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Sale 1158 — The Vaquero Collection of U.S. Essays and Proofs

Sale Date — Friday, 12 May, 2017

Category — 1861-68 Issues Essays (Scott 73-E thru 79-E)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
4010°
E
Sale Number 1158, Lot Number 4010, 1861-68 Issues Essays (Scott 73-E thru 79-E)National Bank Note Co., 3c Liberty, Black Green on White Wove, Safety Paper Essays (79-E31a, b, d, e, f, g, h), National Bank Note Co., 3c Liberty, Black Green on White Wove, Safety Paper Essays (79-E31a, b, d, e, f, g, h)National Bank Note Co., 3c Liberty, Black Green on White Wove, Safety Paper Essays (79-E31a, b, d, e, f, g, h). Seven different safety paper essays, representing what we believe is the complete set of all designs, all have large margins, only one is merely ample on one side, deep rich colors

VERY FINE-EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE OPPORTUNITY TO ACQUIRE A SPECTACULAR SET OF NATIONAL BANK NOTE CO. 3-CENT LIBERTY SAFETY PAPER DESIGNS.

The Scott Catalogue began listing essays in its 1992 U.S. Specialized, and since then has listed one additional design of the 3c safety papers -- 79-E31c with "2" in red circles. However we have never encountered this variety and it is the only type that has never been illustrated in Scott. In addition, the Finkelburg collection had a set of seven, without the extra essay, which he regarded as complete. While this additional variety may exist, we would like to see an example for confirmation.

These beautiful essays are similar to the subsequent 1869 safety paper essays (see lots 4124-4148 of this sale). Scott 79-E31a is the only one that shares the same safety paper underprint with the 1869 Pictorials (see lot 4137 in this sale). Both of these sets are among the most beautiful and unique of all United States essays and proofs

9,800
4,500
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