OVERALL VERY FINE-EXTREMELY FINE. AN EXTRAORDINARY LARGE MULTIPLE OF THE 1869 2c POST RIDER CONTAINING AN EXCEPTIONALLY RARE AND WELL-CENTERED IMPRINT AND PLATE NUMBER BLOCK.
We have not offered a multiple this large or an imprint and plate number block since our 1992 Rarities of the World Sale.
The plate number block of ten is listed but unpriced in Scott. Scott Retail as hinged blocks of four and pairs, with no premium for the Mint N.H. stamps, the plate no. or imprint is more than $60,000.00
FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE 24-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE WITHOUT GRILL.
Our survey of auction catalogs and Philatelic Foundation records produced 23 examples of the 24c 1869 Without Grill (Scott 120a), of which half have faults. This example is from an old-time collection and is new to our records.
With 2011 P.F. certificate
FINE. A RARE SOUND USED BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 24-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE. ONLY SIX USED BLOCKS ARE RECORDED.
The six recorded used blocks of the 24c 1869, excluding the unique Invert block, are listed here (identified by last known pedigree): 1) ex Rose, VF centering, fancy circle of V's cancel neatly struck on each stamp, minor wrinkling causing light creasing, top right stamp small margin tear, offered in Siegel Sale 794; 2) ex Bechtel, EF centering, circular cork cancels over each vignette; 3) ex Eubanks, VF centering, circle of wedges cancel, left stamps few small tears; 4) ex Anderson, Fine centering to top right, circle of wedges cancel; 5) ex Klein, Fine centering to left, quartered cork cancels, light corner crease at bottom right and several rejoined perfs; and 6) ex Lopez, perfs cutting in at right, cork cancels, the block offered here.
With 1990 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE AND CHOICE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1875 RE-ISSUE OF THE 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE.
With 2002 P.F. and 2011 P.S.E. certificates (VF-XF 85; SMQ $4,250.00). P.S.E. estimates that approximately 30 are known used, only two have graded higher to date.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL RE-ISSUE. SCARCE IN SUCH PRISTINE CONDITION.
Ex Odeneal and Hoffman. With 1997 P.F. certificate