6¢ Brown Rose (159 variety), block of twelve from top of right pane with "PRINTED BY THE CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE CO. NEW YORK" imprint and "No. 305" plate number, all but top two stamps at left Mint N.H., those two lightly hinged and hinged in selvage, wonderful color in Brown Rose shade, top row choice centering and wide margins
Col. Edward H. R. Green, Part 23, Hugh C. Barr sale, 10/15-18/1945, lot 32, as a block of 16
Benjamin D. Phillips (collection sold privately to Weills, 1968)
Siegel Auction Galleries, 1974 Rarities of the World, 3/27/1974, Sale 448, lot 93, as a block of 16, from the Weills
Siegel Auction Galleries, 1977 Rarities of the World, 3/23/1977, Sale 510, lot 125A, as this block of 12
John C. Chapin (collection sold privately to Mr. Gross through Shreves, 2002)
Chapin census no. 419
SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)
$17,500.00 as Dull Pink, unlisted as Brown Rose
HISTORY AND COMMENTARY
This is the only recorded plate block of the 6¢ 1873 Continental Bank Note Co. issue in the scarce Brown Rose sub-shade, which was printed only from Plate 305. Despite the Scott Catalogue assigning the same value to this shade as the normal Dull Pink shade, examples are very elusive. Power Search does not list even a single in our sales since 1995. This block was originally part of a block of 16 when it was offered in Part 23 of the Colonel Green sales (Hugh C. Barr, 10/15-18/1945, lot 32). It remained a block of 16 until it was broken into this block of 12 and a block of four following the Siegel 1974 Rarities of the World sale. This plate block was offered again in the 1977 Rarities of the World sale before entering the Chapin collection. Overall for Scott 159, the Chapin census records only nine complete plate blocks, this being the only one in Brown Rose.
Errata: Top two stamps at left are lightly hinged
EXTREMELY FINE APPEARING BLOCK OF TWELVE OF THE 6-CENT 1873 CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE PRINTING. ESPECIALLY RARE THIS WELL-CENTERED.
With 2001 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail as two blocks of four and two pairs.