US Stamp Values Scott # O92: 30c 1873 War Official. Page 2

Cost of US Stamps Scott Catalog # O92: 30c 1873 War Official. Robert Siegel Auction Galleries, Dec 2010, Sale 1003, Lot 5522

30c War (Scott O92). Centered to left, used with 6c War Dept. (O86) and tied by quartered cork cancel, “Washington D.C. Feb. 14” (1876) circular datestamp on large-size “Office of the Chief Signal Officer. Official Business.” imprint cover addressed to “Benj. Smith Lyman Esq., Chief Geologist and Mining Engineer to the Kaitakushi, care of R. Yamauchi, Esq., Kaitakushi, Shiba, Yedo, Japan, red crayon “3” for triple 12c treaty rate, red “Yokohama Paid All Mar. 29” double-circle datestamp, erased pencil receipt docketing at upper left, some cover edge flaws affect 6c FINE APPEARANCE. THE MOST OUTSTANDING OF THE FOUR RECORDED 30-CENT WAR DEPARTMENT COVERS AND WIDELY REGARDED AS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT OFFICIAL ISSUE COVERS EXTANT. The census by Alan C. Campbell (“High Value Official Stamps on Cover”, Chronicle No. 188, Nov. 2000, pp. 287-299) lists four 30c War Dept. covers, including three with singles and the 6c War. Mr. Campbell refers to the pair of War Department covers to Japan offered in this sale as “rivals” to the Commodore Caldwell 24c and 30c Navy Department covers that were sold by our firm in the Starnes auction ($26,000 and $37,500 hammer, respectively). The article contains a description of the covers from the late Dr. Lobdell, which we quote below: “Both covers were sent by the War Department’s Chief Signal Officer to ‘Benjamin Smith Lyman, Chief Geologist and Mining Engineer to the Kaitakushi.’ Lyman was a Harvard graduate who later studied at the Ecole de Mines in Paris and set himself up as a consulting geologist. Between 1873 and 1879 he was chief geologist to the Japanese government, principally working for the Kaitakushi, which was an agency with the responsibility for the colonization and development of the natural resources of the northern island of Hokkaido. (Hokkaido was Japan’s version of our frontier in ’70s, so that while we were sending homesteaders into our West and killing off the Indians, they were populating Hokkaido with ethnic Japanese and doing a number on the native hairy Ainu.) The pair of 24c War stamps pays four times the treaty rate of 12c per half ounce for mail from the United States to Japan. (Although the General Postal Union rate of 5c per half ounce for international mail was already in force for many countries, Japan did not sign the GPU until the following year.) The letter was mailed in Washington, D.C. on May 9 and reached Yokohama on June 29, 1876, where a red ‘Yokohama Paid All’ was applied by the US postal station there. It then took nine more days to travel lessthan twenty-five miles to Mr. Lyman at his lodgings in Yedo (the old name for Tokyo). How did it get from the US to Japan? There were two possible routes: (I) via New York to London, where it would have been put on a British ship round.the Cape of Good Hope to the Orient, or (2) via the recently-completed transcontinental railroad to San Francisco, where it would have been put on an American ship to Yokohama. Since the envelope lacks New York and London transit markings, I favor the Trans-Pacific route. Both covers were at one time in the collection of Congressman Ackerman, the leading collector of United States official covers in the early part of this century.” Ex Ackerman, Hughes and Duckworth (acquired by Dr. Lobdell in the 1963 sale of the Duckworth collection)

Robert Siegel Auction Galleries, Dec 2010, Sale 1003, Lot 5522

US$17,500.00
US Stamps Prices Scott Catalogue #O92 - 30c 1873 War Official. Robert Siegel Auction Galleries, Dec 2010, Sale 1003, Lot 5524

30c War (Scott O92). Two horizontal pairs, a few minor perf flaws along top, tied between perfs by circle of wedges cancel on cover-size package label with “Jefferson Depot of the Quartermaster’s Department, Jeffersonville, Ind., Official Business” imprint, addressed in violet and red Spencerian script to John W. Kline, care of John Wanamaker, in Philadelphia Pa. ONLY FOUR 30-CENT WAR DEPARTMENT COVERS ARE RECORDED, AND THIS IS THE ONLY MULTIPLE FRANKING AMONG THEM. AN OUTSTANDING OFFICIAL HIGH-VALUE COVER.. John W. Kline was a well-known collector of coins, medals and numismatic literature. John Wanamaker, in whose care this package to Kline was directed, is known as the “Father” of the modern department store and commercial advertising (he was appointed Postmaster General in 1889). The census by Alan C. Campbell (“High Value Official Stamps on Cover”, Chronicle No. 188, Nov. 2000, pp. 287-299) lists four 30c War Dept. covers, including three with singles and the 6c War. This is the only 30c War multiple known on cover. The $1.20 postage may have paid the 10c per bound volume rate for 12 bound volumes, or possibly the 40x domestic 3c rate for 20 ounces. Ex Hughes and Starnes

Robert Siegel Auction Galleries, Dec 2010, Sale 1003, Lot 5524

US$6,000.00
US Stamps Value Scott Catalog #O92 - 30c 1873 War Official. Robert Siegel Auction Galleries, Dec 2010, Sale 1003, Lot 5481

30c War (Scott O92). Used vertical block of six, quartered cork cancels, bright color, pos. 1 few trivial perf flaws, otherwise Fine-Very Fine, a block of six is believed to be the largest known used multiple

Robert Siegel Auction Galleries, Dec 2010, Sale 1003, Lot 5481

US$800.00
Value of US Stamp Scott # O92: 1873 30c War Official. Robert Siegel Auction Galleries, Dec 2010, Sale 1003, Lot 5480

30c War (Scott O92). Used horizontal block of six, cork cancels, small hinge reinforcement between pos. 1 and 2, pos. 1 slight creases, perfs in at top, Very Good appearance, a block of six is believed to be the largest known used multiple, ex Ward, Mainberger

Robert Siegel Auction Galleries, Dec 2010, Sale 1003, Lot 5480

US$500.00
US Stamps Prices Scott #O92 - 30c 1873 War Official. Robert Siegel Auction Galleries, Dec 2009, Sale 982, Lot 6141

30c War (Scott O92). Mint N.H., precise centering with unusually wide margins, pretty pastel color, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2009 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95, unpriced in SMQ as Mint N.H., SMQ $485.00 as hinged), this is highest graded and only example to achieve this grade to date and this is the first Mint N.H. stamp we have offered in any condition since 2003

Robert Siegel Auction Galleries, Dec 2009, Sale 982, Lot 6141

US$1,200.00
US Stamp Price Scott O92: 1873 30c War Official. Robert Siegel Auction Galleries, Dec 2009, Sale 978, Lot 1138

30c War (Scott O92). Original gum, essentially precise centering, light pastel color, Extremely Fine Gem, P.S.E. encapsulated (OGph, XF-Superb 95, SMQ value $485.00), this is the highest grade awarded to date

Robert Siegel Auction Galleries, Dec 2009, Sale 978, Lot 1138

US$400.00
US Stamps Value Scott Catalog #O92 - 1873 30c War Official. Matthew Bennett International, Apr 2008, Sale 326, Lot 703

War Dept., 1873, 30ยข rose (O92), well centered, rich color. Original gum, never hinged. Very Fine. SMQ unpriced as N.H. Scott price $275 Expertization: 2000 P.S.E. Certificate graded VF 80.

Matthew Bennett International, Apr 2008, Sale 326, Lot 703

US$230.00