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Sale 1200 — The William H. Gross Collection: U.S. Stamp Multiples

Sale Date — Wednesday-Thursday, 8-9 May, 2019

Category — 1873 Continental Bank Note Co. Issue (Scott 156-166, 178)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
122°
ogbl
Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 122, 1873 Continental Bank Note Co. Issue (Scott 156-166, 178), The unique top plate block of the 10¢ 1873 Continental Issue

DESCRIPTION

10¢ Brown (161), block of twelve from top of right pane with "PRINTED BY THE CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE CO. NEW YORK" imprint and "No. 23" plate number, most stamps are Mint N.H., hinge slivers in selvage, deep rich color, attractive centering

PROVENANCE

As pane of 100: Col. Edward H. R. Green, Part 23, Hugh C. Barr sale, 10/15-18/1945, lot 48

As pane of 100: Siegel Auction Galleries, 1974 Rarities of the World, 3/27/1974, Sale 448, lot 95

As plate block of 12: Siegel Auction Galleries, 1977 Rarities of the World, 3/23/1977, Sale 510, lot 125B

John C. Chapin (collection sold privately to Mr. Gross through Shreves, 2002)

CENSUS

Chapin census no. 422

CONDITION NOTES

Fine; three stamps with minor surface disturbances on the face

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$21,500.00

HISTORY AND COMMENTARY

This is the only recorded top plate block of the 10¢ 1873 Continental Bank Note Co. issue. This block was originally part of a complete right pane of 100 when it was offered in Part 23 of the Colonel Green sales (Hugh C. Barr, 10/15-18/1945, lot 48). It remained a complete pane until it was broken up following the 1974 Rarities of the World sale, yielding this top plate block and a bottom plate block (last offered in the Curtis collection, Sale 1084, lot 3426). This top plate block of 12 was reoffered in the 1977 Rarities of the World sale before becoming part of the Chapin collection. Overall for Scott 161, the Chapin census records only three complete plate blocks--this the only top--but the third plate block is a bottom position without gum and with small surface scuffs (last offered in the Curtis collection, Sale 1084, lot 3427).

E. 7,500-10,000
15,500
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