EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL FRANKING TO INDIA, BEARING A STRIP OF FOUR OF THE 7-CENT CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE ISSUE.
This was prepaid for the 28c rate but credited in accordance with the 27c rate during the GPU/UPU period (the credit in centimes replaced old U.S. currency credit markings). Overall a spectacular cover in pristine condition.
Ex "Andromeda". With 2011 P.F. certificate
7¢ Orange Vermilion (160), block of twelve from bottom of right pane with "PRINTED BY THE CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE CO. NEW YORK" imprint and "No. 22" plate number, original gum, lightly hinged with narrow hinge remnant at right and in selvage, vibrant color
John C. Chapin (acquired in Siegel Sale 821, lot 560, Chapin collection sold privately to Mr. Gross through Shreves, 2002)
Chapin census no. 421
Fine; some sensibly reinforced perf separations, inconsequential small scrape in selvage
SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)
$14,500.00 for this unique plate block
HISTORY AND COMMENTARY
The 7¢ denomination was dropped from the Bank Note series after the 1875 General Postal Union rates took effect. This is the only recorded plate block of the 7¢ 1873 Issue.
EXTREMELY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 7-CENT CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE ISSUE. SELDOM SEEN IN THIS CHOICE CONDITION.
With 1994 P.F. certificate