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Lot 1340

1917, 5¢ carmine error, imperf (485), middle stamp in a block of 9. Bright color and large margins. O.g., lightly hinged on a 2¢ with error being never hinged. Couple trivial inclusions on 2¢. Fresh and Extremely Fine. An outstanding example of this key 20th century error.
Scott $17,000

Sometime during the life of plate number 7942 being used to print 2¢ Washingtons, it was decided that 3 positions in the plate were so defective that they should be replaced. Accordingly, the siderographer burnished out the 3 faulty positions but inadvertently re-entered them with the transfer roll of the 5¢ value. His error was never noticed and the plate was put back into service to print perf. 10 and perf. 11 2¢ stamps, as well as the much rarer imperfs, of which only 50 sheets are believed to have been issued.

Realized $16,000

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