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Lot 562
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1863, 2¢ Black Jack, group of trial color plate proofs on India (Scott 73P3, 73TC3a//j), seven different; light blue, green, vermilion, scarlet, dull red, dull rose and gray black; also includes a normal die I plate proof on India in black; four stamps with thins, otherwise Fine to Very Fine.
Scott $1,900.
Estimate $750 - 1,000.
Realized $450.
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Lot 563
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1863, 2¢ gray black, trial color plate proof on India (Scott 73TC3j), bottom margin block of 4 with trial cancel on upper right stamp.
Scott $2,500.
Estimate $1,200 - 1,800.
Realized $1,600.
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Lot 564
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1863, 2¢ black, die I, hybrid large die proof (Scott 73P1), plate proof on India on 126 x 203 mm card (not die-sunk); bit of light foxing, otherwise Very Fine.
Scott $10,000 as normal.
Estimate $3,000 - 4,000.
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Lot 565
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1863, 2¢ black, die II, large die proof (Scott 73P1a), die no. "1030", die-sunk on card 104 x 141 mm; some thinning on back of card, otherwise Very Fine.
Scott $2,500.
Estimate $1,500 - 2,000.
Realized $950.
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Lot 566
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1863, 2¢ black, die I, plate proof on India (Scott 73P3), a choice bottom margin imprint & plate no. 28 strip of 4, bright and fresh with large margins all around, Extremely Fine. A very rare positional piece.
Scott $600 +++.
Estimate $1,500 - 2,000.
Realized $1,100.
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Lot 567
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1863, 2¢ black, die I, plate proof on India (Scott 73P3), right sheet margin block of 6, large margins all around, Very Fine.
Scott $1,050 as a block and a pair.
Estimate $750 - 1,000.
Realized $425.
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Lot 568
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1863, 2¢ black, die II, plate proof on India (Scott 73P3a), left sheet margin block of 8, fresh; small faults, Very Fine appearance.
Scott $1,100 as two blocks of 4.
Estimate $750 - 1,000.
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Lot 569
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1863, 2¢ black, die I, plate proof on stamp paper (Scott 73P1 var.), cut to stamp size with blue trial cancel, Very Fine. Rare and most attractive.
Estimate $350 - 500.
Realized $425.
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Lot 570
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1863, 2¢ black, die II, plate proof on card (Scott 73P4a), three die II proofs, Very Fine to Extremely Fine.
Scott $225.
Estimate $150 - 200.
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Lot 571
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1863, 2¢ black, overprinted with specimen control number "8901" (Scott 73SJ), block of 6, o.g., bright and fresh; diagonal crease upper left stamp, otherwise Fine. A very rare multiple.
Scott $2,550 as a block and a pair.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
Realized $2,600.
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Lot 572

1863, 2¢ black (Scott 73), full, lightly hinged o.g., mathematically centered, Extremely Fine.
Scott $325.
Estimate $500 - 750.
Realized $350.
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Lot 573

1863, 2¢ black (Scott 73), o.g., lightly hinged, exceptionally fresh and nearly perfectly centered with extra large top & bottom margins, Extremely Fine.
Scott $325.
Estimate $500 - 750.
Realized $600.
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Lot 574
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1863, 2¢ black (Scott 73), unused without gum, fresh and perfectly centered, Extremely Fine to Superb.
Scott $140.
Estimate $250 - 350.
Realized $200.
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Lot 575
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1863, 2¢ black (Scott 73), unused without gum, remarkably fresh and absolutely perfectly centered with an exceptionally deep, prooflike impression, Superb.
Scott $140.
Estimate $250 - 350.
Realized $300.
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Lot 576
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1863, 2¢ black (Scott 73), unused without gum, wonderfully fresh and beautifully centered, Very Fine to Extremely Fine.
Scott $140.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Realized $140.
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Lot 577

1863, 2¢ black (Scott 73), o.g., bright and unusually well centered, Very Fine.
Scott $325.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Realized $180.
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Lot 578
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1863, 2¢ black (Scott 73), bottom margin vertical pair with part of adjacent stamp at top and extra selvage at bottom showing a partial imprint and plate No. 51, o.g., top stamp lightly hinged, bottom never hinged, fresh and reasonably well centered; light corner crease at lower right, otherwise Fine to Very Fine.
Scott $700 ++.
Estimate $500 - 750.
Realized $450.
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Lot 579

1863, 2¢ black (Scott 73), top margin horizontal pair with full imprint, o.g., hinge remnant, fresh and beautifully centered; each stamp with a light vertical crease, virtually invisible on the front, left stamp with a nibbed perf at the bottom, Very Fine appearance, excellent position piece.
Scott $700+.
Estimate $400 - 600.
Realized $275.
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Lot 580

1863, 2¢ black (Scott 73), block of 4, slightly disturbed o.g., fresh and bright looking; few minor gum soaks, otherwise Fine.
Scott $700+.
Estimate $500 - 750.
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Lot 581

1863, 2¢ black (Scott 73), bottom margin block of 6 with partial imprint and plate number 53, o.g., lightly hinged, bright and fresh; light vertical crease in the right stamps, invisible from the front, bit of minor reinforcement, about Fine. An attractive and rare position block., with a 1991 P.F. certificate.
Estimate $2,000 - 3,000.
Realized $2,000.
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Lot 582
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1863, 2¢ black, major double transfer—the "Atherton shift" (Scott 73 var.), an attractive example with a grid cancel that leaves the re-entry clearly visible in the upper left corner; small surface scrape at top and reperfed at left, where there was originally a natural straight edge (the double transfer having occurred in position 81R), otherwise Fine, Ex-Drews.
Scott $10,000.
Estimate $5,000 - 7,500

The Atherton shift was so-named by Stanley Ashbrook, who first saw an example in the collection of J. P. Atherton. About this striking variety, Ashbrook wrote about the stamp, "Here we have one of the most remarkable double transfers on U. S. stamps that I have ever seen. I have for years classed the One Cent 1851, Type II, 89R2, as the No. 1 among remarkable examples of this variety and in my opinion this 2c Black Jack could well rank as No. 2. Perhaps some would even rank it equal to the 1c".

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Lot 583
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1863, 2¢ black, major double transfer—the "Preston shift" (Scott 73 var.), position 81R30, a fresh, good looking example with a neat cork cancel that leaves the re-entry of the upper right and lower right corners clearly visible; natural straight edge at left as always; light diagonal creases at lower right, tiny tear at left, Fine to Very Fine appearance, Ex-Drews.
Scott $4,000.
Estimate $2,000 - 3,000

Generally believed to be much rarer than the more well-known "Atherton" shift
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Realized $1,300.
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Lot 584
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1863, 2¢ black (Scott 73), Superb Jumbo Gem.
Scott $55.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Realized $300.
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Lot 585
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1863, 2¢ black (Scott 73), a fresh, near-perfectly centered Jumbo with oversize top & bottom margins (adjacent stamp visible at top), Extremely Fine to Superb.
Scott $55.
Estimate $250 - 350.
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Lot 586
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1863, 2¢ black (Scott 73), exceptional Gem quality, Extremely Fine.
Scott $55.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Realized $375.
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Lot 587
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1863, 2¢ black (Scott 73), a choice, large margined used example with imperf inter-pane margin and guide line at left, Extremely Fine to Superb.
Scott $55.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Realized $160.
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Lot 588
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1863, 2¢ black (Scott 73), wonderfully fresh and virtually perfectly centered with a neat grid cancel, Extremely Fine to Superb.
Scott $55.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Realized $150.
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Lot 589
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1863, 2¢ black (Scott 73), exceptionally fresh with unusually large, perfectly balanced margins, Extremely Fine to Superb.
Scott $55.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Realized $140.
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Lot 590
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1863, 2¢ black (Scott 73), perfectly centered and lightly canceled, Extremely Fine to Superb.
Scott $55.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Realized $200.
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Lot 591
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1863, 2¢ black (Scott 73), light grid cancel, bright, fresh and mathematically centered, Extremely Fine to Superb, with a 1988 P.F. certificate.
Scott $55.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Realized $160.
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Lot 592
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1863, 2¢ black (Scott 73), canceled Philadelphia c.d.s., JUL 23, 1863, fresh and reasonably well centered; straight edge at right, Fine to Very Fine. A marvelous example of a first month usage, with a 1988 P.F. certificate.
Scott $55+.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Realized $110.
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Lot 593
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1863, 2¢ black, dramatic mis-perf (Scott 73 var.), bottom sheet margin single with horizontal perfs shifted downward a full 6-7mm, the stamp cut from the sheet so as to leave the design intact at the top; also includes a light, but complete offset impression on the reverse, Very Fine. A unique variety.
Scott $55+.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Realized $225.
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Lot 594
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1863, 2¢ black (Scott 73), a lovely, exceptionally well centered horizontal pair precanceled with horizontal & vertical pen strokes, Extremely Fine. An exceptional example of this rare early precancel, with a 1984 P.F. certificate.
Scott $120+.
Estimate $400 - 600.
Realized $300.
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Lot 595
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1863, 2¢ black (Scott 73), canceled with a bold strike of a fancy New York duplex (S-E GE-C101a), Very Fine to Extremely Fine.
Scott $120.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Realized $180.
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Lot 596
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1863, 2¢ black (Scott 73), a choice, virtually perfectly centered vertical pair with intense color, Extremely Fine, with a 1990 P.F. certificate.
Scott $120.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Realized $100.
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Lot 597
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1863, 2¢ black (Scott 73), a pretty horizontal strip of 3, exceptionally fresh with neat target cancels; natural straight edge at left, Fine and attractive.
Scott $175+.
Estimate $150 - 200.
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Lot 598
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1863, 2¢ black (Scott 73), a beautiful used block of 4, fresh and virtually perfectly centered with a wide straddle pane margin at the right; completely, but neatly rejoined with hinge slivers, few very minor faults, Extremely Fine appearance. A truly remarkable looking block.
Scott $1,350 for a block.
Estimate $500 - 750.
Realized $350.
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Lot 599
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1863, 2¢ black (Scott 73 (13), 93), 73 (9 o.g.), remaining stamps without gum, 93 o.g., great looking group of classic mint issues; some small faults, Fine to Very Fine.
Scott $3,935.
Estimate $400 - 600.
Realized $300.
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Lot 600
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1863, 2¢ black (Scott 73), 100 singles, a great specialist lot, unchecked for various varieties; some small faults, Very Good to Very Fine.
Scott $5,500.
Estimate $500 - 750.
Realized $500.
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Lot 601
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1863, 2¢ black (Scott 73), 11 singles, well centered select singles; some small faults, Very Fine or better appearance.
Scott $605.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Realized $300.
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Lot 602
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1863, 2¢ black, group of fancy and unusual cancels (Scott 73), 26 singles, pair and strip of 3; some small faults, Very Good to Very Fine.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
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Lot 603
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1863, 2¢ black, group of colored cancels (Scott 73), 18 singles and strip of 4; some small faults, Very Good to Very Fine.
Estimate $500 - 750.
Realized $500.
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Lot 604
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1863, 2¢ black, group of negative Star of David cancels (Scott 73), 18 singles; some small faults, Very Good to Very Fine.
Estimate $300 - 400.
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Lot 605
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1867, 2¢ black, D. grill (Scott 84), an exceptionally fresh example; average centering and natural straight edge at right, but completely sound and, with a neat blue segmented cork cancel, quite attractive, Very Good to Fine.
Scott $4,250.
Estimate $750 - 1,000.
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Lot 606
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1867, 2¢ black, Z. grill (Scott 85B), remarkably fresh and quite well centered with extra wide side margins and a light cancel, Very Fine, with a 2002 P.F. certificate.
Scott $1,100.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
Realized $900.
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Lot 607
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1867, 2¢ black, Z. grill (Scott 85B), a remarkably fresh, extra wide example, exceptionally well centered with a bold blue quartered cork cancel, Very Fine to Extremely Fine.
Scott $1,250.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
Realized $850.
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Lot 608
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1867, 2¢ black, Z. grill (Scott 85B), beautifully centered with a light pen cancel; tiny, light corner crease at the upper right, Very Fine appearance, with 2000 P.S.E. certificate.
Scott $1,100.
Estimate $600 - 800.
Realized $600.
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Lot 609
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1867, 2¢ black, Z. grill (Scott 85B), bright and fresh with an elaborate cork cancel (similar to S-E GE-E 88), Fine to Very Fine, with a 1988 P.F. certificate.
Scott $1,100.
Estimate $350 - 500.
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Lot 610
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1867, 2¢ black, Z. grill (Scott 85B), horizontal strip of 3, fresh and light cancel; average centering, Very Good to Fine. An exceedingly rare used multiple, with a 1988 P.F. certificate noting "slight creases in the right stamp" [which we cannot see] and naturally misaligned [horizontal] perforations.
Scott $3,700 as a pair and a single.
Estimate $750 - 1,000.
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Lot 611

1867, 2¢ gray black, E. grill (Scott 87), o.g., minor hinge remnant, fresh and bright, Fine, a scarce mint example.
Scott $1,700.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Realized $225.
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Lot 612
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1867, 2¢ black, E. grill (Scott 87), a choice lightly canceled example, wonderfully fresh and virtually perfectly centered, Extremely Fine to Superb, with 1988 P.F. and 2012 P.S.E. certificates, the latter graded XF-Sup 95.
SMQ XF-SUP 95; $2,150.
Scott $180.
Estimate $1,500 - 2,000.
Realized $1,300.
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Lot 613
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1867, 2¢ black, E. grill (Scott 87), fresh and well centered with a neat geometric cork cancel, Very Fine to Extremely Fine.
Scott $180.
Estimate $150 - 200.
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Lot 614

1867, 2¢ black, F. grill, double grill (Scott 93 var.), one grill impression normal, the second quartered with parts in all four corners, o.g., fresh and nicely centered, Very Fine. A marvelous example of this scarce variety. Scott prices a used example at three times normal, but does not price it mint.
Scott $400+.
Estimate $750 - 1,000.
Realized $425.
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Lot 615

1867, 2¢ black, F. grill (Scott 93), o.g., lightly hinged, fresh and well centered, Very Fine, with a 1991 P.F. certificate.
Scott $400.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Realized $400.
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Lot 616

1867, 2¢ black, F. grill (Scott 93), right sheet margin block of 4 with full imprint, o.g., hinge remnants, quite well centered, the right stamps with a pre-printing paperfold resulting in irregular perforations at the right, Very Fine and attractive, Ex-Allen, Metzger, Drews.
Scott $2,600.
Estimate $2,000 - 3,000.
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Lot 617

1867, 2¢ black, F. grill (Scott 93), irregular block of 26 with partial imprint and "Plate." at the bottom, o.g., few hinge remnants; natural straight edge at the right, scattered tone spots, mostly visible on reverse, and some separated or jammed perforations, few other small flaws, otherwise Very Good to Fine.
Scott $15,550 as 4 blocks & 3 pairs.
Estimate $3,500 - 5,000

An exceedingly rare large multiple, ranking among the largest known multiples, also very rare with the part imprint and "Plate.", Scott Retail as five blocks of four and three pairs without premium for the position
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Lot 618
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1867, 2¢ black, F. grill (Scott 93), Very Fine to Extremely Fine with Jumbo margins, with 1987 P.F. certificate.
Scott $55.
Estimate $300 - 400.
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Lot 619
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1867, 2¢ black, F. grill (Scott 93), well centered and attractive, Very Fine to Extremely Fine, with 2002 P.F. certificate.
Scott $55.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Realized $120.
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Lot 620
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1867, 2¢ black, F. grill (Scott 93), a spectacular looking used example, fresh and mathematically centered with unusually large margins and a light red cancel; couple small thins, Superb appearance, a looker! with a 2017 P.F. certificate.
Scott $75.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Realized $150.
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Lot 621
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1867, 2¢ black, F. grill (Scott 93), a marvelous used vertical pair, fresh and well centered with two bold strikes of an unusual 4-bar grid cancel, Extremely Fine.
Scott $120.
Estimate $250 - 350.
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Lot 622
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1867, 2¢ black, F. grill (Scott 93), four exceptional position pieces, with three massive straddle margin stamps and one top margin imprint single; a few small faults, Very Good to Very Fine.
Scott $220.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Realized $160.
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Lot 623

1867, 2¢ black, F. grill, used with 1¢ 1869 Pictorials (Scott 93, U54, U56), three attractive 3¢ letter rate combinations, the 2¢ F. grill well centered but nicked at the top, otherwise Very Fine.
Estimate $150 - 200.
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Lot 624
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1867, 2¢ black, various grills, 85B (2), 87 (7), 93 (19 singles and 2 pairs), 93 split grill pair, great looking group of classic issues; some faults, generally Fine to Very Fine appearance, one 85B with 1979 P.F. certificate.
Scott $4,935.
Estimate $750 - 1,000.
Realized $500.
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Lot 625

1861-66 (1875 Re-issue), 2¢ black (Scott 103), o.g., lightly hinged, nicely centered with a deep, prooflike impression; light diagonal crease, Very Fine for this rare stamp. Only 979 sold, with a 1986 P.F. certificate.
Scott $3,250.
Estimate $1,500 - 2,000.
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Lot 626

1861-66 (1875 Re-issue), 2¢ black (Scott 103), part o.g., virtually perfectly centered; couple small thins and a single perf replaced at the lower right (the last not mentioned on the accompanying certificate), Very Fine appearance. Only 979 sold, with a 1989 P.S.E. certificate.
Scott $3,250.
Estimate $750 - 1,000.
Realized $800.
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Lot 627

1903, 3¢ bright violet (Scott 302), a lovely mint block of 4, o.g., never hinged, deep rich color on this lovely Andrew Jackson design, Fine to Very Fine.
Scott $520 as singles.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Realized $130.
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