EXTREMELY FINE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1873 10-CENT CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE ISSUE, GRADED XF 90 BY P.S.E. VERY FEW ARE KNOWN IN MINT NEVER-HINGED CONDITION AND EVEN FEWER WITH CENTERING THAT CAN BE DESCRIBED AS EXTREMELY FINE.
We have offered only approximately half a dozen single Scott 161's in Mint N.H. condition since keeping computerized records. This example bears the highest numerical grade of any we have offered.
With copy of 2016 P.F. certificate for a block of four (this the top left stamp). With 2019 P.F. certificate (XF 90). Scott Retail as hinged
10¢ Brown (161), block of twelve from top of right pane with "PRINTED BY THE CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE CO. NEW YORK" imprint and "No. 23" plate number, most stamps are Mint N.H., hinge slivers in selvage, deep rich color, attractive centering
As pane of 100: Col. Edward H. R. Green, Part 23, Hugh C. Barr sale, 10/15-18/1945, lot 48
As pane of 100: Siegel Auction Galleries, 1974 Rarities of the World, 3/27/1974, Sale 448, lot 95
As plate block of 12: Siegel Auction Galleries, 1977 Rarities of the World, 3/23/1977, Sale 510, lot 125B
John C. Chapin (collection sold privately to Mr. Gross through Shreves, 2002)
Chapin census no. 422
Fine; three stamps with minor surface disturbances on the face
SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)
HISTORY AND COMMENTARY
This is the only recorded top plate block of the 10¢ 1873 Continental Bank Note Co. issue. This block was originally part of a complete right pane of 100 when it was offered in Part 23 of the Colonel Green sales (Hugh C. Barr, 10/15-18/1945, lot 48). It remained a complete pane until it was broken up following the 1974 Rarities of the World sale, yielding this top plate block and a bottom plate block (last offered in the Curtis collection, Sale 1084, lot 3426). This top plate block of 12 was reoffered in the 1977 Rarities of the World sale before becoming part of the Chapin collection. Overall for Scott 161, the Chapin census records only three complete plate blocks--this the only top--but the third plate block is a bottom position without gum and with small surface scuffs (last offered in the Curtis collection, Sale 1084, lot 3427).
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT 1873 CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE COMPANY ISSUE.
With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, XF-Superb 95; SMQ $4,500.00). Only four grade higher and only three others share this grade.
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF SIX OF THE 10-CENT 1873 CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE ISSUE.
This issue is found in block form but is rarely encountered as fresh as the example offered here.
With 1999 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail as a block of four and a pair.
VERY FINE. A SPECTACULAR MIXED-COUNTRY FRANKING FROM CUBA TO FRANCE, VIA THE UNITED STATES.
The 10c Bank Note paid only the incoming steamship rate from Cuba, with the Cuban stamp paying local postage. The unpaid U.S.-France treaty rate postage was due from the recipient.
Ex Gibson and from our 1974 Rarities sale
VERY FINE. A RARE CUBA-UNITED STATES COMBINATION FRANKING ON AN INCOMING STEAMSHIP COVER TO BOSTON. PARTICULARLY DESIRABLE WITH BOTH COUNTRIES' STAMPS PAYING REGULAR POSTAGE INSTEAD OF FORWARDING OR POSTAGE DUE.
The sender in Cuba apparently had a supply of 10c U.S. stamps and used one when posting this cover in Matanzas. The New York exchange office cancelled the stamp and forwarded it on to Boston.
Ex Tows. With 1988 Francisco Graus and 2001 P.F. certificates