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United States Stamps continued...

1916-1919 WASHINGTON-FRANKLIN COILS continued...
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
741 nhu 496 image#496, 5c Blue coil, perf 10 vert., a superb quality mint single, outstanding centering amid large margins, bright fresh color, o.g., n.h., extremely fine; 2006 PSE certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $160.00): the highest grade the PSE has given to any #496.. (Image) $7.00

SOLD for $180.00
Will close during Public Auction
742 nhu 496 image#496, 5c Blue coil, perf 10 vert., gem mint pair, perfectly centered within large margins, fresh color, o.g., n.h., extremely fine; 2005 PSE certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $320.00); the highest grade given to any #496. (Image) $17.50

SOLD for $230.00
Will close during Public Auction
743 nhu 497 image#497, 10c Orange yellow coil, perf. 10 vert., mint pair in a quality that would please even the most fastidious collector, perfectly centered within extraordinarily large margins, gorgeous intense color and impression on immaculate paper, pristine o.g., n.h., extremely fine; a superb line pair in every regard (Superb 98 Jumbo; SMQ $520.00 as a 98); the only pair receiving this 98 Jumbo status with only one other grading higher. (Image) $95.00

SOLD for $675.00
Will close during Public Auction
744 nhu 497 image#497, 10c Orange yellow coil, perf. 10 vert., an especially desirable mint pair, flawlessly centered within unusually large margins, intense radiant color and impression, o.g., n.h., extremely fine gem; 2006 PSE certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $520.00); only one pair grades higher (100). (Image) $95.00

SOLD for $450.00
Will close during Public Auction
745 nh 497 image#497, 10c Orange yellow coil, perf. 10 vert., joint line pair, exceedingly well centered, uncommonly deep intense color and impression, o.g., n.h., extremely fine; 1997 PF certificate. (Image) $280.00

SOLD for $200.00
Will close during Public Auction
1917-1919 A.E.F. BOOKLET EDU's
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
746 EDU 498f image#498f, 1c Green A.E.F. booklet pane single, easily distinguished as being from an A.E.F. booklet pane by the wide imperforate margin at top, tied to French picture post card of the Americans arriving in France on July 4, 1917, this card posted on August 8, 1917, the earliest documented usage with the stamp tied by clear "U.S. Army Postal Service/Aug 8 1917/No. 2" four-bar cancel of APO 2 in Paris, France, violet U.S. censor handstamp at left, trivial corner crease, totally irrelevant to this transatlantic wartime posting, extremely fine.A great bonus to this card is that the sender is a war hero and his service record is well known. John Newport Greene went to France with the American Red Cross in January of 1917. He served six months with the Norton-Harjes Field Ambulance Service. He wrote and mailed this card just after his enlistment in the U.S. Army. He was commissioned a second Lieutenant in the field artillery. He was quickly promoted to first lieutenant and later became the first recipient of the U.S. Military Cross and the first American to receive the French Croix de Guerre for valor in battle.The A.E.F booklets were long thought to have first reached France in September of 1917 through the firsthand account of Dr. Warren Babcock of Detroit, who arrived with that shipment. However, subsequent research has established that an earlier shipment was ordered around the middle of June just as the preparations were being made for the deployment of troops in France and the United States Mail Agency in France was being established. This earlier shipment probably reached France around the end of July or first of August. The card offered here is the earliest 1c usage of only two known post cards with the 1c A.E.F. Booklet Pane stamp that have been recorded in August and can be identified to be from the first shipment. This certainly is a great exhibition piece for the variety of collections that could feature this earliest documented usage, A.E.F or Washington-Franklin rarity. Accompanied by a 1998 APS certificate; ex-"Alpha". (Image) Est. 5,000-7,500

SOLD for $4,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
747 c 499f image#499f, 2c Rose, Ty. I, A.E.F. booklet pane, unusually well centered top margin single, tied by U.S. Postal Service four-bar postmark of Army Post Office No. 2 with clear August 7, 1917 date, the earliest documented usage of this very rare issue, purple U.S. Army censor handstamp at left, includes multicolor French post card with message as an enclosure, datelined "Hdqts. Amer. Exp. Forces, France/Aug. 3/17 confirming this very early posting, originally sent to Springfield, Mass., then forwarded to Worthington, Mass. with Springfield duplex of August 24th on the front, stamp with insignificant corner crease, a very fine and handsome cover.Upon the entrance of the United States into the Great War, known as World War I, in mid-1917 preparations were made for the U.S. Post Service in France to serve the military as well as civilian support personnel. One interesting philatelic feature was the unique 1c and 2c booklets that were prepared for this service with each consisting of ten panes of thirty for each value's booklet. Dr. Warren Babcock, a Detroit physician with the forces in France and a philatelist, wrote a firsthand account of a September shipment that accompanied his passage to France arriving in September. It was long thought that this was the only shipment. However philatelic researcher, Ken Lawrence, in an article in the November 1997 "American Philatelist" established beyond doubt that there was an earlier smaller shipment of both denominations of these special A.E.F Booklets that reached France in late July or early August of 1917.Covers posted with the stamps from the A.E.F. booklets are not common with the 1c post card usages being scarcer overall than the 2c letter postings. Many were not saved as being common frankings and the supply was small, not being replenished because the military was granted free franking privileges, as well as the rate for a letter being increased to 3c in November 1917. But of much greater rarity are usages from August 1917 that can be established as being from the first sending as is this cover. It is believed that there are only two 2c covers posted in August as well as two 1c post card usages. The cover offered here is not only the earliest documented usage of the two known 2c covers but it is also the earliest documented usage of any A.E.F. booklet pane stamp. In fact, one can speculate that this cover and enclosure gives us a hint to the arrival date of the first shipment of booklets. The message written on Friday August 3rd was not posted until Tuesday August 7th. There are certainly other explanations for this delay, but it may well be that the stamps only arrived on Tuesday making this a first day cover of the earliest possible date. Accompanied by a 2000 APS and 2006 PF certificates; ex-"Alpha". (Image) Est. 5,000-7,500

SOLD for $7,250.00
Will close during Public Auction
1917-1919 WASHINGTON-FRANKLIN ISSUES
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
748 nhu 499 image#499, 2c Rose, Ty. I, a superb mint example of this common stamp, in anything but common quality, flawlessly centered within large balanced margins, lovely color that is exceptionally bright and fresh, pristine o.g., n.h., an extremely fine gem in every regard; 2006 PSE certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $260.00); this is the only mint #499 to achieve Superb 98 status, the highest grade awarded to this stamp. (Image) $0.75

SOLD for $425.00
Will close during Public Auction
749 og 500 image#500, 2c Deep rose, Ty. Ia, deep radiant color and an intense impression, well centered within large margins, o.g., l.h., very fine; 1990 PF certificate. (Image) $280.00

SOLD for $325.00
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750 O 500 image#500, 2c Deep rose, Ty. Ia, used, exceptionally well centered within especially wide margins which are quite uncommon on this stamp, radiant rich color and a strong detailed impression, light face-free c.d.s. cancel, extremely fine; one of the nicest used examples we have seen; 2003 PF certificate. (Image) $240.00

SOLD for $260.00
Will close during Public Auction
751 nhu 503 image#503, 4c Brown, a superb mint example, being impeccably well centered within exceptionally large margins, gorgeous rich color and a highly detailed impression on bright white paper, flawless o.g., n.h., extremely fine gem; 2007 PSE certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $700.00). (Image) $22.50

SOLD for $1,900.00
Will close during Public Auction
752 nhu 503 image#503, 4c Brown, a remarkably choice mint example that is precisely centered within large margins, strong rich color and a well defined impression, o.g., n.h., superb; 2006 PSE certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $700.00). (Image) $22.50

SOLD for $550.00
Will close during Public Auction
753 nhu 504 image#504, 5c Blue, impressive mint single, featuring lavishly large margins all around and being extraordinarily well centered within them, deep prooflike color and impression on crisp paper, o.g., n.h., extremely fine; a large-margined gem; 2007 PSE certificate (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $240.00 for 95 and $650.00 for 98). (Image) $20.00

SOLD for $400.00
Will close during Public Auction
754 og/nhbl 505 image#505, 5c Rose error, double error in a block of twelve, nicely centered (especially the top error stamp), strong color, o.g., error stamps both never hinged, bottom 2c stamps lightly hinged, a few perf. separations between 2c stamps at bottom, very fine; clear 2002 PSE certificate as wholly never hinged. (Image) $1,450.00+

SOLD for $600.00
Will close during Public Auction
755 nhbl 505 image#505, 5c Rose error, single error in a block of nine, bright fresh color, o.g., n.h., fine-very fine. (Image) $700.00

SOLD for $500.00
Will close during Public Auction
756 O 505 image#505, 5c Rose error, single used error in a horizontal strip of three, light neat strikes of a contemporaneous "New York/D" oval pmk., strong color, very fine; legitimately used examples of the Five Cent Error are rare, especially in this desirable se-tenant format; catalog value is irrelevant for such an impressive used strip; 1999 PF certificate for the block of six from which this came. (Image) $550.00

SOLD for $1,100.00
Will close during Public Auction
757 c 505 image#505, 5c Rose error, in se-tenant pair with 2c Rose (#499), beautifully fresh with lovely pastel rose color, the 5c being especially well centered, tied to legal-size cover with Virginia Hot Springs Co. corner card, Hot Springs, Va. flag machine cancel perfectly placed across the pair, March 27, 1917 earliest documented usage for both the 2c Rose and the 5c Rose error of color, mild edge wear to cover and a corner fault to the 2c value (inconsequential on this historically important cover), overall very fine and attractive.The legendary Five Cent Rose Error of Color came about because of a transfer error placing three 5c designs in a 2c plate. Plate no. 7942 containing these errors was used for the printings of both perforation 10 and 11, and even for a few imperforates (#485). The perforated mint examples are a favorite with collectors and are readily available. However, covers are of considerable rarity. Various censuses have been conducted and it is believed that the total number of the 5c errors of all types on cover is less than 60. The population narrows considerably for the error used in a se-tenant multiple with the 2c stamps with only five or six covers known.Certainly the earliest documented usage of this famous error is important, but what makes this cover spectacular and unique is that this is the earliest documented usage of both the ordinary 2c Rose as well as the 5c Error. This renown cover had resided in the famous Louis Grunin Gold Medal Collection before it was even recognized as the earliest documented usage. It was then owned by Thurston Twigg-Smith and more recently was in the collection of John R. Boker, who purchased it in the 2001 Robert Siegel Auction of the Thurston Twigg-Smith collection for $26,000.00 plus the 10% buyer's premium. A remarkable cover for the earliest documented usage or Washington-Franklin collector; ex-"Alpha. (Image) Est. 20,000-30,000

SOLD for $20,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
758 nhu 506 image#506, 6c Red orange, lovely mint single that is marvelously well centered within large margins, exceptionally bright and fresh radiant color, o.g., n.h., extremely fine; 2004 PSE certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $315.00). (Image) $27.50

SOLD for $270.00
Will close during Public Auction
759 nhu 507 image#507, 7c Black, an outstanding mint single, being incredibly well centered within lavishly large margins, strikingly intense "jet" black color and a deeply incised impression, o.g., n.h., extremely fine gem; 2001 and 2005 PSE certificates (latter graded XF-Superb 95; SMQ $640.00). (Image) $65.00

SOLD for $550.00
Will close during Public Auction
760 nhu 507 image#507, 7c Black, handsome right margin plate no. 8490 single, wonderfully well centered and margined, strong fresh color and a crisp impression, o.g., n.h., extremely fine and choice; 2007 PSE certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $640.00). (Image) $65.00

SOLD for $450.00
Will close during Public Auction

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