Sale 1068 — United States Stamps and Possessions

Sale Date — Wednesday-Thursday, 30 April-1 May, 2014

Category — 1870-93 Bank Note Issues

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
134
E
Sale 1068, Lot 134, 1870-93 Bank Note IssuesAmerican Bank Note Co., Washington Design Die Essays on India. Eleven items, incl. six large die proofs showing die sinkage and five stamp size proofs possibly cut down from larger size, with "ABNC" in corners, different colors, Very Fine, these are probably samples of the ABNCo. engraver's and printer's handiwork, the central vignette is attributed to the work of Danforth, Bald & Co. (see Nos. 11-E10-11-E13)

E. 300-400
550
135
P
Sale 1068, Lot 135, 1870-93 Bank Note Issues"Practice Engraving". India die sunk on 120 x 120mm card, seven designs in lake color, all are foreign countries or "International Postage", several designs are recognizable such as one very similar to the U.S. 1c Louisiana Purchase labeled "IMPERIAL CHINESE POST" and 1883 2c No. 210 labeled "INTERNATIONAL POSTAGE" with value expressed in Brazilian currency, and a frame with "PERU" label of an 1899 Cuban stamp and frame of a 100r Brazilian Official labeled "NEW ZEALAND" and so on, it has been suggested that this is the work of an apprentice engraver to show (and improve) his hand lettering work, Very Fine, fascinating item that has been attributed to the American Bank Note Co., with photocopies George W. Brett article from the Fall 1979 Essay Proof Journal, discussing this piece in great detail

E. 500-750
1,900
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136
P
Sale 1068, Lot 136, 1870-93 Bank Note Issues1c-90c Continental Bank Note Co., Plate Proofs on Card (156P4-166P4). Large margins, bright colors, Very Fine, the 1c and 3c values on card come only from the first printing and are scarcer than those in the National Bank Note Co. set

1,220
550
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137
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Sale 1068, Lot 137, 1870-93 Bank Note Issues6c Carmine, H. Grill (137). Unused (no gum), bright color, lightly soiled, otherwise Very Fine, with 1989 P.F. certificate

1,750
1,200
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138
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Sale 1068, Lot 138, 1870-93 Bank Note Issues7c Vermilion, H. Grill (138). Unused (no gum), extra wide margins and perfect centering, vibrant color, Extremely Fine Gem, 1995 P.F. certificate no longer accompanies

1,550
1,700
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139
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Sale 1068, Lot 139, 1870-93 Bank Note Issues10c Brown, H. Grill (139). Unused (no gum), clear grill points, rich color, faint diagonal crease visible only in fluid, Very Fine appearance, scarce unused, with clear 1964 P.F. certificate

2,550
650
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140
 
Sale 1068, Lot 140, 1870-93 Bank Note Issues90c Carmine, H. Grill (144). Bright color, three wide margins, circle of V's cancel, slight wrinkling, appears Fine, with 1964 P.F. certificate

2,500
500
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141
 
Sale 1068, Lot 141, 1870-93 Bank Note Issues7c Vermilion, I. Grill (138A). Brilliant color, neat strike of New York Foreign Mail Geometric cancel which leaves grill easily visible from the front, most recent certificate notes tiny corner perf crease at top right, still Very Fine and choice, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate as sound (F-VF 75; SMQ $875.00) and 2013 P.F. certificate

1,500
500
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142
 
Sale 1068, Lot 142, 1870-93 Bank Note Issues10c Brown, I. Grill (139A). Well-defined grill points of early state I Grill, characteristic weakly embossed center, rich color, segmented cork cancel, centered to right, tiny corner crease at top left

VERY GOOD APPEARANCE. THE 10-CENT I GRILL IS ONE OF THE RAREST OF ALL UNITED STATES STAMPS. TO DATE, ONLY 16 EXAMPLES HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED.

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 anticipate that collector demand will be difficult to satisfy based on populations we have seen.

Ronald Burns, the foremost authority on the Bank Note grills, records two unused examples of the 10c I Grill, 12 used, plus an additional two used on the same cover.

With 2003 P.F. certificate.

6,100
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143
c
Sale 1068, Lot 143, 1870-93 Bank Note Issues1c Ultramarine, Kiss Impression (145 var). Clear doubling of design at bottom, bottom selvage with trace of imprint affixed partly over 10c Brown (161), target cancels and tied by "Leicester Mass. Apr. 22" circular datestamp on registered cover to Charlemont Mass., barely reduced at right, Very Fine on-cover example of the kiss impression, with 2003 P.F. certificate

E. 200-300
120
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144
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Sale 1068, Lot 144, 1870-93 Bank Note Issues7c Vermilion (149). Unused (no gum), remarkably wide margins all around, vivid shade, bright fresh paper, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb example of the 7c National, the ideal stamp for the condition-minded collector who does not wish to pay a premium for gum, with 1985 and 2004 P.F. certificates

320
400
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145
 
Sale 1068, Lot 145, 1870-93 Bank Note Issues90c Carmine (155). Brilliant color, wide margins, light cork cancel, fresh and Very Fine

350
325
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146
og
Sale 1068, Lot 146, 1870-93 Bank Note Issues1c Ultramarine (156). Original gum, stunning color on bright paper, choice centering, Very Fine and choice

225
190
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147
og
Sale 1068, Lot 147, 1870-93 Bank Note Issues2c Brown (157). Original gum, intense shade and proof-like impression, Very Fine and choice, with 2004 P.F. certificate

350
275
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148
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Sale 1068, Lot 148, 1870-93 Bank Note Issues3c Green (158). Mint N.H., attractively centered, rich color, Very Fine, Scott Retail as hinged

110
150
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149
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Sale 1068, Lot 149, 1870-93 Bank Note Issues6c Dull Pink (159). Unused (regummed), magnificent centering and wide balanced margins, bright shade and unusually fresh, Extremely Fine, with 2004 P.F. certificate

130
225
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150
 
Sale 1068, Lot 150, 1870-93 Bank Note Issues6c Dull Pink (159). Bright color, cancelled by perfect strike of New York Foreign Mail Geometric cancel (Ty. GE-EP1), Extremely Fine strike of this elaborate NYFM cancel

E. 100-150
90
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151
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Sale 1068, Lot 151, 1870-93 Bank Note Issues30c Gray Black (165). Disturbed original gum, Jumbo margins, detailed impression and crisp shade, reperfed at right, Extremely Fine appearance, with 1976 P.F. certificate as sound and 2013 P.S.E. certificate

3,250
850
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152
c
Sale 1068, Lot 152, 1870-93 Bank Note Issues3c Blue Green, Double Impression (207c). Clear doubling of the stamp at bottom, tied by light strike of cork cancel, neat "Mechum's River Va. May 29, 1883" circular datestamp on cover to Cobham Depot Va., few perf faults at bottom, cover slightly reduced at left

FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF ONLY THREE RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THIS DOUBLE IMPRESSION RARITY, AND THE ONLY EXAMPLE ON COVER. A GREAT RARITY.

Most double impressions occur when the first impression is made and found to be inadequate. The paper is then put in the press a second time, when it receives the heavier impression. It is a common misconception that the weaker impression is the second one.

Our census of Scott 207c, available at our website at http://www.siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/207c/207c.pdf , includes only the three examples. No others are contained in the records of the Philatelic Foundation, and we did not find any in our search of past auction catalogues.

Ex Wagshal and Natalee Grace. With 1989 P.F. certificate. Listed but unpriced in Scott as used, and unlisted in Scott as on cover. The example with part plate number realized $25,000 hammer in one of our 2004 auctions, and the other off-cover example realized $9,500 hammer in our October 2006 sale.

5,500
2,000
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153
 
Sale 1068, Lot 153, 1870-93 Bank Note Issues1c-30c 1873-88 Bank Note Issues with Gem Appearance (163, 165, 182, 214). Four, each with previous certificate as sound and each with far superior centering and margins than normally seen, No.. 163 with 1985 and 1994 P.F. certificates as sound and 2012 P.S.E. certificate as reperfed, No. 165 with 1991 P.F. certificate as sound and 2012 P.S.E. certificate as reperfed, No. 182 with 2001 P.F. certificate as sound and 2012 P.S.E. certificate as reperfed, No. 214 with 2007 P.F. certificate as sound and 2012 P.S.E. certificate as small thin spot, Extremely Fine appearance, a beautiful group of stamps

E. 300-400
550
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154
og
Sale 1068, Lot 154, 1870-93 Bank Note Issues1c Dark Ultramarine (182). Original gum, rich color, perfectly centered with wide margins, couple minute toned specks, Extremely Fine Gem, ex Argentum

225
350
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155
og
Sale 1068, Lot 155, 1870-93 Bank Note Issues2c Vermilion (183). Original gum, wide margins and choice centering, gum soak in bottom left perf not mentioned on certificate, otherwise Extremely Fine, with 1995 P.F. certificate for Mint N.H. block

250
180
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156
nh
Sale 1068, Lot 156, 1870-93 Bank Note Issues3c Green (184). Mint N.H., beautiful bright color and crisp impression, post-office fresh, Very Fine and choice, with copy of 1987 P.F. certificate for block

330
325
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157
og
Sale 1068, Lot 157, 1870-93 Bank Note Issues6c Pink (186). Original gum, h.r., rich color, reperfed at top, Very Fine appearance, owner's backstamp

900
150
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158
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Sale 1068, Lot 158, 1870-93 Bank Note Issues10c Brown, Without Secret Mark (187). Unused (no gum), choice margins and unusually well-centered, rich color, Very Fine and choice, with 1979 P.F. certificate as regummed (since removed)

1,100
475
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159
og
Sale 1068, Lot 159, 1870-93 Bank Note Issues10c Brown, With Secret Mark (188). Original gum, barest trace of hinge, beautifully centered, rich color

EXTREMELY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1879 10-CENT AMERICAN BANK NOTE PRINTING WITH SECRET MARK IN EXCEPTIONAL CONDITION.

The 10c stamps from the American Bank Note printing (Scott Nos. 187 and 188) are notably scarce with such choice centering. The example offered here, with wide margins on all four sides, is a true condition rarity.

With 2001 P.F. certificate

1,800
4,000
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160
og
Sale 1068, Lot 160, 1870-93 Bank Note Issues30c Full Black (190). Original gum, lightly hinged, sharp impression, wide margins, Very Fine and choice, ex Argentum, with copy of 1984 P.F. certificate for horizontal pair.

900
550
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161
og
Sale 1068, Lot 161, 1870-93 Bank Note Issues1c Gray Blue (206). Original gum, lightly hinged, perfectly centered, fresh and Extremely Fine, with 1989 P.F. certificate for block of four

70
70
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162
nh
Sale 1068, Lot 162, 1870-93 Bank Note Issues3c Blue Green (207). Mint N.H., beautiful rich color, fresh and Very Fine, with 2004 P.S.E. certificate

240
300
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163
og
Sale 1068, Lot 163, 1870-93 Bank Note Issues6c Rose (208). Original gum, lightly hinged, sharp proof-like impression on bright paper, Extremely Fine, scarcer than its Red Brown counterpart and undercatalogued in Scott, with 2001 P.F. certificate

775
750
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164
nh
Sale 1068, Lot 164, 1870-93 Bank Note Issues2c Pale Red Brown, Special Printing (211B). Mint N.H. with selvage at left, rich color, Very Fine, with 1992 and 2003 P.F. certificates

1,000
550
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165
og
Sale 1068, Lot 165, 1870-93 Bank Note Issues1c Ultramarine (212). Wide sheet selvage at top, described as previously hinged by the P.F., but in our opinion the gum is absolutely pristine, bright color, exceptionally well-centered, Extremely Fine, with 2003 P.F. certificate

90
180
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166
og
Sale 1068, Lot 166, 1870-93 Bank Note Issues4c Carmine (215). Original gum, lightly hinged, intense color on bright white paper, slight traces of oxidation, Very Fine and choice, with 1988 P.F. certificate

200
225
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167
og
Sale 1068, Lot 167, 1870-93 Bank Note Issues5c Indigo (216). Bottom right corner selvage, original gum, intense color on bright paper, choice centering with wide margins, light diagonal crease in sheet margin only, few sensibly reinforced perf separations, Extremely Fine Gem, a visually striking stamp, ex Drucker, with 1984 P.F. certificate

225
275
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168
og
Sale 1068, Lot 168, 1870-93 Bank Note Issues30c Orange Brown (217). Original gum, lightly hinged, enormous margins all around, rich color, Extremely Fine, a huge stamp, with 1985 P.F. certificate

325
400
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169
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Sale 1068, Lot 169, 1870-93 Bank Note Issues90c Purple (218). Unused (no gum), pretty shade, perfect centering with wide margins, Extremely Fine, with 2005 P.F. certificate

275
375
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170
nh
Sale 1068, Lot 170, 1870-93 Bank Note Issues1c Dull Blue (219). Mint N.H., perfectly centered with enormous margins, rich color, post-office fresh and Extremely Fine, a superb stamp, with 1987 P.F. certificate

65
275
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171
nh
Sale 1068, Lot 171, 1870-93 Bank Note Issues2c Carmine (220). Mint N.H., perfectly centered, radiant color on bright white paper, post-office fresh, Extremely Fine Gem, with 1995 P.F. certificate

60
225
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172
og
Sale 1068, Lot 172, 1870-93 Bank Note Issues3c Purple (221). Original gum, lightly hinged, rich color, almost perfectly centered, Extremely Fine, with 2001 P.F. certificate

65
325
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173
og
Sale 1068, Lot 173, 1870-93 Bank Note Issues10c Green (226). Original gum, lightly hinged, bright shade, remarkably well-centered and Extremely Fine, a beautiful stamp, with 2003 P.F. certificate

175
600
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174
nh
Sale 1068, Lot 174, 1870-93 Bank Note Issues15c Indigo (227). Mint N.H., deep rich color, perfectly centered

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 15-CENT 1890 ISSUE.

With 1993 P.F. certificate

675
1,000
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175
og
Sale 1068, Lot 175, 1870-93 Bank Note Issues30c Black (228). Original gum, lightly hinged, intense shade and impression, gorgeous centering, Extremely Fine

350
475
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