Sale 1108 — The Robert Bowman Collection of Superb U.S. Stamps

Sale Date — Tuesday, 29 September, 2015

Category — 1870-93 Bank Note Issues (Scott 137-226)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
89
 
Sale 1108, Lot 89, 1870-93 Bank Note Issues (Scott 137-226)6c Carmine, H. Grill (137). Deep rich color and detailed impression, remarkably clear grill, neat cork cancel, choice centering with wide margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1870 6-CENT NATIONAL BANK NOTE COMPANY ISSUE WITH AN H GRILL.

With 1984 and 2000 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $3,000.00). Only one has graded higher (at 98) and eight others share this grade.

500
2,600
90
 
Sale 1108, Lot 90, 1870-93 Bank Note Issues (Scott 137-226)7c Vermilion, H. Grill (138). Radiant color, several rows of clear grill points, well-balanced margins, cork and circular datestamp cancels, Extremely Fine, with 1985 and 1996 P.F. certificates

500
475
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91
 
Sale 1108, Lot 91, 1870-93 Bank Note Issues (Scott 137-226)10c Brown, H. Grill (139). Clearly-defined grill with almost all points visible, face-free strike of New York Foreign Mail cancel, radiant color, unusually wide and balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN ABSOLUTELY STUNNING USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1870 10-CENT NATIONAL BANK NOTE COMPANY H GRILL. THIS PHENOMENAL STAMP HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED AND THE ONLY EXAMPLE TO ACHIEVE THIS GRADE.

This issue is normally found with small margins and very few visible grill points. The margins on the example offered here are exceptionally wide, the perfs are long and full all around, it has wonderful color and a clear grill, and a face-free cancel. This may well be the finest in existence.

With 1972 A.P.S., 1999 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $11,500.00). This issue is very difficult to obtain in higher grades, as only four others have graded higher than a 90. The example offered here, a Superb 98, is the highest grade awarded and the only example to achieve this grade.

850
11,000
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92
 
Sale 1108, Lot 92, 1870-93 Bank Note Issues (Scott 137-226)12c Dull Violet, H. Grill (140). Perfectly centered with extraordinarily wide margins at sides and well-balanced margins at top and bottom, deep rich color, clearly defined grill points, cork cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN EXTREMELY DIFFICULT STAMP TO FIND IN SUCH OUTSTANDING CONDITION -- WITH GREAT COLOR, CLEAR GRILL POINTS AND HUGE MARGINS -- A SUPERB EXAMPLE OF THE 1870 12-CENT NATIONAL BANK NOTE COMPANY GRILLED ISSUE.

Ex Dr. Puliafito. With 1998 P.S.E. and 2000 P.F. certificates

3,750
10,500
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93
 
Sale 1108, Lot 93, 1870-93 Bank Note Issues (Scott 137-226)15c Orange, H. Grill (141). Vibrant color, choice centering, cork cancel, P.S.E. certificate notes a tiny filled thin at lower left of center, Extremely Fine appearance, with 1993 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates, the former as sound

1,400
450
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94
 
Sale 1108, Lot 94, 1870-93 Bank Note Issues (Scott 137-226)24c Purple, H. Grill (142). Choice centering with balanced margins, pretty shade nicely complemented by New York Foreign Mail Geometric cancel, clear grill

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE 1870 24-CENT NATIONAL BANK NOTE COMPANY GRILLED ISSUE.

Small pentagonal purple backstamp (source unknown to us) and faint pencil notation "Economist Stp. Co./87 Nassau St./E. Stern" (Edward Stern). With 1995 P.F. certificate as genuine and 2015 P.S.E. certificate as "fake grill" -- sold "as is" on the basis of these conflicting opinions

7,000
2,600
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95
 
Sale 1108, Lot 95, 1870-93 Bank Note Issues (Scott 137-226)30c Black, H. Grill (143). Bright shade and crisp impression, several rows of clear grill points, light strike of duplex cancel

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A BEAUTIFUL USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1870 30-CENT NATIONAL BANK NOTE COMPANY H GRILL.

This is a surprisingly difficult issue to obtain in sound condition with decent centering.

With 1999 P.S.E. and 2000 P.F. certificates

4,000
3,250
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96
 
Sale 1108, Lot 96, 1870-93 Bank Note Issues (Scott 137-226)90c Dark Carmine, H. Grill (144 var). Intense shade and impression, wide margins, several rows of discernible grill points, bold segmented cork cancel

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A BEAUTIFUL USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1870 NATIONAL BANK NOTE H GRILL ISSUUE.

With 1979 and 1995 P.F. certificates as Dark Carmine (a Scott-listed sub-shade).

2,500
2,300
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97
 
Sale 1108, Lot 97, 1870-93 Bank Note Issues (Scott 137-226)2c Red Brown, I. Grill (135A). Essentially perfectly centered with wide margins, lovely warm shade, clear grill points, neat strike of segmented cork cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1870 NATIONAL BANK NOTE COMPANY ISSUE WITH AN I GRILL, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E.

With 1998 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 90, SMQ $525.00 as a 90). The I Grill did not get its separate catalogue listing until a few years ago, we are aware of one other graded 98, which is the highest grade awarded

225
1,400
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98
 
Sale 1108, Lot 98, 1870-93 Bank Note Issues (Scott 137-226)30c Black (154). Choice centering with wide and balanced margins, long and full perforations, detailed impression, bold cork cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a beautiful stamp, with 1989 P.S.E. and 1997 P.F. certificates

300
350
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99
 
Sale 1108, Lot 99, 1870-93 Bank Note Issues (Scott 137-226)90c Carmine (155). Brilliant color, choice centering with wide margins, bold cork cancel, Extremely Fine, with 1997 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $750.00)

350
475
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100
 
Sale 1108, Lot 100, 1870-93 Bank Note Issues (Scott 137-226)15c Yellow Orange (163). Vibrant color, light strike of large target cancel, choice centering with wide and balanced margins, Extremely Fine Gem, a surprisingly difficult issue to obtain in the higher grades, with 2001 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $1,000.00), only one has graded higher (at 95J) and only two others share this grade

160
2,700
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101
 
Sale 1108, Lot 101, 1870-93 Bank Note Issues (Scott 137-226)30c Gray Black (165). Intense shade and impression, neat strike of New York Supplementary Mail Type F datestamp, wide margins, Extremely Fine, with 1988 and 2001 P.F. certificates

145
450
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102
 
Sale 1108, Lot 102, 1870-93 Bank Note Issues (Scott 137-226)90c Rose Carmine (166). Brilliant color, well-balanced margins, cork cancel, Extremely Fine, with 2001 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (VF-XF 85; SMQ $400.00)

300
400
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103
 
Sale 1108, Lot 103, 1870-93 Bank Note Issues (Scott 137-226)5c Blue (179). Essentially perfectly centered with Jumbo margins, deep rich color and proof-like impression, duplex cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a phenomenal stamp, with 1984 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $1,000.00 as 98), this is the highest grade awarded and the only to achieve it, the next-highest are two 95J's

25
2,100
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104
 
Sale 1108, Lot 104, 1870-93 Bank Note Issues (Scott 137-226)10c Brown, With Secret Mark (188). Bright color, well-balanced margins, bold cork cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $400.00)

32
225
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105
 
Sale 1108, Lot 105, 1870-93 Bank Note Issues (Scott 137-226)15c Red Orange, Double Transfer (189 var). Clear double transfer in "ENTS" of "CENTS", deep rich color, gorgeous centering with wide and balanced margins, cork cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a magnificent example of this variety, ex Floyd and Tahoe, with 2001 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $375.00 as normal), Scott Retail with no premium for the double transfer (which is unpriced in Scott as used and unlisted as unused)

25
400
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106
 
Sale 1108, Lot 106, 1870-93 Bank Note Issues (Scott 137-226)30c Full Black (190). Beautifully centered with wide margins all around, deep shade, lightly cancelled, Extremely Fine Gem, ex Dr. Morris, with 1990 and 1996 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $825.00)

95
750
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107
 
Sale 1108, Lot 107, 1870-93 Bank Note Issues (Scott 137-226)90c Carmine (191). Brilliant color, unusually choice centering with wide and balanced margins, bold cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THE 1879 90-CENT AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY ISSUE IS AN EXTREMELY DIFFICULT ISSUE TO OBTAIN IN SUCH PRISTINE CONDITION.

With 1992 and 2001 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $3,000.00). Only one has graded higher (at 95J) and only two others share this grade.

360
3,500
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108
 
Sale 1108, Lot 108, 1870-93 Bank Note Issues (Scott 137-226)3c Vermilion (214). Vibrant color, choice centering with wide and balanced margins, duplex cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $450.00), only two have graded higher

55
900
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109
 
Sale 1108, Lot 109, 1870-93 Bank Note Issues (Scott 137-226)30c Orange Brown (217). Intense shade and proof-like impression, gorgeous centering with wide and balanced margins, bold New York registry oval cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a surprisingly difficult issue to obtain in such superb condition, with 1989 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $775.00), only one has graded higher (at 95J) and five others share it

100
750
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110
 
Sale 1108, Lot 110, 1870-93 Bank Note Issues (Scott 137-226)90c Purple (218). Detailed impression, neat registry oval cancel, wide margins, fresh and Extremely Fine, a pretty stamp, with 1998 P.F. certificate

250
425
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111
 
Sale 1108, Lot 111, 1870-93 Bank Note Issues (Scott 137-226)2c Carmine, Cap on Left "2" (220a). Brilliant color, wide and balanced margins, neat duplex cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $200.00)

12
150
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112
 
Sale 1108, Lot 112, 1870-93 Bank Note Issues (Scott 137-226)10c Green (226). Intense shade and impression on bright paper, perfectly centered with Jumbo margins, neat strike of New York circular datestamp, Extremely Fine Gem, a phenomenal stamp in every respect, with 2007 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $550.00 as 98), only two have graded higher and one other shares this grade

5
750
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