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Sale 1048 — 2013 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Tuesday, 25 June, 2013

Category — 1870-93 Bank Note Issues incl. Special Printings

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
296°
 
Sale Number 1048, Lot Number 296, 1870-93 Bank Note Issues incl. Special Printings12c Dull Violet, H. Grill (140), 12c Dull Violet, H. Grill (140)12c Dull Violet, H. Grill (140). Clear grill, fresh rich color, outstanding margins and centering, unobtrusive cork cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1870 12-CENT NATIONAL BANK NOTE COMPANY H GRILL.

This is an extremely difficult issue to obtain in sound used condition with choice centering. The P.S.E. Population Report contains only 16 used stamps and only two grade as high as 85.

With 2004 P.F. and 2005 P.S.E. certificates

3,750
5,000
297
og
Sale Number 1048, Lot Number 297, 1870-93 Bank Note Issues incl. Special Printings1c Ultramarine, I. Grill (134A), 1c Ultramarine, I. Grill (134A)1c Ultramarine, I. Grill (134A). Original gum, clearly-defined grill, brilliant color on bright paper, wide margins

VERY FINE AND CHOICE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1870 ONE-CENT NATIONAL BANK NOTE ISSUE. ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE WITH THE I GRILL, WHICH HAS JUST BEEN ELEVATED TO A MAJOR CATALOGUE NUMBER.

Starting with the 2013 Scott U.S. Specialized Catalogue the I Grills have been elevated to major catalogue number status. Collectors will now have to acquire these I Grills in their quest for completeness. We have only offered three other unused 1c I Grills since we started keeping our detailed records.

Ex Geisler. With 1990 P.S.E. and 2007 P.F. certificates.

2,750
4,000
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298
c
Sale Number 1048, Lot Number 298, 1870-93 Bank Note Issues incl. Special Printings15c Orange, I. Grill (141A), 15c Orange, I. Grill (141A)15c Orange, I. Grill (141A). Vibrant color, clear grill impression from the early state of the grilling device, tied by "N. York Steamship Jun. 6" circular datestamp on cover with printed address to Miss Mollie Sparks in Pottsville Penn., blue "U.S. Flag Ship Lancaster Apr. 28, 1871" oval datestamp, cover with some paper loss at top left and at right, stamp with some gum soaks (not mentioned on accompanying certificate)

FINE. ONE OF ONLY TWO RECORDED COVERS BEARING THE NATIONAL BANK NOTE COMPANY 15-CENT WITH THE RARE I GRILL.

Ronald A. Burns records 13 used off-cover, two unused and two covers with the 15c I Grill, for a total of 17 items.

Accompanied by 17 pages of research notes by Ronald Burns detailing the grill characteristics, the correspondence, the ship marking and history of the ship, and stamp procurement from the U.S. Consul in Panama.

With 2013 P.F. certificate. Listed but unpriced in Scott.

E. 5,000-7,500
3,000
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299°
nh
Sale Number 1048, Lot Number 299, 1870-93 Bank Note Issues incl. Special Printings24c Purple (153). Mint N.H, 24c Purple (153). Mint N.H24c Purple (153). Mint N.H. vertical pair with top part arrow selvage, natural s.e. at right, intense dark color on crisp paper, both stamps attractive margins and well-centered for this difficult issue

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A RARE MINT NEVER-HINGED POSITION PIECE OF THE 1870 24-CENT NATIONAL BANK NOTE COMPANY ISSUE FROM THE FAMOUS PLATE NUMBER BLOCK THAT WAS BROKEN.

This pair represents the right half of the Mint N.H. plate number block of four that was part of the Walter C. Klein collection and was last sold in our 1998 Rarities sale. Sadly, after the Rarities sale it was broken into two singles and this pair. The bottom left stamp was offered in our Silver Lake sale (Sale 866, lot 84) and the top left plate number single was offered in our Whitman sale, where it realized $40,000 (Sale 968A, lot 191). Those two singles and this pair are the only Mint N.H. examples of Scott 153 contained in Power Search.

Ex Klein as a block of four. With copy of 1989 P.F. certificate for the block. Scott Retail as two hinged singles does not remotely convey the rarity of this pair

3,750
6,000
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300°
og
Sale Number 1048, Lot Number 300, 1870-93 Bank Note Issues incl. Special Printings30c Black (154), 30c Black (154)30c Black (154). Original gum, wide margins and exceptional centering, intense shade and proof-like impression

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. THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADED EXAMPLE WE HAVE OFFERED.

During the past 15 years, we have offered a few superb original-gum examples of National and Continental 30c Bank Notes (Scott 143, 154 and 165). Included in this total is a handful of the Continental printing, Scott 165, which is distinguished from its National Ungrilled counterpart by shade and the shape of the perforations. For the Ungrilled National printing, Scott 154, we have offered fewer than five hinged stamps comparable to the condition of the example offered here. This is one of the most difficult of all the Bank Note issues to find in such superb condition.

With 2005 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, XF 90; SMQ $14,500.00). This is the only hinged example of this issue graded 90 in the P.S.E. Population Report. There is also one graded 95, as well as the unique Mint N.H. example graded 90 from our 2009 Whitman sale.

7,500
11,000
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301°
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Sale Number 1048, Lot Number 301, 1870-93 Bank Note Issues incl. Special Printings1c Ultramarine, Special Printing (167), 1c Ultramarine, Special Printing (167)1c Ultramarine, Special Printing (167). Without gum as issued, scissors-separated as almost always but with intact perforations on three sides, bright color and paper

A FINE EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT 1875 CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE COMPANY SPECIAL PRINTING.

Our recently updated census records for Scott 167 contain 44 certified examples. Of these, fewer than ten have perforations all around.

Census No. 167-UNC-39 (unpublished). With 2004 P.S.E. and 2006 P.F. certificates

17,500
8,000
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302
og
Sale Number 1048, Lot Number 302, 1870-93 Bank Note Issues incl. Special Printings3c Blue Green, Special Printing (169), 3c Blue Green, Special Printing (169)3c Blue Green, Special Printing (169). Without gum as issued, rich color on bright paper, intact perforations all around, reperforated at right

VERY FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE 1875 3-CENT CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE COMPANY SPECIAL PRINTING.

Our recently updated records for Scott 169 contain 35 examples that have been certified as genuine by the Philatelic Foundation (including one on cover). Of these, only three have perforations all around and are confirmed as sound.

Census No. 169-UNC-02 (unpublished). Ex Caspary, Hetherington, Klein and Zoellner. With 1957, 1998 and 2013 P.F. certificates, only the last mentioning the reperfing

21,500
7,000
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303°
og
Sale Number 1048, Lot Number 303, 1870-93 Bank Note Issues incl. Special Printings15c Bright Orange, Special Printing (174), 15c Bright Orange, Special Printing (174)15c Bright Orange, Special Printing (174). Without gum as issued, vivid color on bright paper, full perforations on two sides

VERY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE 15-CENT 1875 CONTINENTAL SPECIAL PRINTING.

Our recently updated census records for Scott 174 contain 39 certified examples. Of these, an overwhelming majority have the perforations scissors-separated on at least one side.

Census No. 174-UNC-30 (unpublished). Ex Karasch. With 1957 and 1990 P.F. certificates

20,000
6,500
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304°
og
Sale Number 1048, Lot Number 304, 1870-93 Bank Note Issues incl. Special Printings2c Carmine Vermilion, Special Printing (180), 2c Carmine Vermilion, Special Printing (180)2c Carmine Vermilion, Special Printing (180). Without gum as issued, bright color, perfs scissors-separated at top with all but one intact, small thin spot top right corner

FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE 1875 2-CENT CARMINE VERMILION CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE COMPANY SPECIAL PRINTING. ONE OF THE RAREST OF ALL BANK NOTE SPECIAL PRINTINGS. ONLY 23 ARE RECORDED IN OUR CENSUS.

Our census of Scott 180, available at http://www.siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/180/180.pdf , records 23 examples of this rare Special Printing, one of which is in The New York Public Library collection. Only a dozen are confirmed as sound.

Census No. 180-UNC-02. Ex Ambassador (Siegel Sale 300) and Mielstrup (Siegel Sale 431). With 1958 and 2006 P.F. certificates

77,500
0
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305°
og
Sale Number 1048, Lot Number 305, 1870-93 Bank Note Issues incl. Special Printings1c Dark Ultramarine, Special Printing (192), 1c Dark Ultramarine, Special Printing (192)1c Dark Ultramarine, Special Printing (192). Without gum as issued, radiant color on fresh paper, wide and beautifully balanced margins, single pulled perf at lower left

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. A DESIRABLE EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT 1880 AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY SPECIAL PRINTING WITH OUTSTANDING CENTERING. ONLY 26 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 26 copies of Scott 192. Of these, only thirteen are reported to be sound.

Census No. 192-UNC-26. With 2012 P.F. certificate

75,000
0
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306°
og
Sale Number 1048, Lot Number 306, 1870-93 Bank Note Issues incl. Special Printings10c Deep Brown, Special Printing (197), 10c Deep Brown, Special Printing (197)10c Deep Brown, Special Printing (197). Without gum as issued, deep rich color and crisp impression, huge margins all around

EXTREMELY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING WIDE-MARGINED EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 10-CENT 1880 AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY SPECIAL PRINTING. THIS IS ONE OF THE RAREST SPECIAL PRINTINGS WITH ONLY 32 RECORDED IN OUR CENSUS.

Our recently updated census records for Scott 197 contain 32 certified examples. Of these, nine have faults, leaving only 23 sound or potentially sound examples (seven have not been examined in many years). Very few are as well-centered with wide margins as the one offered here.

Census No. 197-UNC-10 (unpublished). Ex Engel. With 1957 and 2008 P.F. certificates

50,000
0
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307°
og
Sale Number 1048, Lot Number 307, 1870-93 Bank Note Issues incl. Special Printings15c Orange, Special Printing (199), 15c Orange, Special Printing (199)15c Orange, Special Printing (199). Without gum as issued, vibrant color, detailed impression, choice centering for this difficult issue

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A GORGEOUS EXAMPLE OF THE 15-CENT 1880 AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY SPECIAL PRINTING. ONLY 36 ARE RECORDED IN OUR CENSUS.

Our recent review of the records of the Philatelic Foundation found only 36 certified examples of Scott 199. This is a difficult Special Printing to obtain, especially in such choice condition.

Census No. 199-UNC-05 (unpublished). Ex Lessin and Whitman. With 1953, 2002 and 2009 P.F. certificates.

45,000
0
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308°
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Sale Number 1048, Lot Number 308, 1870-93 Bank Note Issues incl. Special Printings90c Dull Carmine, Special Printing (202), 90c Dull Carmine, Special Printing (202)90c Dull Carmine, Special Printing (202). Without gum as issued, bright color, balanced margins on three sides, centered a bit to right but perfs well clear

VERY FINE. APPROXIMATELY 41 EXAMPLES OF THE 90-CENT 1880 AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY SPECIAL PRINTINGS ARE KNOWN TO EXIST. THIS IS A RARE SOUND AND WELL-CENTERED EXAMPLE.

Our recently updated census records for Scott 202 contain approximately 41 certified copies. The 90c 1880 Special Printing on soft paper is notorious for its condition. Thins or more serious faults affect about half of the known examples.

Census No. 201-UNC-17 (unpublished). Ex Klein, T. Charlton Henry and Hansen. "W.H.C." backstamp of Warren H. Colson. With 1975 and 2008 P.F. certificates

38,000
0
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309°
og
Sale Number 1048, Lot Number 309, 1870-93 Bank Note Issues incl. Special Printings4c Deep Blue Green, Special Printing (211D), 4c Deep Blue Green, Special Printing (211D)4c Deep Blue Green, Special Printing (211D). Without gum as issued, rich color and proof-like impression, centered to bottom but perfs clear of design

FINE EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 4-CENT 1883 AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY SPECIAL PRINTING. THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST ELUSIVE OF ALL THE SPECIAL PRINTINGS. WE RECORD ONLY 26 EXAMPLES IN OUR CENSUS.

Our census of the 4c 1883 Special Printing, available at http://www.siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/211D/211D.pdf , contains 26 stamps offered as No. 211D, of which 25 have been certified by The Philatelic Foundation. Post Office Department records indicate that only 26 were sold. Of the known copies, five have small faults.

Census No. 211D-UNC-03. Ex Sheriff (Siegel Sale 655). Small pencil "EK" initials (Eugene Klein). With 1971 P.F. certificate

70,000
0
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310
nh
Sale Number 1048, Lot Number 310, 1870-93 Bank Note Issues incl. Special Printings15c Red Orange (189), 15c Red Orange (189)15c Red Orange (189). Mint N.H., deep rich color on bright paper, almost mathematically perfect centering, long and full perforations all around

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A MAGNIFICENT MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 15-CENT 1879 AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY ISSUE, GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E.

This issue is often found in Mint N.H. condition, as several sheets have been broken in the past ten years. However, most of the stamps in these sheets are somewhat off-center, and examples such as this are very rare.

With 2013 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $9,000.00). Only one has graded higher to date (at 100, offered in our Whitman sale), and only two others share this grade. This statistic has not changed since 2009.

675
6,000
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311
c
Sale Number 1048, Lot Number 311, 1870-93 Bank Note Issues incl. Special Printings5c Chocolate (223), 5c Chocolate (223)5c Chocolate (223). Rich color, used with Chinkiang 1894, 1c Blue (2), both stamps tied by "U.S. Postal Agency, Shanghai, Dec. 1, 1894" duplex datestamp and oval grid, 1c also tied by "Chinkiang Postal Service 5PM 94 29.V" double-circle datestamp, on cover to Decatur Ga. and forwarded to Syracuse N.Y., endorsed "pr. Empress of India", range of backstamps incl. Chinkiang, San Francisco, Atlanta and receiving, minor edgewear

VERY FINE. AN ATTRACTIVE AND VERY RARE MIXED FRANKING OF THE 1894 ONE-CENT CHINKIANG TREATY PORT ISSUE AND THE UNITED STATES 5-CENT 1890 ISSUE.

The U.S. 5c stamp correctly pays the rate to the United States, and the Chianking Treaty Port 1c stamp paid for delivery to the U.S. Postal Agency in Shanghai.

E. 5,000-7,500
4,250
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