Sale 1123 — The Rollin C. Huggins Jr. Collection of U.S. Officials
Sale Date — Friday, 8 April, 2016
Category — 1979 American Bank Note Co. Printing on Soft Paper
FINE. THIS IS THE ONLY REPORTED PLATE NUMBER MULTIPLE OF THE 1879 ONE-CENT AGRICULTURE AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY PRINTING ON SOFT PAPER.
The Agriculture Officials were printed from sheets of 100 consisting of one pane. In December 1878 Continental merged with American Bank Note Company, which assumed production for United States stamps early in 1879, including the Officials. As with the regular Bank Note issues, the Officials printed by American can be distinguished by the use of soft, porous paper. The Durland catalogue lists only two recorded plate number singles, one each from the top and bottom of the sheet, and only this plate number multiple.
Ex Markovits. Scott Retail as singles with no premium for the plate number
VERY FINE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED BLOCK OF THE 24-CENT INTERIOR DEPARTMENT AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY PRINTING ON SOFT PAPER.
The 24c Interior on soft paper is very difficult to find in sound and centered original gum condition. Many copies submitted as the soft paper are actually intermediate paper and are therefore the Continental printing, Scott O22. This is the only recorded block. An imprint and plate number strip of five is also known, last offered in the Curtis Collection (Siegel Sale 1085, lot 4199).
Ex Lilly Waud and Markovits. With 1973 P.F. certificate
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VERY FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 3-CENT WAR DEPARTMENT IMPERFORATE ERROR PAIR.
Some of the 3c War Imperforate pairs are found in a vertical format and/or without gum. This horizontal format with original gum is more desirable