Sale 968A — The Alan B. Whitman Collection, Part Two: 1870-1901 Issues

Sale Date — Tuesday-Wednesday, 14-15 April, 2009

Category — 1875 Continental Bank Note Co. Issue (Scott 178-179)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
214
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Sale 968A, Lot 214, 1875 Continental Bank Note Co. Issue (Scott 178-179)2c Vermilion, With Grill (178c). Original gum, lightly hinged, clearly-defined grill, brilliant color, choice centering, clearly-defined grill which is easily visible on the face of the stamp, Extremely Fine, ex Braus, Klein and Zoellner (as a pair), with 1998 P.F. certificate for pair, see historical note in lot 216 description

900
1,800
215
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Sale 968A, Lot 215, 1875 Continental Bank Note Co. Issue (Scott 178-179)5c Blue (179). Original gum, lightly hinged, bright color, beautiful centering with well-proportioned margins, fresh and Extremely Fine, with 1997 and 2005 P.F. certificates

800
1,600
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216
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Sale 968A, Lot 216, 1875 Continental Bank Note Co. Issue (Scott 178-179)5c Blue, Continental Grill (179c). Original gum, clearly-defined grill with points, deep rich color

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. ONE OF THE FEW SOUND AND WELL-CENTERED EXAMPLES OF THE 5-CENT 1875 CONTINENTAL GRILL.

It is believed that the Continental grills were made experimentally in 1876, after a stamp-cleaning court trial renewed fears of stamp re-use. The primary source of the rare J Grills was the Worthington collection, which was dispersed in 1917. It is believed that most or all examples in collectors' hands came from the archive of Charles F. Steel, who patented the grilling machines used between 1867 and 1873.

Ex Lake Shore. With 1991 P.S.E. and 2005 P.F. certificates.

4,500
3,750
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