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Sale 1021 — The Frelinghuysen Collection, Part Two

Sale Date — Thursday, 29 March, 2012

Category — 1875 Continental Bank Note Co. Issue incl. J. Grill (Scott 178-179c)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
392
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Sale Number 1021, Lot Number 392, 1875 Continental Bank Note Co. Issue incl. J. Grill (Scott 178-179c)2c Vermilion (178), 2c Vermilion (178)2c Vermilion (178). Top imprint and plate no. 245 strip of seven original gum, h.r., incredible fiery shade, red manuscript "4/26/76 Anthon" and "J.N.T.L." (J. N. T. Levick) in selvage, few perf separations reinforced, Fine-Very Fine, large backstamp affects three stamps, Scott Retail as plate number strip of six and single

3,350
2,200
393
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Sale Number 1021, Lot Number 393, 1875 Continental Bank Note Co. Issue incl. J. Grill (Scott 178-179c)2c Vermilion (178), 2c Vermilion (178)2c Vermilion (178). Horizontal strip of three, original gum, intense color and impression, Very Fine and choice, Scott Retail as pair and single

1,075
425
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394
ogbl
Sale Number 1021, Lot Number 394, 1875 Continental Bank Note Co. Issue incl. J. Grill (Scott 178-179c)2c Vermilion (178), 2c Vermilion (178)2c Vermilion (178). Block of four, original gum, h.r., bright color, top stamps light natural gum bend, Fine

1,750
325
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395
ogbl
Sale Number 1021, Lot Number 395, 1875 Continental Bank Note Co. Issue incl. J. Grill (Scott 178-179c)2c Vermilion (178), 2c Vermilion (178)2c Vermilion (178). Block of six with bottom selvage with most of imprint, original gum, h.r., rich color on bright paper, top center stamp natural perf disc inclusion, few minor perf separations, Fine-Very Fine, Scott Retail as block of four and pair with no premium for the part imprint

2,475
550
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396
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Sale Number 1021, Lot Number 396, 1875 Continental Bank Note Co. Issue incl. J. Grill (Scott 178-179c)2c Vermilion, Imperforate (178a), 2c Vermilion, Imperforate (178a)2c Vermilion, Imperforate (178a). Horizontal pair, full margins, intense color, few light creases, Fine appearance, Colson backstamps

600
325
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397
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Sale Number 1021, Lot Number 397, 1875 Continental Bank Note Co. Issue incl. J. Grill (Scott 178-179c)5c Blue (179), 5c Blue (179)5c Blue (179). Block of four, part original gum, h.r., rich color, well-balanced margins, bottom left stamp small corner crease, Very Fine-Extremely Fine, blocks of the 5c 1875 are very scarce, this is one of the finest to survive, it has been saved because it was hidden in the Frelinghuysen collection during the past 30 years of block-busting

3,750
1,300
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398
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Sale Number 1021, Lot Number 398, 1875 Continental Bank Note Co. Issue incl. J. Grill (Scott 178-179c)5c Blue, With Gill (179c), 5c Blue, With Gill (179c)5c Blue, With Gill (179c). Original gum, deep rich color, strong grill with few points breaking paper as usual, three wide margins, Very Good

4,500
600
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399
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Sale Number 1021, Lot Number 399, 1875 Continental Bank Note Co. Issue incl. J. Grill (Scott 178-179c)2c Vermilion, With Grill (178c), 2c Vermilion, With Grill (178c)2c Vermilion, With Grill (178c). Block of four, original gum, h.r., brilliant color, strong grills with few points breaking paper as often, top stamps light horizontal crease at bottom

FINE-VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 1875 2-CENT CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE COMPANY ISSUE WITH GRILL.

It is believed that the Continental grills were made experimentally in 1876, after a stamp-cleaning court trial renewed fears of stamp re-use. The primary source of the rare J Grills was the Worthington collection, which was dispersed in 1917. It is believed that most or all examples in collectors' hands came from the archive of Charles F. Steel, who patented the grilling machines used between 1867 and 1873.

This is the first block we have offered since keeping computerized records. Scott Retail as singles.

3,600
3,750
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400
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Sale Number 1021, Lot Number 400, 1875 Continental Bank Note Co. Issue incl. J. Grill (Scott 178-179c)5c Blue, With Gill (179c), 5c Blue, With Gill (179c)5c Blue, With Gill (179c). Block of four, original gum, h.r., deep rich color and proof-like impression, strong grills with few points breaking thru paper as usual, few unpunched perfs

FINE-VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 1875 5-CENT CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE COMPANY ISSUE WITH GRILL. VERY FEW BLOCKS ARE KNOWN.

It is believed that the Continental grills were made experimentally in 1876, after a stamp-cleaning court trial renewed fears of stamp re-use. The primary source of the rare J Grills was the Worthington collection, which was dispersed in 1917. It is believed that most or all examples in collectors' hands came from the archive of Charles F. Steel, who patented the grilling machines used between 1867 and 1873.

A review using Power Search found only one other, offered in our 1972 Rarities sale. That block had a crease in the lower pair and so may have been broken.

Scott Retail as singles

18,000
8,500
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