FINE EXAMPLE OF THE 1873 3-CENT CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE ISSUE WITH A DOUBLE IMPRESSION. OUR CENSUS CONTAINS ONLY SEVEN EXAMPLES OF THIS 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.
In many double impressions the alignment between the two impressions is only slightly off, which can cause a blurring effect. In the example offered here there is a clear separation between both impressions.
Our census of Scott 158j, available at http://www.siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/158j/158j.pdf , records only seven examples of this rarity. Of the seven, one has a previous certificate as genuine and another as a kiss print (both as sound), but we consider it to be genuine since the P.F. has clarified their standards since that most recent certificate was issued.
Census No. 158j-CAN-04. Ex Sheriff. With 1972 and 1992 P.F. certificates.
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A SCARCE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF SIX OF THE 1873 90-CENT CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE COMPANY ISSUE.
Most well-centered blocks have been broken into singles. The block offered here is the exception.
Ex Frelinghuysen. Scott Retail as block of four and pair
VERY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE 12-CENT 1875 CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE SPECIAL PRINTING.
Our recently updated census records for Scott 173 contain 71 certified examples.
Unpublished Census No. 173-UNC-37. With 1948 and 1994 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Unpublished Census No. 175-UNC-15. With 1996 P.F. certificate.
EXTREMELY FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 1873 90-CENT CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE SPECIAL PRINTING.
Our recently updated census records for Scott 177 contain 46 copies.
Unpublished Census No. 177-UNC-30. With 1988 P.F. certificate
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.
Ex Frelinghuysen. Undercatalogued in Scott. Scott Retail as block of four and pair.
VERY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE 1880 12-CENT AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY SPECIAL PRINTING.
Our recently updated census records for Scott 198 contain 62 certified examples. Of these, fully one-third have small flaws (mostly thin spots due to the porous nature of the paper).
Unpublished Census No. 198-UNC-28. With 2004 P.F. certificate.
FRESH AND FINE EXAMPLE OF THE 1880 24-CENT AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY SPECIAL PRINTING.
Our recent review of records at the Philatelic Foundation found 67 certified copies of Scott 200, 24 of which have faults (usually a thin spot). Another has been certified by P.S.E., bringing our count to 68.
Unpublished Census No. 200-UNC-43. With 1954 and 1986 P.F. certificates.