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Sale 1089 — The Curtis Collection: U.S. Revenues, Part 1

Sale Date — Tuesday, 16 December, 2014

Category — First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Perforated

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
416
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Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 416, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Perforated1c Playing Cards, Perforated (R2c), 1c Playing Cards, Perforated (R2c)1c Playing Cards, Perforated (R2c). Block of 16, deep rich color on bright paper, manuscript cancels, perf separations reinforced throughout, faint horizontal crease affects third row, Fine appearance, this is the second largest recorded multiple (largest is a block of 30), ex Halstead, Scott Retail as blocks of four $3,800.00

E. 1,000-1,500
550
417
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Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 417, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Perforated1c Telegraph, Perforated (R4c), 1c Telegraph, Perforated (R4c)1c Telegraph, Perforated (R4c). Block of 36, unused (no gum), radiant color, bottom block of twelve separated and reattached, few other perf separations sensibly reattached, light vertical crease at left, Fine appearance, this is the largest recorded multiple, the next largest is a block of ten (two known), ex Joyce and Halstead, Scott Retail as used blocks of four and pairs $970.00

E. 400-500
400
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418
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Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 418, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Perforated2c Certificate, Blue, Perforated (R7c), 2c Certificate, Blue, Perforated (R7c)2c Certificate, Blue, Perforated (R7c). Block of 28 with s.e. at left, original gum, few stamps Mint N.H., bright color, light natural gum bends, few minor perf separations sensibly reinforced, small thin spots at top center, Very Fine appearance, this is the second largest recorded multiple, the largest is a block of 35 with s.e. at right, ex Weill sale and Halstead, Scott Retail as used blocks of four and pairs $1,950.00

E. 1,000-1,500
1,100
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419
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Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 419, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Perforated2c Playing Cards, Blue, Perforated (R11c), 2c Playing Cards, Blue, Perforated (R11c)2c Playing Cards, Blue, Perforated (R11c). Block of 56, rich color, each with neat manuscript cancel, retaining full original gum, some Mint N.H., some h.r., few minor perf separations sensibly reinforced, Fine-Very Fine, this is the largest recorded multiple, the next largest is a block of 32, this was apparently cancelled but never affixed to the document, probably due to its size, ex Cunliffe, Scott Retail as blocks and pairs $652.00

E. 400-500
800
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420
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Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 420, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Perforated2c Proprietary, Ultramarine, Perforated (R13e), 2c Proprietary, Ultramarine, Perforated (R13e)2c Proprietary, Ultramarine, Perforated (R13e). Block of ten, original gum, h.r., intense color, few flaws including separated and rejoined horizontally, Fine-Very Fine appearance, this is the largest recorded multiple, the next largest is a block of six, a pair exists in this collection that was originally attached to this block, ex Dean and Joyce, Scott Retail as used pairs and singles $3,250.00

E. 1,000-1,500
3,000
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421
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Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 421, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Perforated2c Proprietary, Orange, Perforated (R14c), 2c Proprietary, Orange, Perforated (R14c)2c Proprietary, Orange, Perforated (R14c). Block of eleven reconstructed from blocks of six and five, vibrant color, 1863 manuscript cancels, s.e. at left, few perf separations sensibly reinforced, one stamp at right piece out at top, Fine-Very Fine appearance, this is the largest recorded multiple, the next largest is a block of four (one known), the block of five ex Cunliffe, the block of six ex Halstead, this was reconstructed by Mr. Curtis who recognized they belonged together, Scott Retail as pairs $1,815.00

E. 500-750
400
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422
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Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 422, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Perforated3c Foreign Exchange, Perforated (R16c), 3c Foreign Exchange, Perforated (R16c)3c Foreign Exchange, Perforated (R16c). Block of 72, rich color, Aug. 25, 1865 manuscript cancels, some perf separations sensibly reinforced including bottom three rows separated and reattached, few creases and other flaws including small piece out at bottom right, still Fine and rare, this is the largest recorded multiple, the next largest is a block of 20, ex Cunliffe, Scott Retail as blocks and pairs $1,248.00

E. 750-1,000
900
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423
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Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 423, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Perforated3c Proprietary, Perforated (R18c), 3c Proprietary, Perforated (R18c)3c Proprietary, Perforated (R18c). Bottom left corner selvage block of 33 with "Engraved by Butler & Carpenter, Philadelphia" imprint, original gum, h.r., some perf separations sensibly reinforced, few small thin spots, light wrinkles mostly in selvage, Very Fine-Extremely Fine, this is the largest recorded multiple and the only one known with the imprint and especially desirable as unused, the next largest multiple is a used block of 32, ex Cunliffe

E. 1,000-1,500
1,000
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424
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Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 424, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Perforated4c Playing Cards, Perforated (R21c), 4c Playing Cards, Perforated (R21c)4c Playing Cards, Perforated (R21c). Block of nine, bright color, neat strikes of "H.C. Peck, Booksellers, New Haven Conn." handstamp cancels, bottom right stamp separated and reattached

FINE-VERY FINE. THIS IS THE LARGEST RECORDED MULTIPLE OF THE PERFORATED 4-CENT PLAYING CARDS ISSUE.

The next largest multiple is a block of six. Ex Cunliffe. Scott Retail as block of four, two pairs and a single $8,300.00

E. 3,000-4,000
5,750
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425
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Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 425, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Perforated5c Certificate, Perforated (R24c), 5c Certificate, Perforated (R24c)5c Certificate, Perforated (R24c). Bottom imprint and plate no. 5C block of six, original gum, h.r., bright color, few trivial perf separations sensibly reinforced, Very Fine, much larger multiples are known but this is the only recorded full imprint and plate number block

E. 200-300
600
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426
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Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 426, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Perforated5c Playing Cards, Perforated (R28c), 5c Playing Cards, Perforated (R28c)5c Playing Cards, Perforated (R28c). Block of 40 with top selvage, rich color, neat vertical pen cancels, few perf separations sensibly reinforced, few creases including one causing internal split, otherwise Fine-Very Fine, this is the second largest recorded multiple, one other is known this size, the largest is a reconstructed sheet of 170, ex Halstead, Scott Retail as blocks of four and pairs $1,960.00

E. 500-750
550
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427
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Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 427, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Perforated5c Proprietary, Perforated (R29c), 5c Proprietary, Perforated (R29c)5c Proprietary, Perforated (R29c). Block of 16, bright colors, neat manuscript cancels (1868?), remarkably intact perfs, faint horizontal crease at bottom, Very Fine appearance, this is the largest recorded multiple and one other is known, ex Joyce, Scott Retail as blocks of four $800.00

E. 300-400
325
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428
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Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 428, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Perforated20c Foreign Exchange, Perforated (R41c), 20c Foreign Exchange, Perforated (R41c)20c Foreign Exchange, Perforated (R41c). Block of ten, brilliant color, 1864 manuscript cancel, perf separations reinforced at right, light horizontal crease at bottom, Very Fine appearance, this is the largest recorded multiple and the only one this size, Scott Retail as blocks of four and pair $1,100.00

E. 500-750
500
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429
 
Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 429, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Perforated$1.00 Mortgage, Perforated (R73c), $1.00 Mortgage, Perforated (R73c)$1.00 Mortgage, Perforated (R73c). Horizontal strip of five with top left corner selvage, neat March 26, 1864 manuscript cancels written in small and precise script, few minor perf separations expertly reinforced, light horizontal crease, Very Fine appearance, this is the largest recorded multiple, one other is known (on document), ex "Cathedral" and Cunliffe, Scott Retail as two pairs and a single $1,600.00

E. 500-750
500
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430
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Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 430, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Perforated$1.00 Passage Ticket, Perforated (R74c), $1.00 Passage Ticket, Perforated (R74c)$1.00 Passage Ticket, Perforated (R74c). Block of four, "Manhattan Life Ins. Co., New York Aug. 31" handstamps with date in manuscript, few perf separations sensibly reinforced, small tear at bottom right of bottom left stamp, faint creases, Fine appearance, this is the largest recorded block, one other is known, the largest multiple is a strip of five (two known, both on documents), ex Joyce

1,750
450
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431
 
Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 431, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Perforated$1.60 Foreign Exchange, Perforated (R79c), $1.60 Foreign Exchange, Perforated (R79c)$1.60 Foreign Exchange, Perforated (R79c). Horizontal pair, rich color, blue double-circle datestamp cancel, few perf separations sensibly reinforced, some toning mostly on back from gum, otherwise Very Fine, a pair is the largest recorded multiple (six are known), ex Halstead

425
500
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432
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Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 432, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Perforated$1.90 Foreign Exchange, Perforated (R80c), $1.90 Foreign Exchange, Perforated (R80c)$1.90 Foreign Exchange, Perforated (R80c). Block of 18, deep rich color, Aug. 16, 1872 manuscript cancels, split vertically at center and rejoined, few other perf separations sensibly reinforced, few light creases, vertical crease at right causing splitting in top stamp, otherwise Very Fine, this is the largest recorded multiple, the next largest is a strip of five and then block of four, ex Weill sale, Scott Retail as two blocks of four, four pairs and two singles $4,800.00

E. 1,500-2,000
2,300
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433
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Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 433, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Perforated$2.00 Probate of Will, Perforated (R83c), $2.00 Probate of Will, Perforated (R83c)$2.00 Probate of Will, Perforated (R83c). Block of 25, captured imprint at left, rich color, Nov. 17, 1864 manuscript cancel, faults including extensive separations reattached and internal flaws, otherwise Fine-Very Fine, this is the largest recorded multiple

E. 500-750
700
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434
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Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 434, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Perforated$3.00 Manifest, Perforated (R86c), $3.00 Manifest, Perforated (R86c)$3.00 Manifest, Perforated (R86c). Block of 18, unused (no gum), intense color and impression, minor perf separations sensibly reinforced, light creases, Very Fine appearance, this is the largest recorded multiple, the next largest is a used block of six, Scott Retail as three used blocks of four and three pairs $1,275.00

E. 1,000-1,500
1,200
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435
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Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 435, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Perforated$3.50 Inland Exchange, Perforated (R87c), $3.50 Inland Exchange, Perforated (R87c)$3.50 Inland Exchange, Perforated (R87c). Block of four with bottom sheet selvage, bright color, 1869 manuscript cancels, few light pre-printing paperfolds, light creases, small tear at right of top right stamp, Very Fine appearance, only one multiple is larger (a block of six), ex Turner and Cunliffe

450
250
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436
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Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 436, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Perforated$3.50 Inland Exchange, Perforated (R87c), $3.50 Inland Exchange, Perforated (R87c)$3.50 Inland Exchange, Perforated (R87c). Block of four, bright and fresh color, 1867 manuscript cancels, couple small hinge reinforcements, Fine, a scarce block of which there is only one larger multiple known, ex Joyce

450
130
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437
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Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 437, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Perforated$5.00 Manifest, Perforated (R90c), $5.00 Manifest, Perforated (R90c)$5.00 Manifest, Perforated (R90c). Block of ten, bright color, each with neat signature, few perf separations sensibly reinforced, light horizontal crease affects top stamps, Very Fine appearance, this is the largest recorded multiple, ex Joyce, Scott Retail as two blocks of four and pair $1,600.00

E. 750-1,000
600
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438
 
Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 438, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Perforated$5.00 Manifest, Perforated (R90c), $5.00 Manifest, Perforated (R90c)$5.00 Manifest, Perforated (R90c). Block of four consisting of two rejoined pairs, radiant color, neat blue June 20, 1868 oval handstamps, Very Fine appearance, one of two blocks of four, there are only three larger multiples, Scott Retail as pairs

650
0
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439
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Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 439, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Perforated$5.00 Probate of Will, Perforated (R92c), $5.00 Probate of Will, Perforated (R92c)$5.00 Probate of Will, Perforated (R92c). Block of 24, rich color, Feb. 4, 1864 manuscript cancels, top row separated and rejoined, generally defective with some repaired splits, hole punches and erosion spots, otherwise Fine-Very Fine, this is the largest recorded multiple, the next largest is a block of 18 (reinforced), Scott Retail as blocks and pairs $1,900.00

E. 300-400
400
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440
 
Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 440, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Perforated$10.00 Charter Party, Perforated (R93c), $10.00 Charter Party, Perforated (R93c)$10.00 Charter Party, Perforated (R93c). Reconstructed block of 18 made from two horizontal strips of nine, rich color, with right selvage, neat 1870 manuscript cancels, Fine-Very Fine, this is the largest recorded multiple, the next largest is a multiple of six (strip and block), Scott Retail as pairs and singles $875.00

E. 400-500
400
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441
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Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 441, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Perforated$10.00 Charter Party, Perforated (R93c), $10.00 Charter Party, Perforated (R93c)$10.00 Charter Party, Perforated (R93c). Block of four with left selvage, detailed impression, 1867 manuscript cancels, bottom stamps light horizontal crease, few sensibly reinforced perf separations, Very Fine appearance, a rare block of four

450
225
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442
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Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 442, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Perforated$10 Conveyance, Perforated (R94c), $10 Conveyance, Perforated (R94c)$10 Conveyance, Perforated (R94c). Block of six, rich color, magenta Aug. 1, 1864 manuscript cancels, light creases, few pre-printing paperfolds, repaired tear at top right, otherwise Very Fine, this is the largest recorded multiple, ex Turner and Cunliffe, Scott Retail as block of four and pair

900
400
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443
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Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 443, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Perforated$10.00 Mortgage, Perforated (R95c), $10.00 Mortgage, Perforated (R95c)$10.00 Mortgage, Perforated (R95c). Block of four, manuscript cancels, few perf separations sensibly reinforced, few perfs trimmed at bottom, otherwise Fine, this is the largest recorded multiple, ex Joyce

240
200
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444
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Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 444, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Perforated$10.00 Probate of Will, Perforated (R96c), $10.00 Probate of Will, Perforated (R96c)$10.00 Probate of Will, Perforated (R96c). Block of eight, rich color, Dec. 2, 1867 manuscript cancels, few minor perf separations, light creases, few indentations, Fine-Very Fine appearance, there is only one larger multiple (a reconstructed block of 24), Scott Retail as two blocks of four $800.00

E. 200-300
350
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445
 
Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 445, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Perforated$15.00 Mortgage, Perforated (R97c), $15.00 Mortgage, Perforated (R97c)$15.00 Mortgage, Perforated (R97c). Horizontal strip of three, deep rich color, choice centering, bold June 6, 1864 handstamp cancels leave small indents, Extremely Fine, this is the largest recorded multiple, the next largest is a pair

1,000
1,000
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446
 
Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 446, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Perforated$15.00 Mortgage, Milky Blue, Perforated (R97f), $15.00 Mortgage, Milky Blue, Perforated (R97f)$15.00 Mortgage, Milky Blue, Perforated (R97f). Horizontal pair, neat July 31, 1865 manuscript cancels, left stamp small toned spot at top, Very Fine appearance, a pair is the largest recorded multiple and only two others exist, ex Cunliffe

1,500
450
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447
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Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 447, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Perforated$20.00 Conveyance, Perforated, Silk Paper (R98d), $20.00 Conveyance, Perforated, Silk Paper (R98d)$20.00 Conveyance, Perforated, Silk Paper (R98d). Block of 14, vibrant color, each with neat Jan. 1, 1867 manuscript cancel, few flaws including wrinkles and creases, still Very Fine, this is the largest recorded multiple, the next largest is a strip of five followed by three blocks of four, ex Eagle and Cunliffe, Scott Retail as blocks of four and pair

2,700
2,100
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448
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Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 448, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Perforated$20.00 Probate of Will, Perforated (R99c), $20.00 Probate of Will, Perforated (R99c)$20.00 Probate of Will, Perforated (R99c). Block of six, brilliant color, each with neat "D.S. & Co., Jun. 6, 1864" handstamp cancel, perf separations sensibly reinforced, light horizontal creases

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS THE LARGEST RECORDED MULTIPLE OF THE RARE $20.00 PROBATE OF WILL PERFORATED FIRST ISSUE. A MAGNIFICENT ITEM.

The Curtis census records this block of six, a block of four with similar cancels, and pairs as the only recorded multiples. Scott Retail as block of four and pair $20,500.00

E. 3,000-4,000
4,250
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449
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Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 449, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Perforated$25.00 Mortgage, Perforated (R100c), $25.00 Mortgage, Perforated (R100c)$25.00 Mortgage, Perforated (R100c). Block of 12, deep rich colors, neat Aug. 9, 1870 manuscript cancels, few perf separations sensibly reinforced, light creases, pos. 8 small erosion spot

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS BY FAR THE LARGEST RECORDED MULTIPLE OF THE $25.00 MORTGAGE PERFORATED FIRST REVENUE.

The next largest recorded multiple is a block of four. Ex Cunliffe. Scott Retail as three blocks of four $3,900.00

E. 2,000-3,000
2,100
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450
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Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 450, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Perforated$50.00 U.S.I.R., Perforated (R101c), $50.00 U.S.I.R., Perforated (R101c)$50.00 U.S.I.R., Perforated (R101c). Block of 27, each with neat Oct. 28, 1863 manuscript cancel, affixed to blank document page, few clipped perfs, few faults including creases and internal tear, still Fine-Very Fine, this is by far the largest recorded multiple, the next largest is a block of nine, Scott Retail as blocks of four, pairs and single $6,260.00

E. 1,500-2,000
1,900
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451
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Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 451, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Perforated$200.00 U.S.I.R., Perforated (R102c), $200.00 U.S.I.R., Perforated (R102c)$200.00 U.S.I.R., Perforated (R102c). Sheet of eight, bright colors and detailed impressions, neat June 1, 1868 manuscript cancels, some perf separations reinforced between top two rows, light creases but in far better condition than one would expect for such a large multiple

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE COMPLETE SHEET OF EIGHT OF THE $200.00 FIRST REVENUE ISSUE.

Seven sheets are recorded in the Curtis census, including one repaired and one heavily reinforced. A Power Search review of our past sales failed to locate another sheet offered in our digital records.

Ex Mayer. Scott Retail as two blocks of four $14,000.00

E. 5,000-7,500
7,000
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452
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Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 452, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Perforated$200.00 U.S.I.R., Perforated (R102c), $200.00 U.S.I.R., Perforated (R102c)$200.00 U.S.I.R., Perforated (R102c). Block of four, bold manuscript "Philadelphia & Reading Railroad Company" cancel dated June 1, 1871, horizontal perfs rejoined, light creases, single short perf at top of top left stamp

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN ATTRACTIVE BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE $200.00 PERFORATED FIRST REVENUE ISSUE WITH RAILROAD MANUSCRIPT CANCELS.

Scott Retail $7,000.00

E. 2,000-3,000
1,200
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