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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1870-88 Bank Note Issues
2019-10-29
The William H. Gross Collection: United States Postal History
c
Sale Number 1211, Lot Number 543, 1870-1888 Bank Note Company Issues, A beautiful four-color franking with the 90¢ 1888 American Bank Note Company Issue--believed to the only example of this stamp on a small cover

90¢ Purple (218), used with 30¢ Orange Brown (217), 10¢ Brown (209) and 2¢ Green (213), all tied by three strikes of "New York Jan. 21 91" duplex datestamp and oval cancel on cover to Prof. Charles Becker at 168 East 82nd Street in New York City, receiving backstamp of the same day

Very Fine; cover with pinholes at top left and bottom right corners, 30¢ with tiny perf creasing at top.

This is a rare and exceptionally beautiful example of the 90¢ 1888 American Bank Note Company stamp used on cover. Virtually all other 90¢ Purple covers are package fronts or large covers. This is believed to be the only known example of this stamp on a small-size envelope. Another cover to this addressee with the 90¢ 1873 Issue is offered in lot 540.

Ex William O. Bilden. With 1976 P.F. certificate.

E. 7,500-10,000
5,500
United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1870-88 Bank Note Issues
2019-10-22
United States Stamps
1174
PSE 90
og
Sale Number 1209, Lot Number 1174, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues (Scott 134-218)90c Purple (218), 90c Purple (218)90c Purple (218). Original gum, choice centering with balanced margins, rich color and sharp proof-like impression, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2000 P.F. and 2019 P.S.E. certificates (OGph, XF 90; SMQ $1,800.00)

850
1,500
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1870-88 Bank Note Issues
2019-05-21
The Dr. William H. Johnson Collection of the U.S. 1890 Small Bank Note Issue
c
Sale Number 1201, Lot Number 2158, Foreign Mail: Europe10c Green (226), 10c Green (226)10c Green (226). Used with 30c Orange Brown (217), tied by New York registry ovals, "New York Reg'y. Div. 2-21 1891" double-oval datestamp on registered cover to Wurzburg, Germany, New York registry label at center, receiving backstamp, fresh and Very Fine, scarce use of the 30c on a medium-size cover and especially desirable with two different issues

E. 300-400
300
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1870-88 Bank Note Issues
2019-05-08
The William H. Gross Collection: Outstanding U.S. Stamp Multiples
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 136, 1887 American Bank Note Co. Issue (Scott 214-218), One of two recorded top position plate blocks of the 90¢ Purple 1888 Issue--an outstanding 19th century multiple from the last of the Large Bank Note Company issues

DESCRIPTION

90¢ Purple (218), block of twelve from top of right pane with "NATIONAL BANK NOTE CO. NEW YORK" imprint, "No. 23" plate number and guide arrow, first and third stamps in top row lightly hinged, other ten stamps Mint N.H., deep rich color

PROVENANCE

Col. Edward H. R. Green, Harmer, Rooke sale, 11/13-18/1944, lot 58

Daniel F. Kelleher sale, 5/2/1995, lot 729A

CONDITION NOTES

Very Fine; small tear at top edge of left selvage tab (does not affect the plate block)

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$24,300.00 as plate block of twelve and a pair

HISTORY AND COMMENTARY

The Last Large Bank Note Stamp

The 1888 American Bank Note Co. Issue in new colors (Scott 215-218) was the last of the Large Bank Note series that spanned two decades from 1870 until 1890, when the Small Bank Note Issue was released. The same plate was used for all 90¢ Bank Note stamps starting in 1870, and the imprint was never changed to reflect Continental or American Bank Note Co. printings.

The series of sales of the Colonel Edward H. R. Green collection included two lots described as complete panes of the 90¢ 1888. The first was offered as lot 58 in Part 17 (Harmer Rooke sale, 11/13-18/1944), described as "sheet of 100 (right pane)... imprint #23. Centering fair to very fine, full gum. A beautiful sheet of the greatest rarity. It is remarkable to find that such a sheet is still in existence." The sheet was not photographed in the catalogue.

In Part 25 of the Green sales, held by Eugene Costales (2/18-21/1946), lot 511 was described as a 90¢ 1888 sheet of 100 with "Imprint and Pl. #23." Costales, one of the premier philatelic authorities of the period and editor of the Scott U.S. Specialized Catalogue for many years, commented, "We know of only one other sheet of this stamp which does not compare with the brilliance and exceptional condition of this one." This second sheet was photographed in the catalogue. The largest recorded multiple, a top right corner selvage plate block of 20, comes from this second sheet and was offered in our Sale 1092 in 2015. A bottom plate block of twelve, ex Eno, Hetherington and Wampler, also comes from the photographed sheet.

There are two other plate blocks that likely come from the sheet in the Green sale that was not illustrated: the plate block offered here, and a bottom plate block of ten offered in our Sale 869 in 2003.

E. 10,000-15,000
15,000
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1870-88 Bank Note Issues
2019-05-01
Gem-Quality United States Stamps
1289
PSE 95
nh
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1289, 1887 American Bank Note Co. Issue (Scott 212-218)30c Orange Brown (217), 30c Orange Brown (217)30c Orange Brown (217). Mint N.H., fresh color and detailed impression, perfectly centered with wide margins all around

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1888 30-CENT AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY ISSUE, GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E.

Ex "Scarsdale" and "Beverly Hills". With 2009 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $6,500.00). Only three others shares this grade and only three have graded higher (all at 98)

1,100
4,250
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U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1870-88 Bank Note Issues
2019-05-01
Gem-Quality United States Stamps
1290
PSE 95
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Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1290, 1887 American Bank Note Co. Issue (Scott 212-218)90c Purple (218), 90c Purple (218)90c Purple (218). Mint N.H., deep rich color and proof-like impression, gorgeous centering with unusually wide and balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1888 AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY ISSUE, GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED TO DATE AND THE ONLY EXAMPLE TO ACHIEVE THIS GRADE.

The 1888 American Bank Note Company Issue in new colors (Scott 215-218) was the last of the Large Bank Note series that spanned two decades from 1870 until 1890, when the Small Bank Note Issue was released. The 90c is extremely difficult to obtain in such superb condition.

Ex Hoffman. With 2019 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $12,500.00). This is the highest grade awarded and the only example to achieve this desirable grade. Apart from this stamp, the highest grade we have offered in our auctions is an 85, back in 2006.

4,000
23,000
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U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1870-88 Bank Note Issues
2019-05-01
Gem-Quality United States Stamps
 
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1291, 1887 American Bank Note Co. Issue (Scott 212-218)90c Purple (218), 90c Purple (218)90c Purple (218). Wide margins and well-centered, bright color, light duplex cancel, Extremely Fine, with 2001 P.F. certificate

225
375
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1870-88 Bank Note Issues
2019-03-14
United States Stamps
1826
PSE 95
 
Sale Number 1197, Lot Number 1826, 1881-93 American Bank Note Co. Issues (Scott 205-229)90c Purple (218), 90c Purple (218)90c Purple (218). Bright color, choice centering with wide and balanced margins, bold duplex cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a surprisingly difficult issue to obtain in the higher grades, with 2000 P.F. and 2011 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $1,650.00), only one grades higher (at 95J)

225
550
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1870-88 Bank Note Issues
2018-11-14
United States Stamps including Confederate States and Hawaii
282°
PSE 98
nh
Sale Number 1192, Lot Number 282, 1879-88 American Bank Note Co. Issues (Scott 182-218)30c Orange Brown (217), 30c Orange Brown (217)30c Orange Brown (217). Mint N.H., wide margins and perfect centering, beautiful glowing color on post office fresh paper

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1888 30-CENT AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY ISSUE IS GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. AN EXCEPTIONAL STAMP AND THE HIGHEST GRADED.

With 2018 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $17,000.00). Only one other Mint N.H. Scott 217 shares this lofty grade. There are not even any hinged examples of this issue at a higher grade in the P.S.E. Population Report. This superb stamp was broken from a multiple that was off the market for more than 40 years

900
16,000
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1870-88 Bank Note Issues
2018-11-14
United States Stamps including Confederate States and Hawaii
283
PSE 85
nh
Sale Number 1192, Lot Number 283, 1879-88 American Bank Note Co. Issues (Scott 182-218)30c Orange Brown (217), 30c Orange Brown (217)30c Orange Brown (217). Mint N.H., bright color and detailed impression, well-proportioned margins, fresh and Extremely Fine, with 2008 and 2016 P.S.E. certificates (VF-XF 85; SMQ $1,500.00)

900
1,200
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