2¢ Vermilion (178), block of 20, top two rows of left pane with "PRINTED BY THE CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE CO. NEW YORK" imprint, "No. 162" plate number and guide arrow, plate block is Mint N.H. as are other stamps except for some strengthening between selvage and top left stamp
Josiah K. Lilly, Jr., Siegel Auction Galleries, 2/7/1968, Sale 327, lot 163
John C. Chapin (collection sold privately to Mr. Gross through Shreves, 2002)
Chapin census no. 445
Fine; bottom row with natural horizontal gum creases, minor perf separations, small nick in selvage at upper left
SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)
HISTORY AND COMMENTARY
We record only four complete imprint and plate number blocks of the 2¢ Vermilion 1875 Issue (the Chapin census records only three), with this the only block from the desirable top position. The other three, including one plate block of 14 and two plate blocks of 27, are all from the bottom positions.
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A COLORFUL AND EXTREMELY RARE BANK NOTE ISSUE AND JAMAICA COMBINATION FRANKING, PAYING POSTAGE FROM THE U.S. TO JAMAICA AND FORWARDING POSTAGE TO CUBA.