Lot 2402 oDocumentary, 1871, Second Issue, 20¢ blue & black, center inverted, blue herringbone cancel, rich colors, small hole as a result of herringbone cut cancel & a couple trivial surface abrasions, otherwise Fine, Scott catalog value in the grade of fine and with small faults, ex-Newport, Curtis; with 1974, 2007 and 2015 P.F. certificates.
Scott No. R111a $7,000.
A VERY RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 1871 20¢ SECOND ISSUE WITH CENTER INVERTED.
Larry Lyons in his census of Scott R111a records only thirteen singles and a pair and notes that one single and one stamp in the pair are sound.
Lot 2403 oDocumentary, 1871, Second Issue, 25¢ blue & black, center inverted, 1871 manuscript cancel, choice centering and margins, incredibly rich colors and remarkable freshness as if it was printed just yesterday, Extremely Fine and choice, ex-Weill Brothers, Cunliffe; with 1989 and 2014 P.F. certificates.
Scott No. R112a $11,000.
WITHOUT A DOUBT ONE OF THE FINEST EXAMPLES OF THE 1871 25¢ SECOND ISSUE WITH CENTER INVERTED.
The Larry Lyons census records only seventeen examples of this inverted center. Ten examples which have faults and three have no notes as to condition.
Lot 2404Documentary, 1871, Second Issue, $1 blue & black, center inverted, part o.g., rich bright colors, fresh and Fine, ex-Cunliffe; with 1984 and 2015 P.F. certificates.
Scott No. R118a $5,000.
THE UNIQUE MINT ORIGINAL GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1871 $1 SECOND ISSUE WITH CENTER INVERTED.
Only two examples of the 1871 $1 Center Inverted issue are known in mint condition, with the other example no gum.
Lot 2405 oDocumentary, 1871, Second Issue, $20 blue & black, neat face-free manuscript cancel, strong colors, F.-V.F.
Scott No. R129 $1,000.
Lot 2406 oDocumentary, 1871, Second Issue, $20 blue & black, 1871 manuscript cancel, bold color, Fine.
Scott No. R129 $1,150.
Lot 2407 oDocumentary, 1871, Second Issue, $200 red, blue & black, neat 1871 manuscript cancel, exceptional centering amid evenly balanced margins all around, wonderfully rich colors not normally encountered on this issue, inconsequential minute natural inclusion not mentioned on clear certificate, a Superb gem, ex-Weill; with 2016 P.S.E. Graded certificate (Superb 98).
Scott No. R132 $8,250.
CONSIDERED TO BE THE FINEST EXAMPLE OF THE 1871 $200 "SMALL PERSIAN RUG" ISSUE IN REGARDS TO CENTERING, COLOR AND OVERALL CONDITION.
A P.S.E. Graded 90 example was sold for $17,000 hammer price in Siegel's March 2014 sale.
Lot 2408 oDocumentary, 1871, Second Issue, $500 "Persian Rug", neat face free circular cut cancel, deep rich colors, very well centered especially for this difficult oversized issue, tiny thin spot, otherwise Extremely Fine, Scott catalog value for small faults, ex-Joyce, Zoellner and Floyd; with 2001 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. R133 $17,500.
AN EXCEPTIONAL WELL CENTERED EXAMPLE OF THE $500.00 LARGE PERSIAN RUG WITH CONDITION FAR BETTER THAN NORMALLY ENCOUNTERED.
Only 210 $500 "Large Persian Rugs" were issued with most examples faulty to some degree. The example here is far better than most having only a thin flaw. The Kingsley census records 76 copies, and a handful are known outside of the census.
Lot 2409 oDocumentary, 1872, Third Issue, 15¢ brown & black, center inverted, neat blue 36 in circle cancel, strong vivid color, attractively centered and far better than the majority of these issue, few small surface scuffs at right hardly detracting, Very Fine appearance, ex-Cunliffe; with 2015 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. R139a $16,000.
ONE OF THE FINER EXAMPLES OF THE 1872 15¢ THIRD ISSUE WITH INVERTED CENTER BEARING A COMPLIMENTARY HANDSTAMP COLOR CANCELLATION.
The Larry Lyons census records only 13 singles and one pair of this issue. Of these most are poorly centered and almost half bearing cut cancels.
Lot 2410 oDocumentary, 1952, $2,500 carmine, Very Fine, ex-Bulkley.
Scott No. R617 $275.
Lot 2411 oDocumentary, 1953, $5,000 carmine, serial no. 174, neat "Cancelled" and 1853 dateline handstamps, rich deep color, slight crease at left, otherwise Very Fine.
Scott No. R652 $6,000.
A VERY RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 1853 $5,000 DOCUMENTARY ISSUE - WITH LESS THAN TEN EXAMPLES KNOWN AND ONE OF ONLY A COUPLE WITHOUT CUT CANCEL OR PERFIN INITIALS.