1¢ Ultramarine (156), block of fourteen from bottom of left pane with "PRINTED BY THE CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE CO. NEW YORK" imprint, "No. 307" plate number and guide arrow, original gum, hinge remnants, brilliant color
John C. Chapin (collection sold privately to Mr. Gross through Shreves, 2002)
Chapin census no. 456, incorrectly listed as Scott 182b Gray Blue shade
Very Fine; natural gum crease affects two stamps, few minor perf separations sensibly reinforced
SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)
Unlisted as a plate block of 14. Scott value as plate block of 12 is $6,250.00
HISTORY AND COMMENTARY
The 1¢ 1873 Continental Bank Note Co. issue is extremely rare in plate block form. We have offered only one since keeping computerized records--a plate block of 12 with full imprint from Plate 209. The block offered here, from the left pane of the sheet of 200, requires seven stamps across to show the full imprint, thus requiring 14 stamps to be a complete plate block. This plate block is an excellent companion to the one offered in lot 127, which is from the same plate number but printed by American Bank Note Co. after it acquired Continental.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT 1873 CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE ISSUE.
Ex Raymond Fox. With 1996 P.F. certificate for a pair. Scott Retail as hinged