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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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"
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.