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Sale 878 — 2004 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Saturday, 12 June, 2004

Category — Essays and Proofs

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
201
TC
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 201, Essays and Proofs5c, 10c Yellow Green, Small Die Trial Color Proofs on India (1TC1, 2TC1), 5c, 10c Yellow Green, Small Die Trial Color Proofs on India (1TC1, 2TC1)5c, 10c Yellow Green, Small Die Trial Color Proofs on India (1TC1, 2TC1). Stamp size, radiant color, large margins all around, Extremely Fine, scarce trial color proofs

2,000
1,050
202
TC
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 202, Essays and Proofs5c, 10c Dull Rose Lake, Small Die Trial Color Proofs on Bond, India (1TC4, 2TC1), 5c, 10c Dull Rose Lake, Small Die Trial Color Proofs on Bond, India (1TC4, 2TC1)5c, 10c Dull Rose Lake, Small Die Trial Color Proofs on Bond, India (1TC4, 2TC1). Stamp size, 10c clearly on India paper, brilliant color, large margins all around, 10c thin spot, otherwise Very Fine, the 10c Scott Catalogue listing in this color on bond paper may be misidentified, we have assigned it the same catalogue value as the 10c on Bond ($625.00) versus the price for other shades on India ($1,000.00)

1,250
1,000
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203
E
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 203, Essays and Proofs3c Carmine, Large Die Essay on India (11-E18var), 3c Carmine, Large Die Essay on India (11-E18var)3c Carmine, Large Die Essay on India (11-E18var). Die sunk on 60 x 50mm card, rich color, clearly engraved horizontal and vertical lines in background

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.

E. 3,000-4,000
6,500
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204
E
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 204, Essays and Proofs3c Black, Large Die Essay on India (11-E18 var), 3c Black, Large Die Essay on India (11-E18 var)3c Black, Large Die Essay on India (11-E18 var). Stamp size and affixed to card, clearly engraved horizontal and vertical background lines of vignette, small piece out at bottom right

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.

E. 3,000-4,000
1,700
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205
E
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 205, Essays and Proofs3c Rose Carmine, Large Die Essay on Old Ivory Paper (11-E18 var), 3c Rose Carmine, Large Die Essay on Old Ivory Paper (11-E18 var)3c Rose Carmine, Large Die Essay on Old Ivory Paper (11-E18 var). Stamp size, clear margins to just barely touched, fresh and bright color, clearly engraved horizontal and vertical background lines, few thin spots

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.

E. 2,000-3,000
2,000
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206
TC
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 206, Essays and Proofs5c 1856 Issue, Atlanta Trial Color Proofs (42TC), 5c 1856 Issue, Atlanta Trial Color Proofs (42TC)5c 1856 Issue, Atlanta Trial Color Proofs (42TC). Blocks of four in all five issued colors, large to huge margins all around, the Black with small purple mark on back only, Extremely Fine, it is believed that only two or three sets of blocks of four exist

2,080
2,800
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207
TC
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 207, Essays and Proofs12c 1851 Issue, Atlanta Trial Color Proofs (44TC), 12c 1851 Issue, Atlanta Trial Color Proofs (44TC)12c 1851 Issue, Atlanta Trial Color Proofs (44TC). Blocks of four in all five issued colors, large to huge margins all around, Extremely Fine, it is believed that only two or three sets of blocks of four exist

2,080
2,800
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208
TC
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 208, Essays and Proofs24c 1857 Issue, Atlanta Trial Color Proofs (45TC), 24c 1857 Issue, Atlanta Trial Color Proofs (45TC)24c 1857 Issue, Atlanta Trial Color Proofs (45TC). Blocks of four in all five issued colors, large to huge margins all around, Extremely Fine, it is believed that only two or three sets of blocks of four exist, offered to the market for the first time since the Siegel 1964 auction where it was purchased

2,080
3,500
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209
E
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 209, Essays and Proofs1c Black, Large Die Essay on Old Proof Paper (63-E2b), 1c Black, Large Die Essay on Old Proof Paper (63-E2b)1c Black, Large Die Essay on Old Proof Paper (63-E2b). 44 x 43mm, detailed impression, some thinning at top, otherwise Very Fine, scarce 1861 essay

1,000
800
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210
E
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 210, Essays and Proofs1c Blue, Die Essay on Old Proof Paper (63-E3a), 1c Blue, Die Essay on Old Proof Paper (63-E3a)1c Blue, Die Essay on Old Proof Paper (63-E3a). 48 x 46mm, crisp impression, few small thin spots as is usual with this fragile paper, otherwise Very Fine, scarce 1861 Issue essay

1,250
1,250
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211
E
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 211, Essays and Proofs1c Blue, Large Die Essay on Old Stiff Ivory Paper (63-E3b var), 1c Blue, Large Die Essay on Old Stiff Ivory Paper (63-E3b var)1c Blue, Large Die Essay on Old Stiff Ivory Paper (63-E3b var). 50 x 48mm, deep rich color, Very Fine and choice example of this 1861 Issue essay, unlisted in Scott in Blue, this essay in Blue has only previously been known with hand-drawn ornaments in the corners, Scott Retail as Black (the listed color)

1,250
1,700
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212
E
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 212, Essays and Proofs1c Black, Large Die Essay on Glazed Card (63-E3b var), 1c Black, Large Die Essay on Glazed Card (63-E3b var)1c Black, Large Die Essay on Glazed Card (63-E3b var). 50 x 48mm, detailed impression, Very Fine and choice, unlisted in Scott on glazed card

E. 1,000-1,500
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213
TC
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 213, Essays and Proofs1c Blue, Large Die Essay on Old White Ivory Card (63-E9d), 1c Blue, Large Die Essay on Old White Ivory Card (63-E9d)1c Blue, Large Die Essay on Old White Ivory Card (63-E9d). 38 x 41mm, rich color, trivial thin specks at top, otherwise Very Fine, scarce essay

2,000
1,100
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214
E
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 214, Essays and Proofs12c Black, Large Die Essay on India (69-E4a), 12c Black, Large Die Essay on India (69-E4a)12c Black, Large Die Essay on India (69-E4a). Mounted on 80 x 80mm card with full die sinkage area, thick card (this essay is known on cards of varying thicknesses), intense shade and impression, Very Fine and choice example of this 1861 Printing

750
750
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215
P
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 215, Essays and Proofs24c Lilac, Large Die Proof on India (78P1), 24c Lilac, Large Die Proof on India (78P1)24c Lilac, Large Die Proof on India (78P1). Die sunk on 151 x 225mm thin card from presentation book with full die sinkage, rich color, card with few toned spots, otherwise Very Fine, rare, ex Hackett and offered for the first time since that 1962 auction, unlisted in Scott

E. 1,000-1,500
2,200
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216
P
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 216, Essays and Proofs15c-90c 1869 Pictorials, Plate Proofs on Card, Center Inverted (129Pa4, 120Pa4-122Pa4), 15c-90c 1869 Pictorials, Plate Proofs on Card, Center Inverted (129Pa4, 120Pa4-122Pa4)15c-90c 1869 Pictorials, Plate Proofs on Card, Center Inverted (129Pa4, 120Pa4-122Pa4). Large margins all around, rich colors

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.

10,750
9,500
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217
E
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 217, Essays and Proofs12c Black, Pencil Frame Essay on India (151-E8), 12c Black, Pencil Frame Essay on India (151-E8)12c Black, Pencil Frame Essay on India (151-E8). Die sunk on 81 x 112mm thin card at unusual angle, printed vignette and pencil design for frame, pencil "New border for Clay 12c", additional pencil design of border detail at right, few light toned spots

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

1,500
1,600
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218
P
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 218, Essays and Proofs12c Blackish Violet, Panama-Pacific Small Die Proof on Wove (162P2a), 12c Blackish Violet, Panama-Pacific Small Die Proof on Wove (162P2a)12c Blackish Violet, Panama-Pacific Small Die Proof on Wove (162P2a). Rich color, some slight toning incl. slight "offset" on back, Very Fine and rare, perhaps four or five exist

1,200
1,000
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219
P
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 219, Essays and Proofs90c Rose Carmine, Panama-Pacific Small Die Proof on Wove (166P2a), 90c Rose Carmine, Panama-Pacific Small Die Proof on Wove (166P2a)90c Rose Carmine, Panama-Pacific Small Die Proof on Wove (166P2a). Deep rich color, fresh and Extremely Fine and rare, perhaps four or five exist

1,200
1,050
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220
TC
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 220, Essays and Proofs90c Continental, Large Die Trial Color Proofs on India (166TC1), 90c Continental, Large Die Trial Color Proofs on India (166TC1)90c Continental, Large Die Trial Color Proofs on India (166TC1). Five, in each Scott-listed color, incl. Black, Deep Green, Dull Gray Blue, Deep Brown and Dull Red, approx. 31 x 37mm., few tiny thin spots as are often associated with this fragile paper, otherwise Very Fine, scarce complete set

1,500
2,000
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221
Pbl
2c Black Brown, American Bank Note Co. Plate Proof on Thin Card (193P4). Complete pane of 100 with American Bank Note Company imprint and plate no. 413 at top and bottom, few faults mostly confined to sheet margin including small piece out at lower left, one stamp with small thin and a small expert repair in selvage at top center

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.

E. 3,000-4,000
4,750
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222
E
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 222, Essays and Proofs$1.00 Sen. James Beck, Large Die Essay on India (261-E7), $1.00 Sen. James Beck, Large Die Essay on India (261-E7)$1.00 Sen. James Beck, Large Die Essay on India (261-E7). Die sunk on 119 x 154mm card with full die sinkage, unusually rectangular die shape, uncleared areas for denomination

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.

3,250
3,750
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223
Pbl
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 223, Essays and Proofs$5.00 Dark Green, Plate Proof on Card (263P4), $5.00 Dark Green, Plate Proof on Card (263P4)$5.00 Dark Green, Plate Proof on Card (263P4). Top imprint and plate no. block of six, large margins other sides, deep rich color on bright card, faint crease at top left in sheet margin only (well above imprint)

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A RARE PLATE BLOCK CARD PROOF OF THE $5.00 BUREAU ISSUE.

Ex Warm-Griffiths

6,250
4,250
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