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

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

Category — 1879 American Bank Note Co. Issue (Scott 182-191)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
217
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Sale 968A, Lot 217, 1879 American Bank Note Co. Issue (Scott 182-191)1c Dark Ultramarine (182). Mint N.H., brilliant color, detailed impression, wide margins, Very Fine and choice, a pretty stamp, with 1988 and 1993 P.F. certificates, the former as a block of six

1,100
1,000
218
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Sale 968A, Lot 218, 1879 American Bank Note Co. Issue (Scott 182-191)2c Vermilion (183). Mint N.H., radiant color as fresh as the day it was printed, wide margins, Very Fine and choice, scarce in such fresh condition, with 1993 P.F. certificate

500
1,300
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219
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Sale 968A, Lot 219, 1879 American Bank Note Co. Issue (Scott 182-191)3c Green (184). Mint N.H., deep rich color and proof-like impression which "pops" off of the bright paper, wide and balanced margins, long and full perforations all around, Extremely Fine, a stunning stamp, with 1992 and 1999 P.F. certificates

400
2,300
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220
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Sale 968A, Lot 220, 1879 American Bank Note Co. Issue (Scott 182-191)5c Blue (185). Mint N.H., brilliant color, Jumbo margins which are well-balanced, long and full perforations all around

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A GORGEOUS MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1879 5-CENT TAYLOR. A STAMP OF REMARKABLE FRESHNESS.

With 1988 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90 Jumbo). This is the highest grade awarded to date to a Mint N.H. copy.

1,850
2,400
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221
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Sale 968A, Lot 221, 1879 American Bank Note Co. Issue (Scott 182-191)6c Pink (186). Original gum, lightly hinged, brilliant color, enormous margins at sides and well-balanced from top-to-bottom

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1879 6-CENT AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY ISSUE. SCARCE WITH SUCH WIDE MARGINS.

With 1992 P.F. certificate

1,050
1,200
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222
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Sale 968A, Lot 222, 1879 American Bank Note Co. Issue (Scott 182-191)10c Brown, Without Secret Mark, "Cameo" Variety (187 var). Original gum, deep rich color which is distinctively different from the normal issued color and which looks like a varnish ink type of printing, choice centering with wide and balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1879 10-CENT AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY ISSUE. THIS DISTINCTIVE INKING VARIETY IS VERY SCARCE AND HIGHLY DESIRABLE, ESPECIALLY ON SUCH A CHOICE STAMP.

With 1984 and 1999 P.F. certificates

3,500
4,250
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223
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Sale 968A, Lot 223, 1879 American Bank Note Co. Issue (Scott 182-191)10c Brown, With Secret Mark (188). Mint N.H., fresh color and detailed impression

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A RARE MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT 1879 AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY 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 a half-dozen or so Mint N.H. copies exist in total.

With 1999 P.F. certificate

8,250
16,000
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224
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Sale 968A, Lot 224, 1879 American Bank Note Co. Issue (Scott 182-191)15c Red Orange (189). Mint N.H., vibrant color as fresh as the day it was printed, mathematically perfect centering with wide and balanced margins, long and full perforations all around

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STUNNING MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1879 15-CENT AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY ISSUE. THIS IMPRESSIVE STAMP HAS BEEN AWARDED THE GRADE OF GEM 100 BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED TO DATE AND THE ONLY EXAMPLE TO ACHIEVE THIS PERFECT GRADE.

We acknowledge that several large multiples, including a pane of 100, have been broken in recent years to feed collector demand for singles, particularly in Mint N.H. condition. This has driven up the population of Mint N.H. singles. However, very few stamps out of those multiples are well-centered -- many are off to one or two sides and would not grade very highly.

The stamp offered here is the exception to the rule. It is mathematically centered. The color is as fresh as the day it was printed, without even a hint of the oxidation that can plague this issue. The impression is detailed, and the perfs are all long and well-formed. It truly deserves the Gem 100 grade it was given.

With 1990 and 1999 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (Gem 100). This is the only example to achieve this grade to date, and this is the highest grade awarded.

1,000
15,000
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225
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Sale 968A, Lot 225, 1879 American Bank Note Co. Issue (Scott 182-191)30c 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

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. 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 removed. A review of Power Search found only seven other Mint N.H. singles.

With 1992 and 1998 P.F. certificates.

4,000
3,250
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226
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Sale 968A, Lot 226, 1879 American Bank Note Co. Issue (Scott 182-191)90c Carmine (191). Mint N.H., brilliant color, crisp paper, well-proportioned margins

EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1879 AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY ISSUE.

A review using Power Search shows we have offered only four others in Mint N.H. condition since keeping computerized records.

With 1985 and 1995 P.F. certificates

8,500
11,500
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227
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Sale 968A, Lot 227, 1879 American Bank Note Co. Issue (Scott 182-191)90c Carmine (191). Right sheet margin block of four, brilliant and fresh color, well-centered with wide margins, full original gum, some perf separations expertly reinforced and not mentioned on accompanying certificates

VERY FINE AND CHOICE RIGHT SELVAGE BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 90-CENT 1879 AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY ISSUE.

Most blocks of 19th Century stamps containing such attractive stamps have been broken to feed collector demand for singles.

Ex Moody and Klein as a block of eight. With 1989, 1998 and 2003 P.F. certificates, the first as a block of eight.

13,000
13,500
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