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Sale 1166 — United States Stamps

Sale Date — Tuesday-Thursday, 24-26 October, 2017

Category — 1875-88 Bank Note Co. Issues (Scott 178-218)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
794°
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Sale Number 1166, Lot Number 794, 1875-88 Bank Note Co. Issues (Scott 178-218)5c Blue (179), 5c Blue (179)5c Blue (179). Original gum, lightly hinged, rich color and detailed impression, choice centering with unusually wide margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE CONTINENTAL 1875 5-CENT TAYLOR. AN EXTREMELY DIFFICULT STAMP TO FIND IN SUCH EXCEPTIONALLY 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 superb original-gum condition because comparatively few multiples have ever been available to feed the demand for singles.

With 2000, 2009 and 2017 P.F. certificates (OGph, XF 90). By way of comparison, P.S.E. has only graded four higher than 85 (two at 90, one each at 90J and 95).

700
3,750
795
og
Sale Number 1166, Lot Number 795, 1875-88 Bank Note Co. Issues (Scott 178-218)5c Blue, With Gill (179c), 5c Blue, With Gill (179c)5c Blue, With Gill (179c). Original gum, rich color and clear impression, clearly-defined grill points, Fine and scarce, it is believed that the Continental grills were made experimentally in 1876, after a stamp-cleaning court trial renewed fears of stamp re-use, the primary source of the rare J Grills was the Worthington collection, which was dispersed in 1917, it is believed that most or all examples in collectors' hands came from the archive of Charles F. Steel, who patented the grilling machines used between 1867 and 1873

4,500
0
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796
ng
Sale Number 1166, Lot Number 796, 1875-88 Bank Note Co. Issues (Scott 178-218)2c Vermilion, Imperforate (178a), 2c Vermilion, Imperforate (178a)2c Vermilion, Imperforate (178a). Horizontal pair and single, the pair unused (no gum), large margins, vertical crease between stamps, the single original gum, large to huge margins, light horizontal crease at top mostly in margin, Very Fine appearance, pair with 1976 P.F. certificate, Scott Retail for pair $600.00

E. 200-300
120
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797
nh
Sale Number 1166, Lot Number 797, 1875-88 Bank Note Co. Issues (Scott 178-218)3c Green (184), 3c Green (184)3c Green (184). Mint N.H., pretty shade, well-proportioned margins, Extremely Fine, with 1994 P.F. certificate for block of four

330
275
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798
 
Sale Number 1166, Lot Number 798, 1875-88 Bank Note Co. Issues (Scott 178-218)5c Blue (185), 5c Blue (185)5c Blue (185). Choice centering with Jumbo margins, bold strikes of geometric cancel, rich color, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2017 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $525.00), only four have graded higher (three at 98, one at 98J)

17
400
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799
 
Sale Number 1166, Lot Number 799, 1875-88 Bank Note Co. Issues (Scott 178-218)10c Brown, With & Without Secret Mark (187-188), 10c Brown, With & Without Secret Mark (187-188)10c Brown, With & Without Secret Mark (187-188). Horizontal pair, right stamp without secret mark, 1880 New York duplex cancels, couple barely noticeable creases, otherwise Fine and scarce combination pair, with 1988 P.F. certificate

725
130
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800
 
Sale Number 1166, Lot Number 800, 1875-88 Bank Note Co. Issues (Scott 178-218)10c Brown, With Secret Mark (188), 10c Brown, With Secret Mark (188)10c Brown, With Secret Mark (188). Bright color, choice centering with wide and balanced margins, neat quartered cork cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2007 P.F. certificate (XF-Superb 95)

32
275
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801
og
Sale Number 1166, Lot Number 801, 1875-88 Bank Note Co. Issues (Scott 178-218)30c Full Black (190), 30c Full Black (190)30c Full Black (190). Original gum, intense shade, well-centered, Very Fine, with 1982 P.F. certificate

900
325
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802°
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Sale Number 1166, Lot Number 802, 1875-88 Bank Note Co. Issues (Scott 178-218)15c Orange, Special Printing (199), 15c Orange, Special Printing (199)15c Orange, Special Printing (199). Without gum as issued, radiant color, choice centering for this difficult issue, tiny thin spot as often occurs on this mesh paper

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE 1880 15-CENT AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY SPECIAL PRINTING.

Our census of Scott 199 contains 37 certified examples. Of these, only 12 are confirmed as sound, 10 have faults and 15 need to be reexamined according to current methods and standards. Many of the stamps, regardless of condition, are off center.

Census No. 199-UNC-14. With 1975 P.F. and 2017 P.S.E. certificates

32,500
0
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803
nh
Sale Number 1166, Lot Number 803, 1875-88 Bank Note Co. Issues (Scott 178-218)1c Gray Blue (206), 1c Gray Blue (206)1c Gray Blue (206). Mint N.H., brilliant color on bright paper, choice centering with wide margins, long and full perforations

EXTREMELY FINE MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1881 ONE-CENT RE-ENGRAVED ISSUE, SCOTT 206.

Ex "Hanover". With 1996 P.F. and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $2,000.00). This is the highest grade awarded and only seven others share it.

225
1,400
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804
og
Sale Number 1166, Lot Number 804, 1875-88 Bank Note Co. Issues (Scott 178-218)1c Gray Blue (206), 1c Gray Blue (206)1c Gray Blue (206). Original gum, barest trace of hinging, bright shade and paper, near perfect centering with Jumbo margins, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb stamp in every respect, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, Superb 98 Jumbo; SMQ $1,100.00), only one unused stamp has graded higher and only one other shares this grade (both are hinged), the highest grade awarded to a Mint N.H. example is 95 (offered in previous lot)

70
450
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805
og
Sale Number 1166, Lot Number 805, 1875-88 Bank Note Co. Issues (Scott 178-218)6c Rose (208), 6c Rose (208)6c Rose (208). Original gum, very lightly hinged, bright color, perfectly centered with wide margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THE 1882 RE-ENGRAVED 6-CENT ROSE IS ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT ISSUES TO OBTAIN IN SUCH SUPERB CONDITION. A REMARKABLE CONDITION RARITY.

Despite being the major Scott listing, the Rose shade is far rarer than the Brown Red sub-shade, Scott 208a. Power Search located only one Mint N.H. example offered in our sales since 1993, and that is off-center with perfs almost touching the design. We have offered no multiples with Mint N.H. stamps. The online records of the Philatelic Foundation contain only two in Mint N.H. condition, but we doubt they would even grade 90. For the collector who values centering, a hinged copy is all there is. The example offered here, with light hinging and perfect centering, is a true condition rarity.

Ex "Hanover". With 2009 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, Superb 98; SMQ $7,000.00). This is the highest grade awarded and no others share it. P.S.E. has never graded a Mint N.H. copy.

750
6,750
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806°
ogbl
Sale Number 1166, Lot Number 806, 1875-88 Bank Note Co. Issues (Scott 178-218)10c Brown (209), 10c Brown (209)10c Brown (209). Top imprint, plate no. 550 and letter "M" block of ten, original gum, bottom left stamp Mint N.H., deep rich color, Very Fine and attractive plate block, with 2015 P.S.E. certificate (OGh, VF 80)

3,750
1,800
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807
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Sale Number 1166, Lot Number 807, 1875-88 Bank Note Co. Issues (Scott 178-218)2c Pale Red Brown, Special Printing (211B), 2c Pale Red Brown, Special Printing (211B)2c Pale Red Brown, Special Printing (211B). Original gum, wide margins, fresh color, small natural inclusion, Very Fine, small backstamp

375
300
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808
og
Sale Number 1166, Lot Number 808, 1875-88 Bank Note Co. Issues (Scott 178-218)2c Pale Red Brown, Special Printing, Horizontal Pair, Imperforate Between (211Bc), 2c Pale Red Brown, Special Printing, Horizontal Pair, Imperforate Between (211Bc)2c Pale Red Brown, Special Printing, Horizontal Pair, Imperforate Between (211Bc). Original gum, remarkably well-centered, wonderfully fresh with rich color

EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF THE FINEST CENTERED EXAMPLES OF THIS IMPERFORATE-BETWEEN ERROR IN EXISTENCE.

The vast majority of these error pairs are centered to the top. Using Power Search, we could find no more than one or two which compare to the centering of the pair offered here

2,000
0
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809
nh
Sale Number 1166, Lot Number 809, 1875-88 Bank Note Co. Issues (Scott 178-218)2c Green (213), 2c Green (213)2c Green (213). Mint N.H., deep rich color and proof-like impression, mathematically perfect centering with wide margins, long and full perforations

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS IS QUITE POSSIBLY THE FINEST EXTANT MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1887 2-CENT AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY ISSUE. THIS STAMP IS GRADED GEM 100 BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED AND THE ONLY EXAMPLE TO ACHIEVE THIS PERFECT GRADE.

With 1997 P.F. and 2017 P.S.E. certificates (Gem 100; unpriced in SMQ, SMQ $5,100.00 as 98J). This is the highest grade awarded and no others share it. The next-highest is a single example graded 98J (realized $6,000 hammer in our 2016 "Hanover" sale), followed by a single example graded 95J (never offered in our sales) followed by a few graded 95. The low population numbers at the higher end of the scale is an excellent indication for how rare this is in such superb condition.

120
4,500
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810
nh
Sale Number 1166, Lot Number 810, 1875-88 Bank Note Co. Issues (Scott 178-218)2c Green (213), 2c Green (213)2c Green (213). Mint N.H., deep rich color, wide and balanced margins, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2017 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $1,200.00), only three have graded higher

120
850
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811
og
Sale Number 1166, Lot Number 811, 1875-88 Bank Note Co. Issues (Scott 178-218)5c Indigo, Imperforate (216b), 5c Indigo, Imperforate (216b)5c Indigo, Imperforate (216b). Horizontal pair, original gum, h.r., large margins, rich color, Very Fine

1,400
475
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812
og
Sale Number 1166, Lot Number 812, 1875-88 Bank Note Co. Issues (Scott 178-218)30c Orange Brown, Imperforate (217a), 30c Orange Brown, Imperforate (217a)30c Orange Brown, Imperforate (217a). Horizontal pair, large margins all around including "AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY." imprint at bottom, original gum, h.r., stamps with thin spots, Extremely Fine appearance, especially desirable with the imprint, with 1992 P.S.E. certificate

1,750
650
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813
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Sale Number 1166, Lot Number 813, 1875-88 Bank Note Co. Issues (Scott 178-218)30c Orange Brown, Imperforate (217a), 30c Orange Brown, Imperforate (217a)30c Orange Brown, Imperforate (217a). Horizontal pair, large margins including bottom sheet margin, original gum, each stamp small thin spot, Extremely Fine appearance, with 1992 P.S.E. certificate

1,750
475
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814
og
Sale Number 1166, Lot Number 814, 1875-88 Bank Note Co. Issues (Scott 178-218)90c Purple (218), 90c Purple (218)90c Purple (218). Original gum, lovely bright color, balanced margins which are particularly wide at top and bottom, Very Fine and choice, with 1983 P.F. certificate

850
700
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