Sale 968A — The Alan B. Whitman Collection, Part Two: 1870-1901 Issues
Sale Date — Tuesday-Wednesday, 14-15 April, 2009
Category — 1880-83 American Bank Note Co. Special Printing (Scott 192-211D)
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS IS ARGUABLY THE FINEST EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT 1880 AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY SPECIAL PRINTING IN EXISTENCE, OF WHICH 25 ARE RECORDED IN OUR CENSUS. A REMARKABLE STAMP IN TERMS OF COLOR, CENTERING, PERFORATIONS AND OVERALL FRESHNESS.
Our comprehensive census of Scott 192 (available at http://www.siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/192/192.pdf ) contains a total of 25 copies of Scott 192. Of these, thirteen are reported to be sound. Of these thirteen, however, the centering of only one other comes close to the example offered here.
Census No. 192-UNC-02. With 1971 and 2005 P.F. certificates
EXTREMELY FINE. A SCARCE SOUND AND SUPERBLY CENTERED EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT 1880 AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY SPECIAL PRINTING. THIS IS ONE OF THE FINEST WE HAVE ENCOUNTERED.
Our recently updated census records for Scott 193 contain 47 certified examples, of which almost half half faults (mostly thins). Of the sound examples, nearly all are centered to top or one side. The stamp offered here is one of the very few sound and centered examples.
Unpublished Census No. 193-UNC-19. Signed by E. Stern in pencil. With 1964, 1990 and 1997 P.F. certificates. Offered to the market for the first time in over a decade.
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A GORGEOUS SOUND AND WELL-CENTERED EXAMPLE OF THE 3-CENT 1880 AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY SPECIAL PRINTING. -- ONLY FOURTEEN EXAMPLES ARE RECORDED IN OUR CENSUS, MAKING THIS ONE OF THE RAREST OF ALL SPECIAL PRINTINGS.
Our census of Scott 194 (available at http://www.siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/194/194.pdf ) contains only fourteen examples. Its rarity matches or exceeds the most valuable Special Printings, such as Scott Nos. 180 (24 known), 181 (10 known), 203 (20 known), 204 (18 known), 205C (21 known) and 211D (25 known). In fact, it is the rarest of any Bank Note Special Printing among the Scott-listed "sets" (167-177 and 192-202). As further evidence of its elusiveness, six years passed here at Siegel between the sale of the Scott 194 from the Drucker collection in 2002 and the Hoffman copy in 2008, during which time not one other appeared in our auctions.
Census No. 194-UNC-02. Ex Lilly, Kantor, Lessin and Hinrichs. With 1948, 1967, 1992 and 2004 P.F. certificates
VERY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE 6-CENT 1880 AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY SPECIAL PRINTING. FEWER THAN 30 ARE BELIEVED TO EXIST.
Our recently updated census records contain 26 certified examples of Scott 195, an oddly low number. Some of the stamps submitted as the Special Printing, but certified as the regular issue, Scott 186, could in fact be Special Printing stamps (the two are difficult to tell apart). We record another three stamps which we feel are possibly Scott 195, despite previous P.F. certification.
Unpublished Census No. 195-CAN-10. Ex Ambassador, Cole and Golin. With 1957, 1988 and 2008 P.F. certificates
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB EXAMPLE OF THE 1880 7-CENT AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY SPECIAL PRINTING.
Our recently updated census records for Scott 196 contain approximately 80 certified examples. It is the most common of the soft-paper Special Printings because the 7c was no longer in production in 1880 and, probably to some degree, because it can be easily identified since there is no regular issue on soft paper.
Unpublished Census No. 196-UNC-22. With 1991 and 1998 P.F. certificates
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A STUNNING EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 10-CENT 1880 AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY SPECIAL PRINTING. ONLY 30 ARE RECORDED IN OUR CENSUS.
Our recently updated census records for Scott 197 contain 30 certified examples certified. Of these, eight have faults, leaving only 22 sound or potentially sound examples (some have not been examined in many years). Many of the sound copies are not as well-centered as the one offered here.
Unpublished Census No. 196-UNC-21. With 1986 and 1997 P.F. certificates
EXTREMELY FINE. A STUNNING EXAMPLE OF THE 12-CENT 1880 AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY SPECIAL PRINTING.
Our recently updated census records for Scott 198 contain approximately 60 certified examples. Of these, fully one-third have small flaws (mostly thin spots).
Unpublished Census No. 198-UNC-14. Signed by E. Stern in pencil. With 1986 and 1997 P.F. certificates.
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A GORGEOUS EXAMPLE OF THE 15-CENT 1880 AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY SPECIAL PRINTING. ONLY 36 ARE RECORDED IN OUR CENSUS.
Our recent review of the records of the Philatelic Foundation found only 36 certified examples of Scott 199. This is a difficult Special Printing to obtain, especially in such choice condition.
Unpublished Census No. 199-UNC-05. Ex Lessin. With 1953 and 2002 P.F. certificates
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE 24-CENT 1880 AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY SPECIAL PRINTING.
Our recent review of records at the Philatelic Foundation found approximately 66 certified copies of Scott 200.
Unpublished Census No. 200-UNC-06. With 1972 and 2005 P.F. certificates.
EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE 30-CENT 1880 AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY SPECIAL PRINTING.
Our recently updated census records for Scott 201 contain approximately 45 certified examples.
Unpublished Census No. 201-UNC-05. Ex Col. Green. With 1993 P.F. certificate.
EXTREMELY FINE. VERY FEW OF THE 41 RECORDED COPIES OF THE 1880 90-CENT AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY SPECIAL PRINTING CAN COMPARE TO THE STAMP OFFERED HERE. THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT SPECIAL PRINTING STAMPS TO FIND IN SOUND CONDITION.
The 90c 1880 Special Printing on soft paper is notorious for its condition (thins affect most of the known examples) and typically poor centering. In this stamp we have the rare combination of soundness, margins and centering, as well as extraordinary freshness. We regard it as among the finest of the 41 in our census records.
Unpublished Census No. 201-UNC-01. Signed in pencil by E. Stern. Ex Engel and Golin. With 1957, 1989 and 1999 P.F. certificates
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. THIS IS ONE OF THE FINEST EXAMPLES OF ONE OF THE RAREST OF ALL BANK NOTE SPECIAL PRINTINGS. ONLY 20 ARE RECORDED IN OUR CENSUS, MANY OF WHICH ARE OFF CENTER.
Our census of Scott 203 (available at http://www.siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/203/203.pdf ) contains only 19 stamps which are available to collectors. The 20th copy is in the Miller collection at The New York Public Library. Five of the 19 available stamps have small faults or short perfs. Of the 14 remaining sound copies, we see only three others which rival the stamp offered here for centering and margins.
Census No. 203-UNC-14. With 1947, 1969, 1989 and 1995 P.F. certificates.
EXTREMELY FINE. THE 5-CENT GARFIELD IS ONE OF THE RAREST OF THE SPECIAL PRINTINGS. THIS SUPERB EXAMPLE IS ONE OF 21 RECORDED.
This elusive Special Printing was the subject of an informative article by William E. Mooz in the Chronicle, February 1992. His research provides strong evidence that the stamps recognized as Scott 205C are a small part of the 2,463 sold as Special Printings through the Third Asst. PMG, and that regular issues were used to fill the backlog of orders for the 5c Garfield.
Our census of Scott 205C (available at http://www.siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/205C/205C.pdf ) illustrates the 21 recorded examples (only three have faults).
Census No. 205C-UNC-09. Ex Cole. With 1988 and 1995 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90). All four graded copies have graded 90; based on our census, it is uncertain if any would grade 95 at P.S.E.
EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 4-CENT 1883 AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY SPECIAL PRINTING. THIS IS ONE OF THE RAREST OF ALL SPECIAL PRINTINGS -- ONLY 26 ARE RECORDED.
Our census of the 4c 1883 Special Printing (available at http://www.siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/211D/211D.pdf ) contains 26 stamps offered as No. 211D, of which 25 have been certified by The Philatelic Foundation. Post Office Department records indicate that only 26 were sold. Of the known copies, five have small faults. This stamp comes from the block of four sold in the legendary Alfred H. Caspary sale (bottom right stamp).
Census No. 211D-UNC-05. Ex Caspary. With 1957 and 1992 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (VF-XF 85).
EXTREMELY FINE. THIS IS THE FINER OF TWO SURVIVING MULTIPLES OF THE 2-CENT SPECIAL PRINTING WITH THE FULL "STEAMER -- AMERICAN BANK NOTE CO." IMPRINT. AN IMPORTANT RARITY OF THE BANK NOTE COMPANY PERIOD.
In 1885 the American Bank Note Co. experimented with a Hoe & Co. steam-powered, chain-driven printing press to increase the rate of production. New plates of 200 subjects were created for use on the steam press, including one with the distinctive "STEAMER - AMERICAN BANK NOTE CO." imprint at the top center of the plate. Five sheets of 200 stamps were printed from this "Steamer" plate and sent to the Post Office Department. Since the full sheets were intended to be divided into panes of 100, the vertical gutter between the two panes was left imperforate. These sheets were later sold into the philatelic market and divided into smaller units.
We can account for all five top imprint pieces from the "Steamer" sheets. One is a block of sixteen with disturbed gum and creases (Siegel 1974 Rarities sale, lot 113), which probably came from the sheet once owned by Senator Ackerman. The strip of six offered here is the second largest multiple. These two are the only recorded multiples with the complete imprint. The three remaining imperforate-between multiples from the tops of the sheets are a block of four and two pairs, each with the "American Ban" portion of the imprint but lacking the word "Steamer".
The "Never Hinged" listing for an imprint strip in the current Scott U.S. Specialized Catalogue is erroneously based on the 1991 P.F. certificate that accompanies this strip, which states "it is genuine". The wording on this certificate implies that it is Mint N.H., but it is not and has never been offered as such. Therefore, there is only one strip of six (offered here) and the creased block of sixteen. In our opinion, this remarkable imprint multiple is worth far more than its $5,000.00 Scott value, which is based on the realization from a 1996 auction.
With 1991 P.F. certificate