3¢ Ultramarine (114), block of twelve from bottom right with "NATIONAL BANK NOTE CO. NEW YORK" imprint, "No. 26" plate number and guide arrow at bottom, original gum, several Mint N.H., couple small hinge remnants, brilliant color and fresh
John C. Chapin (collection sold privately to Shreves and then to William H. Gross, 2002)
SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)
$8,750.00 without premium for quadruple split grill variety
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS ASTONISHING MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 3-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE HAS ACHIEVED THE GRADE OF SUPERB 98 JUMBO FROM P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED AND IT IS SHARED BY NO OTHERS.
The 3c 1869 Pictorial represents a radical departure from the portraiture of all previous issues. The theme of improved postal communications was chosen for this value as well as the 2c (postal carrier on horseback) and the 12c (S.S. Adriatic, for transatlantic mail). The 3c locomotive train was possibly intended to celebrate the imminent completion of the transcontinental railroad.
With 2018 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $5,750.00 for 98). This stamp stands alone as the highest graded Scott 114 in any condition (Mint N.H., hinged or used). None of the other values of the 1869 series boast a stamp graded above 95J in Mint N.H. condition
EXTREMELY FINE GEM MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 3-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE WITH A SPLIT GRILL -- GRADED XF-SUPERB 95.
With 2005 P.F. certificate (XF-Superb 95). With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $3,250.00 for normal, split grill not separately priced). Only three stamps grade higher in either the P.S.E.'s Population Report. We doubt if any of these are the split grill variety. Scott Retail as hinged
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 3-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE, GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY THE PHILATELIC FOUNDATION.
Ex Floyd. With 2001 and 2006 P.F. certificates (XF-Superb 95). By way of comparison, only two three graded higher in the P.S.E.'s Population Report. Scott Retail as hinged