EXTREMELY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 30-CENT 1873 CONTINENTAL PRINTING. A SUPERB STAMP IN EVERY RESPECT.
When it comes to naming the most elusive Bank Note stamps in choice original-gum condition, the 30c 1873 is often overlooked. However, go to any serious collection and look for this stamp, and most of the time it is missing or represented by something that compromises quality. The 30c 1870 is frequently found filling the space for Scott 165. The 30c Continental is extremely rare in any original-gum condition that approaches this example. Blocks have always been rare -- for example, Caspary did not have one; Lilly had one well-centered block of four and an off-center block of six -- which means that singles could not be harvested from multiples. We hope that collectors who still have a tendency to overlook the 30c Continental will be awakened to its rarity in Extremely Fine original-gum condition by our comments and recent realizations.
Ex "Hampshire". With 2008 P.F. certificate
30¢ Gray Black (165), horizontal strip of five from top of left pane with "NATIONAL BANK NOTE CO. NEW YORK" imprint and "No. 22" plate number, disturbed original gum, hinge remnants, intense shade
John C. Chapin (collection sold privately to Mr. Gross through Shreves, 2002)
Chapin census no. 429
Fine; reinforced perf separations, one stamp tiny thin
SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)
Listed but unpriced
HISTORY AND COMMENTARY
This is the only recorded complete imprint and plate number multiple of the 30¢ 1873 Continental Bank Note Co. issue. No plate blocks are known, and the only other multiple with a plate number is a block of six without imprint (Siegel Sale 1014, lot 1411). This strip appeared in Siegel Sale 408 in 1972 (lot 282). As this strip vividly demonstrates, Continental Bank Note Co. used the National plate to print 30¢ stamps in 1873, leaving the National imprint unchanged.
VERY FINE. A RARE AND DESIRABLE TRIPLE-RATE COMBINATION WITH THE PERU POSTAGE DUE STAMPS -- DEPICTING THE S.S. ADRIATIC. PARTICULARLY DESIRABLE AS A FOLDED LETTER WITH ALL THE STAMPS EASILY DISPLAYED.
The iconic James Smillie engraving of the Adriatic was the basis for the design of the 12c 1869 Issue as well as these 1874 Peru Postage Dues, which were also printed by National Bank Note Company. They also used the design on several bank notes and stock certificates of the period. This cover is particularly desirable as it is a folded letter and the top flap can be unfolded to display all the stamps on an album or exhibit page. Most others with the Peru Postage Dues are envelopes (usually with defective stamps from opening) and must be sliced open to achieve this.
With 2010 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE AND RARE. A COLORFUL BANK NOTE ISSUE COVER TO A WHALING SHIP AT ST. HELENA.
This three-color franking paid double the 27c rate by British Mail via England. With 1990 P.F. certificate