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Sale 863 — 2003 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Saturday, 31 May, 2003

Category — Newspapers and Periodicals

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
608
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Sale Number 863, Lot Number 608, Newspapers and Periodicals84c Rose (PR22), 84c Rose (PR22)84c Rose (PR22). Original gum, lightly hinged, detailed impression on bright white paper, perfectly centered with even margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB 84-CENT CONTINENTAL NEWSPAPER ISSUE.

With 2003 P.F. certificate

1,200
5,250
609
TC
Sale Number 863, Lot Number 609, Newspapers and Periodicals96c Black, Trial Color Plate Proof on India (PR23TC3), 96c Black, Trial Color Plate Proof on India (PR23TC3)96c Black, Trial Color Plate Proof on India (PR23TC3). Block of 60 with arrows at left and right, mounted on thin card as usual, large margins all around, slight creasing at top left, otherwise Very Fine, scarce multiple, Scott Retail as singles

2,100
1,500
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610
TC
Sale Number 863, Lot Number 610, Newspapers and Periodicals$1.92 Black, Trial Color Plate Proof on India (PR24TC3), $1.92 Black, Trial Color Plate Proof on India (PR24TC3)$1.92 Black, Trial Color Plate Proof on India (PR24TC3). Block of 60 with arrows at sides, mounted on thin card as usual, large margins to clear, few small edge faults, otherwise Very Fine, scarce multiple, Scott Retail as singles

2,100
1,500
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611
E
Sale Number 863, Lot Number 611, Newspapers and Periodicals$12.00 Black, Large Die Essay on India (PR28-E1 var), $12.00 Black, Large Die Essay on India (PR28-E1 var)$12.00 Black, Large Die Essay on India (PR28-E1 var). Die sunk on 75 x 91mm card with full die sinkage and Continental imprint, pencil "Model" at bottom, with partial shading on the numerals at top and partial shading in the tablet at bottom, Very Fine and choice, unlisted in Scott, Scott Retail as PR28-E1 (which does not have any of the shading lines)

1,250
950
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612
ogbl
Sale Number 863, Lot Number 612, Newspapers and Periodicals2c Gray Black, 1875 Special Printing (PR33), 2c Gray Black, 1875 Special Printing (PR33)2c Gray Black, 1875 Special Printing (PR33). Pane of 50, without gum as issued, imprint and plate no. "2" at top, natural s.e. at bottom, crisp impression, few perf faults incl. toned spots and small repair at right

FINE-VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE COMPLETE PANE OF 50 OF THE 2-CENT 1875 CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE COMPANY NEWSPAPER SPECIAL PRINTING.

As an indication of the rarity of multiples, Scott Catalogue lists but does not price a block of four. With 1977 P.F. certificate which states that "it is a genuine special printing". Scott Retail as singles

22,500
7,500
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613
og
Sale Number 863, Lot Number 613, Newspapers and Periodicals36c Pale Rose, 1875 Special Printing (PR42), 36c Pale Rose, 1875 Special Printing (PR42)36c Pale Rose, 1875 Special Printing (PR42). Without gum as issued, brilliant color and detailed impression on radiant paper

EXTREMELY FINE AND FRESH EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 36-CENT 1875 SPECIAL PRINTING. A SUPERB STAMP IN THE FINEST ATTAINABLE CONDITION.

Only 330 were sold. With 2003 P.F. certificate

2,400
2,900
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614
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Sale Number 863, Lot Number 614, Newspapers and Periodicals$6.00 Ultramarine, 1875 Special Printing (PR50), $6.00 Ultramarine, 1875 Special Printing (PR50)$6.00 Ultramarine, 1875 Special Printing (PR50). Without gum as issued, choice centering and wide margins, fresh and bright color

EXTREMELY FINE. THIS IS THE FINEST EXAMPLE OF THE $6.00 AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY NEWSPAPER SPECIAL PRINTING IN OUR RECORDS. ONLY FOURTEEN WERE SOLD, AND ONLY SIX HAVE EVER BEEN CERTIFIED AS GENUINE. ONE OF THE RAREST STAMPS IN UNITED STATES PHILATELY.

According to official figures for sales of the 1875 Newspaper Special Printings, 500 of the $6.00 were printed and received by the Post Office in 1875. On July 16, 1884, they were withdrawn from sale and the remaining supply was destroyed. Official records state that only fourteen were sold during this nine-year period.

Our records contain only five copies certified as genuine by the Philatelic Foundation. An additional copy was recently certified by P.S.E., for a total of six known copies. The example offered here is the finest contained in our records.

With 2003 P.F. certificate.

47,500
75,000
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