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Sale 1113 — United States Essays and Proofs

Sale Date — Tuesday, 17 November, 2015

Category — 5c-10c 1869 Pictorial Issue: National Bank Note Co.

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2240
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Sale Number 1113, Lot Number 2240, 5c-10c 1869 Pictorial Issue: National Bank Note Co.5c Washington, Large Lettering, Without Frameline and Solid Background, Large Die Essay on India (115-E1a), 5c Washington, Large Lettering, Without Frameline and Solid Background, Large Die Essay on India (115-E1a)5c Washington, Large Lettering, Without Frameline and Solid Background, Large Die Essay on India (115-E1a). Four, all Scott-listed colors except Carmine, ranging from 40 x 45mm to 32 x 32mm, two on original card backing, wonderful intense colors, Very Fine and very scarce, Power Search contains only two others without frameline and solid background (the subsequent listings of 115-E1 offered in the following lots are from the completed large lettering die), ex Earl of Crawford

2,800
1,000
2241
E
Sale Number 1113, Lot Number 2241, 5c-10c 1869 Pictorial Issue: National Bank Note Co.5c Washington, Large Lettering, Completed Die, Large Die Essay on India (115-E1b), 5c Washington, Large Lettering, Completed Die, Large Die Essay on India (115-E1b)5c Washington, Large Lettering, Completed Die, Large Die Essay on India (115-E1b). Eight, from 61 x 87mm to 43 x 70mm, all on original card backing with full die sinkage, nice range of colors without duplication including Orange, Black, Red Brown, Black Brown, Blue Green (with imprint pasted to bottom), Dull Yellow, Blue, Brown, Very Fine, a wonderful assemblage of these large lettering die essays

4,800
3,000
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2242
E
Sale Number 1113, Lot Number 2242, 5c-10c 1869 Pictorial Issue: National Bank Note Co.5c Washington, Large Lettering, Completed Die, Large Die Essays (115-E1b-115-E1i), 5c Washington, Large Lettering, Completed Die, Large Die Essays (115-E1b-115-E1i)5c Washington, Large Lettering, Completed Die, Large Die Essays (115-E1b-115-E1i). Comprehensive collection of 32 die essays, apparently all the listed paper varieties from 115-E1b thru 115-E1i, including India (all cut down below the die sinkage area), proof paper, pink bond, light yellow green bond, pale olive bond, cream wove, white bond, cloudy bond, mounted on album pages with papers and colors identified, range of sizes, most with large margins, wonderful range of colors including a couple papers complete colors, a few flaws as typical

VERY FINE. AN EXTRAORDINARY COLLECTION OF 1869 5-CENT LARGE LETTERING DIE ESSAYS WHICH WOULD BE NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE TO DUPLICATE.

This is an excellent opportunity to acquire a comprehensive group of these essays, which are normally offered individually or in sets by paper. While there may be a few with paper misidentified, it is of little consequence, as Scott Retail for all the included papers is $600.00 each

19,200
6,250
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2243
E
Sale Number 1113, Lot Number 2243, 5c-10c 1869 Pictorial Issue: National Bank Note Co.5c Washington, Large Lettering, Completed Die, Large Die Essay on Glazed Paper (115-E1k), 5c Washington, Large Lettering, Completed Die, Large Die Essay on Glazed Paper (115-E1k)5c Washington, Large Lettering, Completed Die, Large Die Essay on Glazed Paper (115-E1k). Four of the five Scott-listed colors, missing only Yellow, three showing full die sinkage and approximately 63 x 72mm, Blue 40 x 39mm, a couple with the usual mount removal translucencies at top or corners as usually seen with the glazed paper essays, Very Fine group

2,200
800
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2244
E
Sale Number 1113, Lot Number 2244, 5c-10c 1869 Pictorial Issue: National Bank Note Co.5c Black, Die Essay on Green Veined Marbled Card (115-E1l), 5c Black, Die Essay on Green Veined Marbled Card (115-E1l)5c Black, Die Essay on Green Veined Marbled Card (115-E1l). 32 x 62mm, deep rich color, Very Fine, a striking and exceedingly rare 1869 essay, Power Search contains only one other

1,750
750
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2245
E
Sale Number 1113, Lot Number 2245, 5c-10c 1869 Pictorial Issue: National Bank Note Co.5c Washington, Small Lettering, Die and Plate Essays (115-E2b, 115-E2c, 115-E2d), 5c Washington, Small Lettering, Die and Plate Essays (115-E2b, 115-E2c, 115-E2d)5c Washington, Small Lettering, Die and Plate Essays (115-E2b, 115-E2c, 115-E2d). Large die essay on India in Red Brown, 44 x 45mm, Very Fine, also one on India cut to stamp size with faults, plate essays including 19 imperforate with two blocks and two pairs, one perforated in Blue, overall Very Fine group, Scott Retail not counting the extra India paper essay

2,390
900
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2246
E
Sale Number 1113, Lot Number 2246, 5c-10c 1869 Pictorial Issue: National Bank Note Co.5c Orange, Small Lettering, Plate Essay on Wove, Perforated 12 (115-E2d), 5c Orange, Small Lettering, Plate Essay on Wove, Perforated 12 (115-E2d)5c Orange, Small Lettering, Plate Essay on Wove, Perforated 12 (115-E2d). Block of four, original gum, bright colors, quite well-centered, Very Fine, Scott Retail as singles

800
400
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2247
E
Sale Number 1113, Lot Number 2247, 5c-10c 1869 Pictorial Issue: National Bank Note Co.10c Lincoln, Large Die Essay on India (116-E1c), 10c Lincoln, Large Die Essay on India (116-E1c)10c Lincoln, Large Die Essay on India (116-E1c). Two, in Red Brown and Green, die sunk on 74 x 79mm card, fresh colors, minor India paper bends, Very Fine and desirable in this size

2,200
650
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2248
E
Sale Number 1113, Lot Number 2248, 5c-10c 1869 Pictorial Issue: National Bank Note Co.10c Lincoln, Large Die Essays on India, Proof Paper (116-E1c, 116-E1d), 10c Lincoln, Large Die Essays on India, Proof Paper (116-E1c, 116-E1d)10c Lincoln, Large Die Essays on India, Proof Paper (116-E1c, 116-E1d). Comprehensive group of 17 large die essays on India and proof paper, mounted on album pages, sizes range from 65 x 71mm to slightly smaller with many showing imprints (the proofs on India do not show any die sinkage), only two cut down to smaller 26 x 26mm sizes, wide range of colors, a few typical flaws to be expected but overall fresh and colorful

VERY FINE GROUP OF 1869 10-CENT LINCOLN LARGE DIE ESSAYS. ALMOST NEVER SEEN IN THIS DEPTH.

A few may have their paper misidentified but that is inconsequential. Scott Retail values are only $100.00 different between India and proof paper

17,600
4,750
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2249
E
Sale Number 1113, Lot Number 2249, 5c-10c 1869 Pictorial Issue: National Bank Note Co.10c Lincoln, Die Essay on Ivory Paper (116-E1e), 10c Lincoln, Die Essay on Ivory Paper (116-E1e)10c Lincoln, Die Essay on Ivory Paper (116-E1e). Complete set of all four colors, from 63 x 68mm to 55 x 65mm, each with imprint at bottom, one corner each on Black and Blue with small thin spot from mount removal, Very Fine, a lovely complete set

4,000
1,500
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2250
E
Sale Number 1113, Lot Number 2250, 5c-10c 1869 Pictorial Issue: National Bank Note Co.10c Lincoln, Large Die Essays on Bond (116-E1f-i), 10c Lincoln, Large Die Essays on Bond (116-E1f-i)10c Lincoln, Large Die Essays on Bond (116-E1f-i). Comprehensive group of 19 large die essays on album pages, full range of bond papers as listed in Scott, sizes from 43 x 43mm to slightly smaller, only about three in the less than 30 x 30mm range, wonderful range of colors which are beautifully complemented by the varying shades of paper, some papers show complete colors as listed including the Pink, which are particularly striking

VERY FINE GROUP OF 1869 10-CENT LINCOLN LARGE DIE ESSAYS ON BOND PAPER. THIS WOULD BE EXCEEDINGLY DIFFICULT TO DUPLICATE.

A few may have their paper misidentified as the differences between some of the listed bond papers are very nuanced. Scott Retail values differ only by $50.00-$100.00 among the various listings

19,000
8,000
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2251
E
Sale Number 1113, Lot Number 2251, 5c-10c 1869 Pictorial Issue: National Bank Note Co.10c Black, Large Die Essay on Green Veined Marbled Card (116-E1j), 10c Black, Large Die Essay on Green Veined Marbled Card (116-E1j)10c Black, Large Die Essay on Green Veined Marbled Card (116-E1j). 41 x 62mm with imprint at bottom, intense shade and deep rich vein color, Very Fine, an exceedingly rare 1869 essay, this and the example offered in the following lot are the only ones listed in Power Search

2,000
2,200
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2252
E
Sale Number 1113, Lot Number 2252, 5c-10c 1869 Pictorial Issue: National Bank Note Co.10c Brown, Large Die Essay on Red Violet Veined Marbled Card (116-E1j), 10c Brown, Large Die Essay on Red Violet Veined Marbled Card (116-E1j)10c Brown, Large Die Essay on Red Violet Veined Marbled Card (116-E1j). 36 x 63mm with imprint at bottom, rich colors, slight scratch across the design, otherwise Very Fine, an exceedingly rare 1869 essay, this and the example offered in the previous lot are the only ones listed in Power Search, this color unlisted in Scott

2,000
1,600
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2253
E
Sale Number 1113, Lot Number 2253, 5c-10c 1869 Pictorial Issue: National Bank Note Co.10c Lincoln, Plate Essays on Stamp Paper (116-E1k, 116-E1l), 10c Lincoln, Plate Essays on Stamp Paper (116-E1k, 116-E1l)10c Lincoln, Plate Essays on Stamp Paper (116-E1k, 116-E1l). Two blocks of four, pair and single of imperforate in a couple different shades of the Blue-Ultramarine, single in Deep Green, Very Fine, also a single of the perforated essay in Orange, original gum, wide margins, Extremely Fine Gem, a nice group of plate essays

1,725
750
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2254
E
Sale Number 1113, Lot Number 2254, 5c-10c 1869 Pictorial Issue: National Bank Note Co.10c Dim Rose, Declaration of Independence, Large Die Essay on India (116-E2a), 10c Dim Rose, Declaration of Independence, Large Die Essay on India (116-E2a)10c Dim Rose, Declaration of Independence, Large Die Essay on India (116-E2a). On 80 x 57mm card, small corner thins from prior mounting far from the design

VERY FINE. A RARE 10-CENT 1869 ESSAY WITH THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE VIGNETTE ENGRAVED BY JAMES SMILLIE, WHICH WAS ULTIMATELY USED FOR THE 24-CENT DENOMINATION.

This vignette is a miniature engraving by James Smillie, based on a painting by Trumbull which hangs in the Rotunda of the Capitol. Contrary to popular belief, the scene depicted by Trumbull is not the signing ceremony, but the presentation of the draft. It has been written that the 30c stamp was changed from the Surrender of Burgoyne to the Eagle, Shield and Flags design to avoid offending the British. If true, it seems odd that officials would choose to use the Declaration of Independence "1776" design for the 24c stamp, which was far more likely to adorn mail to England (the basic rate was 12c).

4,250
1,900
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2255
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Sale Number 1113, Lot Number 2255, 5c-10c 1869 Pictorial Issue: National Bank Note Co.10 Orange Yellow, Declaration of Independence, Large Die Essay on India (116-E2a), 10 Orange Yellow, Declaration of Independence, Large Die Essay on India (116-E2a)10 Orange Yellow, Declaration of Independence, Large Die Essay on India (116-E2a). 50 x 42mm, off card, vibrant color, couple typical small India paper translucencies or thins, still Very Fine, a rare and desirable essay, Scott Retail as die sunk on card

4,250
750
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2256
E
Sale Number 1113, Lot Number 2256, 5c-10c 1869 Pictorial Issue: National Bank Note Co.10 Red Brown, Declaration of Independence, Large Die Essay on India (116-E2a), 10 Red Brown, Declaration of Independence, Large Die Essay on India (116-E2a)10 Red Brown, Declaration of Independence, Large Die Essay on India (116-E2a). Off card and cut down to 32 x 32mm, deep rich color, small thin spot of no consequence, Very Fine, a rare and desirable essay, Scott Retail as die sunk on card

4,250
900
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2257
E
Sale Number 1113, Lot Number 2257, 5c-10c 1869 Pictorial Issue: National Bank Note Co.10c Declaration of Independence, Die Essay on India, Stamp Size (116-E2b), 10c Declaration of Independence, Die Essay on India, Stamp Size (116-E2b)10c Declaration of Independence, Die Essay on India, Stamp Size (116-E2b). Five, in Black, Red Orange, Blue Green, Brown and Buff, gorgeous colors, cut close but with design elements intact, typical India paper translucencies or thins

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE GROUP OF 1869 10-CENT DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE ESSAYS.

These are rarely seen at all, much less in a set. Only two Scott-listed colors are absent. Power Search located only one other example

7,500
5,000
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2258
TC
Sale Number 1113, Lot Number 2258, 5c-10c 1869 Pictorial Issue: National Bank Note Co.10c Black, Large Die Trial Color Proof on India (116TC1e), 10c Black, Large Die Trial Color Proof on India (116TC1e)10c Black, Large Die Trial Color Proof on India (116TC1e). 40 x 46mm, detailed impression and intense shade, typical small translucency just above the design, Very Fine, it is remarkable how much fuller this design appears in Black, due to the clarity of the rays extending to the edge of the design

2,500
1,100
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2259
P
Sale Number 1113, Lot Number 2259, 5c-10c 1869 Pictorial Issue: National Bank Note Co.10c Yellow, Large Die Proof on India (116P1), 10c Yellow, Large Die Proof on India (116P1)10c Yellow, Large Die Proof on India (116P1). Die sunk on 72 x 83mm card, vivid color, Very Fine, mounted in collection as an essay but we believe complete design

900
225
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