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Sale 1113 — United States Essays and Proofs

Sale Date — Tuesday, 17 November, 2015

Category — 1861-66 Issue: American Bank Note Co.

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2141
E
Sale Number 1113, Lot Number 2141, 1861-66 Issue: American Bank Note Co.American Bank Note Co., 3c Black, Die Essay on India (65-E5), American Bank Note Co., 3c Black, Die Essay on India (65-E5)American Bank Note Co., 3c Black, Die Essay on India (65-E5). 23 x 27mm, engraved frame with pencil border, center cut out and mounted over engraved vignette of Washington, intense color and impression

VERY FINE. A UNIQUE 3-CENT ESSAY FROM THE AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY'S BID FOR THE 1861 ISSUE CONTRACT.

Ex Brazer and Lake Shore. 1991 P.F. certificate no longer accompanies

4,000
2,000
2142
E
Sale Number 1113, Lot Number 2142, 1861-66 Issue: American Bank Note Co.American Bank Note Co., 3c Frame Only Die Essay on India (65-E7), American Bank Note Co., 3c Frame Only Die Essay on India (65-E7)American Bank Note Co., 3c Frame Only Die Essay on India (65-E7). Four of the five Scott-listed colors, Deep Orange 34 x 60mm on card with negative "80" die no. at top, card with small thin at top, Green 29 x 37mm on card with negative "80" die no. at top, small thin spot from mount removal, Dark Brown 29 x 39mm, faint horizontal crease, Blue 28 x 28mm, gorgeous colors throughout

VERY FINE APPEARING AND RARE GROUP OF THE AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY MASTER DIE NO. 80 FRAME-ONLY DESIGNS FOR THE 1861 ISSUE.

This is a very rare nearly complete set, missing only the Black -- which we have not encountered. Three are ex Lake Shore

8,000
2,100
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2143
E
Sale Number 1113, Lot Number 2143, 1861-66 Issue: American Bank Note Co.American Bank Note Co., 3c Frame Only Die Essay on India and Proof Paper (65-E9), American Bank Note Co., 3c Frame Only Die Essay on India and Proof Paper (65-E9)American Bank Note Co., 3c Frame Only Die Essay on India and Proof Paper (65-E9). Each of the four Scott-listed colors, Black on proof paper mounted on 28 x 45mm card, mostly cut to shape with "X-2543" die no. scored out and "26519" at top, each of the others on India with mirror "81" master die no. at top, Brown Yellow 33 x 37mm, Dark Green 28 x 33mm, faint stain at right edge, Orange Red 26 x 35mm

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE COMPLETE SET OF THE AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY MASTER DIE NO. 81 FRAME-ONLY ESSAYS FOR THE 1861 ISSUE.

The example in Black is from the American Bank Note Company archives and is ex Lake Shore. The others are ex Finkelburg. These are the only examples we have encountered for each color

11,000
4,000
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2144
E
Sale Number 1113, Lot Number 2144, 1861-66 Issue: American Bank Note Co.American Bank Note Co., 5c Black, Die Essay on India (67-E6), American Bank Note Co., 5c Black, Die Essay on India (67-E6)American Bank Note Co., 5c Black, Die Essay on India (67-E6). Mounted on 22 x 26mm card, separately mounted vignette, denominations and tablets, intense shade, small gum stain at bottom

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A UNIQUE ESSAY FOR THE 5-CENT DESIGN WITH FRAME PREPARED BY AMERICAN BANK NOTE CO. AND VIGNETTE PREPARED BY BALD, COUSLAND AND CO.

This essay for the 5c denomination has similarities with the unique No. 67-E7, except that essay has "Postage" at top instead of "American Bank Note" among other differences. Both combine elements from two printers. Bald, Cousland merged with American Bank Note Co. in 1858, and ABNCo. submitted several paste-up designs as models for the 1861 Series contract (see lots 12, 16 and 18 from Sale 864). The "12 & -1/2 Cents" label at bottom was probably taken from previous work for the Canadian government.

7,000
4,500
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