The Hawkins Collection of Select European Countries
December 4, 2019

The Hawkins collection is a fine assembly of unused stamps from several pre-World War II European Countries, notably Albania, Austria, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland. There are many rare and seldom offered classics, such as an unused 1851 2 Reales Isabella and 3 Cuartos Arms of Madrid from Spain, Zurich and Geneva 4Rp and 6Rp, as well as a Basel Dove and a complete selection of Sitting and Standing Helvetias. Most of the individual lots are accompanied by certificates, with excellent and comprehensive balances offered intact, with Greece, Germany, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia and others. A compact and powerful single owner sale, the Hawkins Collection will be sold on 4th December 2019 at 1:00 PM at our New York Galleries and via CherrystoneLive.

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Lot #5173
SWITZERLAND - CANTONAL ADMINISTRATION Basel
1845 2 1/2 Rp black, blue & carmine, the iconic Basel Dove, unused without gum, showing plate flaw 3 (white spot to the left of Dove's head and red separating line incomplete at bottom right), margins all around with white showing on all four sides, strong embossing and relief, v.f. and rare unused and completely sound example, signed Moser, with 1982 Rellstab certificate (Zu.8, SFr 18,000) (Basel Dove is the world's first tricolor stamp, issued by Switzerland in 1845. During this period in Swiss history each canton issued their own stamps and the Basel Dove is the first to combine engraving and embossing. Created by the architect Melchior Berry, Basel Dove features blue, crimson, and black colors. Interestingly, it was not appreciated by the local populace and quickly withdrawn. Today, the Basel Dove is considered to be one of the most beautiful classical stamps)
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Catalog #3L1
Catalog Value $17,500
Price Realized
$13,000.00

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