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Sale 863 — 2003 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Saturday, 31 May, 2003

Category — 1870-88 Bank Note Issues (Scott 156 to 179)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
445
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Sale Number 863, Lot Number 445, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues (Scott 156 to 179)1c Ultramarine (156). Mint N.H, 1c Ultramarine (156). Mint N.H1c Ultramarine (156). Mint N.H., precise centering, lovely pastel shade on bright white paper

EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT 1873 CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE ISSUE.

With photocopy of 2000 P.F. certificate for pair, this being the right stamp. Scott Retail as hinged

250
2,600
446
 
Sale Number 863, Lot Number 446, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues (Scott 156 to 179)3c Green, Double Impression (158j), 3c Green, Double Impression (158j)3c Green, Double Impression (158j). Rich color, light strike of cork cancel leaves distinct double impression clearly visible, tiny thin spot and faint crease not mentioned on accompanying certificate

FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 1873 3-CENT CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE ISSUE WITH DOUBLE IMPRESSION. ONLY FOUR HAVE BEEN CERTIFIED AS GENUINE BY THE PHILATELIC FOUNDATION.

Our records of Scott 158j contain four used examples and none used, as follows: 1) centered strongly to top left, heavy cork cancel, condition unknown; 2) centered, quartered cork cancel, sound, ex Floyd (Shreves sale, lot 292, realized $3,250); 3) the stamp offered here; and 4) s.e. at left, perfs in at top, blue quartered cork cancel, color of stamp partly changed to blue. The example offered here has the second-best centering.

With 1974 A.P.S. and 1988 P.F. certificates.

3,250
3,250
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447
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Sale Number 863, Lot Number 447, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues (Scott 156 to 179)6c Dull Pink (159), 6c Dull Pink (159)6c Dull Pink (159). Original gum, lightly hinged, choice centering with wide margins, rich color on bright paper

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL COPY OF THE 1873 6-CENT CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE COMPANY ISSUE.

With 2002 P.F. certificate

425
1,150
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448
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Sale Number 863, Lot Number 448, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues (Scott 156 to 179)6c Dull Pink (159), 6c Dull Pink (159)6c Dull Pink (159). Bottom imprint block of eight, original gum, lightly hinged, brilliant color, well-centered, faint horizontal crease at bottom visible only in fluid

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A BEAUTIFUL AND RARE IMPRINT BLOCK OF THE 1873 6-CENT CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE PRINTING.

Ex Col. Green. Scott Retail as two blocks of four with no premium for imprint.

3,800
2,600
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449
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Sale Number 863, Lot Number 449, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues (Scott 156 to 179)7c Orange Vermilion (160), 7c Orange Vermilion (160)7c Orange Vermilion (160). Original gum, lightly hinged, intense vibrant color, remarkably choice centering with extra wide margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM 7-CENT 1873 CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE ISSUE IN THE FINEST ATTAINABLE QUALITY.

With 1997 P.F. certificate

1,300
2,200
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450
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Sale Number 863, Lot Number 450, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues (Scott 156 to 179)7c Orange Vermilion (160), 7c Orange Vermilion (160)7c Orange Vermilion (160). Block of four, original gum, fresh and bright color

VERY FINE. A RARE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 1873 7-CENT CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE COMPANY ISSUE.

Very few blocks are known.

5,500
3,250
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451
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Sale Number 863, Lot Number 451, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues (Scott 156 to 179)10c Brown (161), 10c Brown (161)10c Brown (161). Original gum, lightly hinged, deep rich color and crisp proof-like impression, near perfect centering with wide even margins

EXTREMELY FINE WIDE-MARGINED ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1873 10-CENT CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE COMPANY ISSUE.

With 1996 P.F. certificate

750
2,700
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452
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Sale Number 863, Lot Number 452, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues (Scott 156 to 179)12c Blackish Violet (162), 12c Blackish Violet (162)12c Blackish Violet (162). Original gum, incredibly deep rich color on fresh white paper

VERY FINE AND CHOICE 1873 12-CENT CONTINENTAL -- ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT BANK NOTE ISSUES TO OBTAIN IN THIS OUTSTANDING CONDITION.

With 2001 P.F. certificate

2,250
2,100
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453
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Sale Number 863, Lot Number 453, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues (Scott 156 to 179)15c Yellow Orange (163), 15c Yellow Orange (163)15c Yellow Orange (163). Original gum, lightly hinged, extraordinarily choice centering with exceptionally wide margins, bright yellowish shade

EXTREMELY FINE. THE 15-CENT 1873 CONTINENTAL IS ONE OF THE MOST ELUSIVE BANK NOTE ISSUES IN THIS GRADE IN ORIGINAL-GUM CONDITION.

The stamp offered here has what we believe are characteristics unique to Continental's work. The shade is very bright and yellowish. The gum is white and smooth (National gum is typically dark brown and uneven). The secret mark in the upper left triangle is also prominently featured in this impression. There is simply no question that this is a 15c Continental. Collectors who have searched for a well-centered Scott 163 with original gum know how rare it is in such condition.

With 2002 P.F. certificate

2,250
5,500
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454
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Sale Number 863, Lot Number 454, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues (Scott 156 to 179)30c Gray Black (165), 30c Gray Black (165)30c Gray Black (165). Original gum, lightly hinged, attractive charcoal gray shade, fine impression on fresh paper, enormous margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. EASILY ONE OF THE FINEST ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLES OF THE 30-CENT 1873 CONTINENTAL PRINTING IN EXISTENCE. A SUPERB STAMP IN EVERY RESPECT.

Among the various Bank Note issues, the 30c 1873 Continental printing deserves special note. 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.

Ex Drucker. With 1988 and 2003 P.F. certificates

2,750
5,750
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455
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Sale Number 863, Lot Number 455, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues (Scott 156 to 179)90c Rose Carmine (166), 90c Rose Carmine (166)90c Rose Carmine (166). Original gum, lightly hinged, beautifully centered with wide even margins, especially bright and fresh

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A REMARKABLE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1873 90-CENT CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE ISSUE.

With 1999 P.F. certificate

2,750
2,200
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456
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Sale Number 863, Lot Number 456, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues (Scott 156 to 179)5c Blue (179), 5c Blue (179)5c Blue (179). Original gum, lightly hinged, almost perfectly centered with wide balanced margins all around, incredibly rich color on deeply blued paper, sharp and detailed impression

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB EXAMPLE OF THE CONTINENTAL 1875 5-CENT TAYLOR. AN EXTREMELY DIFFICULT STAMP TO FIND IN SUCH EXCEPTIONALLY CHOICE ORIGINAL-GUM CONDITION.

The addition of a 5c value was made necessary by the creation of the General Post Union in 1874, which specified a rate of 5c between member countries, effective July 1, 1875. Of the two regular-issue 5c Taylor stamps -- Scott 179 (Continental) and Scott 185 (American) -- the former is much more difficult to obtain in this superb original-gum condition because comparatively few multiples have ever been available to feed the demand for singles.

With 2002 P.F. certificate

575
1,350
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