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Slania: Monaco: Proofs - Page 2  
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.
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1974 Rainier III s/s. Scott #899 [1974 10 franc Prince Rainier III souvenir sheet] Imperforate color plate proof entirely in Brownish Olive and showing "11.12.73" print date at bottom. (The issued souvenir sheet had a black stamp with red text and arms above and below.) No Monaco Philatelic Museum handstamp on reverse. Proofs of the souvenir sheets are extremely scarce! This is the only proof of this souvenir sheet that I have recorded having. Outstanding item!
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Scott #974 [1975 European Architectural Year; National Museum] imperforate color plate proof complete sheet of 30 in experimental colors. The extreme lower right corner (far away from the stamps) is thinned, but is of no consequence to the value of the sheet. The top four rows are in single colors; the colors are very close to the final colors used (in combination) for the issued stamp. Each of the first four rows is all the same color, in order from top: light blue, green, brown, and brown again. The stamps in the bottom (fifth) row, are each different three-color combinations. The colors of the text at top and/or bottom, tree, building components, groundcover at bottom, etc. all vary differently. The lower right stamp uses the same color combination/usages as the issued stamp, however, the blue and green are slightly darker on the issued stamp. 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 six extra of the brown) and the six combinations are unique in private hands. This sheet does have the usual oval control imprints on the reverse. This stamp issue relates to a couple popular topics/thematics, including Europa. Based on long experience with Slania-engraved Monaco proofs, the break-up value is in excess of $2900; perhaps higher due to the thematic appeal.
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Scott #974 [1975 European Architectural Year; National Museum] Imperforate color plate proof single in single experimental color: Olive. The stamp has the usual oval control imprint on the reverse. This stamp issue relates to a couple popular topics/thematics, including Europa.
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237379
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Scott #974 [1975 European Architectural Year; National Museum] imperforate color plate proof single with experimental color combination. The colors are: dark blue green (denomination, upper text), green (trees, plants, lower text), and olive (building, stairs, etc.). Based on my understanding that there is only one proof sheet of any particular "color set" in private hands and I know that the other sheet I have seen from this issue contained combinations of colors that were all different, thus means that this combination is may be unique in private hands. This proof does have the usual oval control imprint on the reverse. This stamp issue relates to a couple popular topics/thematics, including Europa.
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203686
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Scott #991-2 imperforate color plate proof set in nearly issued colors, including the gutter text. The 2.00 value has some minor color differences; the 4.00 value appears to be final colors. 1975 Princes issue. Remarkably scarce. Price is for the set of two proofs.
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300.00

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231540
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Scott #991 imperforate color plate proof in black and blue. Single including the final gutter text. The blue color in this proof is in the place of all non-black colors making for a most unusual appearance. Monaco Philatelic Museum handstamp on reverse as expected. 1975 Princes 2.00 issue. Remarkably scarce.
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175.00

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232764
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Scott #991 [1975 2.00 fr Prince Honore III] 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 have the usual oval control imprints on the reverse. All ten stamps are obviously 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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231541
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Scott #992 imperforate color plate proof; appears to be in final colors, though the blue might be less greenish than the final stamp. Single including the final gutter text. Monaco Philatelic Museum handstamp on reverse as expected. 1975 Princes 4.00 issue. Remarkably scarce.
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175.00

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232765
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Scott #992 [1975 4.00 fr Princess Catherine De Brignole-Sale] 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). Though the bottom-row stamps look very similar, 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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203687
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Scott #1035 imperforate color plate proof in brown with experimental background engraving in blue. The final issue of this stamp did not have background engraving. 1975 Princes issue. Truly experimental items such as this are quite scarce. This stamp issue is notable for the unusual engraving technique used by Slania; the portrait is mostly achieved using dots instead of lines.
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175.00

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Scott #1035 imperforate color plate proof; with frame in final color, but denomination and portrait in red and with experimental all-over central yellow background (appears to be offset printed); makes for extremely unusual appearance. Truly experimental items such as this are quite scarce. Single including the final gutter text. Monaco Philatelic Museum handstamp on reverse as expected. 1976 Princes 2.00 issue. Remarkably scarce. This stamp issue is notable for the unusual engraving technique used by Slania; the portrait is mostly achieved using dots instead of lines.
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190.00

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232766
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Scott #1035 [1976 2.00 fr Prince Honore IV] 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 have the usual oval control imprints on the reverse. The black-only stamp is truly spectacular. In the bottom row, it appears that stamps 1,3, and 5 have black frames and text, while stamps 2 and 4 have brown frames and text, thus are not unique. Based on long experience with Slania-engraved Monaco proofs, the break-up value is in the $1500-1750 range.
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204963
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Scott #1036 imperforate color plate proof complete sheet of ten in experimental colors. The top row consists of background colors (which are engraved; the frame is an albino print), and four different bi-colored experiments. The bottom row consists of five different full color experiments with various color differences in the frame and text, denomination, and stamp and background colors. The gutter text is present. This sheet does not have the oval control imprints on the reverse. 1976 Princes 4.00 issue. This is only one of two Monaco stamp full proof sheets I have had (not counting a sheet of two souvenir sheets) and the only such full sheet with the gutter text present and the only such full sheet without the control imprint on reverse. A spectacular Slania item wonderfully demonstrating his art.
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1400.00

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231543
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Scott #1036 imperforate color plate proof; in final colors. Single including the final gutter text. Monaco Philatelic Museum handstamp on reverse as expected. 1976 Princes 4.00 issue. Remarkably scarce.
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175.00

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232767
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Scott #1036 [1976 4.00 fr Princess Louise d Aumont-Mazarin] 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 obviously 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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203666
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Scott #1051 sunken die proof in deep blue, with colorless embossed seal, signed "Slania". 1977 Albert I from the Navigation issue (the only Slania stamp in the set). A stunning proof that really stands out.
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425.00

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204961
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Scott #1051 imperforate color plate proof in experimental color: brownish red. 1977 Albert I from the Navigation issue (the only Slania stamp in the set). The issued stamp color is bicolored, brownish red and black. Proofs of this issue are scarce.
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130.00

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204962
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Scott #1051 imperforate color plate proof strip of five in experimental colors: brownish red, brown, black, brownish red again, and bicolored in brownish red and black (appears to be final colors). 1977 Albert I from the Navigation issue (the only Slania stamp in the set). The issued stamp color is bicolored, brownish red and black. Proofs of this issue are scarce. This strip could be divided: the set of three single colors $425, the "extra" brownish red $130, and the bicolored proof $150.
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680.00

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236440
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Scott #1051 plate/color proof: "MONACO" in dark brown; portrait, frame, and stamp text in brownish red; monogram above and date below in greenish olive. 1979 Prince Albert souvenir sheet issue. The issued souvenir sheet was green and red.
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Scott #1093 [1977 6.00 fr Prince Honore V] 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 have the usual oval control imprints on the reverse. All ten stamps are obviously different. Based on long experience with Slania-engraved Monaco proofs, the break-up value is in the $1500-1750 range.
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Scott #1135 [1978 2.00 fr Prince Florestan 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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Scott #1136 [1978 4.00 fr Princess Caroline Gilbert De Lametz] 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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203667
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Scott #1166 plate/color proof sheet of two, in brown and red. 1979 Prince Albert souvenir sheet issue. The issued souvenir sheet was green and red. This example is the only Slania-engraved Monaco souvenir sheet issue of which I can recall seeing a plate or color proof. [This item could be divided if it is not sold intact; please register your interest in that case.]
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600.00

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204966
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Scott #1187 imperforate color plate proof gutter block of four in experimental colors: The top two stamps are bicolored experiments, while the bottom two are full-colored experiments with various color differences in the frame and text, denomination, and stamp and background colors. The gutter text is present. The oval control marks usually on the reverse are absent. 1979 Princes 3.00 issue.
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500.00

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232771
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Scott #1187 [1979 3.00 fr Prince Charles III] 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. This sheet bears the ink color codes for all six colors, and furthermore defines the inks used to create various colors by weight of the inks in the formula for each color; this is the only such example, with such detail, that has been recorded by the French-area proof experts I have consulted. 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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203688
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Scott #1188 imperforate color plate proof in experimental colors. 1979 Princes issue.
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140.00

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204967
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Scott #1188 imperforate color plate proof gutter block of four in experimental colors: The top two stamps are bicolored experiments, while the bottom two are full-colored experiments with various color differences in the frame and text, denomination, and stamp and background colors. The gutter text is present. The oval control marks usually on the reverse are absent. 1979 Princes 4.00 issue.
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500.00

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232772
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Scott #1188 [1979 4.00 fr Princess Antoinette De Merode] 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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234196
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Scott #1200 [1980 1.10 Rainier] Imperforate color plate proof sheet-wide 5-strip in three different single colors on white stamp paper. Stamp colors (left to right): gray, darker gray, brownish black, gray, darker gray. The pattern of colors may or may not have been the same throughout this proof sheet. (The issued stamp was printed in green; the gray colors of this proof are similar to the 1980 1.60 Rainier stamp.) With the Monaco Philatelic Museum handstamps on reverse. Proofs of the definitive issue stamps seem to be much scarcer than those of commemoratives. [This strip has since been divided.]
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500.00

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Scott #1302 sunken die proof in black, with colorless embossed seal, signed "Slania". 1981 Princes 3.00 issue.
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300.00

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Scott #1302 sunken die proof in black, background design in mirror image, with colorless embossed seal, signed "Slania". 1981 Princes 3.00 issue. While I have previously seen an illustration of one such item (a different issue if I recall correctly) this is the first occasion I have had to actually see or own such an item.
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300.00

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232775
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Scott #1302 [1981 3.00 fr Prince Louis II] 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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Scott #1303 [1981 5.00 fr Princess Charlotte] 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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232739
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Scott #1339 [1982 St. Francis of Assisi] imperforate color plate proof complete sheet of 30 in experimental colors. The left four columns, except for the bottom stamp in the fourth column, are single color. Each such column is all the same color, in order from left: brown (BR 619), light olive green (BR 603), and dark olive green (BR 605). The third stamp in the fifth (right) column is also single color (brown). The right (fifth) column, except for the third stamp, plus the bottom stamp in fourth column are each two/three color combinations. The right-most two stamps in the bottom row appear to be the same color combination. Otherwise, the color combinations are all different (it can be hard to see the difference between the light olive green and the dark olive green when in small areas). 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 six extra of brown); two exist of one of the combinations and the other four combinations are unique in private hands. This sheet does not have the oval control imprints on the reverse (quite unusual without the marking). [This information is only for reference; the sheet has been divided and the individual components are/were available.]
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Scott #1344 [1982 3.00 fr Monaco Belle Epoch (Beautiful Era) by Clerissi] imperforate color plate proof complete sheet of 10 in experimental colors. In the "Belle Epoch" issues, the typical proof sheet arrangement consists of the bottom stamp in the left column showing the background colors (all the colors are engraved which again proves that Slania was a master), followed above by a wonderful single-color proof and three dramatic proofs showing combinations of foreground colors and partial background colors. The right column typically contains complete foreground and background color proofs, but with various, often subtle color combinations, especially in the colors of the buildings and backgrounds, 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 right-column stamps looks very much like the issued stamp, though there are usually still small differences. Such proof sheets are wonderful showcases of 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 $1500-1700 range.
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204970
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Scott #1345 imperforate color plate proof complete sheet of ten in experimental colors. The left column consists of background colors (which are engraved; the frame is an albino print), a red violet print without background color, and three different bi-colored experiments. The right column consists of five different full color experiments with various color differences in the background colors. The gutter text is absent. 1982 Clerissi Paintings 5.00 issue. This is only one of two Monaco stamp full proof sheets I have had (not counting a sheet of two souvenir sheets) and the only such full sheet without the gutter text present and the only such full sheet with the control imprints on reverse. A spectacular Slania item wonderfully demonstrating his art.
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Current breakup value $1600 (04/2009)

232778
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Scott #1345 [1982 5.00 fr Monaco Belle Epoch (Beautiful Era) by Clerissi] imperforate color plate proof complete sheet of 10 in experimental colors. In the "Belle Epoch" issues, the typical proof sheet arrangement consists of the bottom stamp in the left column showing the background colors (all the colors are engraved which again proves that Slania was a master), followed above by a wonderful single-color proof and three dramatic proofs showing combinations of foreground colors and partial background colors. The right column typically contains complete foreground and background color proofs, but with various, often subtle color combinations, especially in the colors of the buildings and backgrounds, 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 right-column stamps looks very much like the issued stamp, though there are usually still small differences. Such proof sheets are wonderful showcases of 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 $1500-1700 range.
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232264
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Scott #1367 [1982 10 franc Princess Grace Memorial souvenir sheet] imperforate color plate proof. Stamp and border in black, but all else in dark green blue, and showing "7.24.3.83" print date at right edge. (The issued souvenir sheet was entirely black except for bright blue crown and monogram at top.) Monaco Philatelic Museum handstamp on reverse as expected. Proofs of the souvenir sheets are extremely scarce! Outstanding item!
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232265
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Scott #1367 [1982 10 franc Princess Grace Memorial souvenir sheet] imperforate color plate proof. Stamp, border, monogram, and top/bottom text lines in black, but crown and middle text line in dark green blue, and showing "24952" print control number at right edge. (The issued souvenir sheet was entirely black except for bright blue crown and monogram at top.) Monaco Philatelic Museum handstamp on reverse as expected. Proofs of the souvenir sheets are extremely scarce! Outstanding item!
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Scott #1367 [1982 10 franc Princess Grace Memorial souvenir sheet] imperforate color plate proof. Stamp, border, crown, and middle text line in black, but monogram and top/bottom text line in dark green blue. (The issued souvenir sheet was entirely black except for bright blue crown and monogram at top.) Monaco Philatelic Museum handstamp on reverse as expected. Proofs of the souvenir sheets are extremely scarce! Outstanding item!
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203689
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Scott #1385 imperforate color plate proof in experimental colors; red frame and foreground, blue background. 1983 Clerissi Paintings 3.00 issue.
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203690
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Scott #1385 imperforate color plate proof in nearly final colors; there are still small color differences. 1983 Clerissi Paintings 3.00 issue.
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232779
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Scott #1385 [1983 3.00 fr Monaco Belle Epoch (Beautiful Era) by Clerissi] imperforate color plate proof complete sheet of 10 in experimental colors. In the "Belle Epoch" issues, the typical proof sheet arrangement consists of the bottom stamp in the left column showing the background colors (all the colors are engraved which again proves that Slania was a master), followed above by a wonderful single-color proof and three dramatic proofs showing combinations of foreground colors and partial background colors. The right column typically contains complete foreground and background color proofs, but with various, often subtle color combinations, especially in the colors of the buildings and backgrounds, 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 right-column stamps looks very much like the issued stamp, though there are usually still small differences. Such proof sheets are wonderful showcases of 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 $1500-1700 range.
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204965
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Scott #1386 imperforate color plate proof gutter block of six in experimental colors: The left column consists of background colors (which are engraved; the frame is an albino print), a black print, and a red/light olive bicolored experiment. The right column consists of three different full color experiments with various color differences in the frame and text, denomination, and stamp and background colors. The gutter text is absent. 1983 Clerissi Paintings 5.00 issue. This block could be divided into three gutter pairs; please register your interest if you would only be interested in that circumstance.
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Current breakup value $960 (04/2009)

232780
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Scott #1386 [1983 5.00 fr Monaco Belle Epoch (Beautiful Era) by Clerissi] imperforate color plate proof complete sheet of 10 in experimental colors. In the "Belle Epoch" issues, the typical proof sheet arrangement consists of the bottom stamp in the left column showing the background colors (all the colors are engraved which again proves that Slania was a master), followed above by a wonderful single-color proof and three dramatic proofs showing combinations of foreground colors and partial background colors. The right column typically contains complete foreground and background color proofs, but with various, often subtle color combinations, especially in the colors of the buildings and backgrounds, 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 right-column stamps looks very much like the issued stamp, though there are usually still small differences. Such proof sheets are wonderful showcases of 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 $1500-1700 range.
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203716
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Scott #1411 imperforate color plate proof in experimental color: bluish green. 1984 Clerissi Old Monaco Drawings 0.10 issue. The issued stamp color is carmine.
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100.00

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203670
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Scott #1412 sunken die proof in olive brown, with colorless embossed seal, signed "Slania". 1984 Old Monaco Clerissi Drawings 0.15 issue.
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275.00

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203717
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Scott #1412 imperforate color plate proof in experimental color: yellow green. 1984 Clerissi Old Monaco Drawings 0.15 issue. The issued stamp color is violet.
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100.00

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203671
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Scott #1413 sunken die proof in dark gray blue, with colorless embossed seal, signed "Slania". 1984 Old Monaco Clerissi Drawings 0.20 issue.
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275.00

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203718
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Scott #1413 imperforate color plate proof in experimental color: dark green. 1984 Clerissi Old Monaco Drawings 0.20 issue. The issued stamp color is ultramarine.
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100.00

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Scott #1414 sunken die proof in dark gray blue, with colorless embossed seal, signed "Slania". 1984 Old Monaco Clerissi Drawings 0.30 issue.
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275.00

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203719
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Scott #1414 imperforate color plate proof in experimental color: reddish violet. 1984 Clerissi Old Monaco Drawings 0.30 issue. The issued stamp color is blue.
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100.00

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203673
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Scott #1415 sunken die proof in dark gray blue, with colorless embossed seal, signed "Slania". 1984 Old Monaco Clerissi Drawings 0.40 issue.
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275.00

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203720
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Scott #1415 imperforate color plate proof in experimental color: ultramarine. 1984 Clerissi Old Monaco Drawings 0.40 issue. The issued stamp color is dark green.
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100.00

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203674
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Scott #1416 sunken die proof in dark gray blue, with colorless embossed seal, signed "Slania". 1984 Old Monaco Clerissi Drawings 3.00 issue.
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275.00

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203721
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Scott #1416 imperforate color plate proof in experimental color: violet. 1984 Clerissi Old Monaco Drawings 3.00 issue. The issued stamp color is red.
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100.00

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203675
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Scott #1417 sunken die proof in dark gray blue, with colorless embossed seal, signed "Slania". 1984 Old Monaco Clerissi Drawings 6.00 issue.
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275.00

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203722
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Scott #1417 imperforate color plate proof in experimental color: ultramarinish violet. 1984 Clerissi Old Monaco Drawings 6.00 issue. The issued stamp color is yellow green.
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100.00

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233373
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Scott #1462 [1985 2.10 Stamp Exhibition and 100th Anniv. of Monaco Stamps (stamp on stamp design)] imperforate color plate proof pair in individual experimental colors: bright blue and bright green. Mint hinged. On reverse has the expected oval control imprints and penciled notations that may be the color codes for this proof. A rare proof from a stamp issue for which unusual material is very rarely seen; I have not had any other plate proofs for this issue.
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Scott #1462 [1985 2.10 Stamp Exhibition and 100th Anniv. of Monaco Stamps (stamp on stamp design)] sunken die proof in dark olive, with colorless embossed seal and signed "Slania". A wonderful and rare item.
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Scott #1500 s/s [1985 100th Anniv. of Monaco Stamps (stamp on stamp design)] imperforate color plate proof souvenir sheet in a experimental colors: blue with dark blue frame text at top and bottom. Mint hinged. On reverse has the expected oval control imprints. Plate proofs of any of the souvenir sheets are extremely scarce. This one has a very dramatic appearance!
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203676
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Scott #1500d sunken die proof in dark gray blue, with colorless embossed seal, signed "Slania". One design (Rainier III) from the 1985 Stamp Centenary souvenir sheet issue. This is the only proof type item from this issue that I can recall ever seeing or hearing of.
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325.00

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234295
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Scott #1513 [1986 10.00 Rainier and Albert] Imperforate color plate proof left margin single in brownish orange red on white stamp paper. (The issued stamp was printed in magenta.) Without the Monaco Philatelic Museum handstamp on reverse; scarce thus. Proofs of the definitive issue stamps seem to be much scarcer than those of commemoratives.
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203677
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Scott #1516 sunken die proof in dark blue gray, with colorless embossed seal, signed "Slania". 1986 Old Monaco Clerissi Drawings 0.50 issue.
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275.00

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203691
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Scott #1516 imperforate color plate proof in experimental color: magenta. 1986 Clerissi Old Monaco Drawings 0.50 issue. The issued stamp color is bright red.
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95.00

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203692
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Scott #1516 imperforate color plate proof in experimental color: bright reddish violet. 1986 Clerissi Old Monaco Drawings 0.50 issue. The issued stamp color is bright red.
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95.00

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203693
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Scott #1516 imperforate color plate proof in experimental color: ultramarinish violet. 1986 Clerissi Old Monaco Drawings 0.50 issue. The issued stamp color is bright red.
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95.00

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203678
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Scott #1517 sunken die proof in green blue, with colorless embossed seal, signed "Slania". 1986 Old Monaco Clerissi Drawings 0.60 issue.
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275.00

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203694
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Scott #1517 imperforate color plate proof in experimental color: violet. 1986 Clerissi Old Monaco Drawings 0.60 issue. The issued stamp color is blue green.
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95.00

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203695
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Scott #1517 imperforate color plate proof in experimental color: reddish brown. 1986 Clerissi Old Monaco Drawings 0.60 issue. The issued stamp color is blue green.
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95.00

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Scott #1517 imperforate color plate proof in experimental color: dark carmine. 1986 Clerissi Old Monaco Drawings 0.60 issue. The issued stamp color is blue green.
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95.00

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