EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS IS WITHOUT QUESTION ONE OF THE FINEST MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLES OF THE 1879 ONE-CENT AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY ISSUE. A WONDERFUL STAMP.
With 2010 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $6,300.00). This is the highest grade awarded and only two others share it. This is also the first in this grade we have offered.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1879 5-CENT TAYLOR, SCOTT 185, WHICH IS GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY THE PHILATELIC FOUNDATION.
With 1985 and 2006 P.F. certificates (XF-Superb 95). By way of comparison, the highest grade awarded by P.S.E. is a 90J (one).
EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 6-CENT 1879 AMERICAN BANK NOTE ISSUE.
This is a difficult issue to find in such choice condition. Collectors who are waiting for a similarly-centered Mint N.H. copy are advised to consider the stamp offered here.
Ex "Scarsdale". With 1995 and 2002 P.F. certificates
EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIUL LIGHTLY-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT 1879 AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY ISSUE WITHOUT SECRET MARK.
Scott 187 without secret mark is significantly more difficult than Scott 188 to find in such superb condition.
Ex "Scarsdale". With 1973, 2000 and 2007 P.F. certificates
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED 10-CENT 1879 AMERICAN ISSUE WITH SECRET MARK.
Unlike other values of the 1879 Issue, there are virtually no 10c stamps in Mint Never-Hinged condition. A thorough review of auction catalogues, including sales of the Caspary, Close, Sinkler, Col. Green, Lilly, Braus, Wunderlich and Klein collections, among others, produced no Mint N.H. singles and no blocks containing Mint N.H. stamps. We doubt that more than four or five Mint N.H. copies exist in total.
Ex Drucker (our Sale 851, where it realized $11,500 hammer). Ex "Scarsdale" (our Sale 924, where it realized $13,000 hammer). With 2002 P.F. certificate. This is the first in Mint N.H. condition we have offered since 2009.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN EXTRAORDINARY MINT NEVER-HINGED 30-CENT 1879 AMERICAN BANK NOTE ISSUE. THIS ISSUE IS RARELY OBTAINABLE IN CHOICE NEVER-HINGED CONDITION.
The 30c 1879 American Bank Note Company issue is surprisingly difficult to obtain in choice Mint N.H. condition. It is surprising because the 15c (Scott 189) is readily available. However, a survey of our photo records and auction library revealed the scarcity of well-centered 30c blocks from which singles could be harvested. The blocks in the Green sales were off center. Caspary had a well-centered hinged block of four, and Lilly had a block of nine with problems. The Moody block of six was well-centered, but appears to have had hinge remnants on all stamps. The Todd collection had two blocks, including one with a Mint N.H. pair at bottom (this has probably been broken, furnishing at least two Mint N.H. stamps). The Close collection had a well-centered block of four (with reinforcing) and a large plate block. The Siegel firm's three major Bank Note Issue sales (Braus, Hirschfield, Wunderlich) contained blocks, but all were either off center or had hinge remnants. A well-centered block of four appeared in our 1982 Rarities sale, but it was hinged.
For the collector who desires only Mint Never-Hinged stamps, this offering is significant. As a guide to relative value, a Mint N.H. example of this stamp in the Fox collection (Sale 829) realized $12,000 hammer. The four in Mint N.H. condition we have offered since our 2006 "Scarsdale" sale have inferior centering.
Ex "Scarsdale". With 1997 and 2007 P.F. certificate.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. ONE OF THE FINEST MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLES OF THE 90-CENT AMERICAN BANK NOTE CO. 1879 ISSUE IN EXISTENCE, WHICH IS GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E. -- THE HIGHEST GRADE ON RECORD AND ONE OF ONLY TWO STAMPS TO ACHIEVE IT.
The 90c 1879 American Bank Note Co. Issue is extremely difficult to obtain in choice Mint Never-Hinged condition, because of the small supply of well-centered blocks from which Mint N.H. singles could be harvested. We have offered only a few Mint N.H. examples of Scott 191, and none of them can rival the superb quality of this stamp.
With 2006 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $43,500.00). This is the highest grade awarded, and only one other has achieved it.