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Sale 1092 — Outstanding United States Stamps

Sale Date — Thursday-Friday, 19-20 February, 2015

Category — 1879-87 American Bank Note Co. Issues (Scott 182-218)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1136
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Sale Number 1092, Lot Number 1136, 1879-87 American Bank Note Co. Issues (Scott 182-218)1c Dark Ultramarine (182), 1c Dark Ultramarine (182)1c Dark Ultramarine (182). Mint N.H., beautiful deep color on bright paper, extra wide margins and well-centered, small natural straw inclusion at top left, Extremely Fine, with 1982 P.F. certificate

775
550
1137
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Sale Number 1092, Lot Number 1137, 1879-87 American Bank Note Co. Issues (Scott 182-218)2c Vermilion (183), 2c Vermilion (183)2c Vermilion (183). Mint N.H., radiant color, precise centering, Extremely Fine, with 1996 and 2015 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $950.00)

370
700
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1138
 
Sale Number 1092, Lot Number 1138, 1879-87 American Bank Note Co. Issues (Scott 182-218)2c Vermilion (183), 2c Vermilion (183)2c Vermilion (183). Unusually choice centering with Jumbo margins, fresh color, neat strikes of cork and town cancels, Extremely Fine Gem, ex Kirke, with 2002 P.F., 2001 and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $175.00 as 95, $550.00 as 98), only five have graded higher

5
425
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1139°
ogbl
Sale Number 1092, Lot Number 1139, 1879-87 American Bank Note Co. Issues (Scott 182-218)3c Green (184), 3c Green (184)3c Green (184). Bottom corner margin imprint and plate no. 347 block of 40, half-arrow natural s.e. at right, representing the bottom four rows of the left pane, four stamps at top center with corner h.r., rest Mint N.H., including the stamps in the plate block which is hinged only in the selvage, deep rich color, nice centering particularly in the plate block

FINE-VERY FINE. A FRESH AND RARE LARGE IMPRINT AND PLATE NUMBER MULTIPLE OF THIS CLASSIC AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY ISSUE.

Scott Retail as Mint N.H. and hinged singles

12,240
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1140
nh
Sale Number 1092, Lot Number 1140, 1879-87 American Bank Note Co. Issues (Scott 182-218)15c Red Orange (189), 15c Red Orange (189)15c Red Orange (189). Mint N.H., bright color, detailed impression, wide margins, Very Fine

675
500
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1141
 
Sale Number 1092, Lot Number 1141, 1879-87 American Bank Note Co. Issues (Scott 182-218)15c Red Orange (189), 15c Red Orange (189)15c Red Orange (189). Vivid color and crisp impression, absolutely massive margins, face-free strike of registry oval cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a phenomenal stamp in every respect, ex Merlin, with 1984 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $1,050.00 as 98), only one has graded higher (at 100J, offered in our recent Natalee Grace sale where it realized $3,750 hammer) and none share this grade, a statistic that has not changed in six years

27
1,300
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1142
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Sale Number 1092, Lot Number 1142, 1879-87 American Bank Note Co. Issues (Scott 182-218)30c Full Black (190), 30c Full Black (190)30c Full Black (190). Original gum, deep shade, reperfed at right and bottom (not noted as such on certificate), Very Fine appearance, with 1977 P.F. certificate

900
300
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1143°
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Sale Number 1092, Lot Number 1143, 1879-87 American Bank Note Co. Issues (Scott 182-218)12c Blackish Purple, Special Printing (198), 12c Blackish Purple, Special Printing (198)12c Blackish Purple, Special Printing (198). Without gum as issued, deep rich color, remarkably choice centering with wide margins all around, negligible small lightened ink spot on nose

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. A BRILLIANT WIDE-MARGINED 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). Few are as well-centered as the example offered here.

Census No. 198-UNC-10. With 1985 P.F. certificate

11,000
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1144
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Sale Number 1092, Lot Number 1144, 1879-87 American Bank Note Co. Issues (Scott 182-218)6c Deep Brown Red (208a), 6c Deep Brown Red (208a)6c Deep Brown Red (208a). Original gum, barely hinged, deep rich color, wide margins and choice centering, Very Fine and choice, with 1983 and 1996 P.F. certificates

550
600
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1145
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Sale Number 1092, Lot Number 1145, 1879-87 American Bank Note Co. Issues (Scott 182-218)10c Brown (209), 10c Brown (209)10c Brown (209). Mint N.H., almost perfect centering, rich color on fresh paper, small natural gum crease at left, still Extremely Fine

475
850
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1146
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Sale Number 1092, Lot Number 1146, 1879-87 American Bank Note Co. Issues (Scott 182-218)4c Blue Green (211), 4c Blue Green (211)4c Blue Green (211). Mint N.H., nicely centered, rich color, light natural gum bend, Very Fine and choice

900
275
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1147
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Sale Number 1092, Lot Number 1147, 1879-87 American Bank Note Co. Issues (Scott 182-218)2c Pale Red Brown, Special Printing (211B), 2c Pale Red Brown, Special Printing (211B)2c Pale Red Brown, Special Printing (211B). Mint N.H., well-balanced margins, proof-like impression of the Special Printing, Very Fine and choice, with 1984 P.F. certificate

1,000
750
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1148
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Sale Number 1092, Lot Number 1148, 1879-87 American Bank Note Co. Issues (Scott 182-218)2c Pale Red Brown, Special Printing (211B), 2c Pale Red Brown, Special Printing (211B)2c Pale Red Brown, Special Printing (211B). Original gum, very lightly hinged, part imprint in bottom selvage, wonderfully fresh and Very Fine, with 2000 P.F. certificate ("never hinged"), 2005 P.S.E. certificate ("never hinged") and 2014 P.S.E. certificate ("previously hinged")

375
400
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1149
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Sale Number 1092, Lot Number 1149, 1879-87 American Bank Note Co. Issues (Scott 182-218)1c Ultramarine (212), 1c Ultramarine (212)1c Ultramarine (212). Complete pane of 100 with imprint and plate no. 698 at top and bottom, natural s.e. at left, no selvage at right, approximately 70+ stamps Mint N.H., edges with tiny h.r. slivers to sensibly prevent separation, couple h.r. in bottom plate block and in selvage of top plate block, which has one stamp with thin spot, a few other small thins in selvage, fresh and bright color

FINE-VERY FINE. A RARE FULL PANE OF THE ONE-CENT 1887 AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY ISSUE.

Scott Retail as two hinged plate blocks of 10, 60 Mint N.H. and 20 hinged singles more than $22,000.00

E. 4,000-5,000
3,000
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1150°
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Sale Number 1092, Lot Number 1150, 1879-87 American Bank Note Co. Issues (Scott 182-218)2c Green (213), 2c Green (213)2c Green (213). Mint N.H. top imprint, plate no. 663 and letter "I I" block of ten, intact perfs at right, bright color

EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE MINT NEVER-HINGED TOP PLATE BLOCK OF THE 2-CENT GREEN 1887 AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY ISSUE.

Top plate blocks of this issue are exceedingly rare.

2,250
3,500
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1151
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Sale Number 1092, Lot Number 1151, 1879-87 American Bank Note Co. Issues (Scott 182-218)3c Vermilion (214), 3c Vermilion (214)3c Vermilion (214). Mint N.H. bottom imprint and plate no. 421 block of 12, short extra row of perf holes beneath pos. 10-12 as often seen, vivid color, pristine and fresh, Fine-Very Fine, Scott Retail as Mint N.H. plate number block of ten

3,000
2,600
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1152
nh
Sale Number 1092, Lot Number 1152, 1879-87 American Bank Note Co. Issues (Scott 182-218)5c Indigo (216), 5c Indigo (216)5c Indigo (216). Mint N.H., rich color on bright paper, Very Fine and choice, with 2001, 2007 and 2014 P.F. certificates (VF-XF 85)

700
800
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1153
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Sale Number 1092, Lot Number 1153, 1879-87 American Bank Note Co. Issues (Scott 182-218)5c Indigo, Imperforate (216a), 5c Indigo, Imperforate (216a)5c Indigo, Imperforate (216a). Horizontal pair, original gum, large and even margins, deep rich color, Very Fine and choice, we have offered only three others since keeping computerized records, with 2004 P.S.E. certificate

1,400
650
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1154
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Sale Number 1092, Lot Number 1154, 1879-87 American Bank Note Co. Issues (Scott 182-218)30c Orange Brown (217), 30c Orange Brown (217)30c Orange Brown (217). Mint N.H., vivid color, extra wide margins, Extremely Fine

900
1,900
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1155
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Sale Number 1092, Lot Number 1155, 1879-87 American Bank Note Co. Issues (Scott 182-218)30c Orange Brown (217), 30c Orange Brown (217)30c Orange Brown (217). Block of eight, few stamps Mint N.H., rich color, thin spot at bottom center from small adherence affects two stamps, couple lightly toned perf tips, still Very Fine appearance and an attractive block

2,800
500
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1156
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Sale Number 1092, Lot Number 1156, 1879-87 American Bank Note Co. Issues (Scott 182-218)90c Purple (218), 90c Purple (218)90c Purple (218). Original gum, lightly hinged, extra wide margins and well-centered, Very Fine and choice, with 2009 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, VF 80 Jumbo; SMQ $900.00 as 80, $1,250.00 as 85)

900
750
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1157°
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Sale Number 1092, Lot Number 1157, 1879-87 American Bank Note Co. Issues (Scott 182-218)90c Purple (218), 90c Purple (218)90c Purple (218). Top imprint and plate no. 23 block of 20 -- the complete top two rows of the pane with full sheet selvage and left guide arrow -- very lightly hinged (four stamps in the multiple are Mint N.H.), brilliant color and fresh paper, remarkably well-centered, one stamp (Position 6) has small insignificant thin spot

VERY FINE. A SPECTACULAR IMPRINT AND PLATE NUMBER MULTIPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1888 PURPLE AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY ISSUE. THIS IS NOT ONLY THE LARGEST RECORDED MULTIPLE OF THIS ISSUE, IT IS THE LARGEST KNOWN UNUSED MULTIPLE OF ANY 90-CENT VALUE IN THE 1857 TO 1888 CLASSIC PERIOD. TRULY ONE OF THE GREATEST CLASSIC UNITED STATES PLATE BLOCKS EXTANT.

The 1888 American Bank Note Company Issue in new colors (Scott 215-218) was the last of the Large Bank Note series that spanned two decades from 1870 until 1890, when the Small Bank Note Issue was released.

The series of sales of the Colonel Edward H. R. Green collection included two lots described as complete panes of the 90c 1888. The first was offered as lot 58 in Part 17 (Harmer Rooke sale, Nov. 13-18, 1944), described as "sheet of 100 (right pane)... imprint #23. Centering fair to very fine, full gum. A beautiful sheet of the greatest rarity. It is remarkable to find that such a sheet is still in existence." The sheet was not photographed in the catalogue.

In Part 25 of the Green sales, held by Eugene Costales (February 18-21, 1946), lot 511 was described as a 90c 1888 sheet of 100 with "Imprint and Pl. #23." Costales, one of the premier philatelic authorities of the period and editor of the Scott U.S. Specialized Catalogue for many years, commented, "We know of only one other sheet of this stamp which does not compare with the brilliance and exceptional condition of this one." Fortunately, this sheet (lot 511) was photographed, which confirms without doubt that it was the source of the top-margin plate block of 20 offered here. From the bottom of the same Green sheet, an imprint and plate number block of 12 was broken out (ex Eno and Wampler, offered in Siegel Sale 829, lot 480).

The "other" sheet referred to by Costales is probably the one offered in the earlier Green sale (Part 17, lot 58). There are two other recorded plate blocks of Scott 218 that probably come from the lot 58 sheet: a top plate number 23 block of 12 with Fine centering (Kelleher sale, May 2, 1995, lot 729A) and a bottom plate number 23 block of 10 with Fine-Very Fine centering (Siegel Sale 869, lot 3162).

Therefore, the four recorded plate blocks comprise matching top and bottom positions from the two right panes offered in the Green sales. We know with certainty that the top plate block of 20 and bottom plate block of 12 come from the photographed Green sheet (Part 25, lot 511), and we are practically certain the other top and bottom plate blocks (of 12 and 10, respectively) come from the sheet offered in the earlier Green sale. We can also rely on Costales as an authoritative source that only two sheets of 100 were known in 1946. Based on this information and our own experience, we are confident that no sheet of Scott 218 has survived. We also feel confident in describing this block as the largest recorded unused multiple of any 90c value issued from 1857 through 1888. The 90c stamps in this time period are Scott 39, 47, 62, 72, 101, 111, 122, 132, 144, 144A, 155, 166, 177, 191, 202 and 218. Since the Scott 39 block of 21 was divided to yield two blocks of nine, and we are unaware of any unused block of 20 or larger among the other issues, the block of 20 offered here is not only an important plate number multiple, it is the largest of all surviving unused multiples of 90c stamps issued prior to 1890.

Ex Colonel Edward H. R. Green (as part of a sheet), B. D. Phillips and from our 1981 Rarities of the World sale, where it realized $40,000 hammer.

E. 50,000-75,000
40,000
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