FINE-VERY FINE. A RARE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 10-CENT 1879 AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY ISSUE, WITHOUT SECRET MARK.
Brookman notes that "blocks of the Type I are extremely rare". A review using Power Search shows we offered one with double paper in 2002 and one centered strongly to bottom in 2001. Prior to that, one has to go to our 1990 Rarities sale to find one.
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VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF SIX OF THE 1879 30-CENT AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY ISSUE.
Virtually all blocks with decent centering have been broken to feed collector demand for singles. This is the first block we have offered in just over a decade, and the last we offered had perforations cutting into the designs of all four stamps. The block offered here should be considered a condition rarity.
Undercatalogued in Scott. Scott Retail as block of four and pair.
FINE-VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 1879 30-CENT AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY ISSUE.
A review using Power Search indicates this is the first block we have offered in over a decade. The last example we sold, in 2001, was strongly centered to right with perforations into the design.
Undercatalogued in Scott as a block.
FINE-VERY FINE. THIS IS THE ONLY REPORTED IMPRINT AND PLATE NUMBER MULTIPLE OF THE 1879 90-CENT AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY ISSUE. A PHENOMENAL RARITY.
The Chapin book records imperforate strips of five and six with imprint and plate number, but none is recorded for the issued stamp with perforations. Power Search does not even contain a plate number single.
Scott Retail as two pairs and a single, with no premium for the position.