VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL MINT NEVER-HINGED COMPLETE PANE OF 50 OF THE 4-CENT TRANS-MISSISSIPPI ISSUE.
The iconic engraving on the 4c Trans-Mississippi, depicting a Native American hunting a buffalo, was based on a larger engraving by Captain Seth Eastman, a U.S. Army officer and artist who was known for depictions of the Old West. The larger engraving originally appeared in one of Henry R. Schoolcraft’s volumes on the history of Indian tribes, published in 1854. Next to the $1.00 Trans-Mississippi, the 4c is considered by many to be the most beautiful design of the series. This Mint N.H. pane is a magnificent showpiece.
From our 2006 Rarities of the World sale. Scott value $19,040.00 as two Mint N.H. plate blocks and 38 singles
4¢ Trans-Mississippi (287), Mint N.H. full top "BUREAU, ENGRAVING & PRINTING" imprint and plate number 599 block of four, well-centered
James H. Gray, Jr., Shreves Philatelic Galleries, 9/30/2005, lot 4, to William H. Gross
Very Fine; some slight oxidation
SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)