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Sale 956 — The Jay Hoffman Collection of United States Stamps

Sale Date — Thursday-Friday, 8-9 May, 2008

Category — 1875 Continental Bank Note Co. Issue

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
175
og
Sale Number 956, Lot Number 175, 1875 Continental Bank Note Co. Issue2c Vermilion (178), 2c Vermilion (178)2c Vermilion (178). Original gum, lightly hinged, radiant color as fresh as the day it was printed, Extremely Fine, a beautiful stamp, ex Vineyard, with 1986, 2003 and 2004 P.F. certificates

475
550
176
og
Sale Number 956, Lot Number 176, 1875 Continental Bank Note Co. Issue5c Blue (179), 5c Blue (179)5c Blue (179). Original gum, lightly hinged, almost perfectly centered with wide balanced margins all around, incredibly rich color on deeply blued paper, sharp and detailed impression

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB EXAMPLE OF THE CONTINENTAL 1875 5-CENT TAYLOR. AN EXTREMELY DIFFICULT STAMP TO FIND IN SUCH EXCEPTIONALLY CHOICE ORIGINAL-GUM CONDITION.

The addition of a 5c value was made necessary by the creation of the General Post Union in 1874, which specified a rate of 5c between member countries, effective July 1, 1875. Of the two regular-issue 5c Taylor stamps -- Scott 179 (Continental) and Scott 185 (American) -- the former is much more difficult to obtain in this superb original-gum condition because comparatively few multiples have ever been available to feed the demand for singles.

With 2002 P.F. and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $2,050.00)

850
3,500
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