Lot 304 E1908, 1¢ black essay, approved engravers model photographically reduced from original artwork, retouched in black ink, and mounted on thick gray cardboard, signed "GvLM Sept. 26th 1908" by Postmaster General Meyer, Very Fine.
Scott No. 331-E1 $5,000.
THE UNIQUE 1¢ 1908 ISSUE ESSAY APPROVED BY THE POSTMASTER GENERAL.
Postmaster General George von Lengerke Meyer was in office March 1907 to March 1909.
Lot 3051909, 13¢ blue green, o.g., never hinged, exceptional centering amid uncommonly large margins, rich vibrant color and Post Office fresh, an Extremely Fine to Superb jumbo, a wonderful large-margin gem, with only two examples to receive this grade with only five higher, ex-Merlin; with 2008 P.S.E. Graded certificate (XF-Sup 95J, SMQ $1,150).
Scott No. 339 $90.
Lot 3061909, 4¢ orange brown, horizontal coil, line pair, o.g., very lightly hinged, rich vibrant color, choice centering, Very Fine to Extremely Fine, a lovely and scarce mint line pair; with 1995 P.F. and 2005 P.S.E. certificates, the latter Graded (VF-XF 85, SMQ $1,800).
Scott No. 354 $1,400.
Lot 3071909, 10¢ yellow, horizontal coil, horizontal pair, full o.g., choice centering within wide margins, rich bright color and free from any bends or inclusions that often plague this issue, Extremely Fine; with 1982 and 2016 P.F. certificates.
Scott No. 356 $7,000.
A CHOICE ORIGINAL GUM PAIR OF THE 1909 10¢ WASHINGTON HORIZONTAL COIL ISSUE.
The 1909 10¢ horizontal coil issue is known as one of the rarest of all U.S. coil issues. Only 15,000 where produced in rolls of 500. These rolls where sent to only six cities. Five of the 30 rolls where sent to the Chicago, Ill. Post Office where a Chicago auction firm purchased three rolls. They where able to sell approximately 300 to collectors while the balance was used on their mailing and sold to a local bank. This 300 sold to collectors apparently makes up a majority of the known mint examples on the market today.
Lot 3081910, 2¢ lake, o.g., never hinged, exceptional centering within wide margins, rich bright color and quite fresh, Extremely Fine; with 1981 & 2015 P.F. certificates, the latter Graded (XF 90, SSV $3,500).
Scott No. 375b $1,750.
CONSIDERED TO BE THE FINEST KNOWN MINT NEVER HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1910 2¢ ISSUE IN THE RARE LAKE SHADE EXTANT.
Lot 3091911, 5¢ blue, top margin single with part imprint, o.g., never hinged, positively perfectly centered with huge balanced margins, deep color and bright paper; post office fresh and absolutely Extremely Fine to Superb; an incredible stamp; 1998 P.F. and 2013 P.S.E. certificates, latter Graded (XF-Superb 95, SMQ $475).
Scott No. 378 $70.