EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STUNNING USED EXAMPLE OF THE 7-CENT NATIONAL BANK NOTE COMPANY GRILLED ISSUE WITH THE DESIRABLE I GRILL. THIS STAMP HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E., WHICH IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED TO DATE.
The I Grill is slightly smaller in size than the H Grill and is more difficult to find, especially on the higher denominations. We started keeping track of the different grill types approximately seven years ago, and this is only the fifth we have offered for the 7c in any condition. If Scott Catalogue were consistent, they would list the I Grill separately, as they do for the 1867-68 Grilled Issues.
P.S.E. encapsulated (Superb 98; SMQ $9,000.00). This is the highest grade awarded to date and only one other shares this grade. SMQ and the Population Report do not differentiate between the two grill types, but the other example to achieve this grade is an H Grill, and it realized $9,500 hammer in our Sale 976.
EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF THE FEW SOUND AND CENTERED EXAMPLES OF THIS BANK NOTE RARITY, AND POSSIBLY THE FINEST IN TERMS OF COLOR AND CANCELLATION.
Ex Morris and Tahoe. With 1993 P.S.E. and 1997 and 2008 P.F. certificates (XF 90)
EXTREMELY FINE. THE 1870 30-CENT NATIONAL UNGRILLED ISSUE IS ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT OF ALL BANK NOTE ISSUES TO FIND IN SOUND, WELL-CENTERED, ORIGINAL-GUM CONDITION.
During the past few years, we have offered a few superb original-gum examples of other 30c Bank Note issues, most notably Scott 165. Collectors have recognized the rarity of these stamps, bidding aggressively for the best stamps and often setting record prices. Scott 154 is one of the more difficult to find in such superb condition.
Ex "Laila". With 2004 and 2009 P.F. certificates
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN OUTSTANDING EXAMPLE OF THE 7-CENT 1873 CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE ISSUE WITH A NEW YORK CITY REGISTERED MAIL DATESTAMP STRUCK PERFECTLY ON THE STAMP.
With 1987 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $650.00 with normal cancel)
EXTREMELY FINE. FEWER THAN 40 OF THE 1875 3-CENT CONTINENTAL SPECIAL PRINTING ARE BELIEVED TO EXIST.
Our recently updated records for Scott 169 contain 35 examples that have been certified as genuine by the Philatelic Foundation (including one on cover). The example offered here, with its wide margins and perforations intact on three sides, is one of the finest known examples of this rarity.
Unpublished Census No. 169-UNC-17. Ex "Laila". With 1967, 2001 and 2009 P.F. certificates
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A HANDSOME EXAMPLE OF THE 7-CENT 1875 CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE COMPANY SPECIAL PRINTING.
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 virtually intact perforations on all sides, superb centering, and remarkably vibrant color is, in our opinion, a great condition rarity.
Unpublished Census No. 171-UNC-11. Ex West and "Laila". With 1991 and 2009 P.F. certificates
VERY FINE. AN EXCEPTIONALLY WELL-CENTERED EXAMPLE OF THE 15-CENT 1875 CONTINENTAL SPECIAL PRINTING.
Our recently updated census records for Scott 174 contain 38 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-29. Ex Meilstrup and Hansen. With 1952 and 2008 P.F. certificates
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT 1880 AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY SPECIAL PRINTING. ONLY 25 ARE RECORDED IN OUR CENSUS. ONE OF THE RAREST OF ALL CLASSIC UNITED STATES STAMPS.
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.
Census No. 192-UNC-25. Ex Newport. With 1973 and 2008 P.F. certificates
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. APPROXIMATELY 40 EXAMPLES OF THE 90-CENT 1880 AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY SPECIAL PRINTINGS ARE KNOWN TO EXIST.
The 90c 1880 Special Printing on soft paper is notorious for its condition (thins affect most of the known examples) and typically poor centering. This stamp is in a remarkable state of preservation.
Unpublished Census No. 201-UNC-32. Ex Sheriff, "Vineyard" and "Laila". With 1971 and 2001 P.F. certificates
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A MAGNIFICENT MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1888 4-CENT CARMINE AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY ISSUE. THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT VALUES OF THE SERIES TO OBTAIN IN SUCH SUPERB CONDITION. THIS STAMP HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. -- THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED TO DATE.
P.S.E. encapsulated (Superb 98; SMQ $10,000.00). Only one other has achieved this high grade.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1888 90-CENT PURPLE, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E.
With 2010 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, XF-Superb 95; SMQ $2,650.00). Only three have graded higher to date (at 98)