EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A GORGEOUS PART IMPRINT, ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE $1.00 COLUMBIAN ISSUE.
With 1992 P.F. and 2017 P.S.E. certificates (OGph, XF-Superb 95; SMQ $3,800.00). Only two grade higher (at 98). For reference, the highest grade awarded for a Mint N.H. stamp is also 95.
$1.00 Columbian (241), block of six from top of right pane with "AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY." imprint and "No. 93" plate number, original gum, lightly hinged, vivid color
Josiah K. Lilly, Jr., Siegel Auction Galleries, 2/7-8/1968, Sale 327, lot 195, to Weill
Arthur J. Kobacker, Christie's Robson Lowe, 9/25/1991, lot 519
Bought privately from Harry Hagendorf (Columbian Stamp Co.)
Fine appearance; faint vertical crease at left and two trivial thin specks
SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)
HISTORY AND COMMENTARY
The $1.00 Columbian, depicting "Isabella Pledging Her Jewels," is based on a painting by Antonio Munce-Degrain. The vignette was engraved by Robert Savage, the frame by Douglas S. Ronaldson and the lettering by George H. Seymour. 55,050 stamps were printed and an unknown number were destroyed and never issued. The $1.00 is very rare as a top plate block. Most plate blocks are from the bottom position, and many have narrow selvage. Notable name sales such as Fogelson, Eno, "MLG" and Wampler, did not contain any top plate blocks. The Weill Stock sale contained a sheet of 100, with two bottom plate blocks.