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FILTER: Area=United States, Sub Area=U.S. Stamps, General=19th Century Issues, Issue/Country=1870-88 Bank Note Issues, All Sale Dates thru 2020/01/01, Catalogue = 136
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1870-88 Bank Note Issues
2019-07-23
United States Stamps and Confederate States
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Sale Number 1206, Lot Number 198, 1870-73 Bank Note Issues (Scott 134-166)3c Green, H. Grill (136). Mint N.H, 3c Green, H. Grill (136). Mint N.H3c Green, H. Grill (136). Mint N.H., with bottom plate no. 8 selvage, rich color, fresh and Very Fine, with 1991 and 2006 P.F. certificates, Scott Retail as hinged

575
950
United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1870-88 Bank Note Issues
2019-05-08
The William H. Gross Collection: Outstanding U.S. Stamp Multiples
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 110, 1870-71 National Bank Note Company Grilled Issue (Scott 136-140), The largest recorded multiple of Scott 136 and the only recorded plate block which shows the entire plate number and imprint--one of the truly outstanding multiples of the 1870 Grilled Issue

DESCRIPTION

3¢ Green, H. Grill (136), block of 32 from top of right pane with "NATIONAL BANK NOTE CO. NEW YORK" imprint, "No. 8" plate number and guide arrow, most stamps including the entire plate block are Mint N.H., two stamps at bottom center small hinge remnants, clearly defined grills, well-balanced margins, rich color

PROVENANCE

Siegel Auction Galleries, 1972 Rarities of the World, 3/23/1972, Sale 409, lot 91

Siegel Auction Galleries, 1974 Rarities of the World, 3/27/1974, Sale 448, lot 87

John C. Chapin (collection sold privately to Shreves and then to William H. Gross, 2002)

CENSUS

John C. Chapin, A Census of United States Classic Plate Blocks 1851-1882, census no. 364

CONDITION NOTES

Very Fine-Extremely Fine; right column vertical gum crease, light staining in selvage from gum, contemporary ink in selvage to right of plate block, some perf separations

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$26,000.00 as plate block of 12 and five blocks of four without any premium for the Mint N.H. stamps

HISTORY AND COMMENTARY

The Miraculous Survivor

This is the largest recorded multiple of Scott 136 in existence. It is also the only example to show the entire imprint and plate number. A block of eight is known with the I Grill, but it only shows the plate number. Another block of eight shows only part of the imprint. The imperforate bottom-margin block of 16 offered in the following lot has the complete imprint and plate number--from a different plate and with a different style of imprint--but it is not the regularly issued stamp.

Considering the centering of the stamps in this block, the Mint N.H. gum, and the scarcity of choice singles of this issue, its survival as a multiple is miraculous. In fact, the miracle worker was Jack Chapin, whose passion for classic plate number blocks ensured that the vandals were kept at bay.

John C. "Jack" Chapin served with the U.S. Marine Corps as a second lieutenant rifle platoon leader in the South Pacific, receiving two Purple Hearts for his valor. Long interested in military history--World War II in particular-- Chapin was the author of Uncommon Men: The Sergeants Major of the Marine Corps and numerous monographs for the Marine Corps Historical Center. Chapin was also a collector of classic plate number multiples. In 1982 he published a census of all classic plate number blocks known to him, and he updated the census with articles in the Collectors Club Philatelist.

After Mr. Gross acquired the entire Chapin collection in 2002, he of course kept this block intact. When it is sold in the Gross auction, we hope a true philatelist will acquire and preserve it, as Jack Chapin did 45 years ago and Mr. Gross did for the past 17 years.

E. 20,000-30,000
55,000
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1870-88 Bank Note Issues
2019-05-01
Gem-Quality United States Stamps
1220
PSE 95
 
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1220, 1870-71 National Bank Note Co. Issue (Scott 134-155)3c Green, H. Grill (136), 3c Green, H. Grill (136)3c Green, H. Grill (136). Clear grill points, wide and balanced margins, rich color, well-struck Star fancy cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2002 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $425.00), only two have graded higher (at 95J and 98) and four others share this grade

32
300
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1870-88 Bank Note Issues
2017-09-19
The Clipper City Collection of Superb U.S. Stamps
 
Sale Number 1163, Lot Number 96, 1870-71 National Bank Note Co. H. and I. Grilled Issue (Scott 134-144)3c Green, H. Grill (136), 3c Green, H. Grill (136)3c Green, H. Grill (136). Well-defined grill, radiant color, Jumbo margins, unobtrusive cancel, Extremely Fine, the 3c Grilled Bank Note issue is very scarce with such enormous margins, with 2012 P.S.E. certificate

32
200
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1870-88 Bank Note Issues
2017-03-01
United States Stamps
 
Sale Number 1150, Lot Number 769, 1870-71 National Bank Note Co. Grilled Issue (Scott 134-144)3c Green, H. Grill (136), 3c Green, H. Grill (136)3c Green, H. Grill (136). Clear grill points, perfectly centered with wide margins all around, neat strike of circular datestamp and cork cancels, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb stamp, ex Curtis

32
0
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1870-88 Bank Note Issues
2016-12-15
U.S. and Confederate States Postal History
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Sale Number 1146, Lot Number 1316, Circus Covers3c Green, H. Grill (136), 3c Green, H. Grill (136)3c Green, H. Grill (136). Tied by blue 5-bar rectangular grid, faint matching Chicago Ill. circular datestamp on "Montgomery Queen's Menagerie, Circus and Hippodrome" illustrated circus cover to New York City, running wild cat at left, reduced at left, still Fine, elaborate and wonderful design

E. 500-750
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1870-88 Bank Note Issues
2016-12-14
United States Stamps
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Sale Number 1145, Lot Number 391, 1870-93 Bank Note Issues3c Green, H. Grill (136), 3c Green, H. Grill (136)3c Green, H. Grill (136). Original gum, lightly hinged, bright color, well-centered, Very Fine and choice, with 1993 P.F. certificate

575
425
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1870-88 Bank Note Issues
2016-09-14
The Alan Collection of United States Stamps
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Sale Number 1134, Lot Number 136, 1870-71 National Bank Note Co. Grilled Issue (Scott 134-144)3c Green, H. Grill (136), 3c Green, H. Grill (136)3c Green, H. Grill (136). Slightly disturbed original gum, bright color, wide margins, clear grill, Extremely Fine, ex Geisler, with 1985 P.F. certificate for block of four

575
475
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1870-88 Bank Note Issues
2016-07-26
United States and Possessions
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Sale Number 1133, Lot Number 351, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues (Scott 134-219)3c Green, H. Grill (136), 3c Green, H. Grill (136)3c Green, H. Grill (136). Original gum, lightly hinged, bright color, well-centered, Very Fine and choice, with 1993 P.F. certificate

575
400
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1870-88 Bank Note Issues
2016-03-17
Outstanding United States Stamps
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Sale Number 1120, Lot Number 1323, 1870-71 National Bank Note Co. H Grilled Issue (Scott 134-144)3c Green, H. Grill (136), 3c Green, H. Grill (136)3c Green, H. Grill (136). Original gum, bright color and sharp impression on crisp white paper, beautifully centered with extra wide margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A GORGEOUS 1870 3-CENT GRILLED NATIONAL BANK NOTE ISSUE IN SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM CONDITION.

The 3c is more challenging to find in this superior grade than many of the other grilled issues, even though it has a lower catalogue value.

With 2003 P.F. certificate for block of four, this is the top left stamp

575
1,900
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