Lot 314 E1912, 1¢ black essay, approved engravers model of engraved incomplete of entire design, retouched in black ink, and mounted on thick gray cardboard, signed "Approved July 17/11 Frank H. Hitchcock" by Postmaster General Hitchcock, Very Fine.
Scott No. 405-E1 $5,750.
THE UNIQUE 1¢ 1912 ISSUE ESSAY APPROVED BY THE POSTMASTER GENERAL.
Postmaster General Frank H. Hitchcock in office March 1909 to March 1912.
Lot 3151912, 1¢ green, imperf horizontally, vertical block of six, imperf horizontally between upper right vertical pair, folded over, torn and spliced during manufacture, o.g., Fine and rare; with 2006 A.P.S. certificate.
Scott No. 405a $2,000.
We note only one other example of this variety, which is a pair certified by the Philatelic Foundation. We feel this is woefully undercatalogued by Scott.
Lot 3161912, 8¢ pale olive green, o.g., never hinged, precise centering and evenly balanced margins encompassing, Post Office fresh with rich brilliant color and a crisp impression, Superb; with 2016 P.S.E. Graded certificate (Superb 98, SMQ $1,750).
Scott No. 414 $100.
A MAGNIFICENT NEVER HINGED GEM EXAMPLE OF THE 1912 8¢ FRANKLIN ISSUE.
Lot 3171914, 1¢ green, o.g., never hinged, perfectly centered and encompassed by large even margins, rich color and Post Office fresh, a Superb gem, one of three examples to receive this grade with none higher; with 2014 P.S.E. Graded certificate (Gem 100, SMQ $800).
Scott No. 424 $5.
ONE OF THE FINEST EXAMPLES OF THE 1914 1¢ WASHINGTON ISSUE.
Lot 318 /1914, 1¢ green, imperf horizontally, Vertical Strip of 3, o.g., bottom pair never hinged, strong color, light natural gum crease at top left, Fine; with 1981 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 424c $6,000 as n.h. pair and ½ hinged.
A VERY SCARCE PERFORATION ERROR, PARTICULARLY IN A MULTIPLE LARGER THAN A PAIR.
Lot 3191914, 1¢ green, imperf between, complete sheet of 100 showing the error pair at top right, showing misperforation from fold-over creating the error, top right two stamps also imperf at top, bright color; top error stamp with small piece out, o.g., never hinged, F.-V.F. appearance, ex-Farrelly; with 1975 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 424f $13,000.
ONE OF ONLY TWO RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THIS ERROR, THIS BEING THE ONLY EXAMPLE IN A COMPLETE PANE.
This perforation error was caused when the sheet was accidentally folded at the corner before going through the perforating machine. This caused the double perforations along the top two stamps at right. The other recorded example of this error is contained in a block of nine (ex-Floyd, Whitman).
Lot 320 o1915, 2¢ red, type I, vertical rotary coil, vertical pair, Chicago, Ill. oval cancels, each stamp with exceptional centering and wide margins, bright vibrant color, Very Fine to Extremely Fine, this being the highest graded used pair by both the P.F. and the P.S.E. (the next highest being a 80); with 2003 and 2016 P.F. certificates, the latter Graded (VF-XF 85, SSV $9,250).
Scott No. 449 $5,250.
CONSIDERED TO BE THE FINEST USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1915 2¢ TYPE I ROTARY VERTICAL COIL PAIR IN EXISTENCE - A GREAT 20TH CENTURY COIL RARITY.
Lot 3211914, 2¢ carmine rose, type I, horizontal rotary coil, o.g., never hinged, outstanding centering within uncommonly wide margins, rich bold color and remarkable fresh, an Extremely Fine to Superb jumbo, the only example to receive this lofty grade with only two higher (both 98); with 2005 P.F., 2006 P.S.E. and 2015 P.S.A.G. certificates, the latter two Graded (both XF-Sup 95J, SMQ $1,800).
Scott No. 453 $300.
THE FINEST KNOWN NEVER HINGED JUMBO MARGIN EXAMPLE OF THE 1914 2¢ TYPE I HORIZONTAL ROTARY COIL ISSUE.
Lot 3221916, 30¢ orange red, deep and intense color, sharp proof-like impression on bright white paper, exceedingly well centered for this difficult stamp, natural s.e. at left, o.g., never hinged, fresh and Extremely Fine; with 1972 and 1996 P.F. certificates.
Scott No. 476A $4,500.
AN OUTSTANDING EXAMPLE WITH CHOICE CENTERING OF THE RARE 30¢ PERF 10 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 3231917, 50¢ light violet, o.g., never hinged, large evenly balanced margins and perfect centering, bright vibrant color, Superb, this being one of three examples to receive this grade with none higher; with 2013 P.S.A.G. and 2015 P.S.E. Graded certificates (both Superb 98, SMQ $17,500).
Scott No. 477 $2,000.
WITHOUT QUESTION ONE OF THE FINEST NEVER HINGED EXAMPLES OF THE 1917 50¢ FRANKLIN ISSUE WITH THE HIGHEST AWARDED GRADE BY THE P.S.E.