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Sale 1106 — 2015 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Thursday, 25 June, 2015

Category — 1870-90 Bank Note Issues

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
3122
 
Sale Number 1106, Lot Number 3122, 1870-90 Bank Note Issues24c Purple, H. Grill (142), 24c Purple, H. Grill (142)24c Purple, H. Grill (142). Nicely centered, characteristic pale shade of the Grill Issue, scarce blue waffle grid fancy cancel

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A DESIRABLE EXAMPLE OF THE 24-CENT 1870 NATIONAL BANK NOTE GRILLED ISSUE, AS THERE ARE VERY FEW THAT HAVE FANCY CANCELLATIONS.

With 1996 and 2008 P.F. certificates

8,000
6,250
3123°
 
Sale Number 1106, Lot Number 3123, 1870-90 Bank Note Issues3c Green, Double Impression (147b), 3c Green, Double Impression (147b)3c Green, Double Impression (147b). Clear double impression with second impression shifted significantly, bright color, neat strike of target cancel leaves design clearly visible, older certificate notes tiny pinhole at center, most recent certificate notes small surface scuff below the chin and tiny tear at right

FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS ONE OF ONLY FIVE CONFIRMED EXAMPLES OF THIS DOUBLE IMPRESSION VARIETY RECORDED IN OUR CENSUS. THIS IS ALSO THE ONLY EXAMPLE TO HAVE APPEARED ON THE MARKET IN THE PAST 20 YEARS.

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.

Our census of Scott 147b is available at our website at http://siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/147b/147b.pdf. We record five certified examples (one with a control cancel) plus one uncertified on a cover which needs to be examined for authenticity. The example offered here is the only copy to appear at auction in several decades.

Ex Braus, Lake Shore and Natalee Grace. With 1983 and 2009 P.F. certificates.

30,000
15,000
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3124°
Pbl
Sale Number 1106, Lot Number 3124, 1870-90 Bank Note Issues30c Black, Plate Proof on India (154P3), 30c Black, Plate Proof on India (154P3)30c Black, Plate Proof on India (154P3). Top right corner imprint and plate no. 22 block of 20, part arrow at left, on card and so free from the defects that can plague this delicate paper

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL PLATE PROOF ON INDIA MULTIPLE OF THE 1870 30-CENT NATIONAL BANK NOTE ISSUE.

Scott Retail as plate block of twelve and two blocks of four.

2,590
1,800
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3125
og
Sale Number 1106, Lot Number 3125, 1870-90 Bank Note Issues30c Black (154), 30c Black (154)30c Black (154). Original gum, lightly hinged, intense shade and proof-like impression, perfectly centered with Jumbo margins all around

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THE 1870 30-CENT NATIONAL UNGRILLED ISSUE IS ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT OF ALL BANK NOTE ISSUES TO FIND IN SOUND, WELL-CENTERED, ORIGINAL-GUM CONDITION.

Ex "Scarsdale." With 2001 P.F. and 1999 and 2014 P.S.E. certificates (OGph, VF-XF 85 Jumbo; SMQ $9,500.00 as 85, $15,000.00 as 90). Only three have graded higher (one of which is Mint N.H.) and the highest grade awarded is a 95.

7,500
9,500
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3126
og
Sale Number 1106, Lot Number 3126, 1870-90 Bank Note Issues10c Brown (161), 10c Brown (161)10c Brown (161). Original gum, deep rich color, unusually choice centering with wide margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT 1873 CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE COMPANY ISSUE.

Black backstamp. P.S.E. encapsulated (OGh, XF-Superb 95; SMQ $4,350.00). Only four have graded higher (all 98) and only three others share this grade.

900
3,500
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3127°
og
Sale Number 1106, Lot Number 3127, 1870-90 Bank Note Issues7c Reddish Vermilion, Special Printing (171), 7c Reddish Vermilion, Special Printing (171)7c Reddish Vermilion, Special Printing (171). Without gum as issued, radiant color, full and intact perforations on all sides

FRESH AND VERY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE 7-CENT 1875 CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE COMPANY SPECIAL PRINTING.

Our census of Scott 171 contains 70 certified examples plus one uncertified copy. Most stamps were scissors-separated, affecting the perforations on at least one side.

Census No. 171-UNC-34. P.F. certificate nos. 1571, 25968 and 193634 (all as sound) no longer accompany. With 2008 P.S.E. certificate.

4,750
6,250
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3128
c
Sale Number 1106, Lot Number 3128, 1870-90 Bank Note Issues10c Brown, With & Without Secret Mark (187-188), 10c Brown, With & Without Secret Mark (187-188)10c Brown, With & Without Secret Mark (187-188). Horizontal pair, right stamp without secret mark, used with two 2c Vermilion (183), tied by "Natick Mass. Jul. 8 10AM" duplex cancels on cover to Melbourne Australia, San Francisco and Boston transit and "AU 28 (18)82 Melbourne" receiving backstamps, small perf faults at top of the 10c pair which are really negligible, cover slightly reduced at left and with tape stains at sides

FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE COMBINATION PAIR OF THE 10-CENT AMERICAN BANK NOTE ISSUE WITH AND WITHOUT SECRET MARK USED ON A COVER TO AUSTRALIA. A POWER SEARCH REVIEW OF OUR WEBSITE FINDS NO OTHER EXAMPLES OF THIS COMBINATION PAIR ON A COVER.

A search of the online records of the Philatelic Foundation finds only one other example of this combination pair on a cover -- to Germany with no other stamps (PFC 225088) -- but that pair is not tied to the cover.

A Google search of the recipient revealed that he was a native of Wellesley Mass. who collected and performed research around the world on butterflies, gems and other related areas.

With 2014 P.F. certificate

E. 2,000-3,000
1,200
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3129
nh
Sale Number 1106, Lot Number 3129, 1870-90 Bank Note Issues15c Red Orange (189), 15c Red Orange (189)15c Red Orange (189). Mint N.H., vivid color as fresh as the day it was printed, gorgeous centering with wide margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A PHENOMENAL MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 15-CENT 1879 AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY ISSUE, GRADED SUPERB 98 XQ BY THE PHILATELIC FOUNDATION.

This issue is often found in Mint N.H. condition, as several sheets have been broken in the past ten years. However, most of the stamps in these sheets are somewhat off-center, and examples such as this are very rare.

With 1993 and 2014 P.F. certificates (Superb 98XQ), the "XQ" stands for "Extraordinary Quality"

675
6,250
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3130°
nh
Sale Number 1106, Lot Number 3130, 1870-90 Bank Note Issues10c Green (226), 10c Green (226)10c Green (226). Mint N.H., deep rich color and proof-like impression, wide and perfectly balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STUNNING MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT 1890 SMALL BANK NOTE ISSUE, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E.

With 2013 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $12,000.00). Only one has graded higher (at 98J) and one other shares this desirable grade.

525
8,000
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