VERY FINE EXAMPLES OF THESE RARE LIBERTY HEAD ESSAYS, WHICH MAY BE UNIQUE.
The creator of this essay is unknown. They bear some similarity to Liberty Head coins of the period engraved by James B. Longacre. These represent both of the listed colors, and as far as we know are unique. An excellent opportunity for additional research.
Ex Finkelburg and "Lake Shore"
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A BEAUTIFUL AND RARE GROUP OF THE SPENCER PATENT RAINBOW ESSAYS. THIS GROUP IS COMPLETE FOR ALL SCOTT-LISTED COLORS.
Ex Finkelburg and accompanied by his original page. Scott Retail as singles
VERY FINE-EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE OPPORTUNITY TO ACQUIRE A SPECTACULAR SET OF NATIONAL BANK NOTE CO. 3-CENT LIBERTY SAFETY PAPER DESIGNS.
The Scott Catalogue began listing essays in its 1992 U.S. Specialized, and since then has listed one additional design of the 3c safety papers -- 79-E31c with "2" in red circles. However we have never encountered this variety and it is the only type that has never been illustrated in Scott. In addition, the Finkelburg collection had a set of seven, without the extra essay, which he regarded as complete. While this additional variety may exist, we would like to see an example for confirmation.
These beautiful essays are similar to the subsequent 1869 safety paper essays (see lots 4124-4148 of this sale). Scott 79-E31a is the only one that shares the same safety paper underprint with the 1869 Pictorials (see lot 4137 in this sale). Both of these sets are among the most beautiful and unique of all United States essays and proofs