2¢ Brown (157), horizontal pair and single, cancelled by circle of small wedges and tied by "U.S. Postal Agc'y Shanghai, Dec. 13" (ca. 1875) circular datestamp on cover to Chicago, neat "San Francisco Cal. Jan. 25" transit datestamp, blue "Chicago Ill. Carrier CA2 Feb. 2" backstamp, left stamp with small margin tear at right, small sealed tear at bottom of cover, Very Fine, a beautiful cover from the U.S. Postal Agency in Shanghai, overpaying the 5¢ U.P.U. rate by 1¢, ex Drucker
2¢ Brown (157), block of 20, the complete two bottom rows of the right pane with "PRINTED BY THE CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE CO. NEW YORK" imprint, "No. 241." plate number and guide arrow, original gum, most stamps in bottom row Mint N.H., few hinge remnants in top row and selvage, deep rich color
As part of complete pane of 100: 1982 Siegel sale (Sale 592, lot 55)
As plate block of 20: John C. Chapin (collection sold privately to Mr. Gross through Shreves, 2002)
Chapin census no. 397
Fine-Very Fine; perf separations most prominent between the two horizontal rows at right
SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)
HISTORY AND COMMENTARY
The 2¢ 1873 Continental Bank Note Co. issue is scarce in plate block form. We have offered only two others since keeping computerized records--one from the bottom and one from the top of the pane, and both smaller than the block offered here.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1873 2-CENT CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE COMPANY ISSUE IN THE FINEST CONDITION ATTAINABLE.
With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (OGh, XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $2,400.00). This is the highest grade awarded and only three others share it. By way of comparison, the highest grade awarded to a Mint N.H. example is a 90J (one copy).
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1875 5-CENT TAYLOR, SCOTT 179, GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE ON RECORD AND THE ONLY STAMP TO ACHIEVE IT.
The 1875 printing, Scott 179, is often overlooked by collectors who put it into the same category as its 1879 counterpart, Scott 185, which is more readily available. For Mint N.H. copies, we have offered only five unduplicated since keeping computerized records. The example offered here, while hinged, has the best centering of any we have encountered.
Ex "Hanover". With 2013 P.S.E. certificate (OGh, XF-Superb 95; SMQ $2,500.00). This is the highest grade awarded and the only one to achieve it. The SMQ value was never updated when this stamp realized $5,750 hammer in our 2016 sale of the "Hanover" collection