Sale 1078 — United States Stamps
Sale Date — Tuesday-Wednesday, 16-17 September, 2014
Category — 1870-93 Bank Note Issues (Scott 148-225)
EXTREMELY FINE APPEARING ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1870 90-CENT NATIONAL BANK NOTE COMPANY UNGRILLED ISSUE.
With 2014 P.S.E. certificate (OGh, VF-XF 85; SMQ $7,250.00). We are sure this would have graded much higher were it not for the single short perforation
VERY FINE AND CHOICE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1873 12-CENT CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE COMPANY ISSUE.
A pretty stamp.
EXTREMELY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 30-CENT 1873 CONTINENTAL PRINTING. A SUPERB STAMP IN EVERY RESPECT.
Lost among the 1870 National Grilled and Ungrilled Issues, 1875 Continental and 1880 American Bank Note Special Printings, and the 1879 and 1888 American Issues is the 30c 1873 Continental printing. Scott 165 is distinguished from its National counterpart by shade and the shape of the perforations, and from its 1879 American counterpart by paper. Many philatelists -- even intermediate and advanced collectors -- have difficulty classifying Scott 165. When it comes to naming the most elusive Bank Note stamps in choice original-gum condition, the 30c 1873 is often overlooked. However, go to any serious collection and look for this stamp, and most of the time it is missing or represented by something that compromises quality. The 30c 1870 is frequently found filling the space for Scott 165. The 30c Continental is extremely rare in any original-gum condition that approaches this example. Blocks have always been rare -- for example, Caspary did not have one; Lilly had one well-centered block of four and an off-center block of six -- which means that singles could not be harvested from multiples. We hope that collectors who still have a tendency to overlook the 30c Continental will be awakened to its rarity in Extremely Fine original-gum condition by our comments and recent realizations.
With 1972 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1873 30-CENT CONTINNTAL BANK NOTE COMPANY ISSUE.
As explained in the previous lot description, the 30c Continental is rarely encountered in choice original-gum condition. This stamp has not been on the market for more than 50 years.
VERY FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT 1875 CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE COMPANY SPECIAL PRINTING.
Our recently updated census records for Scott 167 contain 45 certified examples.
Unpublished Census No. 167-UNC-30. With 1973 A.P.S. certificate. PFC no. 36353 which states "genuine, slightly toned and with a small piece out at bottom" no longer accompanies.
VERY FINE. AN ATTRACTIVE EXAMPLE OF THE 1875 2-CENT CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE COMPANY SPECIAL PRINTING.
Our recently updated census records for Scott 168 contain only 56 copies certified as genuine.
Census No. 168-UNC-11. With 1982 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE AND CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THE 7-CENT 1875 CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE COMPANY SPECIAL PRINTING.
Our recently updated census records for Scott 171 contain 70 certified examples. Most stamps were scissors-separated, affecting the perforations on at least one side and in some cases two or three sides. The stamp offered here, with virtually intact perforations on all sides, superb centering, and remarkably vibrant color is, in our opinion, a great condition rarity.
Unpublished Census No. 171-UNC-29. With 1976 and 2013 P.F. certificates.
VERY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE 24-CENT 1875 CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE COMPANY SPECIAL PRINTING.
Our recently updated census records for Scott 175 contain approximately 100 examples.
Unpublished Census No. 175-UNC-06. With 1971 P.F. certificate.
FRESH AND FINE. A SCARCE ORIGINAL-GUM COMBINATION MULTIPLE OF THE 10-CENT AMERICAN BANK NOTE ISSUE WITH AND WITHOUT SECRET MARK.
Scott Retail as pair and single of No. 188
VERY FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT 1880 AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY SPECIAL PRINTING.
Our recently updated census records for Scott 193 contain 48 certified examples, of which almost half have faults.
Unpublished Census No. 193-UNC-13. Small blue backstamp. With 1990 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STUNNING ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1882 10-CENT AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY ISSUE, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 JUMBO BY P.S.E.
With 1994 P.F. and 2003 P.S.E. certificates (OGph, Superb 98 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $1,250.00 as 98). This is the highest grade awarded to an unused example in any gum category and only one other shares it. The highest grade for an unused example we have previously offered in one of our auctions is a 95.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB LIGHTLY-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1888 30-CENT AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY ISSUE.
With 1999 P.F. certificate