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Sale 924 — The Scarsdale Collection, Part 3: Bank Note and Bureau Issues and Postage Dues

Sale Date — Tuesday, 14 November, 2006

Category — 1879 American Bank Note Co. Issue

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
33
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Sale Number 924, Lot Number 33, 1879 American Bank Note Co. Issue1c Dark Ultramarine (182). Mint N.H, 1c Dark Ultramarine (182). Mint N.H1c Dark Ultramarine (182). Mint N.H., brilliant color on post-office fresh paper, choice centering with well-balanced margins, fresh and Extremely Fine, a beautiful stamp, with 2002 P.F. certificate, Scott Retail as hinged

350
4,250
34
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Sale Number 924, Lot Number 34, 1879 American Bank Note Co. Issue2c Vermilion (183). Mint N.H, 2c Vermilion (183). Mint N.H2c Vermilion (183). Mint N.H., brilliant color, perfectly centered with wide and unusually well-balanced margins, as pristine as the day it was printed

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT 1879 AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY ISSUE. THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED TO DATE BY P.S.E., AND THIS IS THE ONLY EXAMPLE TO ACHIEVE THIS GRADE.

With 1998 P.F. certificate. With 2003 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $3,050.00). Scott Retail as hinged

150
3,000
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35
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Sale Number 924, Lot Number 35, 1879 American Bank Note Co. Issue3c Green (184). Mint N.H, 3c Green (184). Mint N.H3c Green (184). Mint N.H., brilliant color on crisp paper, perfectly centered with Jumbo margins all around, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb stamp in every respect, with 1985 and 1999 P.F. certificates, Scott Retail as hinged

120
1,400
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36
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Sale Number 924, Lot Number 36, 1879 American Bank Note Co. Issue5c Blue (185), 5c Blue (185)5c Blue (185). Original gum, barest trace of hinging (if at all), intense color, well-centered with nicely balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE 1879 5-CENT BLUE TAYLOR PRINTED BY AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY.

With 1987 and 2000 P.F. certificates

550
1,300
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37
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Sale Number 924, Lot Number 37, 1879 American Bank Note Co. Issue6c Pink (186), 6c Pink (186)6c Pink (186). Original gum, lightly hinged, brilliant color, choice centering for this difficult issue

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 6-CENT 1879 AMERICAN BANK NOTE ISSUE.

This is a difficult issue to find in such choice condition. Collectors who are waiting for a similarly-centered Mint N.H. copy are advised to consider the stamp offered here -- we have not offered a Mint N.H. single since keeping computerized records. The block of nine offered in our Sale 920 contains the only Mint N.H. stamps we have ever offered, but they are not well-centered

With 1995 and 2002 P.F. certificates

1,100
1,600
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38
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Sale Number 924, Lot Number 38, 1879 American Bank Note Co. Issue10c Brown, Without Secret Mark (187), 10c Brown, Without Secret Mark (187)10c Brown, Without Secret Mark (187). Original gum, barest trace of hinging, deep rich color and proof-like impression, choice centering with wide margins

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIUL LIGHTLY-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT 1879 AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY ISSUE WITHOUT SECRET MARK.

Scott 187 without secret mark is significantly more difficult than Scott 188 to find in such superb condition.

With 1973 and 2000 P.F. certificates

3,500
7,500
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39
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Sale Number 924, Lot Number 39, 1879 American Bank Note Co. Issue10c Brown, With Secret Mark (188). Mint N.H, 10c Brown, With Secret Mark (188). Mint N.H10c Brown, With Secret Mark (188). Mint N.H., rich color and sharp proof-like impression, choice centering with wide margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED 10-CENT 1879 AMERICAN ISSUE WITH SECRET MARK.

Unlike other values of the 1879 Issue, there are virtually no 10c stamps in Mint Never-Hinged condition. A thorough review of auction catalogues, including sales of the Caspary, Close, Sinkler, Col. Green, Lilly, Braus, Wunderlich and Klein collections, among others, produced no Mint N.H. singles and no blocks containing Mint N.H. stamps. We doubt that more than four or five Mint N.H. copies exist in total.

Ex Drucker (our Sale 851, where it realized $11,500 hammer). With 2002 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail as hinged

2,500
13,000
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40
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Sale Number 924, Lot Number 40, 1879 American Bank Note Co. Issue15c Red Orange (189). Mint N.H, 15c Red Orange (189). Mint N.H15c Red Orange (189). Mint N.H., radiant color, almost perfectly centered with wide and balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 15-CENT 1879 AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY ISSUE. SCARCE IN SUCH SUPERB CONDITION.

With 1999 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail as hinged

350
750
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41
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Sale Number 924, Lot Number 41, 1879 American Bank Note Co. Issue30c Full Black (190). Mint N.H, 30c Full Black (190). Mint N.H30c Full Black (190). Mint N.H., intense shade and sharp proof-like impression, beautifully centered with enormous margins, single perf disc at bottom rests lightly on gum

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN EXTRAORDINARY MINT NEVER-HINGED 30-CENT 1879 AMERICAN BANK NOTE ISSUE. THIS ISSUE IS RARELY OBTAINABLE IN CHOICE NEVER-HINGED CONDITION.

The 30c 1879 American Bank Note Company issue is surprisingly difficult to obtain in choice Mint N.H. condition. It is surprising because the 15c (Scott 189) is readily available. However, a survey of our photo records and auction library revealed the scarcity of well-centered 30c blocks from which singles could be harvested. The blocks in the Green sales were off center. Caspary had a well-centered hinged block of four, and Lilly had a block of nine with problems. The Moody block of six was well-centered, but appears to have had hinge remnants on all stamps. The Todd collection had two blocks, including one with a Mint N.H. pair at bottom (this has probably been broken, furnishing at least two Mint N.H. stamps). The Close collection had a well-centered block of four (with reinforcing) and a large plate block. The Siegel firm's three major Bank Note Issue sales (Braus, Hirschfield, Wunderlich) contained blocks, but all were either off center or had hinge remnants. A well-centered block of four appeared in our 1982 Rarities sale, but it was hinged.

For the collector who desires only Mint Never-Hinged stamps, this offering is significant. As a guide to relative value, a Mint N.H. example of this stamp in the Fox collection (Sale 829) realized $12,000 hammer.

With 1997 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail as hinged

1,100
0
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42
og
Sale Number 924, Lot Number 42, 1879 American Bank Note Co. Issue90c Carmine (191), 90c Carmine (191)90c Carmine (191). Original gum, lightly hinged, perfectly centered with enormous margins on all sides, rich color and proof-like impression

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1879 AMERICAN BANK NOTE ISSUE.

There are lots of loose fibers along the perf tips, which is just what one wants to see on a 90c 1879 American Bank Note Co. Issue in fresh original-gum condition. A review of our computerized records indicates that this is the widest-margined example we have offered in over ten years. The P.S.E. Population Report lists two Scott 191 stamps with the OG XF-Superb 95 grade, and it seems inevitable that this stamp will join them.

With 1999 P.F. certificate

2,500
16,000
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