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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1875-85 Bank Note Issue Special Printings
2021-04-29
The Gary Petersen Collection of Important United States Stamps
189
PF 80
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Sale Number 1234, Lot Number 189, 1875 Continental Bank Note Co. Hard Paper Special Printing (Scott 167-181)5c Bright Blue, Special Printing (181), 5c Bright Blue, Special Printing (181)5c Bright Blue, Special Printing (181). Without gum as issued, deep rich color on fresh bright paper, full and intact perfs all around, wide margins

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. ONE OF THE FINEST EXAMPLES OF THE 1875 5-CENT CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE COMPANY SPECIAL PRINTING ON HARD PAPER. THIS IS THE RAREST OF ALL SPECIAL PRINTINGS AND ONE OF THE RAREST OF ALL UNITED STATES STAMPS. ONLY TEN EXAMPLES ARE RECORDED IN OUR CENSUS, INCLUDING ONE IN THE MILLER COLLECTION AT THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY.

Our census of Scott 181, available at our website at https://siegelauctions.com/census/us/scott/181 , contains only ten examples, including one in the Miller collection owned by The New York Public Library (number 10), leaving nine available to collectors. One (number 8) was certified in 1952 and needs to be reexamined for condition and identification. Another (number 6) has a confirmed fault. Two have perforations touching the design at bottom (numbers 1 and 5). One other has perforations partly scissors-separated but intact (number 3). This leaves only four sound and well-centered examples available to collectors with intact perforations: numbers 2, 4 (the stamp offered here), 7 and 9. This offering is a significant opportunity to add one of the rarest stamps in U.S. philately without compromising on condition.

Census no. 181-UNC-04. Ex "Laila". With 1983, 1990, 2002 and 2006 P.F. certificates (VF 80)

450,000
340,000
United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1875-85 Bank Note Issue Special Printings
2019-06-26
2019 Rarities of the World
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Sale Number 1205, Lot Number 2049, 1870-90 Bank Note Issues5c Bright Blue, Special Printing (181), 5c Bright Blue, Special Printing (181)5c Bright Blue, Special Printing (181). Without gum as issued, deep rich color on crisp paper, three extra wide margins, full at bottom

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. ONE OF THE FINEST EXAMPLES OF THE 5-CENT 1875 CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE COMPANY HARD-PAPER SPECIAL PRINTING, SCOTT 181. THIS IS ONE OF THE RAREST OF ALL UNITED STATES STAMPS. ONLY TEN EXAMPLES ARE RECORDED IN OUR CENSUS, INCLUDING ONE IN THE MILLER COLLECTION AT THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY.

Our census of Scott 181, available at our website at https://siegelauctions.com/census/us/scott/181 , contains only ten examples, including one in the Miller collection owned by The New York Public Library, leaving nine available to collectors. One (number 8) was certified in 1952 and needs to be reexamined for condition and identification. Another (number 6) has a confirmed fault. Two have perforations touching the design at bottom (numbers 1 and 5). One other has perforations partly scissors-separated but intact (number 3). This leaves only four sound and well-centered examples available to collectors with intact perforations (numbers 2, 4, 7 and 9 -- the stamp offered here). For the condition-conscious collector this is a significant opportunity to add one of the rarest stamps in U.S. philately, without compromising on condition.

Census No. 181-UNC-09. Ex Caspary, Lilly, Cole, and Weisman. With 1992 P.S.E. certificate. With 1966 (issued for Lilly sale), 1988 (issued for Cole sale), 1998 (issued for Weisman sale) and 2008 P.F. certificates

450,000
0
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1875-85 Bank Note Issue Special Printings
2018-04-11
The David Wingate Collection of United States Stamps
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Sale Number 1180, Lot Number 234, 1875 Continental Bank Note Co. Hard Paper Special Printing (Scott 167-177, 180-181)5c Bright Blue, Special Printing (181), 5c Bright Blue, Special Printing (181)5c Bright Blue, Special Printing (181). Without gum as issued, deep rich color on crisp paper, full and intact perforations all around, small thin spot at top left outside of the design, the 1992 P.F. certificate repeated an earlier and inaccurate “toned” condition note, but we never agreed with that observation, and The Philatelic Foundation just issued a new certificate that concurs with our opinion

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THE 5-CENT 1875 CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE COMPANY HARD-PAPER SPECIAL PRINTING, SCOTT 181, IS ONE OF THE RAREST OF ALL UNITED STATES STAMPS. ONLY TEN EXAMPLES ARE RECORDED IN OUR CENSUS, INCLUDING ONE IN THE MILLER COLLECTION AT THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY. THIS IS THE FIRST WE HAVE OFFERED SINCE 2009.

Our census of Scott 181, available at our website at https://siegelauctions.com/census/us/scott/181 , contains only ten examples, including one in The New York Public Library collection, leaving nine available to collectors. One (number 8) was certified in 1952 and needs to be reexamined for condition and identification. Two have perforations touching the design at bottom (numbers 1 and 5). One other has perforations partly scissors-separated but intact (number 3). This leaves only five well-centered examples available to collectors with intact perforations (numbers 2, 4, 6, 7 and 9).

The stamp offered here was part of a group of Special Printings that were misdescribed as “toned” on P.F. certificates issued many years ago, and that incorrect description was repeated in 1992 for this Scott 181, despite the general consensus that none of the stamps were toned in any way. We submitted this stamp for another examination and opinion, and we are pleased to report that the previous “toned” comment has been deemed inaccurate.

The last Scott 181 we offered was in our “Laila” sale in 2009 (Census No. 4), where it realized $475,000 hammer. We had previously sold the same copy in 2007 for $450,000 hammer. Prior to that, one has to go back to our 1998 Zoellner sale to find an example in our auctions. Outside of the ex “Laila” stamp, we are aware of only two other Scott 181's that have traded hands since 2001 -- number 2 (2001 Floyd sale) and number 3 (2008 Newport sale).

Census No. 181-UNC-06. Ex Peyton (“Isleham”), McNall and Lyons. With 1992 and 2018 P.F. certificates

450,000
310,000
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1875-85 Bank Note Issue Special Printings
2009-04-27
The "Laila" Collection of United States Stamps
3180
PF 80
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Sale Number 972, Lot Number 3180, 1875 Continental Bank Note Co. Special Printing (Scott 167-181)5c Bright Blue, Special Printing (181), 5c Bright Blue, Special Printing (181)5c Bright Blue, Special Printing (181). Without gum as issued, deep rich color on fresh bright paper, full and intact perfs all around, wide margins

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. ONE OF THE FINEST EXAMPLES OF THE 1875 5-CENT CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE COMPANY SPECIAL PRINTING ON HARD PAPER. THIS IS THE RAREST OF ALL SPECIAL PRINTINGS AND ONE OF THE RAREST OF ALL UNITED STATES STAMPS. ONLY TEN EXAMPLES ARE RECORDED IN OUR CENSUS, INCLUDING ONE IN THE MILLER COLLECTION AT THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY.

Our census of the 5c Continental Special Printing (Scott 181), updated at our website at http://www.siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/181/181.pdf, contains only nine examples which are available to collectors.

Census No. 181-UNC-04. With 1983, 1990 and 2006 P.F. certificates (VF 80)

450,000
475,000
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1875-85 Bank Note Issue Special Printings
2007-06-16
2007 Rarities of the World
160°
PF 80
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Sale Number 937, Lot Number 160, 1875 Continental Bank Note Co. Special Printing5c Bright Blue, Special Printing (181), 5c Bright Blue, Special Printing (181)5c Bright Blue, Special Printing (181). Without gum as issued, deep rich color on fresh bright paper, full and intact perfs all around, wide margins

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. ONE OF THE FINEST EXAMPLES OF THE 1875 5-CENT CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE COMPANY SPECIAL PRINTING ON HARD PAPER. THIS IS THE RAREST OF ALL SPECIAL PRINTINGS AND ONE OF THE RAREST OF ALL UNITED STATES STAMPS. ONLY TEN EXAMPLES ARE RECORDED IN OUR CENSUS, INCLUDING ONE IN THE MILLER COLLECTION AT THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY.

Our census of the 5c Continental Special Printing (Scott 181), published in the Zoellner catalogue and updated at our website at http://www.siegelauctions.com/enc/census/181/181.htm contains only nine examples which are available to collectors.

In our opinion, the Scott Catalogue value for No. 181 is not accurately correlated to its rarity or other stamps' values, probably because no examples have been offered since the U.S. stamp market started rising in recent years. For example, the values of Scott 181 and 204 are similar, despite the fact that there are twice as many recorded copies of Scott 204 (18 in our census).

Census No.181-UNC-04. With 1983, 1990 and 2006 P.F. certificates (VF 80)

115,000
450,000
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1875-85 Bank Note Issue Special Printings
1998-10-08
The Robert Zoellner Collection of United States
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Sale Number 804, Lot Number 379, 1875 Continental Bank Note Company Special Printings5c Bright Blue, Special Printing (181), 5c Bright Blue, Special Printing (181)5c Bright Blue, Special Printing (181). Without gum as issued, deep rich color on fresh bright paper, scissors-separated but full and intact perfs almost all around

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A FRESH EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT CONTINENTAL SPECIAL PRINTING. THIS IS THE RAREST OF ALL SPECIAL PRINTINGS AND ONE OF THE RAREST OF ALL UNITED STATES STAMPS. ONLY TEN EXAMPLES ARE RECORDED IN OUR CENSUS, INCLUDING ONE IN THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY COLLECTION.

Our census of the 5c Continental Special Printing (see Appendix, p. 377) contains only nine examples that are available to collectors. In our opinion, this stamp is undervalued in Scott. Scott 204, the American Soft-Paper Special Printing, has a comparable catalogue value despite the fact that there are 18, or almost twice as many copies, recorded in our census.

Census No.181-UNC-01. Ex Grunin and Lutwak. With 1955 and 1979 P.F. certificates

36,500
25,000
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1875-85 Bank Note Issue Special Printings
1994-05-19
1994 Rarities - The Concord Collection
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Sale Number 759, Lot Number 184, 1870-93 Bank Note Issues5c Bright Blue, Special Printing (181), 5c Bright Blue, Special Printing (181)5c Bright Blue, Special Printing (181). Well-centered and fresh, perfs complete all around without scissors separation

A VERY FINE EXAMPLE OF THIS SPECIAL PRINTING RARITY

We estimate that seven or eight 5c 1875 Special Printing stamps exist, this being one of the three finest examples. In our opinion, the 5c Continental printing on hard paper is undervalued in Scott; its counterpart on soft paper, Scott 204, is listed at $30,000, although twice as many examples are recorded.

"W.H.C." (Colson) backstamp. Ex Ambassador and Hewitt. With 1984 P.F. certificate

27,500
35,000
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1875-85 Bank Note Issue Special Printings
1986-05-25
The Isleham Collection of United States Stamps
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Sale Number 662, Lot Number 1156, 1875 Continental Bank Note Co. Special Printing (Scott 167-181) (Scott 178-179)5c Bright Blue, Special Printing (181), 5c Bright Blue, Special Printing (181)5c Bright Blue, Special Printing (181). Fresh, All Perfs. Intact, tiny trivial corner thin, Fine Appearance, Extremely Rare Stamp, signed Scott Stamp & Coin, Spencer Anderson

32,500
16,500
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1875-85 Bank Note Issue Special Printings
1984-04-14
1984 Rarities of the World
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Sale Number 632, Lot Number 327, 1870-93 Bank Note Issues5c Bright Blue, Special Printing (181), 5c Bright Blue, Special Printing (181)5c Bright Blue, Special Printing (181). Very Fine for this Rarest of All Bank Note Special Printings, signed Colson, with P.F. Certificate

31,500
35,000
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1875-85 Bank Note Issue Special Printings
1981-04-29
1981 Rarities of the World
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Sale Number 579, Lot Number 212, 1870-93 Bank Note Issues5c Bright Blue, Special Printing (181), 5c Bright Blue, Special Printing (181)5c Bright Blue, Special Printing (181). Fine, signed Colson, The Rarest of All Bank Note Special Printings, with P.F. Certificate

30,000
26,000
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