recut line to left of frame (discovery), E1a used, three E1 used with Trinidad, Havana and New York cancels, and E1 block of four left margin with arrow, few small faults, block of 4, F.-V.F.
Scott No. E1 $1,480.
Lot 1186Cuba, Special Delivery, 1899, 10c on 10¢ Blue, used with 2c. on 2¢ reddish carmine (222) tied by two strikes of blue "Correos, Habana, 27.Abr.99" to local address; small stamp flaws, a Very Fine and scarce use; with 1977 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. E1; $450 Estimate $300 - 400.
Lot 1187 PCuba, Special Delivery, 1899, 10c Blue, Large Die Trial Color Proof on India, die sunk on full size 201x153mm card, intense color, Very Fine.
Scott No. E2TC1 $3,750.
AN EXCEPTIONALLY RARE CUBA 1899 10¢ SPECIAL DELIVERY LARGE DIE TRIAL COLOR PROOF.
Lot 1188Cuba, Special Delivery, 1899, 10c Orange, top right corner plate number 1432 and imprint block of 8, well centered throughout with vibrant color, o.g., never hinged, Very Fine and choice, A rare intact plate block.
Scott No. E3 Estimate $300 - 400.
Lot 1189 /Cuba, Special Delivery, 1899, 10c Orange, small collection comprising E2 top plate number 908 and imprint strip of three, E2 used on 5¢ entire tied by "Havana, Cuba, Nov 22 '99" duplex to Yonkers N.Y. (reportedly the earliest known use), E3P1 on full size card, and E3P2 Roosevelt small die proof on gray card, F.-V.F.
Scott No. E2, E3P1, E3P2 Estimate $750 - 1,000.
Lot 1190Cuba, 1910, 10c Orange & Blue, Center Inverted, exceptionally well centered within balanced margins, rich color on fresh paper, o.g., hinge remnant, a Very Fine and rare invert.
Scott No. E4a $1,250.