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Slania: Monaco: Proofs  
All items are VF and fresh, and Scott numbers stated, unless otherwise described.
Proofs take a variety of forms and represent the progress of the creation of the final stamp image. Die proofs of the unfinished design ("stages") can show the work of the engraver as it progress, while the final die proof shows the finished engraving. Because die proofs are typically pulled from the actual original engraving, the impression quality is typically superior to that of the issued stamp. A "sunken" die proof has the die impression in an embossed area that "frames" it. Color proofs are experiments or trials to determine which color(s) best present the image. In the case of multi-colored stamps, slightly changes in the combinations of colors can make dramatic differences in the final stamp image.

Discussions with experts on proofs of Monaco and the "French area" have given me the following understanding...

Monaco die proofs were prepared in two types: "final" and "stage" (unfinished design). Typically about 19 final die proofs are prepared; of these more are black (typically 10) plus perhaps 3 each of 3 other colors. The die proofs are normally single color. Some examples, at least of the black, usually exist in private hands. The "stage" die proofs, at least as officially released (i.e. other than proofs prepared by the engraver to check on progress), typically exist at only a single stage of the engraving process; typically only 3 "stage" die proofs are prepared (and may or may not exist in private hands).

Plate/Color proof sheets were prepared of both the stamps issued in sheets of 10 (usually the larger-format stamps) and the sheets of 30 stamps. The sheets of 10 are typically printed on a 6-color press, while the sheets of 30 stamps are typically printed on a 3-color press. It appears that typically 13 different proof sheets were prepared; each of the 13 contains different colors and/or combinations of colors, thus each of the 13 sheets would typically look dramatically different. It seems that only ONE of each of these 13 proof sheets exists/existed in private hands (and many have been broken up over the years). The proof sheets of 10 stamps typically contain all-different colors or combinations of colors, thus each individual proof may be unique in private hands! The proof sheets of 30 stamps for single-color stamp issues typically repeat only the 3 single colors (they were printed on a 3-color press) and do not include color combinations; because of the 6-row by 5-column configuration and the way the colors are used, typically one color exists in 6 more examples than the other two colors. The proof sheets of 30 stamps for multi-color stamp issues typically contain 6 sets or 3-strips of 3 single colors, plus an additional 6 examples of one of the single colors, plus typically 6 2-color or 3-color combinations. Those particular color combinations thus typically appear to be unique in private hands.

Monaco is one of the few "Slania countries" from which any form of proof material is available to collectors. Such material is completely legitimate, usually bearing an official control imprint (some issues exist without the marking, but seem to be much scarcer in that form), often being presented to government officials or other dignitaries, or being sold on behalf of the postal museum. Proofs of Monaco Slania-engraved stamps are scarce and very much sought after.

All items are VF and fresh. If you are seeking this type of material, please let me know of your interest; such items seldom make it into my price lists. I am always interested in buying such material.
Items marked "Reference" are shown for informational purposes only and have already been sold; please do not try to order them. Please see subsequent pages...
While I hope that the items offered as the intact proof sheets will find new homes as intact sheets, it is quite possible that some of these sheets will be broken up. If you have an interest in any individual items or sets of items from any of the listed full sheets, please inform me immediately so that you will have highest possible priority on the waiting list.
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Scott #974 [1975 European Architectural Year; National Museum] Imperforate color plate proof single in single experimental color: brown. The brown color is very close to the brown used in the issued stamp. The stamps have the usual oval control imprints on the reverse. This stamp issue relates to a couple popular topics/thematics, including Europa.
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95.00

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Scott #1246 [1980 4.00 fr Prince Albert I] imperforate color plate proof complete sheet of 10 in experimental colors. In the "Princes" issue, the typical proof sheet arrangement consists of the first stamp in the top row showing the background colors (all the colors are engraved which again proves that Slania was a master), followed by four dramatic proofs showing combinations of foreground colors and (sometimes quite odd) partial background colors. The bottom row typically contains complete foreground and background color proofs, but with various, often subtle color combinations, especially in the color shades of the costumes and the colors of the text at top and bottom. Sometimes the text color differences are hard to see in a picture. Typically one of the bottom-row stamps looks very much like the issued stamp, though there are usually still small differences. Such proofs sheets are usually wonderful "riots of color" that showcase the skill of the master engraver, Slania. Based on my understanding that there is only one proof sheet of any particular "color set" in private hands, each of these proofs could be unique private hands. This sheet does not have the usual oval control imprints on the reverse (quite unusual). All ten stamps are different. Based on long experience with Slania-engraved Monaco proofs, the break-up value is in the $1500-1750 range.
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1300.00

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232774
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Scott #1247 [1980 4.00 fr Princess Marie Alice Heine] imperforate color plate proof complete sheet of 10 in experimental colors. In the "Princes" issue, the typical proof sheet arrangement consists of the first stamp in the top row showing the background colors (all the colors are engraved which again proves that Slania was a master), followed by four dramatic proofs showing combinations of foreground colors and (sometimes quite odd) partial background colors. The bottom row typically contains complete foreground and background color proofs, but with various, often subtle color combinations, especially in the color shades of the costumes and the colors of the text at top and bottom. Sometimes the text color differences are hard to see in a picture. Typically one of the bottom-row stamps looks very much like the issued stamp, though there are usually still small differences. Such proofs sheets are usually wonderful "riots of color" that showcase the skill of the master engraver, Slania. Based on my understanding that there is only one proof sheet of any particular "color set" in private hands, each of these proofs could be unique private hands. This sheet does not have the usual oval control imprints on the reverse (quite unusual). All ten stamps are different. Based on long experience with Slania-engraved Monaco proofs, the break-up value is in the $1500-1750 range.
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1300.00

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232754
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Scott #1338 [1981 Monaco Cathedral; Arms of Pope John Paul II and Monaco; commemorating the creation of the archbishopric of Monaco] imperforate color plate proof complete sheet of 30 in experimental colors. The top four rows, except for the first stamp in the fourth row, are in single colors. The single-color four rows are, in order from top: carmine (RO205), olive brown (BR605), and olive green (VE513), followed by (except for first stamp in fourth row) carmine again. The stamps in the bottom (fifth) row, as well as the first stamp in the fourth row, are each different three-color combinations. The colors combinations of the many different design components all vary greatly, creating significantly different effects. Based on my understanding that there is only one proof sheet of any particular "color set" in private hands, this means that only six sets of the three single colors exist (plus five extra of the carmine) and the seven combinations are unique in private hands. This sheet does not have the usual oval control imprints on the reverse (quite unusual without the marking). Based on long experience with Slania-engraved Monaco proofs, the break-up value is in excess of $2950.
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2350.00

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232755
Scott #1410-17 [1984 0.05 - 6.00 fr Clerissi Sketches of Old Monaco] imperforate color plate proof complete sheets of 30 in experimental colors. The complete set of 8 sheets offered below, containing a total of 240 proofs (!!!) is at a 15% discount from the individual sheet prices, which are already priced approximately 20% below break-up value.

13800.00

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Scott #1410 [1984 0.05 fr Clerissi Sketches of Old Monaco] imperforate color plate proof complete sheet of 30 in experimental colors. All stamps are in single colors; the issue was conceived as single-color stamps. The single-color columns are, in order from left: red (RO210), green (VE515), and olive brown (BR605), followed by red again. The stamps in the right (fifth) column, twice sequentially repeat these three colors in reverse order. Based on my understanding that there is only one proof sheet of any particular "color set" in private hands, this means that only eight sets of the three single colors (plus six extra of the red) exist in private hands. This sheet does not have the usual oval control imprints on the reverse (quite unusual without the marking). This particular design includes a street car on rails, a popular topical/thematic subject of great interest to railway collectors. Based on long experience with Slania-engraved Monaco proofs, the break-up value is in excess of $2500, plus the additional value coming thematic demand.
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2175.00

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Scott #1411 [1984 0.10 fr Clerissi Sketches of Old Monaco] imperforate color plate proof complete sheet of 30 in experimental colors. All stamps are in single colors; the issue was conceived as single-color stamps. The single-color columns are, in order from left: brown (BR607), bright green (VE509), and ultramarine (BL512), followed by brown again. The stamps in the right (fifth) column, twice sequentially repeat these three colors in reverse order. Based on my understanding that there is only one proof sheet of any particular "color set" in private hands, this means that only eight sets of the three single colors (plus six extra of the brown) exist in private hands. This sheet does not have the usual oval control imprints on the reverse (quite unusual without the marking). Based on long experience with Slania-engraved Monaco proofs, the break-up value is in excess of $2500.
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1995.00

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232758
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Scott #1412 [1984 0.15 fr Clerissi Sketches of Old Monaco] imperforate color plate proof complete sheet of 30 in experimental colors. All stamps are in single colors; the issue was conceived as single-color stamps. The single-color columns are, in order from left: red brown (BR617), yellow brown (BR615), and brown (BR618), followed by red brown again. The stamps in the right (fifth) column, twice sequentially repeat these three colors in reverse order. Based on my understanding that there is only one proof sheet of any particular "color set" in private hands, this means that only eight sets of the three single colors (plus six extra of the red brown) exist in private hands. This sheet does not have the usual oval control imprints on the reverse (quite unusual without the marking). Based on long experience with Slania-engraved Monaco proofs, the break-up value is in excess of $2500.
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1995.00

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232759
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Scott #1413 [1984 0.20 fr Clerissi Sketches of Old Monaco] imperforate color plate proof complete sheet of 30 in experimental colors. All stamps are in single colors; the issue was conceived as single-color stamps. The single-color columns are, in order from left: dark carmine (RO211), dark green (VE512), and bluish green (VE510), followed by dark carmine again. The stamps in the right (fifth) column, twice sequentially repeat these three colors in reverse order. Based on my understanding that there is only one proof sheet of any particular "color set" in private hands, this means that only eight sets of the three single colors (plus six extra of the dark carmine) exist in private hands. This sheet does not have the usual oval control imprints on the reverse (quite unusual without the marking). Based on long experience with Slania-engraved Monaco proofs, the break-up value is in excess of $2500.
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1995.00

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232760
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Scott #1414 [1984 0.30 fr Clerissi Sketches of Old Monaco] imperforate color plate proof complete sheet of 30 in experimental colors. All stamps are in single colors; the issue was conceived as single-color stamps. The single-color columns are, in order from left: red brown (BR617), yellow brown (BR615), and violet (VT307), followed by red brown again. The stamps in the right (fifth) column, twice sequentially repeat these three colors in reverse order. Based on my understanding that there is only one proof sheet of any particular "color set" in private hands, this means that only eight sets of the three single colors (plus six extra of the red brown) exist in private hands. This sheet does not have the usual oval control imprints on the reverse (quite unusual without the marking). Based on long experience with Slania-engraved Monaco proofs, the break-up value is in excess of $2500. The ship/boats subject has additional topical/thematic appeal.
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2050.00

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Scott #1415 [1984 0.40 fr Clerissi Sketches of Old Monaco] imperforate color plate proof complete sheet of 30 in experimental colors. All stamps are in single colors; the issue was conceived as single-color stamps. The single-color columns are, in order from left: bluish green (BL413), ultramarine (BL408), and bright blue (BL404), followed by bluish green again. The stamps in the right (fifth) column, twice sequentially repeat these three colors in reverse order. Based on my understanding that there is only one proof sheet of any particular "color set" in private hands, this means that only eight sets of the three single colors (plus six extra of the bluish green) exist in private hands. This sheet does not have the usual oval control imprints on the reverse (quite unusual without the marking). Based on long experience with Slania-engraved Monaco proofs, the break-up value is in excess of $2500. The automobile subject has additional topical/thematic appeal.
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2050.00

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232762
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Scott #1416 [1984 3.00 fr Clerissi Sketches of Old Monaco] imperforate color plate proof complete sheet of 30 in experimental colors. All stamps are in single colors; the issue was conceived as single-color stamps. The single-color columns are, in order from left: purple (VT308), olive green (BR605), and carmine (RO211), followed by purple again. The stamps in the right (fifth) column, twice sequentially repeat these three colors in reverse order. Based on my understanding that there is only one proof sheet of any particular "color set" in private hands, this means that only eight sets of the three single colors (plus six extra of the purple) exist in private hands. This sheet does not have the usual oval control imprints on the reverse (quite unusual without the marking). Based on long experience with Slania-engraved Monaco proofs, the break-up value is in excess of $2500.
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1995.00

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232763
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Scott #1417 [1984 6.00 fr Clerissi Sketches of Old Monaco] imperforate color plate proof complete sheet of 30 in experimental colors. All stamps are in single colors; the issue was conceived as single-color stamps. The single-color columns are, in order from left: blue (BL405), ultramarine (BL408), and violet ultramarine (BL411), followed by blue again. The stamps in the right (fifth) column, twice sequentially repeat these three colors in reverse order. Based on my understanding that there is only one proof sheet of any particular "color set" in private hands, this means that only eight sets of the three single colors (plus six extra of the blue) exist in private hands. This sheet does not have the usual oval control imprints on the reverse (quite unusual without the marking). Based on long experience with Slania-engraved Monaco proofs, the break-up value is in excess of $2500.
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1995.00

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233415
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Scott #1607a-c [1987 Philatelic Bureau, three designs] Set of three matching sunken die proofs in Dark Brownish Maroon, with postal museum handstamp on reverse. This set of proofs is known, but seems to be extremely scarce. As of 2/10, I am aware of two other sets in private hands, but this is the only set I have ever seen.
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239074
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Scott #C81 [1974 10.00 Rainier Airmail] Imperforate color plate proof 3-strip in three different single colors. Stamp colors (left to right): orange, deep carmine, brown. Based on other sheet layout patterns, the deep carmine color is likely to be twice as scarce as the other two colors. (The issued stamp was printed in deep violet.) Without a Monaco Philatelic Museum handstamp on reverse; scarcer thus. Proofs of the airmail stamps seem to be much scarcer than those of commemoratives.
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330.00

239075
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Scott #C81 [1974 10.00 Rainier Airmail] Imperforate color plate proof single in orange. (The issued stamp was printed in deep violet.) Without a Monaco Philatelic Museum handstamp on reverse; scarcer thus. Proofs of the airmail stamps seem to be much scarcer than those of commemoratives.
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110.00

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Scott #C81 [1974 10.00 Rainier Airmail] Imperforate color plate proof single in brown. (The issued stamp was printed in deep violet.) Without a Monaco Philatelic Museum handstamp on reverse; scarcer thus. Proofs of the airmail stamps seem to be much scarcer than those of commemoratives.
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110.00

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