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
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
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
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.