Sale 1116 — United States Stamps and Possessions
Sale Date — Wednesday-Thursday, 16-17 December, 2015
Category — 1870-75 National and Continental Bank Note Co. Issues (Scott 134-179)
EXTREMELY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT NATIONAL BANK NOTE COMPANY GRILLED ISSUE. A VERY DIFFICULT STAMP TO FIND WITH THIS OUTSTANDING APPEARANCE.
With 2015 P.F. certificate (VF-XF 85)
EXTREMELY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING COMBINATION OF A SCARCE 1870 6-CENT I GRILL, WITH OUTSTANDING CENTERING AND A FANCY CANCEL.
This stamp is rarely encountered with the combination of choice centering and a fancy cancel. With 2015 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $2,200.00 for normal cancel)
FINE. THE 10-CENT I GRILL IS ONE OF THE RAREST OF ALL UNITED STATES STAMPS. TO DATE, ONLY TWELVE USED AND THREE UNUSED EXAMPLES HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED.
Starting with the 2013 Scott U.S. Specialized Catalogue, the I Grills have been elevated to major catalogue number status. Collectors will now have to acquire these I Grills in their quest for completeness. We anticipate that collector demand will be difficult to satisfy based on populations we have seen.
Ronald Burns, the foremost authority on the Bank Note grills, records ten used examples of the 10c I Grill, plus an additional two used on the same cover. Three unused examples are also known.
With 2001 P.F. certificate.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1873 3-CENT CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE COMPANY ISSUE. THIS IS ONLY THE SECOND EXAMPLE TO ACHIEVE THE COVETED SUPERB 98 GRADE FROM P.S.E.
With 2015 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; unpriced in SMQ as Superb 98 in Mint N.H. condition). This is the highest grade awarded by P.S.E. The only other example to achieve this grade stood alone for eight years (ex Odeneal, Siegel Sale 941, lot 1100). Scott Retail as hinged
FRESH AND FINE-VERY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF THE 1873 10-CENT CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE COMPANY ISSUE.
This issue is found in block form but is rarely encountered as fresh and the example offered here
EXTREMELY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE 1875 5-CENT TAYLOR CONTINENTAL PRINTING. AN EXCEPTIONALLY DIFFICULT STAMP TO FIND IN SUCH CHOICE ORIGINAL-GUM CONDITION.
The addition of a 5c value was made necessary by the creation of the General Post Union in 1874, which specified a rate of 5c between member countries, effective July 1, 1875. Of the two regular-issue 5c Taylor stamps -- Scott 179 (Continental) and Scott 185 (American) -- the former is much more difficult to obtain in this superior original-gum condition.
With 1999 P.F. certificate