Sale 924 — The Scarsdale Collection, Part 3: Bank Note and Bureau Issues and Postage Dues
Sale Date — Tuesday, 14 November, 2006
Category — 1870-71 National Bank Note Co. Grilled Issue
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1870 ONE-CENT NATIONAL BANK NOTE COMPANY GRILLED ISSUE.
With 1998 and 2001 P.F. certificates
EXTREMELY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE 1870 2-CENT NATIONAL BANK NOTE COMPANY GRILLED ISSUE. ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE WITH THE STRONGER I GRILL.
This is only the second unused example of the 2c with an I Grill that we have offered since we started keeping track of the different National grill types, approximately three years ago.
With 1999 P.F. certificate which does not specify the grill type.
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A BRIGHT AND FRESH ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1870 6-CENT NATIONAL BANK NOTE GRILLED ISSUE.
With 1995 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS 1870 7-CENT NATIONAL BANK NOTE COMPANY GRILLED ISSUE IS OUTSTANDING IN EVERY RESPECT. THE STAMP IS IN MINT NEVER-HINGED SUPERBLY-CENTERED CONDITION. IT POSSESSES BRILLIANT COLOR, LONG AND FULL PERFORATIONS ALL AROUND AND IS THE SCARCER I GRILL VARIETY. WE SIMPLY CANNOT IMAGINE A FINER COPY OF THIS ISSUE.
The 7c stamp depicting Edwin Stanton was designed to prepay the rate for mail sent directly to Prussia, Austria and the German States, effective July 1, 1870. Production of the 7c stamp was postponed when the Franco-Prussian War caused a temporary discontinuance of this service, and hence the need for this specific denomination was greatly reduced. The earliest documented use of the 7c stamp is Feb. 12, 1871. Later in 1871 the rate for mail sent to Germany and Austria by Prussian Closed Mail via England was reduced from 10c to 7c, so the stamp's utility was restored. Luff notes that the first deliveries were after January 1871.
With 1999 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail as hinged. This is the only Mint N.H. example we have ever offered.
EXTREMELY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1870 10-CENT NATIONAL BANK NOTE GRILLED ISSUE.
This stamp is found more frequently with small margins and very few visible grill points. The original-gum example offered here, with extra wide margins and a well-defined grill, is a condition rarity and ranks among the finest known.
With 1997 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE. A MAGNIFICENT ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1870 15-CENT NATIONAL BANK NOTE COMPANY GRILLED ISSUE, WHICH CLEARLY SHOWS THE SPLIT GRILL VARIETY.
This is the only 15c split grill we have offered -- in either unused or used condition -- since keeping computerized records. The Scott Catalogue assigns the variety a meager $1,250.00 premium, which in our opinion inadequately reflects its rarity. Even without the grill variety, this superb wide-margined stamp would rank among the most desirable examples of the 15c 1870 Grill extant.
With 1980 and 1997 P.F. certificates.
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE 1870 24-CENT NATIONAL BANK NOTE COMPANY GRILLED ISSUE. ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE WITH THE RED NEW YORK FOREIGN MAIL CANCEL.
This is one of the few used stamps in the Scarsdale Collection, as it is not known in genuine unused condition.
With 1997 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. POSSIBLY THE FINEST ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1870 30-CENT NATIONAL BANK NOTE COMPANY GRILLED ISSUE IN EXISTENCE. A TRULY OUTSTANDING CONDITION RARITY.
The 30c 1870 Grilled Issue is notorious among collectors for its typical poor centering. Among the original-gum examples, which are rare, only a few would grade Very Fine or better. Our computerized records contain four others in sound, original-gum condition with centering that would grade Fine-Very Fine or Very Fine by current standards. A search through sixty years of past auction catalogues and name sales produced only two blocks of four, both poorly centered, which means that there have been no multiples from which choice singles could be harvested. In fact, even among the collections famed for quality Bank Note issues -- Caspary, Lilly, Henry, Ambassador, Braus, Floyd et al -- we could not find any original-gum examples that would grade Very Fine or better. Further demonstrating just how rare Scott 143 is in this condition, the P.S.E. Population Report does not even show an "OG" category for this stamp in any grade (although the SMQ lists OG values up to VF 80).
With 2000 P.F. certificate