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Sale 824 — 2000 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Saturday, 13 May, 2000

Category — 1870-88 Bank Note Issues

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
223
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Sale Number 824, Lot Number 223, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues7c Vermilion, Grill (138), 7c Vermilion, Grill (138)7c Vermilion, Grill (138). Original gum, lightly hinged, exceptionally well-centered, vivid color and sharp impression, several rows of clear grill points

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN OUTSTANDING WELL-CENTERED ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 7-CENT GRILLED NATIONAL BANK NOTE ISSUE.

With 1983 and 1999 P.F. certificates

2,500
7,000
224
 
Sale Number 824, Lot Number 224, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues12c Dull Violet, Grill (140), 12c Dull Violet, Grill (140)12c Dull Violet, Grill (140). Incredible centering with unusually wide margins, several rows of clear grill points, rich color, well-struck crossroads cancel

EXTREMELY FINE AND CHOICE. AN OUTSTANDING EXAMPLE OF THE 12-CENT NATIONAL GRILLED ISSUE. A DIFFICULT STAMP TO FIND THIS WELL-CENTERED -- WITH ITS COLOR, CENTERING AND CANCEL, THIS EXAMPLE IS AMONG THE FINEST EXTANT.

With 1996 P.F. certificate

2,750
6,000
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225
 
Sale Number 824, Lot Number 225, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues12c Dull Violet, Grill (140), 12c Dull Violet, Grill (140)12c Dull Violet, Grill (140). Clear grill points, bold circle of wedges cancel, long full perforations all around

VERY FINE. AN ATTRACTIVE EXAMPLE 12-CENT BANK NOTE GRILL.

With 1996 P.F. certificate

2,750
1,900
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226
 
Sale Number 824, Lot Number 226, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues24c Purple, Grill (142), 24c Purple, Grill (142)24c Purple, Grill (142). Bright color for this issue, remarkably well-centered, neatly cancelled by segmented cork cancel, easily discernible grill but shows about a third of the points, which is characteristic of genuine grills on the 24c

VERY FINE. A MOST ATTRACTIVE WELL-CENTERED EXAMPLE OF THE 24-CENT GRILLED NATIONAL BANK NOTE ISSUE.

With 1994 A.P.S. and 1995 P.F. certificates

6,500
0
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227
 
Sale Number 824, Lot Number 227, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues30c Black, Grill (143), 30c Black, Grill (143)30c Black, Grill (143). Virtually perfect centering, intense color and sharp impression, cork cancel, sharp grill (several points puncture paper)

EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB USED STAMP AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE IN THIS CHOICE CONDITION.

With 1978 and 1997 P.F. certificates

2,100
0
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228
 
Sale Number 824, Lot Number 228, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues90c Carmine, Grill (144), 90c Carmine, Grill (144)90c Carmine, Grill (144). Barest trace of faint face-free cancel, gargantuan margins all around, rich color characteristic of the 90c 1870 Grill, proof-like impression, clear grill points

EXTREMELY FINE. THE 90-CENT 1870 GRILLED ISSUE IS VERY RARELY SEEN WITH SUCH ENORMOUS MARGINS. A BREATHTAKING STAMP.

With 1993 P.F. certificate

1,400
3,500
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229
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Sale Number 824, Lot Number 229, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues2c Red Brown (146), 2c Red Brown (146)2c Red Brown (146). Pristine original gum in Mint N.H. state, beautifully centered with wide margins, wonderful rich color and sharp proof-like impression

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A PERFECTLY-CENTERED MINT NEVER HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE UNGRILLED 2-CENT 1870 NATIONAL BANK NOTE ISSUE. A TRUE CONDITION RARITY WITH SUCH SUPERB COLOR, CENTERING, FRESHNESS, IMPRESSION AND GUM.

As scarce as the 2c 1873 Continental stamp (Scott 157) is in Mint N.H. condition, the 2c 1870 National printing (Scott 146) is rarely obtainable in this state. The stamp offered here is easily one of the finest -- if not the finest -- we have encountered. Collectors on a quest to acquire the Bank Note issues in Extremely Fine Mint N.H. condition will be hard-pressed to locate a stamp of comparable quality.

With 2000 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail for hinged.

300
4,500
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230
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Sale Number 824, Lot Number 230, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues15c Bright Orange (152), 15c Bright Orange (152)15c Bright Orange (152). Original gum, lightly hinged, exceptionally well-centered with unusually wide and well-balanced margins, long full perforations all around, vivid color on bright paper

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN EXCEEDINGLY CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THE 15-CENT UNGRILLED NATIONAL BANK NOTE ISSUE -- THE FINEST CONDITION ATTAINABLE.

The 15c 1870 National Grilled Issue (Scott 141) is widely recognized as an extremely rare stamp in choice original-gum condition. Less well known is the fact that its ungrilled counterpart -- Scott 152 -- is comparably challenging to find in such condition. This stamp has all of the National printing characteristics -- vibrant shade, sharp perf teeth and slightly brownish gum -- but it defies the norm by having exceptional attributes of centering, light hinging and freshness.

With 1998 P.F. certificate

1,550
8,000
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231
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Sale Number 824, Lot Number 231, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues24c Purple (153), 24c Purple (153)24c Purple (153). Original gum, lightly hinged, remarkably well-centered with wide and evenly-balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE UNGRILLED 24-CENT NATIONAL BANK NOTE ISSUE.

With 1998 P.F. certificate

1,425
5,250
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232
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Sale Number 824, Lot Number 232, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues90c Carmine (155), 90c Carmine (155)90c Carmine (155). Full original gum, lightly hinged, gorgeous rich color and proof-like impression on bright white paper, wide and even margins all around

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB EXAMPLE OF THE 90-CENT NATIONAL BANK NOTE ISSUE -- ARGUABLY THE FINEST OF ALL.

As we remarked in the description of the 15c 1870 (lot 230), the rarity of the 1870 Grilled Issue in superb original-gum condition overshadows its ungrilled counterpart. The 90c 1870 Ungrilled National is not only overshadowed by the 90c Grill, collectors are misled by the availability of Scott 166, the 1873 Continental printing. The difference in shades is distinct, yet collectors have a tendency to under-rate the 1870 National printing. Most original-gum examples are poorly centered. This example is remarkable for its centering, incredibly fresh gum and intense color. It is everything a 90c National should be, without any of the usual problems. Of the five or six that can be considered Extremely Fine, this is, in our opinion, the finest.

With 1992 P.F. certificate

3,400
16,000
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233
nh
Sale Number 824, Lot Number 233, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues2c Brown (157), 2c Brown (157)2c Brown (157). Immaculate original gum in Mint N.H. state, deep rich color and well-defined impression on bright paper, long full perforations all around, perfect centering

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN EXCEEDINGLY FRESH MINT NEVER HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT BROWN CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE ISSUE. SUPERB IN EVERY RESPECT.

With 1999 P.F. certificate, Scott Retail for hinged

360
3,250
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234
nh
Sale Number 824, Lot Number 234, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues6c Dull Pink (159), 6c Dull Pink (159)6c Dull Pink (159). Pristine Mint N.H. state, fresh color on bright paper

EXTREMELY FINE. THE 6-CENT 1873 CONTINENTAL IS EXTREMELY SCARCE IN THIS CHOICE MINT NEVER HINGED CONDITION.

With 1999 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail for hinged

425
2,300
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235
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Sale Number 824, Lot Number 235, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues7c Orange Vermilion (160), 7c Orange Vermilion (160)7c Orange Vermilion (160). Original gum, vivid color and intense proof-like impression on bright white paper

EXTREMELY FINE. AN EXCEEDINGLY CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THIS 1873 CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE ISSUE.

With 2000 P.F. certificate

875
2,300
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236
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Sale Number 824, Lot Number 236, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues12c Blackish Violet (162), 12c Blackish Violet (162)12c Blackish Violet (162). Original gum, lightly hinged, incredibly deep rich color on fresh paper, unusually well-centered

EXTREMELY FINE AND CHOICE 12-CENT CONTINENTAL -- ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT BANK NOTE ISSUES TO OBTAIN IN THIS OUTSTANDING CONDITION.

With 2000 P.F. certificate

1,500
3,500
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237
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Sale Number 824, Lot Number 237, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues30c Greenish Black (165), 30c Greenish Black (165)30c Greenish Black (165). Original gum, lightly hinged, soft charcoal gray shade with a greenish cast that is unique to the Continental printing, fine impression on fresh paper

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. ONE OF THE MOST OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLES OF THE 30-CENT 1873 CONTINENTAL WE HAVE EVER ENCOUNTERED.

Lost among the 1870 National Grilled and Ungrilled Issues, 1875 Continental and 1880 American Bank Note Special Printings, and the 1879 and 1888 American Issues is the 30c 1873 Continental printing. Scott 165 is distinguished from its National counterpart by shade and the shape of the perforations, and from its 1879 American counterpart by paper. Many philatelists -- even intermediate and advanced collectors -- have difficulty classifying Scott 165. When it comes to naming the most elusive Bank Note stamps in choice original-gum condition, the 30c 1873 is often overlooked. However, go to any serious collection and look for this stamp, and most of the time it is missing or represented by something that compromises quality. The 30-cent 1870 is frequently found filling the space for Scott 165. The 30c Continental is extremely rare in any original-gum condition that approaches this example. Blocks have always been rare -- for example, Caspary did not have one; Lilly had one well-centered block of four and an off-center block of six -- which means that singles could not be harvested from multiples. We hope that collectors who still have a tendency to overlook the 30c Continental will be awakened to its rarity in Extremely Fine original-gum condition by our comments.

With 1999 P.F. certificate

1,750
21,000
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238
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Sale Number 824, Lot Number 238, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues30c Greenish Black, Continental Grill (165c), 30c Greenish Black, Continental Grill (165c)30c Greenish Black, Continental Grill (165c). Unused (no gum), clear and easily recognizable Continental grill points on crisp white paper in a greenish shade typical of Continental printings, fine impression and fresh color, slight paper fold -- probably caused by grilling -- which is described on accompanying certificate as a faint vertical crease

VERY FINE AND POSSIBLY UNIQUE. THIS IS THE ONLY EXAMPLE OF THE 30-CENT CONTINENTAL GRILLED STAMP CERTIFIED AS GENUINE BY THE PHILATELIC FOUNDATION.

It is believed that the Continental grills were made experimentally in 1876, after a stamp-cleaning court trial renewed fears of stamp re-use. The primary source of the rare J Grills was the Worthington collection, which was dispersed in 1917. It is believed that most or all examples in collectors' hands came from the archive of Charles F. Steel, who patented the grilling machines used between 1867 and 1873.

With 1957 and 1997 P.F. certificates.

4,250
21,000
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239
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Sale Number 824, Lot Number 239, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues2c Vermilion, Continental Grill (178c), 2c Vermilion, Continental Grill (178c)2c Vermilion, Continental Grill (178c). Original gum, lightly hinged, sharp grill, vibrant color, perfectly centered with wide margins

EXTREMELY FINE AND EXCEEDINGLY CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT VERMILION CONTINENTAL PRINTING WITH GRILL.

This stamp is rarely encountered in sound Extremely Fine condition.

Ex Braus and Klein. With 1998 P.F. certificate for pair

500
2,100
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240
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Sale Number 824, Lot Number 240, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues3c Blue Green, Special Printing (169), 3c Blue Green, Special Printing (169)3c Blue Green, Special Printing (169). Without gum as issued, huge margins, full and intact perforations at top and right, scissors-separation at left and bottom, fresh and bright color

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. LESS THAN 40 3-CENT CONTINENTAL HARD-PAPER SPECIAL PRINTINGS ARE BELIEVED TO EXIST.

The Scott catalogue notes that "Although perforated, these stamps were usually cut apart with scissors. As a result, the perforations are often much mutilated and the design is frequently damaged." For additional information, please see an article by William E. Mooz in Chronicle 183 titled "Scissors Cutting of the 1875 Special Printing Issues." The example offered here, with its design complete and perforations intact on two sides, is among the finer examples known of this rarity.

With 1967 P.F. certificate

11,000
7,500
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241
og
Sale Number 824, Lot Number 241, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues24c Dull Purple, Special Printing (175), 24c Dull Purple, Special Printing (175)24c Dull Purple, Special Printing (175). Without gum as issued, scissors-separated as usual leaving intact perfs on two sides and many perfs on a third, rich color, fresh and Very Fine, approximately 80-90 are believed to exist, with 1987 P.F. certificate

2,400
1,600
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242
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Sale Number 824, Lot Number 242, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues30c Greenish Black, Special Printing (176), 30c Greenish Black, Special Printing (176)30c Greenish Black, Special Printing (176). Without gum as issued, beautiful bright shade, well-centered with wide margins all around, scissors-separated as almost always but leaving virtually intact perforations at top and left and many perforations at right

EXTREMELY FINE AND CHOICE. A SUPERB EXAMPLE OF THE 30-CENT CONTINENTAL HARD PAPER SPECIAL PRINTING. AMONG THE FINEST OF THE APPROXIMATELY 40 EXAMPLES THAT ARE BELIEVED TO EXIST.

With 1988 and 1996 P.F. certificates

7,500
5,500
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243
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Sale Number 824, Lot Number 243, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues90c Violet Carmine, Special Printing (177), 90c Violet Carmine, Special Printing (177)90c Violet Carmine, Special Printing (177). Without gum as issued, intense shade on bright fresh paper, scissors-separated as usual but leaving many perforations full and intact

VERY FINE AND CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 90-CENT CONTINENTAL HARD-PAPER SPECIAL PRINTING. ONLY APPROXIMATELY 40 ARE BELIEVED TO EXIST.

With 1952 P.F. certificate

9,000
5,000
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244
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Sale Number 824, Lot Number 244, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues6c Pink (186), 6c Pink (186)6c Pink (186). Original gum, unusually well-centered, deep rich color and incredibly intense impression showing all of the engraving lines in sharp detail -- rarely seen on this issue, which is normally found with a weak mottled impression on yellowish paper

EXTREMELY FINE AND CHOICE. AN OUTSTANDING EXAMPLE OF THE 6-CENT AMERICAN BANK NOTE ISSUE.

With 2000 P.F. certificate

850
4,000
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245
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Sale Number 824, Lot Number 245, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues30c Full Black (190), 30c Full Black (190)30c Full Black (190). Original gum, lightly hinged, wide balanced margins and choice centering, intense impression

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB EXAMPLE OF THE 30-CENT AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY PRINTING. A NOTORIOUSLY DIFFICULT STAMP TO OBTAIN IN CHOICE ORIGINAL-GUM CONDITION.

With 1999 P.F. certificate

1,000
2,200
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246
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Sale Number 824, Lot Number 246, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues3c Blue Green, Special Printing (194), 3c Blue Green, Special Printing (194)3c Blue Green, Special Printing (194). Without gum as issued, intense shade and sharp impression, centered to right as are several of the few recorded examples, slightly and naturally elongated perf hole at lower right

VERY FINE. THE 3-CENT AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY SOFT-PAPER SPECIAL PRINTING IS ONE OF THE RAREST OF ALL SPECIAL PRINTINGS -- NO MORE THAN 20 EXAMPLES ARE LIKELY TO EXIST, AND ONLY 12 HAVE BEEN CERTIFIED BY THE PHILATELIC FOUNDATION.

We credit Larry Lyons with illuminating the extreme rarity of Scott 194. After our 1998 Zoellner sale, in which he acquired a 3c American Special Printing similar to the stamp offered here, he commented to us that his research revealed only a handful of examples in the marketplace over 20 years. He paid $27,000 hammer for the Zoellner stamp, and his judgement was vindicated when he sold the stamp in Shreves' January 2000 sale for $40,000 hammer.

Ex Crocker. With 1971 P.F. certificate.

22,500
26,000
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247
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Sale Number 824, Lot Number 247, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues5c Indigo, Imperforate (216a), 5c Indigo, Imperforate (216a)5c Indigo, Imperforate (216a). Top margin plate no. 539, imprint and letter strip of five, original gum, rich color, two insignificant tiny thin spots between stamps do not detract

EXTREMELY FINE. POSSIBLY A UNIQUE IMPERFORATE IMPRINT AND PLATE NUMBER STRIP OF FIVE THAT HAS NOT BEEN ON THE MARKET IN OVER 50 YEARS.

Unlisted as a plate number strip. Scott Retail as stamps

3,500
3,500
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