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  • Lot# : 26 Argentina - Buenos Aires

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    1859, 1P Blue, No Stop After “1” variety in left value tablet, a block of four with the varieties on stamps 2 and 3 (SG P32, P32a) on an 1859 cover to Rosario and cancelled by central «CORREOS DE BUENOS AIRES / 21 NOV 1859» date stamp in black, the block has been lifted and replaced for checking but this does not detract from this splendid and most likely unique multiple on cover, lovely item for the connoisseur of classic South American philately; 2007 Fundacion Bose certificate;
    Provenance: Don Battista Alfredo Sagantini La Paz, Corinphila sale 46 (Nov 1959), lot 3588;
    'Mercedes', Corinphila sale 66 (June 1981), lot 7317.
    Start Price : 5,000 USD
    Current Opening : 5,000 USD
    Hammer price : 5,000 USD

    Lot# : 27 Austria

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    Austria: Erroneous “MEKL” cancellation mark. The unique submittal erroneous fancy cancellation for the post office of MELK on a 3 kreuzer red 1850/54. A perfect strike of this beautiful cancel.
    In the end, the handstamp was never used as the error was detected just in time.
    An unparalleled addendum to any advanced collection of Austria!
    Start Price : 1,000 USD
    Current Opening : 1,000 USD
    Hammer price : 1,000 USD

    Lot# : 28 Austria

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    5e var., 1850 9kr Blue, Machine paper, Partial impression, missing good portion of the impression at top of the stamp and visible only as an albino print, attractive red "RECOMMANDIRT 1/7 1858 WIEN" cancel, Very Fine and striking variety, Puschmann VÖB certificate
    Start Price : 3,000 USD
    Current Opening : 3,000 USD
    Hammer price : unsold

    Lot# : 29 Austria

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    1882 Postal Card to Japan and Returned to Austria, 2kr card uprated with 3kr green and cancelled at Hernals 29/7 82, originally addressed to Yokohama where cancelled Oct 8 on arrival, faded original address crossed out and re-addressed back to Hernals, franked with Japan 1879 2s violet (2) affixed and tied by black obliterators, taxed on arrival with ms «12» (kreuzer), attractive and rare; Puschmann VÖB certificate

    Start Price : 3,000 USD
    Current Opening : 3,000 USD
    Hammer price : unsold

    Lot# : 30 Austrian Offices in Turkish Empire

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    1903 20pa Rose on granite paper, block of four overprinted/ cancelled «Safed 18-6-1908» at an angle downwards to right in black at a «Tourist / Collector»s Post Office» (also opened in Nazareth where examples are recorded and Tiberiade where none are known), further cancelled with a black «on the nose» «CAIFA / OESTERREICHISCHE POST / 19.6.1908» cds, Very Fine, a splendid multiple and the unique recorded use of two Safed hand stamps; the only other recorded example of this marking is a partial impression on a postcard; 1990 Sorani certificate
    Start Price : 1,500 USD
    Current Opening : 1,500 USD
    Hammer price : unsold

    Lot# : 31 Costa Rica

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    1907 1c, 2c, 5c, 50c, 1col, 2col Waterlow Issues, Centers inverted, complete set less the 20c but includes an additional 5c with a shifted inverted center, 2c unused, all others o.g., (1c, 5c shifted slightly toned), 2c repaired upper left corner, 50c small central thin, still a Fine appearing and rare group with just a handful of most issues known; 2016 Moorhouse certificate for the group; 1c, 2c, 1col ex-Meyer
    Start Price : 25,000 USD
    Current Opening : 25,000 USD
    Hammer price : 25,000 USD

    Lot# : 32 France - Postal History

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    1797 Napoléon Bonaparte. As Napoleon I, Emperor of the French 1804-1815: “Bonaparte” Signature on Engraved Letterhead with wonderful image of «Marianne» and dated Oct 16 1797 (25 Vendemaire, Year 6), written from Passeriano (in manuscript with «Milan» erased) to a «Citizen Batagia» by a secretary and clearly signed «Bonaparte» at base, Superb and rare document, ideal for display
    Start Price : 4,000 USD
    Current Opening : 4,000 USD
    Hammer price : unsold

    Lot# : 33 German Colonies - Kiauchau

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    4a, 1900 5pf on 10pf Carmine, Double surcharge, «5» type 4 (double surcharges from rows 5 and 10 only), with «blaustrich» and tied on postcard by bold strike of «TSINGTAU / KIAUTSCHOU * a 27/7/00» cds, Gera 13.9.00 arrival cancel at left, card with a slight corner crease, otherwise Fine, a rare in-period use (a mere eight days after the first provisional overprint) of this rare error; signed Ebel, Richter, 2004 Dr. Steuer certificate (Scott $24,000, Michel 2/II DD, EUR38,000)

    Doppelter Buchdruckaufdruck "5Pf" auf Diagonalaufdruck 10 Pfg., sauber gestempelt "TSINGTAU / KIAUTSCHOU * a 27/7/00" auf Ansichtskarte nach Gera mit Ankunftsstempel; Karte kleiner Eckbug und etwas unfrisch, die Marke einwandfrei; eine außerordentlich seltene Abart, mehrfach signiert und Fotoattest R.F. Steuer BPP (Mi.2DD)
    Start Price : 12,000 USD
    Current Opening : 12,000 USD
    Hammer price : 16,000 USD

    Lot# : 34 German Colonies - Kiauchau

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    9c, 1900 "5 Pf." on 5pf on 10pf Carmine, “5fP” Surcharge error, From pos 93 in the sheet with typeset «5» type 3, «f» type 1 and «P» type 2, with «blaustrich» and tied on German patriotic post card showing flags by a bold strike of «SHANGHAI DEUTSCHE POST * b 26/8/1900» cds in black, Stuttgart 30 Sep arrival cancel at left, Very Fine use on an attractive period card, an extremely rare stamp - only 5 copies are recorded including one other cover, one of the great rarities in German philately; signed Friedmann, Köhler, Stolow, 2005 Dr. Steuer certificate (Scott listed but unpriced, Michel 4/II, unpriced on or off cover)
    Deutsche Post in China 10 Pfg. mit zusätzlichem Fehl-Aufdruck "5fP" statt "5Pf" und Handstempel "5Pf." in größerer Type, mit Stempel "SHANGHAI DEUTSCHE POST * b 26/8/1900" auf Ansichtskarte nach Stuttgart mit Ankunftsstempel. Nur 5 Marken mit dieser seltenen Abart sind bekannt, davon nur eine weitere auf Karte; eine der größten Seltenheiten der deutschen Kolonialausgaben in sehr guter Erhaltung.(Mi.4II; als ungebraucht nicht gelistet; gestempelt und auf Karte
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    Start Price : 40,000 USD
    Current Opening : 40,000 USD
    Hammer price : 47,500 USD

    Lot# : 35 Italian States - Roman States

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    1863 Double-Rate Cover Rome to Hamilton Canada, 1852 4 baj black on yellow, 8 baj black pair, 50 baj dull blue defective impression printed from tarnished stereotypes (Scott 5, 7, 10; Sassone 5, 9, 10) all with margins full to just touching and tied by rhombus of bars handstamps, ms. «70» and «2» for 2x 35 baj rate of 1858 at upper left, black framed «P.P.», Roma 11 Nov 63 despatch cds, red «London / Paid» 16 NO 63 transit cancel, backstamped Hamilton Nov 30 on arrival, a Fine and most attractive cover to an extremely rare destination; signed A Diena and Holcombe, 1973 A Diena certificate
    Start Price : 2,000 USD
    Current Opening : 3,500 USD
    Hammer price : 6,750 USD

    Lot# : 36 Italian States - Roman States

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    1867 Cover Rome to USA via Queenstown, 1852 4 baj black on yellow, 5 baj black on rose (single and horizontal interpanneau «interspazio» pair) and 1 sc dull rose (Scott 5, 6, 11; Sassone 5, 6, 11) all tied on cover to Passaic NJ by black rhombus of bars obliterator except the 5 baj pair tied by Roma 15 Mar 67 despatch cds, endorsed «via Queenstown», black framed «PD» at right, red «27» hand stamp (US cents single rate) and red New York Apr 1 depreciated currency entry marking, an exceptional and rare franking; signed A Diena and with his 1970 certificate
    Start Price : 10,000 USD
    Current Opening : 11,500 USD
    Hammer price : 16,000 USD

    Lot# : 37 Italian States - Roman States

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    1859 Cover Rome to Sydney Australia via British Military Camp “Aldershot”, 1852 6 baj black on grey with 50 baj blue (Scott 7, 10; Sassone 7a, 10) tied by grids to lettersheet from "ROMA 19 NOV 1859" via the British Military Camp Aldershot where it was re-addressed, franked with a Great Britain 1856 6d. lilac(Scott 27; SG 70) for the onward postage to the Archbishop of Sydney Rev. Dr. Polding, the letter was carried by P.&O. packet PERA to Alexandria, then overland crossing the desert with camels and donkeys to Suez, reaching P.&O. packet NORTHAM to Sydney with arrival marking FE 9 1860, then forwarded to Mudgee, NSW, but finally returned to Sydney on March 19, 1860; the GB 6d uncancelled in error because the postman at Farnboro Station cancelled the Papal States 6 baj instead, minor imperfections as usual and 6 baj with small corner fault, otherwise Very Fine; 2016 K. Louis BPP certificate
    Only 7 re-addressed combination covers with Papal States & GB frankings are recorded in the Karl Louis card index register of which only 4 bear the rare 50 baj. adhesive stamp, and 3 are from the correspondence to the Archbishop of Sydney Dr. Polding (John Bede Polding 1794 - 1877).
    Start Price : 5,000 USD
    Current Opening : 5,000 USD
    Hammer price : 8,000 USD

    Lot# : 38 Italian States - Roman States

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    1865 Cover Rome to London with Forwarding to Sydney Australia, 1852 50 baj.in the rare dark ultramarine shade (worn impression) together with 6 baj. black (Sassone 7a, 12) tied by black grids to letter sheet from "ROMA 16 GIU 65" via "Rev. Canon Donall, St. George's Cathedral Southwark, London" where it was re-addressed by affixing a separate address label franked with a GB 1865 6d lilac, plate 5 (SG 97) for the onward postage to the Archbishop of Sydney, NSW, Rev. Dr. Polding; the lettersheet was carried by P.&O. packet from Southhampton to Alexandria (August 2, 1865) hence overland by camels and donkeys to Suez reaching P.&O. packet NEMESIS (dep. August 10, 1865) to Galle, Ceylon, and finally carried by P.&O. packet MADRAS (dep. Galle August 25, 1865) to NSW with "SHIP LETTER SYDNEY 22 SP 1865" datestamp for arrival, minor imperfections, address label and 50 baj. lifted and hinged back for presentation; Sassone states only 28 covers franked with 50 baj. worn impression and the present offered to Sydney, Australia is not listed; only one other to Auckland, New Zealand listed in Sassone; 2003 Colla and 2016 K. Louis BPP certificates
    Only 7 re-addressed combination covers with Papal States & GB frankings are recorded in the Karl Louis card index register of which only 4 bear the rare 50 baj. adhesive stamp, and 3 are from the correspondence to the Archbishop of Sydney Dr. Polding (John Bede Polding 1794 - 1877).
    The forwarding addressee in London, Canon Donall, was on service at St. George's Cathedral, Southwark, opened 1848. St. Georges' Cathedral became in 1852 one of the four catholic churches raised to "Cathedral" status since the English reformation.
    Start Price : 10,000 USD
    Current Opening : 15,000 USD
    Hammer price : 15,000 USD

    Lot# : 39 Italian States - Sardinia

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    1853 Cover Chambéry (Savoie) to Lausanne, 1851 40c rose (Scott 3; Sassone 3) single with large margins all around tied by rectangle of dots obliterator with «CHAMBÉRY 17 JAN 53» cds alongside, two strikes of red «P.D.», backstamped Lausanne on arrival, Fine and rare; signed A Diena, 2002 Colla certificate (Scott $23,500)
    Start Price : 2,200 USD
    Current Opening : 2,200 USD
    Hammer price : unsold

    Lot# : 40 Italian States - Sardinia

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    1856 3-Color Franking Disinfected Cover Nice to Genova, 1853 5c green, 5c emerald green, 20c milky blue «azzuro latteo» (Sassone 7, 13a, 15c) all tied on folded letter on arrival by »GENOVA 11 APR 56» cds cancels, endorsed «a piroscafi» at upper left, red «DA NIZZA» and «VIA / DI MARE» handstamps, disinfection slits on face panel, slight cover tear lower left well away from stamps, an exceptionally Fine and attractive mixed issue franking with just one similar cover recorded; signed A Diena and Sorani, 1967 A Diena certificate
    Start Price : 7,500 USD
    Current Opening : 7,500 USD
    Hammer price : 11,000 USD

    Lot# : 41 Italian States - Sardinia

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    1859 Cover to Pubnah / Bengal / India, 1855/58 10c brown «terra d»ombra» 1st printing plus large-margined 1858 80c ochre-yellow «ocra arancio» (Sassone 14, 17b) on single rate cover endorsed «Overland via Alexandria and Suez» at top and «Via Calcutta» at base, stamps tied by black «NIZZA MARE 11 MAR 59» date stamps with red «P.P.» alongside, backstamped Genova, Malta, Alexandria (British PO April 3), framed «CALCUTTA / STEAMER LETTER» Apr 29 in black and Pubnah arrival on May 2, a rare and attractive cover to a very scarce destination; 2007 Bottacchi certificate
    Start Price : 7,500 USD
    Current Opening : 7,500 USD
    Hammer price : unsold

    Lot# : 42 Italy

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    Sassone P25, 1930 7.70L Balbo Rome to Rio de Janeiro Flight, Imperforate plate proof, Pos 41-42 / 46-47 lower left corner margin block of four in issued colors on ungummed unwatermarked paper, fresh and Extremely Fine; each value signed A Diena and Bolaffi (Sassone EUR7,400)
    Start Price : 1,500 USD
    Current Opening : 1,500 USD
    Hammer price : 1,500 USD

    Lot# : 43 Italy

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    C27, C27a, 1930 7.70L Balbo Rome to Rio de Janeiro Flight, full mint sheet of 50 with pos 22 the «Seven Stars» variety, «6586» in right margin, fresh color, stamps NH, some small hinge remainders in the top margin, light horizontal fold in center of sheet, Very Fine, a stunning sheet (Scott $48,100 as singles; Sassone Aerea 25, 25a, EUR60,000)
    Start Price : 15,000 USD
    Current Opening : 15,000 USD
    Hammer price : 15,000 USD

    Lot# : 44 Philippines

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    2, 1854 10c Carmine, extraordinary bottom left corner margin block of four with ample margins the other sides, pos 31-32/ 36-37, intense color, o.g., h.r., Very Fine and choice, the only known mint corner block; 1980 Exfima and 1991 Graus certificates; ex-Boker, Jacob, Peterson
    Start Price : 9,000 USD
    Current Opening : 9,000 USD
    Hammer price : 17,000 USD

    Lot# : 45 Philippines

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    2, 1854 10c Carmine, lovely block of four with light centrally struck cancel, clear to ample margins, a vertical scissor cut between stamps from the bottom margin extending to about halfway into the top pair sensibly hinge reinforced, still Very Fine and quite rare; 2014 Comex certificate; ex-Peterson
    Start Price : 3,000 USD
    Current Opening : 3,000 USD
    Hammer price : 3,000 USD

    Lot# : 46 Philippines

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    Catalog# : 4
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    4, 1854 1r Dark blue, eye-catching horizontal block of ten with multiple black "circle of points" cancels, fresh color, clear to wide margins all around, 4th stamp with a hinge-sealed edge break, right stamps small thins, a Very Fine appearing and rare block; 2014 Comex certificate; ex-Jacob, Peterson
    Start Price : 4,000 USD
    Current Opening : 4,000 USD
    Hammer price : unsold

    Lot# : 47 Philippines

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    4a, 1854 1r Slate grey, right margin block of four with bold strikes of parrilla cancels, pos 29-30/ 34-35, ample to wide margins, Very Fine and rare block, especially so in sound condition; 1987 Graus certificate; ex-Peterson
    Start Price : 1,200 USD
    Current Opening : 1,200 USD
    Hammer price : unsold

    Lot# : 48 Philippines

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    Catalog# : 4a
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    4a, 1854 1r Slate grey, block of four, pos 29-30/ 34-35, ample to large margins, good color, unused, couple small faults incl small hinge-sealed edge break in top left stamp, Very Fine appearance, a rare bloc; 1977 Exfima and 1991 Graus certificates; ex-Boker, Peterson
    Start Price : 1,800 USD
    Current Opening : 1,800 USD
    Hammer price : 1,800 USD

    Lot# : 49 Philippines

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    Catalog# : 4c
    4c, 1854 1r Slate blue, "CORROS" Error, bottom stamp in left margin vertical pair (pos 21-26) with normal, neat "circle of dots" cancels, well margined the other three sides, Very Fine and choice, the only known used vertical error pair; ex-Peterson
    Start Price : 4,000 USD
    Current Opening : 4,000 USD
    Hammer price : 4,250 USD

    Lot# : 50 Philippines

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    Catalog# : 4d
    4d, 1854 1r Slate blue, "CORROS" error, pos 26, ample to large margins and good color, a centrally struck Manila 1 Jul 1860 cancel, choice Very Fine; the only known example with a dated cancel; ex-Boker, Peterson
    Start Price : 3,000 USD
    Current Opening : 3,000 USD
    Hammer price : unsold

    Lot# : 51 Philippines

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    Catalog# : 4d
    4d, 1854 1r Slate blue, "CORROS" error, pos 26, clear to large margins, light parrilla cancel, small faults, Very Fine appearance, a rare error
    Start Price : 1,800 USD
    Current Opening : 1,800 USD
    Hammer price : 1,800 USD

    Lot# : 52 Philippines

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    Catalog# : 5
    5, 1864 2r Slate green, block of four with black Manila baeza cancels, fresh color, clear to wide margins three sides, just in at top, small faults incl some sealed breaks, an otherwise Very Fine and rare multiple; ex-Peterson
    Start Price : 12,000 USD
    Current Opening : 12,000 USD
    Hammer price : unsold

    Lot# : 53 Philippines

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    6, 1855 5c Pale red, exceptional bottom left corner margin block of four showing all four plate positions, fresh color, unused, ample to full margins the other sides except just clipping the frame line top left, unused, Very Fine showpiece and one of only two mint blocks, this being the only known corner margin block; The bottom left corner of the 3rd stamp in black rather than vermilion - the ink on the transfer die of the four-subject stamps did not cover the lower left corner of the plate of 48 stamps due to lack of contact of the transfer die to the paper, leaving the corner basically an albino impression. Apparently this anomaly was not noticed until after the plate was removed from the press and after the vermilion ink was discarded. The impressed corner was re-inked by hand using available black ink resulting in an irregular appearance to the design; 1991 Graus certificate; ex-Ferrari, Burrus, Lange, Jacob, Boker, Peterson
    Start Price : 15,000 USD
    Current Opening : 15,000 USD
    Hammer price : 16,000 USD

    Lot# : 54 Philippines

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    Catalog# : 7
    7, 1855 5r Vermilion, good color, ample to full margins, unused, small thin spot, Very Fine appearance, rare with less than ten mint examples known; signed Bloch; ex-Peterson
    Start Price : 3,000 USD
    Current Opening : 3,000 USD
    Hammer price : 3,000 USD

    Lot# : 55 Philippines

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    9, 1856 2r Carmine on blue, striking block of eight with nice central strike of black ALCALDIA MAYOR BULACAN official cancel, ample to full margins all around, some truly insignificant light toning spots, choice Very Fine showpiece, one of the largest used blocks extant; 1987 Graus certificate
    Start Price : 1,500 USD
    Current Opening : 1,500 USD
    Hammer price : 1,500 USD

    Lot# : 56 Philippines

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    Catalog# : 11
    11, 1859 10c Lilac rose, stellar left margin block of four with crisp centrally struck Manila 7 Ago 1861 cancel, clear to large margins the other sides, some minor faults, still Very Fine, less than five used blocks known; ex-Peterson
    Start Price : 4,500 USD
    Current Opening : 4,500 USD
    Hammer price : unsold

    Lot# : 57 Philippines

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    Catalog# : 25
    25 var, 1874 1r Slate blue, "HABILITADO POR LA NACION" Overprint, Inverted overprint, good color, clear to large margins, Very Fine; the only known used example with inverted overprint; ex-Peterson
    Start Price : 900 USD
    Current Opening : 1,200 USD
    Hammer price : 1,700 USD

    Lot# : 58 Philippines

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    Catalog# : 25
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    25, 1874 1r Slate blue, "HABILITADO POR LA NACION" Overprint, fresh color, ample to large margins, unused, small faults incl bottom right corner reattached, Very Fine appearance; only 13 mint examples known; 1991 Graus certificate; ex-Jacob, Peterson
    Start Price : 1,800 USD
    Current Opening : 1,800 USD
    Hammer price : 3,250 USD

    Lot# : 59 Philippines

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    Catalog# : 25A
    25A, 1874 2r Green, "HABILITADO POR LA NACION" Overprint, strong color, clear to ample margins three sides, just in at top, unused, Fine and rare with only six mint examples known; ex-Peterson
    Start Price : 2,800 USD
    Current Opening : 2,800 USD
    Hammer price : 10,500 USD

    Lot# : 60 Philippines

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    Catalog# : 26
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    26, 1873 1r Green on blue, "HABILITADO POR LA NACION" Overprint, remarkable block of 28 (7x4) with vertical overprint reading up and multiple light strikes of parrilla lozenge cancel, rich color, clear to full margins all around, a few trivial faults, as expected on a block this size, not detracting from appearance, Very Fine and choice; the largest known used block of this issue; 1991 Graus certificate; ex-Peterson
    Start Price : 1,500 USD
    Current Opening : 1,500 USD
    Hammer price : 1,500 USD

    Lot# : 61 Philippines

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    Catalog# : 27A
    27A, 1874 5r Vermilion, "HABILITADO POR LA NACION" Overprint, rich color, ample to full margins, part o.g., h.r., small thin spot, Very Fine appearance; only 5 mint stamps known; ex-Peterson
    Start Price : 3,000 USD
    Current Opening : 3,250 USD
    Hammer price : 8,000 USD

    Lot# : 62 Philippines

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    Catalog# : 27A
    27A, 1874 5r Vermilion, "HABILITADO POR LA NACION" Overprint, rich color, full margins except a bit irregular and just cutting top left corner, pinhole, otherwise nearly Very Fine; the unique used example; ex-Peterson
    Start Price : 7,500 USD
    Current Opening : 7,500 USD
    Hammer price : unsold

    Lot# : 63 Philippines

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    Catalog# : 36
    36, 1868 6 2/8c Green on rose, "HABILITADO POR LA NACION" Overprint, appealing block of sixteen with overprint reading up, strong color, full to large margins all around, original gum, NH, some light creases and gum wrinkling, still a Very Fine showpiece multiple and the largest known NH multiple of this issue; ex-Peterson
    Start Price : 1,500 USD
    Current Opening : 1,500 USD
    Hammer price : 2,000 USD

    Lot# : 64 Romania

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    1, 1858 27p Black on rose laid paper, A striking used example with enormous margins all around, especially so at the top and base (4mm), excellent color and impression, cancelled by a fine strike of the rare «BERLAD 6/10» date stamp in blue, Extremely Fine showpiece; Just 3 examplse of Romania #1 are recorded used from Berlad, a delightful and rare stamp in outstanding condition; illustrated in Heimbüchler «The Bull»s Heads of Moldavia» (pg 270, pos 3) where the photograph originally located for publication does not do this extraordinary stamp justice; signed Miro and Roumet; 2008 Heimbüchler certificate (Scott $25,000; Michel 1, EUR17,000; SG1, £16,000)
    Provenance: Heinrich Köhler Auction (2009)
    Start Price : 15,000 USD
    Current Opening : 15,000 USD
    Hammer price : unsold

    Lot# : 65 Switzerland - Postal History

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    1868 Cover to München Addressed in the Hand of Composer Richard Wagner, Richard Wagner, famous German Opera Composer and Theatre Director: 1868, envelope with address panel written in Richard Wagner's own handwriting franked with 1868, 25 Rp green on white paper dispatched from "LUZERN 14 XI 68" to "Dr. Ludwig Nohl, Maximiliansstrasse 6 in München". At the time the Bavarian King Ludwig II was forced to ask the composer to leave Munich (after Wagner was involved in some indiscreet affairs). The King installed Wagner at the 'Villa Tribschen', beside Lake Lucerne where he completed his famous opera 'Die Meistersinger' in 1867. The addressee Dr. Ludwig Nohl , a friend of Richard Wagner and whose works he had praised in his writings, was aGerman music scholar and writer best known for discovering and publishing Beethoven's famous bagatelle, "Für Elise", written confirmation of Richard Wagner's own handwriting by the Richard Wagner Museum Bayreuth attached (2016).
    Richard Wagner, berühmter Deutscher Komponist und Theatherdirektor: 1868, Briefumschlag mit von Richard Wagner persönlich geschriebener Adresse, frankiert mit Schweiz 1868, 25 Rp. grün auf weissem Papier, gestempelt "LUZERN 14.XI.68" an "Dr. Ludwig Nohl, Maximiliansstrasse 6 in München". Zu dieser Zeit sah sich der Bayrische König Ludwig II veranlasst, Richard Wagner nach diversen indiskreten Vorfällen aufzufordern München zu verlassen. Der König stellte Wagner die 'Villa 'Tribschen' am Vierwaldstädter See bei Luzern zur Verfügung. Dort vollendete Richer Wagner seine berühmte Oper "Die Meistersinger". Der Adressat Dr. Ludwig Nohl war ein Deutscher Musikschriftsteller und Freund Richard Wagners, dessen musikalischen Werke in den Veröffentlichungen Nohls höchste Anerkennung fanden. Die Handschrift Richard Wagners wird in einem Schreiben des Richard Wagner Museum Bayreuth bestätigt (2016).

    Start Price : 600 USD
    Current Opening : 600 USD
    Hammer price : 4,000 USD

    Lot# : 66 Switzerland - Postal History

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    1872 Cover Lausanne to "Hon Elisha H Allen" in Honolulu, Hawaii, cover with enclosed letter franked with 1867 10c rose, 1863 1fr gold (Scott 53, 50) tied by black Lausanne 2.XI.72 cds cancels, red boxed «PD» erased and replaced with black «P.P.», red Swiss ambulant and London Nov 5 transit cancels, Fine and attractive
    The cover is addressed to «Hon Elisha H Allen», Minister Plenipotentiary from the Kingdom of Hawaii to the United States from 1856 until his sudden death in 1883 (died while attending a New Year»s reception in the White House and is one of only six people to die in the White House itself). Prior to that he served in the Maine and Massachusetts House of Representatives and the U.S. House of Representatives. From 1850-53 he was appointed US Consul in Honolulu by Pres. Fillmore and became a citizen of Hawaii upon his replacement by appointee of the following Pierce administration. He was a close advisor to the Ryal Families and served several important positions in the Hawaiian government including Minister of Finance and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. The enclosed letter is from his son Fred and mentions his mother having sent a letter from San Francisco and mentioning she was moving on to Bangor (Maine).
    Start Price : 5,000 USD
    Current Opening : 5,000 USD
    Hammer price : unsold

    Lot# : 67 Tete

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    1921 Registered Cover to Switzerland, 15c on 24a Macao (Scott 8) plus Lourenco Marques 4c on 2½c (Scott 159) and Mozambique 6c on 5c (Scott 229) tied to both sides of envelope by Ankuaze 27.10.21 hexagonal date stamps with a clear strike at left side, ms. registry at upper left, backstamped Meiringen 12.XII.21, two of the Tete stamps small faults, cover some postal wear as expected, still a Fine and very scarce use.
    Start Price : 1,000 USD
    Current Opening : 1,000 USD
    Hammer price : 2,700 USD
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