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Slania: Monaco: Proofs - Page 3  
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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Item #
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203679
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Scott #1518 sunken die proof in dark blue, with colorless embossed seal, signed "Slania". 1986 Old Monaco Clerissi Drawings 0.70 issue.
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275.00

Reference
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203697
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Scott #1518 imperforate color plate proof in experimental color: yellow. 1986 Clerissi Old Monaco Drawings 0.70 issue. The issued stamp color is bright orange.
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95.00

Reference
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203698
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Scott #1518 imperforate color plate proof in experimental color: brownish red. 1986 Clerissi Old Monaco Drawings 0.70 issue. The issued stamp color is bright orange.
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95.00

Reference
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203699
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Scott #1518 imperforate color plate proof in experimental color: dark orange. 1986 Clerissi Old Monaco Drawings 0.70 issue. The issued stamp color is bright orange.
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95.00

Reference
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203700
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Scott #1518 imperforate color plate proof pair in experimental colors: dark orange and brownish red. 1986 Clerissi Old Monaco Drawings 0.70 issue. The issued stamp color is bright orange.
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190.00

Reference
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203701
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Scott #1519 imperforate color plate proof pair in experimental colors: yellowish brown (ochre) and blackish brown (sepia). 1986 Clerissi Old Monaco Drawings 0.80 issue. The issued stamp color is bright yellow green.
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190.00

Reference
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203702
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Scott #1519 imperforate color plate proof in experimental color: yellowish brown (ochre). 1986 Clerissi Old Monaco Drawings 0.80 issue. The issued stamp color is bright yellow green.
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95.00

Reference
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203703
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Scott #1519 imperforate color plate proof in experimental color: blackish brown (sepia). 1986 Clerissi Old Monaco Drawings 0.80 issue. The issued stamp color is bright yellow green.
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95.00

Reference
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203704
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Scott #1519 imperforate color plate proof in experimental color: olive green. 1986 Clerissi Old Monaco Drawings 0.80 issue. The issued stamp color is bright yellow green.
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95.00

Reference
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203680
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Scott #1520 sunken die proof in dark blue gray, with colorless embossed seal, signed "Slania". 1986 Old Monaco Clerissi Drawings 0.90 issue.
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275.00

Reference
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203705
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Scott #1520 imperforate color plate proof in experimental color: dark carmine. 1986 Clerissi Old Monaco Drawings 0.90 issue. The issued stamp color is reddish violet.
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95.00

Reference
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203706
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Scott #1520 imperforate color plate proof in experimental color: rose. 1986 Clerissi Old Monaco Drawings 0.90 issue. The issued stamp color is reddish violet.
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95.00

Reference
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203707
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Scott #1520 imperforate color plate proof pair in experimental colors: red and rose. 1986 Clerissi Old Monaco Drawings 0.90 issue. The issued stamp color is reddish violet.
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190.00

Reference
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203681
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Scott #1521 sunken die proof in green blue, with colorless embossed seal, signed "Slania". 1986 Old Monaco Clerissi Drawings 1.00 issue.
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275.00

Reference
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203708
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Scott #1521 imperforate color plate proof pair in experimental colors: olive green and dark brown. 1986 Clerissi Old Monaco Drawings 1.00 issue. The issued stamp color is light blue.
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190.00

Reference
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203709
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Scott #1521 imperforate color plate proof pair in experimental colors: dark brown and orange brown. 1986 Clerissi Old Monaco Drawings 1.00 issue. The issued stamp color is light blue.
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190.00

Reference
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203710
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Scott #1521 imperforate color plate proof in experimental color: orange brown. 1986 Clerissi Old Monaco Drawings 1.00 issue. The issued stamp color is light blue.
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95.00

Reference
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203711
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Scott #1522 imperforate color plate proof pair in experimental colors: blue and bluish green. 1986 Clerissi Old Monaco Drawings 2.00 issue. The issued stamp color is black.
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190.00

Reference
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203682
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Scott #1523 sunken die proof in blue, with colorless embossed seal, signed "Slania". 1986 Old Monaco Clerissi Drawings 4.00 Locomotive issue.
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375.00

Reference
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203712
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Scott #1523 imperforate color plate proof in experimental color: reddish violet. 1986 Clerissi Old Monaco Drawings 4.00 Locomotive issue. The issued stamp color is ultramarine.
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130.00

Reference
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203713
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Scott #1523 imperforate color plate proof in experimental color: reddish violet. 1986 Clerissi Old Monaco Drawings 4.00 Locomotive issue. The issued stamp color is ultramarine.
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130.00

Reference
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203683
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Scott #1524 sunken die proof in reddish brown, with colorless embossed seal, signed "Slania". 1986 Old Monaco Clerissi Drawings 5.00 issue.
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275.00

Reference
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203714
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Scott #1524 imperforate color plate proof pair in experimental colors: ultramarinish violet and bright red violet. 1986 Clerissi Old Monaco Drawings 5.00 issue. The issued stamp color is olive green.
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190.00

Reference
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203715
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Scott #1524 imperforate color plate proof pair in experimental colors: bright red violet and violet. 1986 Clerissi Old Monaco Drawings 5.00 issue. The issued stamp color is olive green.
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190.00

Reference
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204993
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Scott #1524 imperforate color plate proof pair in experimental color: violet. 1986 Clerissi Old Monaco Drawings 5.00 issue. The issued stamp color is olive green.
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95.00

Reference
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