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Sale 1120 — Outstanding United States Stamps

Sale Date — Thursday-Friday, 17-18 March, 2016

Category — 1873-75 Continental Bank Note Co. Issue (Scott 156-179)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1347
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Sale Number 1120, Lot Number 1347, 1873-75 Continental Bank Note Co. Issue (Scott 156-179)3c Green (158). Mint N.H, 3c Green (158). Mint N.H3c Green (158). Mint N.H., deep rich color, well-centered on bright paper, Very Fine and choice, with copy of 2014 P.S.E. certificate for a block of nine, Scott Retail as hinged

110
225
1348
 
Sale Number 1120, Lot Number 1348, 1873-75 Continental Bank Note Co. Issue (Scott 156-179)6c Dull Pink (159), 6c Dull Pink (159)6c Dull Pink (159). Excellent centering within wide margins, bright color, well-struck New York Foreign Mail Geometric cancel, Extremely Fine, with 1995 P.F. certificate

20
150
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1349
 
Sale Number 1120, Lot Number 1349, 1873-75 Continental Bank Note Co. Issue (Scott 156-179)7c Orange Vermilion (160), 7c Orange Vermilion (160)7c Orange Vermilion (160). Outstanding balanced margins, bright color, blue cork cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2015 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $550.00 as ordinary cancel)

94
375
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1350
 
Sale Number 1120, Lot Number 1350, 1873-75 Continental Bank Note Co. Issue (Scott 156-179)7c Orange Vermilion (160), 7c Orange Vermilion (160)7c Orange Vermilion (160). Choice centering within particularly wide margins, vibrant color and sharp impression on bright white paper, neat red New York Foreign Mail cancel at bottom left leaving the central vignette unobstructed, Extremely Fine Gem, with 1991 P.F. and 1994 P.S.E. certificates

100
2,100
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1351
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Sale Number 1120, Lot Number 1351, 1873-75 Continental Bank Note Co. Issue (Scott 156-179)10c Brown (161), 10c Brown (161)10c Brown (161). Original gum, deep rich color, outstanding centering with balanced margins, Extremely Fine, a pretty stamp, with 1982 and 2006 P.F. certificates (XF 90)

900
1,400
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1352°
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Sale Number 1120, Lot Number 1352, 1873-75 Continental Bank Note Co. Issue (Scott 156-179)10c Brown (161). Mint N.H, 10c Brown (161). Mint N.H10c Brown (161). Mint N.H. block of four with selvage at right, choice margins and centering -- the top left stamp is a gem -- magnificent color and freshness

VERY FINE-EXTREMELY FINE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE MINT NEVER-HINGED BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 10-CENT 1873 CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE COMPANY ISSUE.

A review of old auction catalogs and of Power Search reveals how rare the 10c Continental Bank Note Co. Issue is as a Mint N.H. block. The Caspary collection had hinged blocks. The Curtis collection, recently sold by our Firm and noted for its multiples, contained a plate block with Mint N.H. stamps but with small gum disturbances. Since keeping computerized records we have offered no other Mint N.H. blocks (and only a handful of Mint N.H. singles).

With 2016 P.F. certificate. Unpriced in Scott as Mint N.H.

E. 20,000-25,000
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1353
 
Sale Number 1120, Lot Number 1353, 1873-75 Continental Bank Note Co. Issue (Scott 156-179)12c Blackish Violet (162), 12c Blackish Violet (162)12c Blackish Violet (162). Well-centered within particularly tall margins, deep rich color and sharp impression, nicely complementing red cork grid cancel and strike of French transit marking at top, Extremely Fine, an attractive example, with 1987 and 2001 P.F. certificates

160
300
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1354
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Sale Number 1120, Lot Number 1354, 1873-75 Continental Bank Note Co. Issue (Scott 156-179)30c Gray Black (165), 30c Gray Black (165)30c Gray Black (165). Unused (no gum), choice centering with wide margins, intense shade, fresh and Extremely Fine, with 2013 P.S.E. certificate (VF-XF 85; SMQ $1,350.00)

1,300
800
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1355
 
Sale Number 1120, Lot Number 1355, 1873-75 Continental Bank Note Co. Issue (Scott 156-179)5c Blue (179), 5c Blue (179)5c Blue (179). Rich color on bright paper, wide and balanced margins, cork cancel leaves entire design clearly visible, Extremely Fine Gem, ex Merlin, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $350.00), only three have graded higher, a statistic that has not changed since 2008

25
325
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1356
 
Sale Number 1120, Lot Number 1356, 1873-75 Continental Bank Note Co. Issue (Scott 156-179)5c Blue (179), 5c Blue (179)5c Blue (179). Rich color, wide and balanced Jumbo margins, light blue cork and circular datestamp leaves entire design clearly visible, Extremely Fine Gem, particularly difficult to find so choice, with 1995 P.S.E. certificate

26
375
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