Lot 2721916, 5¢ carmine error, o.g., never hinged, choice centering and margins, fresh with rich color, Extremely Fine; with 2001 P.F. and 2004 P.S.E. certificates, the latter Graded (XF 90, SMQ $1,600).
Scott No. 467 $800.
Lot 2731916, 5¢ carmine error, o.g., never hinged, virtually perfect centering amid wide margins, rich brilliant color and Post Office fresh, Extremely Fine and choice, a wonderful never hinged gem (in our opinion, a bit undergraded); with 2016 P.S.E. certificate Graded (XF 90, SMQ $1,600).
Scott No. 467 $800.
Lot 2741916, 15¢ gray, o.g., never hinged, large beautifully balanced margins and exceptional centering, strong bright color, Extremely Fine to Superb, a striking gem, with only eight examples graded higher; with 2004 P.S.E. certificate Graded (XF-Sup 95, SMQ $2,250).
Scott No. 475 $375.
Lot 2751917, 50¢ light violet, o.g., never hinged, exceptional centering and margins, strong vibrant color in bright paper, Extremely Fine to Superb, one of ten examples to receive this grade with three examples grading higher (all 98); with 2018 P.S.E. certificate Graded (XF-Sup 95, SMQ $6,850).
Scott No. 477 $1,900.
A GEM NEVER HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1917 50¢ FRANKLIN ISSUE.
The 1917 50¢ stamp was produced for only a very short period. It was released three weeks before the new 1917 Perf. 11 issue and was only used for a short period before being replaced by the new issue.
Lot 2761916, $1 violet black, o.g., never hinged, exceedingly well centered, strong color and impression on bright paper, fresh and Extremely Fine to Superb; with 2008 P.S.E. certificate Graded (XF-Superb 95, SMQ $5,750).
Scott No. 478 $1,400.
Only two have graded higher (both 98) and eleven others share this grade. This issue was in use for less than six months before the Perf 11 stamps were produced, and it is especially scarce in such outstanding condition with perfect centering.
Lot 2771916, $1 violet black, o.g., never hinged, wide margins and choice centering, deep rich color and particularly fresh, Extremely Fine and choice, with only fourteen examples graded higher; with 2002 P.S.E. certificate Graded (XF 90, SMQ $2,350).
Scott No. 478 $1,400.
Lot 2781917, $5 light green, o.g., never hinged, exceptionally well centered, brilliant color on crisp white paper, a Superb gem; with 2011 P.S.E. certificate Graded (Superb 98, SMQ $2,750).
Scott No. 480 $375.
A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1917 $5.00 MARSHALL PERF 10 ISSUE, WHICH IS GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. THIS IS THE HIGHEST MINT NEVER HINGED GRADE AWARDED.
Lot 279 o1920, 2¢ deep rose, type Ia, imperf, Deep intense color on bright white paper, enormous jumbo margins all around, Schermack perforations completely intact at left and showing small part of adjoining stamp at left, cancel leaves most of design clearly visible, an Extremely Fine jumbo, ex-Drucker; with 1986 and 2003 P.F., and 2018 P.S.E. certificates, latter Graded (XF 90J, SMQ $135,000 as 90).
Scott No. 482A $65,000.
THE HIGHEST GRADED OF ONLY 40 RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THIS MAJOR 20TH CENTURY RARITY, ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE WITH SUCH ENORMOUS MARGINS AROUND DESIGN.
Scott 482A was issued imperforate by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing and sold to the Schermack Company for use in its patented stamp-affixing machines. The Schermack "Sealer and Stamper" machine typically applied stamps one at a time, and, in most cases, the hyphen-hole perfs on one side would be cut off as a result of the cutting blade not aligning with the space between stamps. The release of imperforate sheets printed from the experimental Type Ia plates escaped the notice of contemporary collectors, resulting in a very small survival rate.
Lot 280 o1916, 2¢ carmine, type II, horizontal coil, line pair, Rock Island duplex cancel, brilliant color, well centered, faint diagonal crease barely visible from reverse only, Very Fine appearance.
Scott No. 491 $20,000.
AN ATTRACTIVE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1916 2¢ TYPE II HORIZONTAL LINE PAIR COIL - A GREAT RARITY WITH TEN EXAMPLES RECORDED.
Of the ten certified examples, three are known in multiples larger than pairs. Out of these seven pairs, two are faulty and one has a machine cancel which has been called into question. This leaves four sound line pairs which most of these have heavy of detracting cancellations. This example, although bearing a hidden fault, certainly is one of the most attractive that one can obtain.