VERY FINE. THIS ESSAY WITH ENGRAVED BACKGROUND LINES OF THE VIGNETTE IS UNLISTED IN SCOTT OR BRAZER CATALOGUES, AND IS PROBABLY UNIQUE.
This essay differs from Scott 11-E18 and 11-E19 in several ways. The design is the same as Scott 11-E18, but there are additional engraved vertical and horizontal background lines. It does share the trait of the crack between "N" and "T" of "Cents", which was not present on later dies. The later listing (Scott 11-E19), which was sufficiently rare that it was featured on the front cover of the Brazer auction catalogue, shows a modified design.
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS ESSAY IS PROBABLY UNIQUE IN BLACK.
The Brazer catalogue illustrates an identical 3c essay that also has a small piece missing from the design at lower right and appears to be the same impression. If they are, in fact, the same, this is the unique listing example.
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS ESSAY IS UNLISTED IN EITHER SCOTT OR BRAZER, AND IS PROBABLY UNIQUE.
All other 3c essays with this basic or slightly modified design type (Scott 11-E18 thru 11-E22) are on India paper. This is the only recorded example on a different paper. The existence of this essay indicates that this design was given more attention by Toppan, Carpenter, Casilier & Co. than had previously been believed.
Unlisted in Scott or Brazer.
EXTREMELY FINE AND SCARCE COMPLETE SET OF ALL FOUR VALUES OF THE 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE INVERTS ON CARD.
Rarely offered as a complete set, this is a marvelous opportunity to acquire all four values in superb condition.
VERY FINE AND UNIQUE HAND-DRAWN ESSAY SHOWING THE ROUGH OUTLINE OF THE FRAME FOR THE 12-CENT CLAY STAMP WHICH WAS ADOPTED FOR THE ISSUED STAMP.
Additional small pencil drawing on back of what looks like floral bouquet
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS THE AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY PLATE PROOF OF THE 2-CENT 1880 SPECIAL PRINTING (SCOTT 193).
With 2001 P.F. certificate.
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. AN EXTREMELY RARE DIE ESSAY FOR THE UNADOPTED DESIGN DEPICTING SENATOR JAMES BECK.
Although the design resembles the 1890 American Bank Note Company issue, this die was not started until July 11, 1894. Beck, a prominent Senator from Kentucky, passed away on May 3, 1890. The Bureau of Engraving and Printing used the old design from the 1890 Issue, and the new vignette was engraved by George F. C. Smilie, the leading engraver at the Bureau. It is not known why the design was rejected.
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A RARE PLATE BLOCK CARD PROOF OF THE $5.00 BUREAU ISSUE.