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

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

Category — 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-77)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
66°
og
Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 66, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-77), One of two known plate number multiples of the 30¢ 1861 without a Specimen overprint

DESCRIPTION

30¢ Orange (71), horizontal strip of four with "ENGRAVED BY THE NATIONAL BANK NOTE COMPANY CITY OF NEW YORK" imprint and "No. 7 Plate." plate number at bottom, original gum, centered to left

PROVENANCE

Col. Edward H. R. Green, Part 25, Costales sale, 2/18-21/1946, lot 153 (as a strip of eight)

H. R. Harmer sale, 10/13/1958, lot 289

John C. Chapin (collection sold privately to Shreves and then to William H. Gross, 2002)

CENSUS

Chapin census no. 253

CONDITION NOTES

Average appearance; creases and slight gum staining

HISTORY AND COMMENTARY

Original-gum and unused blocks of the 30¢ 1861-68 Issue are extremely rare. We record two unused plate number strips of four: the strip offered here and another that emerged in 2012 with the sale of the Frelinghuysen collection (Siegel Sale 1021, lot 220). There is also a plate block of eight with "Specimen" oveprint. This strip was reduced from eight to four stamps.

E. 3,000-4,000
2,000
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