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. Special Printing (Scott 168-180)

Lot
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Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
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Sale 968A, Lot 203, 1875 Continental Bank Note Co. Special Printing (Scott 168-180)2c Dark Brown, Special Printing (168). Without gum as issued, bottom selvage with plate no. "161, full perforations without the usual scissors-separation, deep shade and proof-like impression, choice centering for this difficult issue

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. ONLY TWO ARE RECORDED WITH THE PLATE NUMBERS, AND THIS IS THE FINER OF THE TWO. ASIDE FROM THE PLATE NUMBER, THE STAMP ITSELF IS ONE OF THE MOST DESIRABLE EXAMPLES OF THE 2-CENT DARK BROWN 1875 CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE COMPANY SPECIAL PRINTING. FROM THE EARL OF CRAWFORD STRIP.

Our recently updated census records for Scott 168 contain only 55 copies certified as genuine. Of these, 22 have straight edges on at least one side and several are faulty. In fact, almost all known examples of the 2c 1875 Special Printing are off center. One other is known with the plate number (at top) but the leftmost number is not visible. The stamp offered here comes from the Earl of Crawford bottom selvage strip of four with the plate number and imprint. This strip was spared the usual fate of scissors-separation.

Unpublished Census No. 168-UNC-54. Ex Earl of Crawford, Ackerman, Concord and Hinrichs. With 2004 P.F. certificate

10,000
15,000
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Sale 968A, Lot 204, 1875 Continental Bank Note Co. Special Printing (Scott 168-180)3c Blue Green, Special Printing (169). Without gum as issued, full perforations without the usual scissors-separation, selvage at bottom with small part of imprint, rich color

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A MAGNIFICENT EXAMPLE OF THE 3-CENT 1875 CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE COMPANY SPECIAL PRINTING. FROM THE EARL OF CRAWFORD STRIP. EASILY ONE OF THE FINEST COPIES IN EXISTENCE.

Our recently updated records for Scott 169 contain 35 examples that have been certified as genuine by the Philatelic Foundation (including one on cover). This stamp comes from the Earl of Crawford bottom selvage strip of four with plate number and imprint. This strip was spared the usual fate of scissors-separation.

Unpublished Census No. 169-UNC-05. Ex Earl of Crawford and Ackerman. With 1992 and 2002 P.F. certificates.

25,000
26,000
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Sale 968A, Lot 205, 1875 Continental Bank Note Co. Special Printing (Scott 168-180)6c Dull Rose, Special Printing (170). Without gum as issued, full perforations without the usual scissors-separation, selvage at top with trace of imprint, radiant color, wide margins

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A RARE TOP SHEET SELVAGE EXAMPLE OF THE 6-CENT 1875 CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE COMPANY SPECIAL PRINTING FROM THE EARL OF CRAWFORD STRIP. THE 6-CENT IS AN EXTREMELY DIFFICULT DENOMINATION TO OBTAIN IN SUCH PRISTINE CONDITION AND WITH PERFORATIONS ON ALL SIDES.

Our recently updated census records for Scott 170 contain 33 certified examples. Of these, approximately half have full perforations on all sides, including several which are faulty. This stamp comes from the Earl of Crawford top selvage strip of four with plate number and imprint. This strip was spared the usual fate of scissors-separation.

Unpublished Census No. 170-UNC-08. Ex Earl of Crawford, Ackerman and Weisman. With 1992 P.F. and P.S.E. certificates

24,000
23,000
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Sale 968A, Lot 206, 1875 Continental Bank Note Co. Special Printing (Scott 168-180)7c Reddish Vermilion, Special Printing (171). Without gum as issued, full perforations all around without the usual scissors-separation, radiant color as fresh as the day it was printed on crisp paper, perfect centering with wide and balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS IS WITHOUT QUESTION THE FINEST EXAMPLE OF THE 7-CENT 1875 CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE COMPANY SPECIAL PRINTING IN EXISTENCE. THIS SENSATIONAL STAMP HAS BEEN AWARDED THE GRADE OF XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E.

Our recently updated census records for Scott 171 contain 70 certified examples. Most stamps were scissors-separated, affecting the perforations on at least one side and in some cases two or three sides. The stamp offered here, with intact perforations on all sides, superb centering, and remarkably vibrant color is, in our opinion, the ultimate copy for the connoisseur collector.

Unpublished Census No. 171-UNC-69. With 1967 and 1989 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95). As an indication of the rarity of this stamp in better grades, SMQ does not even price this above the grade of 80, and the next highest grade in the P.S.E. Population Report is Fine 70.

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Sale 968A, Lot 207, 1875 Continental Bank Note Co. Special Printing (Scott 168-180)10c Pale Brown, Special Printing (172). Without gum as issued, bottom sheet selvage with "No. 2" portion of plate number, full perforations all around without the usual scissors-separation, bright color, wide margins, closed tear in selvage only which does not affect the stamp

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. THE UNIQUE EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT 1875 CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE COMPANY SPECIAL PRINTING WITH THIS PART OF THE PLATE NUMBER IMPRINT AT BOTTOM AND INTACT PERFORATIONS. FROM THE EARL OF CRAWFORD STRIP.

Our recently updated census records for Scott 172 contain 36 certified examples. A majority of these have been scissors-separated into the perforations on at least one side. Of the eleven copies with full perforations, most have either pulled perforations or are not centered. This stamp comes from the Earl of Crawford bottom selvage strip of four with plate number and imprint. This strip was spared the usual fate of scissors-separation.

Unpublished Census No. 172-UNC-01. Ex Earl of Crawford and Ackerman. With 1998 P.F. certificate

23,000
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Sale 968A, Lot 208, 1875 Continental Bank Note Co. Special Printing (Scott 168-180)12c Dark Violet, Special Printing (173). Without gum as issued, deep rich color and detailed impression on bright paper, full perforations all around without the usual scissors-separation, well-balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB EXAMPLE OF THE 12-CENT 1875 CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE COMPANY SPECIAL PRINTING. EXTREMELY RARE IN SUCH CONDITION.

Our recently updated census records for Scott 173 contain 70 certified examples.

Unpublished Census No. 173-UNC-47. With 1986 and 2004 P.F. certificates

8,000
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Sale 968A, Lot 209, 1875 Continental Bank Note Co. Special Printing (Scott 168-180)15c Bright Orange, Special Printing (174). Without gum as issued, radiant color on unmistakable Special Printing paper, full perforations all around without the usual scissors-separation and with Jumbo margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SPECTACULAR JUMBO-MARGINED EXAMPLE OF THE 15-CENT 1875 CONTINENTAL SPECIAL PRINTING IN THE FINEST CONDITION ATTAINABLE. A REMARKABLE STAMP IN EVERY RESPECT.

Our recently updated census records for Scott 174 contain 39 certified examples. Of these, an overwhelming majority have the perforations scissors-separated on at least one side. Only five or six have intact perforations, and of those perhaps half are faulty.

Unpublished Census No. 174-UNC-39. Ex Chapin (acquired privately). With 1938 A.P.S. and 2003 P.F. certificates

23,000
29,000
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Sale 968A, Lot 210, 1875 Continental Bank Note Co. Special Printing (Scott 168-180)24c Dull Purple, Special Printing (175). Without gum as issued, full perforations all around without the usual scissors-separation, bright color, wide margins and with much better centering than usually found

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE 24-CENT 1875 CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE COMPANY SPECIAL PRINTING.

Our recently updated census records for Scott 175 contain approximately 100 examples.

Unpublished Census No. 175-UNC-86. Ex Kantor and Weisman. With 1992 P.S.E. and 1969, 1989 and 1998 P.F. certificates

5,500
5,250
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Sale 968A, Lot 211, 1875 Continental Bank Note Co. Special Printing (Scott 168-180)30c Greenish Black, Special Printing (176). Without gum as issued, full perforations all around without the usual scissors-separation, wide selvage at bottom, bright shade and crisp impression, wide margins and with intact perfs all around

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE 30-CENT 1875 CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE COMPANY SPECIAL PRINTING WITH SELVAGE AT BOTTOM. THIS IS ONE OF THE FINEST IN EXISTENCE. FROM THE EARL OF CRAWFORD STRIP.

Many examples of the Continental Bank Note special printings were separated by scissors, and so are often found with perforations partly missing or entirely trimmed away. Our recently updated census records for Scott 176 contain 50 copies. Of these, only three or four have perforations on all four sides. This stamp comes from the Earl of Crawford bottom selvage strip of four with plate number and imprint. This strip was spared the usual fate of scissors-separation.

Unpublished Census No. 176-UNC-25. Ex Earl of Crawford, Ackerman, Concord, Weisman and Hinrichs. With 1992 P.S.E. and 1992 and 2004 P.F. certificates

19,000
23,000
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Sale 968A, Lot 212, 1875 Continental Bank Note Co. Special Printing (Scott 168-180)90c Violet Carmine, Special Printing (177). Without gum as issued, brilliant color, scissors-separated perforations as usual but leaving full and intact perforations on all sides, choice centering for this difficult issue

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A DESIRABLE EXAMPLE OF THE 1875 90-CENT CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE COMPANY SPECIAL PRINTING. ONE OF THE RAREST SPECIAL PRINTINGS IN SOUND AND CENTERED CONDITION.

Our recently updated census records for Scott 177 contains 44 certified examples, many of which have faults. Only 16 have perforations on all four sides, and few of those are as well-centered as the example offered here.

Unpublished Census No. 177-UNC-34. With 1938 A.P.S. and 1967 and 1989 P.F. certificates

30,000
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Sale 968A, Lot 213, 1875 Continental Bank Note Co. Special Printing (Scott 168-180)2c Carmine Vermilion, Special Printing (180). Without gum as issued, intense color and proof-like impression, full perforations all around without any scissors-separation, beautifully centered with extra wide margins on three sides

AN EXTREMELY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE 1875 2-CENT CARMINE VERMILION CONTINENTAL SPECIAL PRINTING. ONE OF THE RAREST OF ALL BANK NOTE SPECIAL PRINTINGS. ONLY 24 EXAMPLES ARE RECORDED IN OUR CENSUS. THIS STAMP RANKS AMONG THE TOP TWO OR THREE IN TERMS OF CONDITION.

Our census of Scott 180 (available at http://www.siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/180/180.pdf ) records 24 examples of this rare Special Printing, one of which is in The New York Public Library collection. Comparing this stamp to the others, we would rank it among the top two or three best-centered copies.

Census No. 180-UNC-18. Ex Hewitt and Concord. With 1985 and 1997 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (VF-XF 85).

80,000
85,000
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