Sale 953 — United States Stamps

Sale Date — Tuesday-Friday, 25-28 March, 2008

Category — 1880-83 American Bank Note Co. Soft Paper Special Printing (192-204, 211D)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
642
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Sale 953, Lot 642, 1880-83 American Bank Note Co. Soft Paper Special Printing (192-204, 211D)2c Black Brown, Special Printing (193). Without gum as issued, deep rich color, tiny corner margin crease not mentioned on accompanying certificate and two tiny thin spots

VERY FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT 1880 AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY SPECIAL PRINTING. FEWER THAN 55 EXAMPLES ARE BELIEVED TO EXIST.

Ex Lutwak and Zoellner. With 1998 P.F. certificate

25,000
8,500
643
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Sale 953, Lot 643, 1880-83 American Bank Note Co. Soft Paper Special Printing (192-204, 211D)7c Scarlet Vermilion, Special Printing (196). Without gum as issued, vibrant color

FRESH AND VERY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE 1880 7-CENT AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY SPECIAL PRINTING.

Our recent review of records at the Philatelic Foundation found approximately 83 certified copies of Scott 196.

Ex Green. Signed Stern. With 1991 and 2002 P.F. certificates

7,000
5,500
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644
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Sale 953, Lot 644, 1880-83 American Bank Note Co. Soft Paper Special Printing (192-204, 211D)24c Dark Violet, Special Printing (200). Without gum as issued, beautifully centered with unusually wide side margins, magnificent color and impression

EXTREMELY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE 1880 24-CENT AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY SPECIAL PRINTING. WITHOUT QUESTION ONE OF THE FINEST EXTANT.

Our recent review of records at the Philatelic Foundation found approximately 66 certified copies of Scott 200. Very few compare favorably to the example offered here.

12,500
18,000
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645
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Sale 953, Lot 645, 1880-83 American Bank Note Co. Soft Paper Special Printing (192-204, 211D)90c Dull Carmine, Special Printing (202). Without gum as issued, fresh and bright color

FINE AND RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1880 AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY SPECIAL PRINTING. APPROXIMATELY 40 EXAMPLES ARE RECORDED.

With 2002 P.F. certificate

40,000
21,000
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646
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Sale 953, Lot 646, 1880-83 American Bank Note Co. Soft Paper Special Printing (192-204, 211D)4c Deep Blue Green, Special Printing (211D). Without gum as issued, rich color and proof-like impression, accompanying certificate notes a tiny thin speck, which is barely visible and is quite possibly a natural artifact of the soft porous paper and not a true thin at all

VERY FINE AND CHOICE CENTERING. A MAGNIFICENT EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 4-CENT 1883 AMERICAN SPECIAL PRINTING. THIS IS ONE OF THE RAREST OF ALL SPECIAL PRINTINGS.

Our census of the 4c 1883 Special Printing published in the Zoellner catalogue and updated on our website at: http://www.siegelauctions.com/enc/census/211D/211D.htm contains 26 stamps offered as No. 211D. Post Office Department records indicate that only 26 were sold.

An example of Scott 211D has not been offered at auction during the recent period when other rare Special Printings have been sold for historically high prices. Therefore, the Scott Catalogue value for No. 211D has not been correctly adjusted in relation to its counterparts, such as Scott No. 205C, with which it has always maintained near parity. For example, between 2001 and 2008, Scott No. 205C rose from $28,500 to its current $75,000, while Scott No. 211D only increased from $26,000 to $50,000. In our estimation, the Scott value for No. 211D should be at least $75,000.

Census No. 211D-UNC-26. With 2008 P.F. certificate.

50,000
75,000
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