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Sale 863 — 2003 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Saturday, 31 May, 2003

Category — 1875 Continental Bank Note Co. Special Printing (Scott 167 to 177)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
457
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Sale Number 863, Lot Number 457, 1875 Continental Bank Note Co. Special Printing (Scott 167 to 177)1c Ultramarine, Special Printing (167), 1c Ultramarine, Special Printing (167)1c Ultramarine, Special Printing (167). Without gum as issued, beautifully centered, bright shade with slight dry print or surface disturbance in vignette, scissors-separated but perfs virtually complete, small thin spot

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. AN OUTSTANDING EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT 1875 CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE COMPANY SPECIAL PRINTING.

Approximately 40 examples of Scott 167 are believed to exist. The typical centering is quite poor, unlike this superbly-centered example.

With 2001 A.P.S. and 2002 P.F. certificates

12,500
7,000
458
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Sale Number 863, Lot Number 458, 1875 Continental Bank Note Co. Special Printing (Scott 167 to 177)2c Dark Brown, Special Printing (168), 2c Dark Brown, Special Printing (168)2c Dark Brown, Special Printing (168). Without gum as issued, deep color and proof-like impression, scissors-separated as almost always leaving straight edge at bottom and almost full perfs on other three sides

A FINE AND ATTRACTIVE EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT DARK BROWN 1875 CONTINENTAL SPECIAL PRINTING.

Approximately 75-80 examples are known. With 1986 P.F. certificate.

5,750
3,250
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459
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Sale Number 863, Lot Number 459, 1875 Continental Bank Note Co. Special Printing (Scott 167 to 177)2c Dark Brown, Special Printing (168), 2c Dark Brown, Special Printing (168)2c Dark Brown, Special Printing (168). Without gum as issued, deep color and proof-like impression, centered to top

FINE EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT DARK BROWN 1875 CONTINENTAL SPECIAL PRINTING.

Approximately 75-80 examples are known. Ex Ballman. With 2003 P.F. certificate.

5,750
3,500
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460
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Sale Number 863, Lot Number 460, 1875 Continental Bank Note Co. Special Printing (Scott 167 to 177)3c Blue Green, Special Printing (169), 3c Blue Green, Special Printing (169)3c Blue Green, Special Printing (169). Without gum as issued, dark color on fresh paper, scissors-separated leaving full and almost intact perforations on three sides and full perforations at top

VERY FINE. LESS THAN 40 OF THE 1875 3-CENT CONTINENTAL SPECIAL PRINTING 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.

Ex Sheriff. With 1948 and 1992 P.F. certificates

15,000
10,500
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461
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Sale Number 863, Lot Number 461, 1875 Continental Bank Note Co. Special Printing (Scott 167 to 177)6c Dull Rose, Special Printing (170), 6c Dull Rose, Special Printing (170)6c Dull Rose, Special Printing (170). Without gum as issued, brilliant color, scissors-separated as usual but leaving intact perfs

EXTREMELY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING EXAMPLE OF THE 6-CENT 1875 CONTINENTAL SPECIAL PRINTING. ONE OF THE FINEST COPIES CONTAINED IN OUR RECORDS -- FEWER THAN 35 ARE KNOWN TO EXIST.

Ex Lessin. With 1960 and 2002 P.F. certificates

14,500
10,000
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462
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Sale Number 863, Lot Number 462, 1875 Continental Bank Note Co. Special Printing (Scott 167 to 177)7c Reddish Vermilion, Special Printing (171), 7c Reddish Vermilion, Special Printing (171)7c Reddish Vermilion, Special Printing (171). Without gum as issued, bright color, full perfs all around

EXTREMELY FINE. EASILY ONE OF THE FINEST OF THE APPROXIMATELY 50 OF THE 7-CENT 1875 CONTINENTAL SPECIAL PRINTING THAT ARE BELIEVED TO EXIST.

Most stamps of the Continental Special Printings were scissors-separated, affecting the perforations on at least one side and in some cases two or three sides. The stamp offered here, with full perforations on all sides, is a true condition rarity.

With 1979 P.F. certificate.

3,250
7,000
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463
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Sale Number 863, Lot Number 463, 1875 Continental Bank Note Co. Special Printing (Scott 167 to 177)7c Reddish Vermilion, Special Printing (171), 7c Reddish Vermilion, Special Printing (171)7c Reddish Vermilion, Special Printing (171). Without gum as issued, bright color, choice centering with full perforations all around

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. APPROXIMATELY 50 OF THE 7-CENT 1875 CONTINENTAL SPECIAL PRINTING ARE BELIEVED TO EXIST.

This example is more desirable than most, due to its sound condition and full perforations on all four sides.

With 1967 and 1990 P.F. certificates

3,250
2,600
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464
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Sale Number 863, Lot Number 464, 1875 Continental Bank Note Co. Special Printing (Scott 167 to 177)7c Reddish Vermilion, Special Printing (171), 7c Reddish Vermilion, Special Printing (171)7c Reddish Vermilion, Special Printing (171). Without gum as issued, bright color, full perfs all around

VERY FINE AND CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THE 7-CENT 1875 CONTINENTAL SPECIAL PRINTING.

Approximately 50 are believed to exist. With 1968 P.F. certificate

3,250
3,500
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465
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Sale Number 863, Lot Number 465, 1875 Continental Bank Note Co. Special Printing (Scott 167 to 177)10c Pale Brown, Special Printing (172), 10c Pale Brown, Special Printing (172)10c Pale Brown, Special Printing (172). Without gum as issued, incredibly bright color, wide margins, scissors-separated as usual but leaving almost full intact perfs on three sides

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFULLY-CENTERED SOUND EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT 1875 CONTINENTAL SPECIAL PRINTING.

Fewer than 40 are believed to exist. Of these, very few are as well-centered as the stamp offered here.

Ex Lilly. With 1966 P.F. certificate

14,500
9,000
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466
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Sale Number 863, Lot Number 466, 1875 Continental Bank Note Co. Special Printing (Scott 167 to 177)10c Pale Brown, Special Printing (172), 10c Pale Brown, Special Printing (172)10c Pale Brown, Special Printing (172). Without gum as issued, full perfs on two sides, wide-margin s.e. other two sides, bright color

VERY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT 1875 CONTINENTAL SPECIAL PRINTING.

Approximately 40 are believed to exist. Ex Caspary and Lessin. With 1960 and 2002 P.F. certificates

14,500
7,500
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467
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Sale Number 863, Lot Number 467, 1875 Continental Bank Note Co. Special Printing (Scott 167 to 177)12c Dark Violet, Special Printing (173), 12c Dark Violet, Special Printing (173)12c Dark Violet, Special Printing (173). Without gum as issued, rich color, choice centering, scissors-separated as usual but leaving perfs all around

EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF THE FINEST OF APPROXIMATELY 60 EXAMPLES OF THE 12-CENT 1875 CONTINENTAL SPECIAL PRINTING BELIEVED TO EXIST.

Ex Lutwak and Zoellner. With 1955 and 1976 P.F. certificates

4,750
4,250
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468
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Sale Number 863, Lot Number 468, 1875 Continental Bank Note Co. Special Printing (Scott 167 to 177)12c Dark Violet, Special Printing (173), 12c Dark Violet, Special Printing (173)12c Dark Violet, Special Printing (173). Without gum as issued, deep rich color, perfectly centered with extra wide margins, scissors-separated as usual but leaving full perfs on three sides

EXTREMELY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE 12-CENT 1875 CONTINENTAL SPECIAL PRINTING.

Approximately 60 are believed to exist. With 1991 P.F. certificate.

4,750
5,000
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469
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Sale Number 863, Lot Number 469, 1875 Continental Bank Note Co. Special Printing (Scott 167 to 177)15c Bright Orange, Special Printing (174), 15c Bright Orange, Special Printing (174)15c Bright Orange, Special Printing (174). Without gum as issued, intense color and sharp proof-like impression on bright white paper, choice centering with wide margins, full perforations all around

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS IS ONE OF THE FINEST EXAMPLES OF THE 15-CENT 1875 CONTINENTAL SPECIAL PRINTING IN EXISTENCE.

Our Levi records of Scott 174 contain fewer than 40 examples. Of these, an overwhelming majority have the perforations scissors-separated on at least one side. Only five or six have intact perforations, and of these perhaps half are faulty. One of the other two sound and centered copies was recently offered in our Drucker sale, where it realized $22,000.

Ex Hetherington. With 1957 P.F. certificate.

14,500
12,500
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470
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Sale Number 863, Lot Number 470, 1875 Continental Bank Note Co. Special Printing (Scott 167 to 177)15c Bright Orange, Special Printing (174), 15c Bright Orange, Special Printing (174)15c Bright Orange, Special Printing (174). Without gum as issued, vibrant color and sharp proof-like impression on bright white paper, choice centering with wide margins, perforations almost all around

EXTREMELY FINE. THIS IS ONE OF THE FINEST EXAMPLES OF THE 15-CENT 1875 CONTINENTAL SPECIAL PRINTING.

Our Levi records of Scott 174 contain fewer than 40 examples. Of these, an overwhelming majority have the perforations scissors-separated on at least one side. Only five or six have intact perforations, and of these perhaps half are faulty.

Ex Lessin. With 1958 and 2002 P.F. certificates

14,500
7,500
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471
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Sale Number 863, Lot Number 471, 1875 Continental Bank Note Co. Special Printing (Scott 167 to 177)24c Dull Purple, Special Printing (175), 24c Dull Purple, Special Printing (175)24c Dull Purple, Special Printing (175). Without gum as issued, intense shade and proof-like impression, precise centering, remarkably intact perforations

EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB EXAMPLE OF THE 24-CENT 1875 CONTINENTAL SPECIAL PRINTING. FEW ARE KNOWN WITH SUCH PRECISE CENTERING AND MARGINS.

Approximately 80-90 examples are believed to exist. With 1997 P.F. certificate

3,500
4,500
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472
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Sale Number 863, Lot Number 472, 1875 Continental Bank Note Co. Special Printing (Scott 167 to 177)24c Dull Purple, Special Printing (175), 24c Dull Purple, Special Printing (175)24c Dull Purple, Special Printing (175). Without gum as issued, perfs scissors-separated as are most but leaving full and intact perfs all around (many unpunched), rich color and proof-like impression on bright paper

VERY FINE AND CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THE 24-CENT 1875 CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE SPECIAL PRINTING.

Approximately 80-90 examples are believed to exist. Ex Drucker. With 1983 and 2002 P.F. certificates

3,500
3,750
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473
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Sale Number 863, Lot Number 473, 1875 Continental Bank Note Co. Special Printing (Scott 167 to 177)24c Dull Purple, Special Printing (175), 24c Dull Purple, Special Printing (175)24c Dull Purple, Special Printing (175). Without gum as issued, intense shade and proof-like impression, intact perfs all around

VERY FINE AND CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THE 24-CENT CONTINENTAL HARD-PAPER SPECIAL PRINTING.

Approximately 80-90 examples are believed to exist. With 1973 P.F. certificate.

3,500
2,500
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474
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Sale Number 863, Lot Number 474, 1875 Continental Bank Note Co. Special Printing (Scott 167 to 177)30c Greenish Black, Special Printing (176), 30c Greenish Black, Special Printing (176)30c Greenish Black, Special Printing (176). Without gum as issued, beautiful deep shade, scissors-separated as almost always but leaving virtually full perforations on three sides

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A MERE 40 EXAMPLES OF THE 30-CENT 1875 CONTINENTAL SPECIAL PRINTING ARE BELIEVED TO EXIST.

Many examples of the Continental Bank Note special printings were separated by scissors, and so are often found with perforations partly missing or entirely trimmed away.

Ex Lessin. With 1975 and 2002 P.F. certificates

12,000
6,000
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475
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Sale Number 863, Lot Number 475, 1875 Continental Bank Note Co. Special Printing (Scott 167 to 177)30c Greenish Black, Special Printing (176), 30c Greenish Black, Special Printing (176)30c Greenish Black, Special Printing (176). Without gum as issued, beautiful deep shade on bright paper, perfectly centered with wide margins all around, scissors-separated as almost always but leaving virtually full perfs

EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF THE FINEST EXAMPLES OF THE 30-CENT 1875 CONTINENTAL SPECIAL PRINTINGS IN EXISTENCE.

Approximately 40 copies are believed to exist. Only twelve copies in our records have full perfs. With 1974 P.F. certificate.

12,000
7,500
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476
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Sale Number 863, Lot Number 476, 1875 Continental Bank Note Co. Special Printing (Scott 167 to 177)90c Violet Carmine, Special Printing (177), 90c Violet Carmine, Special Printing (177)90c Violet Carmine, Special Printing (177). Without gum as issued, beautiful bright color on fresh paper, scissors-separated as usual but leaving virtually full and intact perfs all around

VERY FINE AND CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1875 CONTINENTAL SPECIAL PRINTING.

Approximately 40 are believed to exist. Ex Lessin. With 1954 and 2002 P.F. certificates

14,500
9,000
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477
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Sale Number 863, Lot Number 477, 1875 Continental Bank Note Co. Special Printing (Scott 167 to 177)90c Violet Carmine, Special Printing (177), 90c Violet Carmine, Special Printing (177)90c Violet Carmine, Special Printing (177). Without gum as issued, beautiful bright color on fresh paper, scissors-separated as usual but leaving full and intact perfs at bottom and left

VERY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1875 CONTINENTAL SPECIAL PRINTING.

Approximately 40 are believed to exist. With 1986 P.F. certificate

14,000
5,250
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