Lot 503China (People's Republic), 1968, "The Whole Country is Red" (W14), o.g., never hinged, fresh Post Office color, there is a very light paper crack at bottom which has small spot that has been touched up, trivial corner perf crease at bottom right (mentioned for complete accuracy), Extremely Fine appearance.
Scott Nos. 999A $135,000.
A SUPERB LOOKING EXAMPLE OF THIS PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC CHINA RARITY.
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Lot 2063 /1869, 2¢ brown, Large Part Sheet of 110 (10 x 11) showing full sheet margin and Plate "No. 27" Block with Imprint at top, natural s.e. at left, perfs touching or slightly in, fresh o.g., mostly never hinged, beautiful bright shade and proof-like impression, some perfs separations at edges with minor hinge reinforcement, light crease through Plate No. Block & light horiz. bend affecting 9th row, Fine and attractive.
Scott Nos. 113 $105,000.
AN IMPRESSIVE 1869 PICTORIAL MULTIPLE, APART FROM THE 3¢ 1869 (WHICH EXISTS IN SHEETS), ONE OF THE LARGEST BLOCKS OF THE 1869 ISSUE AND HAS NOT APPEARED ON THE AUCTION MARKET SINCE A 1982 SIEGEL RARITIES OF THE WORLD AUCTION.
The 1869 mono chrome issues (1¢ - 12¢) were printed in sheets of 300 and divided into two panes of 150 examples. Whereas the 1869 Bi-Color issues (15¢ - 90¢) were printed in sheets of 100.
This sheet represents a portion of the right pane showing the dividing arrows on the fifth and 10th rows. It is thought that these guide arrows were placed so that the sheets of 150 could be easily divided by the Post Office into blocks of 50 examples.
Lot 469 ()China (People's Republic), 1953, Russian Revolution 35th Anniversary (C20N) complete, inscribed "Soviet" (two additional characters), the four values with the extra "Soviet" inscription and printed in different colors than the issued stamps, without gum as issued, well-centered, bright colors, the $800 green Statue of Stalin with faintest trace of toned spots at left, which in no way detracts, Very Fine and rare. Yang Nos. C94-C97.
Scott Nos. 194-197 var. $30,000.
A GORGEOUS UNUSED SET OF THE UNISSUED OCTOBER REVOLUTION SET. ONE OF THE KEY SETS OF A PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA COLLECTION IN CHOICE CONDITION.
This set was unofficially released at several small post offices in Hunan, Fukien and Canton areas in February 1953. They were quickly withdrawn after a small number had been sold. The vast majority of sets we have seen on the market have faults from minor to severe (including repairs). This condition of this set, is in outstanding condition and is fault free, which is far above the norm. See Scott Footnote
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Lot 13901855, 10¢ green, type IV, horizontal strip of 3, types II-IV-II (14-16-14), Positions 75-77L1, Pos. 76L recut at bottom, four large margins, tied by black "Philadelphia Pa. May 3" cds on cover to Germany via Prussian closed mail, red "N. York 7 Am. Pkt. Paid May 9" credit cds and red "Aachen Franco" in box, Extremely Fine, ex-Gibson & Koppersmith; with 1987 P.F. & 1999 P.S.E. certificates.
Scott Nos. 16 Estimate $7,500 - 10,000.
A STUNNING COVER AND ONE OF THE FINEST EXAMPLES OF A COMBINATION STRIP.
Lot 1591Northern Liberties News Rooms, Sub Post Office. Type I, circular mark, incredibly detailed perfectly impressed at bottom left on folded letter datelined "Philadelphia Mar. 14, 1836" to Reverend Alexander McGill in Carlisle Penn., postmarked red "Phila 14 Mar." in octagonal frame, manuscript "Paid 12½" rate marking; trivial cover tear at top & some edge splits, Extremely Fine, ex-S. Brown, Gibson, Meroni & V. Morris; with 1999 P.F. certificate.
Estimate $7,500 - 10,000.
A STUNNING EXAMPLE OF THE NORTHERN LIBERTIES NEWS ROOM MARKING, WHICH WAS APPLIED TO MAIL HANDLED BY THE SUB POST OFFICE OPERATED BY ANDREW MCMAKIN.
Lot 2715Hawaii, 1893, Provisional Govt., 6¢ green, black overprint, large part o.g., decent centering, fresh gum and strong color, vertical crease, Fine, one sheet of 50 was issued; with 2004 P.S.E. certificate.
Scott Nos. 66C $15,000.
A SCARCE MINT EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 1893 6¢ BLACK OVERPRINT ERROR, ONLY ONE SHEET OF 50 WAS ISSUED.
Two errors of the 1893 Provisional Government Overprint Issues were made. One sheet of the 10¢ Red Brown, normally overprinted in black, was overprinted in red (Scott 61B). One sheet of the 6¢ Green, normally overprinted in red, was overprinted in black (Scott 66C). According to an affidavit by Louis T. Kenake, clerk of the Stamp Division of the Republic of Hawaii, the 10¢ sheet was issued to the postmaster at Kahuka, Oahu (Meyer-Harris, proof. 240). The 6¢ sheet was purchased by Postmaster Jos. M. Oat and sometime around 1901 most of it was sold to dealer J. H. Makins, probably on behalf of Henry J. Crocker. The San Francisco earthquake is said to have destroyed a number of examples of both the overprint errors, realized $11,000 in our 2004 auction.
Lot 881Philippines, 1868-74, "HABILITADO POR LA NACION", 5c Vermilion, Double Inverted Overprint, left copy in a right margin horizontal pair with normal with "faint double overprint", clear to just cutting margins the other sides, pair, part o.g. (h.r.), each copy affected by some small faults, attractive Very Fine appearance, a rare showpiece with only 5 mint overprinted stamps known and this pair being the only recorded multiple and incorporating the only recorded overprint variety. Very important item for any serious Spanish Philippines collection; with 2009 A.P.S. certificate stating "right stamp has light creases" only.
Scott Nos. 27A; $16,000 + (as 2 normal singles) Estimate $6,000 - 8,000.
Lot 19881861, 1¢ blue, types I, II & IIIa, block of 4 (positions 67-68/77-78L12), top right and bottom left stamps type I, bottom right type II & top left type IIIa, full o.g., rich deep color, some hinge reinforcements, ex-Wagshal; with 2011 Weiss certificate for block of 16.
Scott Nos. 18,20,22 $10,500.
A RARE MINT MULTIPLE OF THE 1857 1¢ ISSUE FROM PLATE 12 CONTAINING THREE DIFFERENT TYPES.
Lot 20751869, 90¢ carmine & black, full o.g. (slightly disturbed), well centered amid huge margins all around, rich colors, a Very Fine and choice jumbo, one of the largest 90¢ Pictorial issues we have ever encountered; with 2017 P.F. & P.S.E. certificates.
Scott Nos. 122 $11,000.
A REMARKABLE LARGE MARGIN MINT EXAMPLE OF THE 1869 90¢ PICTORIAL ISSUE.