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1901 Pan-American Issue

Lots 2180-2188

Lot 2180    

1901, Pan-American, 2¢ carmine & black, o.g., never hinged, perfect centering amid evenly balanced oversized margins, radiant colors on bright paper, a Superb jumbo, a stamp with few equals; with 2017 P.S.A.G. Graded certificate (98J, SSV $800 for only 98).
Scott No. 295    $40.

A REMARKABLE NEVER HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 2¢ PAN-AMERICAN ISSUE.

Realized: $950

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Lot 2181    

1901, Pan-American, 4¢ deep red brown & black, o.g., never hinged, precision centering amid large evenly balanced margins, rich colors an exceptional freshness, Extremely Fine to Superb, an exceptional never hinged gem; with 2017 P.S.E. Graded certificate (XF-Sup 95, SMQ $1,000).
Scott No. 296    $170.

Realized: $1,050

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Lot 2182    

1901, Pan-American, 4¢ deep red brown & black, o.g., never hinged, choice centering and margins, bold colors, Extremely Fine; with 2006 and 2013 P.F. certificates, the latter Graded (XF 90, SSV $400).
Scott No. 296    $170.

Realized: $675

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Lot 2183    

1901, Pan-American, 8¢ brown violet & black, o.g., never hinged, perfectly centered with uncommonly large margins around, bright and fresh with rich colors, an Extremely Fine to Superb jumbo, the highest awarded jumbo grade in never hinged condition with nine examples higher (all 98); with 2011 P.S.E. Graded certificate (XF-Sup 95J, SMQ $2,500).
Scott No. 298    $230.

AN EXCEPTIONAL LARGE MARGIN EXAMPLE OF THE 1901 8¢ PAN-AMERICAN ISSUE IN NEVER HINGED CONDITION.

Realized: $1,400

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Lot 2184    

1901, Pan-American, 8¢ brown violet & black, o.g., never hinged, well centered within wide margins, bright and fresh, Extremely Fine and choice; with 2016 P.F. Graded certificate (XF 90 XQ, SSV $475 for 90).
Scott No. 298    $230.

Realized: $700

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Lot 2185    

1901, Pan-American, 10¢ yellow brown & black, o.g., never hinged, beautifully centered amid uncommonly wide margins, fresh with rich colors, Extremely Fine and choice; with 2012 P.S.E. Graded certificate (XF 90, SMQ $850).
Scott No. 299    $300.

Realized: $650

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Lot 2186    

1901, Pan-American, 2¢ carmine & black, center inverted, o.g., lightly hinged, exceptional centering within beautifully balanced margins, bright colors on fresh paper, small thin and small tear at bottom, otherwise Extremely Fine, Scott catalog value for partial or disturbed gum; with 2017 P.S.E. certificate.
Scott No. 295a    $55,000.

A CHOICE APPEARING MINT EXAMPLE OF THE 1901 2¢ PAN-AMERICAN WITH INVERTED CENTER.

The 2¢ is the rarest of the regularly issued Pan-American Inverts with probably no more than 200 being issued based upon the fact that two distinct shades exist of the error, and therefore two panes of 100 were released. Current estimates show that less than 100 examples have survived, including about a half dozen used singles and two mint blocks (one rejoined).

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Realized: $15,000

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Lot 2187    

1901, Pan-American, 4¢ deep red brown & black, center inverted, bottom margin plate number single with siderographer's initials, o.g., lightly hinged which is normally encountered with disturbed o.g., deep color and wide margins, slightly rounded corner at top left not detracting, Very Fine; with 2010 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 296a    $85,000.

A WONDERFUL PLATE NUMBER SINGLE OF THE 1901 4¢ PAN-AMERICAN INVERTED CENTER - A GREAT RARITY AS ONLY FOUR PLATE NUMBER SINGLES ARE RECORDED.

The 4¢ invert was printed deliberately as the result of a misunderstanding. After the discovery of the 1¢ and 2¢ inverts in mid-1901, the Third Assistant Postmaster, Edwin C. Madden, decided to track down any additional errors. He had his assistant instruct the Bureau of Engraving and Printing to send any inverted Pan-American stamps to Madden's office. No inverted stamps in fact remained on hand, and interpreting Madden's communique as an unconditional demand for inverts, the Bureau produced four sheets of them from the 4 cent plates and sent 400 copies on to Madden. About about half were marked "Specimen" and between 1901 and 1904 Madden distributed 172 examples.

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Lot 2188 ()   

1901, Pan-American, 4¢ deep red brown & black, center inverted, without gum, well centered, strong colors, small thin, two trivial perf hole scuffs and a few slightly blunt perfs, Very Fine appearance, Scott catalog value for full slightly disturbed original gum.
Scott No. 296a    $85,000.

AN ATTRACTIVE EXAMPLE OF THE 4¢ PAN-AMERICAN WITH CENTER INVERTED - A GREAT 20TH CENTURY RARITY.

The 4¢ invert was printed deliberately as the result of a misunderstanding. After the discovery of the 1¢ and 2¢ inverts in mid-1901, the Third Assistant Postmaster, Edwin C. Madden, decided to track down any additional errors. He had his assistant instruct the Bureau of Engraving and Printing to send any inverted Pan-American stamps to Madden's office. No inverted stamps in fact remained on hand, and interpreting Madden's communique as an unconditional demand for inverts, the Bureau produced four sheets of them from the 4 cent plates and sent 400 copies on to Madden. About about half were marked "Specimen" and between 1901 and 1904 Madden distributed 172 examples.

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