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Sale 1032 — The Nick Kirke Collection of Gem-Quality Used U.S. Stamps

Sale Date — Tuesday-Wednesday, 23-24 October, 2012

Category — 1873-75 Continental Bank Note Co. Issue (Scott 156-179)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
3253
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3253, 1873-75 Continental Bank Note Co. Issue (Scott 156-179)1c Ultramarine (156), 1c Ultramarine (156)1c Ultramarine (156). Wide margins and outstanding centering, rich color, cork cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2010 P.F. and 2006 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $185.00)

6
450
3254
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3254, 1873-75 Continental Bank Note Co. Issue (Scott 156-179)2c Brown (157), 2c Brown (157)2c Brown (157). Rich color, wide margins and choice centering, cork cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2010 P.F. and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $260.00), only three have graded higher

25
225
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3255
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3255, 1873-75 Continental Bank Note Co. Issue (Scott 156-179)2c Brown, Double Paper (157a), 2c Brown, Double Paper (157a)2c Brown, Double Paper (157a). Wide margins and beautiful centering, rich color, lightly cancelled, Extremely Fine, an outstanding example of this scarce variety, with 2000 P.F. and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; unpriced in SMQ)

200
325
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3256
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3256, 1873-75 Continental Bank Note Co. Issue (Scott 156-179)3c Green (158), 3c Green (158)3c Green (158). Jumbo margins and precise centering, deep rich color on crisp paper, perfect strike of thin target cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb stamp, with 2007 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $125.00 as 95, $425.00 as 98), only one has graded higher and only three others share this grade

1
650
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3257
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3257, 1873-75 Continental Bank Note Co. Issue (Scott 156-179)3c Green (158), 3c Green (158)3c Green (158). Bold strike of blue Skull and Crossbones cancel of Chicago Ill., also perfect centering with wide margins and deep rich color, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb stamp with any cancel and immensely more desirable with the Skull and Crossbones cancel, with 1991, 2005 P.F. and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95)

E. 400-500
375
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3258
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3258, 1873-75 Continental Bank Note Co. Issue (Scott 156-179)3c Green (158), 3c Green (158)3c Green (158). Back of stamp with full offset which is centered better than the normal image on the front, cork cancel, couple small flaws including corner crease and tiny tears, Fine appearing and dramatic offset example, rarely found this complete or centered, with 2005 P.F. certificate

E. 200-300
150
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3259
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3259, 1873-75 Continental Bank Note Co. Issue (Scott 156-179)6c Dull Pink (159), 6c Dull Pink (159)6c Dull Pink (159). Beautifully centered with wide margins, fresh color, bold grid cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2004 P.F. and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $295.00)

22
200
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3260
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3260, 1873-75 Continental Bank Note Co. Issue (Scott 156-179)6c Dull Pink (159), 6c Dull Pink (159)6c Dull Pink (159). Perfect strike of Chicago blue "GIN" Barrel fancy cancel, stamp with bright color, wide to clear margins, sound and Very Fine, a beautiful strike of one of the best known and most distinctive fancy cancellations used during the Bank Note era, with 2001 P.F. certificate

E. 500-750
1,600
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3261
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3261, 1873-75 Continental Bank Note Co. Issue (Scott 156-179)7c Orange Vermilion (160), 7c Orange Vermilion (160)7c Orange Vermilion (160). Mathematically perfect centering with Jumbo margins, vivid color on fresh paper, neat part strike of New York Foreign Mail Geometric cancel (Weiss Ty. ST-8P6), long and full perforations

A SPECTACULAR EXAMPLE OF THE 1873 7-CENT CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE COMPANY ISSUE WHICH HAS ACHIEVED THE ULTIMATE GRADE OF GEM 100 JUMBO. A STUNNING STAMP IN EVERY RESPECT.

With 2001 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (Gem 100 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $1,700.00 as 98). This is the only example to achieve this grade and is the only Continental Bank Note Company issue in any denomination and any condition to achieve this grade. Of all the Bank Note stamps issued by all three companies, only six (five different Scott Nos.) used stamps between Scott 134 and 218 have achieved this highest of grades.

90
3,750
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3262
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3262, 1873-75 Continental Bank Note Co. Issue (Scott 156-179)7c Orange Vermilion (160), 7c Orange Vermilion (160)7c Orange Vermilion (160). Jumbo margins and essentially perfect centering, incredible depth of color on fresh paper, socked-on-th-nose blue target cancel beautifully complements the rich shade

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A DAZZLING JUMBO MARGINED EXAMPLE OF THE 1873 7-CENT CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE COMPANY ISSUE. THIS BEAUTIFUL STAMP HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 JUMBO BY P.S.E.

With 1988, 1989 and 2006 P.F. certificates (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo). With 2007 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98 Jumbo; SMQ $1,700.00 as 98, unpriced in higher grade). This is the only example to achieve this lofty grade and the 100 Jumbo offered in the previous lot is the only stamp that has been graded higher.

94
2,300
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3263
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3263, 1873-75 Continental Bank Note Co. Issue (Scott 156-179)10c Brown (161), 10c Brown (161)10c Brown (161). Jumbo margins and outstanding centering, deep rich color, bold strike of red New York Foreign Mail Star in Circle cancel (Weiss Ty. ST-5P3), Extremely Fine Gem, a striking and superb stamp, with 2010 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $250.00 as 95, $840.00 as 98), only two have graded higher and only one other shares this grade

32
700
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3264
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3264, 1873-75 Continental Bank Note Co. Issue (Scott 156-179)10c Brown (161), 10c Brown (161)10c Brown (161). Choice centering with balanced margins, detailed impression, light strike of target cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2004 P.F. and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $270.00)

26
190
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3265
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3265, 1873-75 Continental Bank Note Co. Issue (Scott 156-179)10c Brown, Silk Fiber variety (161 var), 10c Brown, Silk Fiber variety (161 var)10c Brown, Silk Fiber variety (161 var). Beautiful intense shade, choice centering with Jumbo margins, cork cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2005 and 2006 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ as the silk paper variety), this variety is identified by its tiny dark silk fibers throughout the paper, visible under magnification, it is also found on most of the other Continental printings, including the 1875 Issue, but not among the National and American printings, Scott assigns a 300% premium over the normal used stamp

100
225
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3266
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3266, 1873-75 Continental Bank Note Co. Issue (Scott 156-179)12c Blackish Violet (162), 12c Blackish Violet (162)12c Blackish Violet (162). Wide nicely balanced margins, intense color, segmented cork cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2010 P.F. and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $740.00), this is the highest grade awarded and it is shared by eight others

140
500
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3267
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3267, 1873-75 Continental Bank Note Co. Issue (Scott 156-179)12c Blackish Violet (162), 12c Blackish Violet (162)12c Blackish Violet (162). Brilliant color on bright white paper, Jumbo margins, neat strike of New York Foreign Mail Geometric cancel (Weiss Ty. GE-EN1), fresh and Extremely Fine, with 1996, 2003 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90 Jumbo; SMQ $270.00 as 90, $740.00 as 95)

140
325
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3268
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3268, 1873-75 Continental Bank Note Co. Issue (Scott 156-179)12c Blackish Violet (162), 12c Blackish Violet (162)12c Blackish Violet (162). Strip of three, choice margins and wonderful depth of color, nearly full strikes of red New York Foreign Mail Geometric cancel (Weiss Ty. GE-C7), Very Fine and choice, a beautiful strip, with 1988 and 2005 P.F. certificates, Scott Retail as pair and single

485
700
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3269
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3269, 1873-75 Continental Bank Note Co. Issue (Scott 156-179)15c Yellow Orange (163), 15c Yellow Orange (163)15c Yellow Orange (163). Vibrant color as fresh as the day it was printed, outstanding centering with Jumbo margins, cork cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1873 15-CENT CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE COMPANY ISSUE WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 JUMBO BY P.S.E. THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED AND THE ONLY EXAMPLE TO ACHIEVE IT.

The 15c American Bank Note Company issue, Scott 189, can be found with wide margins and is a much more common issue. This availability causes many collectors to infer that earlier issues such as the 1873 Continental printing are also readily available with wide margins. This is simply not the case. A review using Power Search of used and unused copies to review margin size and centering for the issue found only one which compares favorably to the example offered here, from our sale of the Natalee Grace collection (Sale 1027, lot 75).

With 2010 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 95, SMQ $1,000.00 as 95). This is the highest grade awarded and it is shared by no others

160
1,400
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3270
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3270, 1873-75 Continental Bank Note Co. Issue (Scott 156-179), 15c Reddish Orange (163 var) Gorgeous color in this deeper richer shade, choice centering and margins on bright paper, New York Foreign Mail Geometric cancel, Extremely Fine, with 2002 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $340.00 as Yellow Orange)

160
475
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3271
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3271, 1873-75 Continental Bank Note Co. Issue (Scott 156-179)30c Gray Black (165), 30c Gray Black (165)30c Gray Black (165). Almost perfect centering with wide margins, bright shade on fresh paper, beautifully complemented by red cork cancel, long and full perforations

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1873 30-CENT CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE COMPANY ISSUE IN THE FINEST ATTAINABLE CONDITION. THIS MAGNIFICENT STAMP IS THE ONLY EXAMPLE GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E, THE HIGHEST AWARDED.

With 2010 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $2,500.00). This is the highest grade awarded and no other examples have achieved this grade

165
3,750
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3272
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3272, 1873-75 Continental Bank Note Co. Issue (Scott 156-179)30c Gray Black (165), 30c Gray Black (165)30c Gray Black (165). Wide margins and essentially perfectly centered, choice color and impression, red New York Foreign Mail Geometric cancel (Weiss Ty. GE-C10), Extremely Fine Gem, with 1999 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $825.00)

130
650
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3273
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3273, 1873-75 Continental Bank Note Co. Issue (Scott 156-179)30c Gray Black (165), 30c Gray Black (165)30c Gray Black (165). Well-centered, well-struck New York Foreign Mail Spokes in Circle cancel (Weiss Ty. GE-C4), rich charcoal color, Very Fine and choice, with 2001 P.F. certificate

140
550
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3274
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3274, 1873-75 Continental Bank Note Co. Issue (Scott 156-179)90c Rose Carmine (166), 90c Rose Carmine (166)90c Rose Carmine (166). Radiant color on fresh paper, wide and balanced margins, face-free cancel leaves design unobscured

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1873 CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE COMPANY ISSUE, WHICH HAS BEEN AWARDED THE GRADE OF XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E.

With 2010 P.F. and 2003 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $1,800.00). Only three have graded higher and only two others share this grade

300
1,400
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3275
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3275, 1873-75 Continental Bank Note Co. Issue (Scott 156-179)2c Vermilion (178), 2c Vermilion (178)2c Vermilion (178). Jumbo margins and almost perfect centering, bright vivid color on fresh paper, bold duplex ring cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a striking stamp, with 2010 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $780.00 as 98), this is the highest grade awarded and it is shared by no others, the next highest grade for a used stamp is 95

15
1,400
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3276
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3276, 1873-75 Continental Bank Note Co. Issue (Scott 156-179)2c Vermilion (178), 2c Vermilion (178)2c Vermilion (178). Choice balanced margins, gorgeous color, neat strike of New York Foreign Mail Pinwheel cancel (Weiss Ty. TR-S4), Extremely Fine Gem, with 2011 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $280.00)

15
500
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3277
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3277, 1873-75 Continental Bank Note Co. Issue (Scott 156-179)5c Blue (179), 5c Blue (179)5c Blue (179). Massive Jumbo margins, vibrant color, neat strike of blue quartered cork cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a striking stamp, with 2007 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $330.00 as 95, $960.00 as 98), only one has graded higher (at 98J) and only one other shares this grade, offered in the following lot

25
375
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3278
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3278, 1873-75 Continental Bank Note Co. Issue (Scott 156-179)5c Blue (179), 5c Blue (179)5c Blue (179). Jumbo balanced margins, bright shade, mostly face-free cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2004 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $330.00 as 95, $960.00 as 98), only one has graded higher (at 98J) and only one other shares this grade, offered in the previous lot

25
150
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3279
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3279, 1873-75 Continental Bank Note Co. Issue (Scott 156-179)5c Blue (179), 5c Blue (179)5c Blue (179). Horizontal pair, choice balanced margins, bold strike of New York Foreign Mail Geometric cancel (Weiss Ty. GE-EP3), fresh and Extremely Fine, with 2002 P.S.E. and 2011 P.F. certificates

52
275
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