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Sale 1180 — The David Wingate Collection of United States Stamps

Sale Date — Wednesday-Thursday, 11-12 April, 2018

Category — 1875 Continental Bank Note Co. Hard Paper Special Printing (Scott 167-177, 180-181)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
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Sale Number 1180, Lot Number 222, 1875 Continental Bank Note Co. Hard Paper Special Printing (Scott 167-177, 180-181)1c Ultramarine, Special Printing (167), 1c Ultramarine, Special Printing (167)1c Ultramarine, Special Printing (167). Without gum as issued, rich color and detailed impression on bright paper, scissors-separated as almost always but with perfs intact on three sides, choice centering

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND RARE SOUND EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT 1875 CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE COMPANY SPECIAL PRINTING.

Our census of Scott 167 contains 45 certified examples. Of these, fewer than ten have perforations all around and perhaps a dozen have perforations on three sides, many of which have faults.

Census No. 167-UNC-29. With 1948 P.F. certificate

14,000
5,250
223
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Sale Number 1180, Lot Number 223, 1875 Continental Bank Note Co. Hard Paper Special Printing (Scott 167-177, 180-181)2c Dark Brown, Special Printing (168), 2c Dark Brown, Special Printing (168)2c Dark Brown, Special Printing (168). Without gum as issued, perfs scissors-separated as usual but intact on two sides, wide margins, small central thin spot

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN ATTRACTIVE EXAMPLE OF THE 1875 2-CENT CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE COMPANY SPECIAL PRINTING.

Our census of Scott 168 contains only 57 copies certified as genuine. Many have perfs scissors-trimmed on at least one side and many have perforations into the design. The example offered here is very presentable.

Census No. 168-UNC-19. With 1957 P.F. certificate

6,000
2,200
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224
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Sale Number 1180, Lot Number 224, 1875 Continental Bank Note Co. Hard Paper Special Printing (Scott 167-177, 180-181)3c Blue Green, Special Printing (169), 3c Blue Green, Special Printing (169)3c Blue Green, Special Printing (169). Without gum as issued, deep rich color, perfs scissors-separated as usual but intact on two sides, wide margins other sides

VERY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE 3-CENT CONTINENTAL HARD-PAPER SPECIAL PRINTING, SCOTT 169.

Our census of Scott 169 contains 35 examples certified as genuine by The Philatelic Foundation (including one on cover). Of these, only three have perforations all around and are confirmed as sound. The example offered here, in sound condition, with balanced margins and full perforations on three sides, should be considered desirable.

Census No. 169-UNC-23. With 1948 P.F. certificate

21,500
8,500
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225
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Sale Number 1180, Lot Number 225, 1875 Continental Bank Note Co. Hard Paper Special Printing (Scott 167-177, 180-181)6c Dull Rose, Special Printing (170), 6c Dull Rose, Special Printing (170)6c Dull Rose, Special Printing (170). Without gum as issued, rich color on crisp paper, intact perforations on all sides, small tear at top right, few small toned spots on a few perfs at right, small blue ink mark at top left

VERY FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE 1875 6-CENT CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE COMPANY SPECIAL PRINTING.

Our census of Scott 170 contains 35 certified examples. Of these, approximately half have full perforations on all sides.

Census No. 170-UNC-09. With 1952 P.F. certificate

18,000
4,500
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226
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Sale Number 1180, Lot Number 226, 1875 Continental Bank Note Co. Hard Paper Special Printing (Scott 167-177, 180-181)7c Reddish Vermilion, Special Printing (171), 7c Reddish Vermilion, Special Printing (171)7c Reddish Vermilion, Special Printing (171). Without gum as issued, intense shade and vivid color, perfectly centered, scissors-separated as usual but showing part of perfs all around and full perfs at top, left and bottom

FRESH AND EXTREMELY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE 1875 7-CENT CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE COMPANY SPECIAL PRINTING.

Our census of Scott 171 contains 71 certified examples plus one uncertified copy. Most stamps were scissors-separated, affecting the perforations on at least one side.

Census No. 171-UNC-71. With 1999 P.F. certificate

4,000
4,500
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227
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Sale Number 1180, Lot Number 227, 1875 Continental Bank Note Co. Hard Paper Special Printing (Scott 167-177, 180-181)10c Pale Brown, Special Printing (172), 10c Pale Brown, Special Printing (172)10c Pale Brown, Special Printing (172). Without gum as issued, scissors-separated as usual with full and intact perforations on three sides, s.e. at left, deep rich color, tiny perf tear at top left

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN ATTRACTIVE EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT 1875 CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE COMPANY SPECIAL PRINTING. LESS THAN 40 ARE BELIEVED TO EXIST.

Our census of Scott 172 contains 37 certified examples. A majority of these are scissors-separated into the perforations on at least one side. The example offered here, with wide margins and full perforations on three sides, is better than most.

Census No. 172-UNC-17. With 1948 P.F. certificate

17,000
5,250
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228
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Sale Number 1180, Lot Number 228, 1875 Continental Bank Note Co. Hard Paper Special Printing (Scott 167-177, 180-181)12c Dark Violet, Special Printing (173), 12c Dark Violet, Special Printing (173)12c Dark Violet, Special Printing (173). Without gum as issued, scissors-separated as usual with intact perfs on three sides, s.e. at left, intense color on bright paper

VERY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE 12-CENT 1875 CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE COMPANY SPECIAL PRINTING.

Our recently updated census records for Scott 173 contain 71 certified examples.

Census No. 173-UNC-22. With 1948 P.F. certificate

5,500
2,300
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229
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Sale Number 1180, Lot Number 229, 1875 Continental Bank Note Co. Hard Paper Special Printing (Scott 167-177, 180-181)15c Bright Orange, Special Printing (174), 15c Bright Orange, Special Printing (174)15c Bright Orange, Special Printing (174). Without gum as issued, vibrant color, perfs scissors-separated as usual with full perforations on three sides, few unpunched perfs at top left, perforations are clear of the design on all sides

VERY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE 15-CENT 1875 CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE COMPANY SPECIAL PRINTING.

Only 39 certified examples are contained in our census.

Census No. 174-UNC-33. With 1960 P.F. certificate.

15,500
5,750
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230
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Sale Number 1180, Lot Number 230, 1875 Continental Bank Note Co. Hard Paper Special Printing (Scott 167-177, 180-181)24c Dull Purple, Special Printing (175), 24c Dull Purple, Special Printing (175)24c Dull Purple, Special Printing (175). Without gum as issued, perfs scissors-separated as usual with intact perforations on two sides, s.e. at right and bottom, rich color on bright paper

VERY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE 24-CENT 1875 CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE COMPANY SPECIAL PRINTING.

Our census of Scott 175 contains approximately 100 examples.

Census No. 175-UNC-54. Ex Golin. Faint red backstamp. With 1952 P.F. certificate

3,400
2,400
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231
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Sale Number 1180, Lot Number 231, 1875 Continental Bank Note Co. Hard Paper Special Printing (Scott 167-177, 180-181)30c Greenish Black, Special Printing (176), 30c Greenish Black, Special Printing (176)30c Greenish Black, Special Printing (176). Without gum as issued, perfs scissors-separated but intact on three sides, s.e. at bottom where extra wide margin, lovely shade and impression

VERY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE 30-CENT 1875 CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE COMPANY SPECIAL PRINTING.

Many examples of the Continental Bank Note special printings were separated by scissors, and so are often found with perforations partly missing or entirely trimmed away. Our recently updated census records for Scott 176 contain 50 copies. Of these, only three or four have perforations on all four sides.

Census No. 176-UNC-09. With 1948 P.F. certificate

12,000
4,250
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Sale Number 1180, Lot Number 232, 1875 Continental Bank Note Co. Hard Paper Special Printing (Scott 167-177, 180-181)90c Violet Carmine, Special Printing (177), 90c Violet Carmine, Special Printing (177)90c Violet Carmine, Special Printing (177). Without gum as issued, perfs scissors-separated as usual but intact on all sides, appears to be partly reperfed but not mentioned as such on accompanying certificate, rich color

VERY FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1875 CONTINENLA BANK NOTE COMPANY SPECIAL PRINTING.

Our census of Scott 177 contains 46 certified examples. Census No. 177-UNC-04. Ex "Ambassador", Seymour and Golin. With 1991 P.F. certificate.

18,000
6,125
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Sale Number 1180, Lot Number 233, 1875 Continental Bank Note Co. Hard Paper Special Printing (Scott 167-177, 180-181)2c Carmine Vermilion, Special Printing (180), 2c Carmine Vermilion, Special Printing (180)2c Carmine Vermilion, Special Printing (180). Without gum as issued, brilliant color on crisp paper, centered to lower left but with perforations well clear of the design on all sides, nibbed perf at upper right not mentioned on accompanying certificate

FRESH AND VERY FINE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 1875 2-CENT CARMINE VERMILION CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE COMPANY SPECIAL PRINTING. ONE OF THE RAREST OF ALL BANK NOTE SPECIAL PRINTINGS. ONLY 24 ARE RECORDED IN OUR CENSUS.

Our census of Scott 180, available at https://siegelauctions.com/census/us/scott/180 , records 24 examples of this rare Special Printing, one of which is in The New York Public Library collection. Perhaps a dozen are confirmed as sound.

Census No. 180-UNC-09. Ex Caspary and Golin. With 1992 P.F. certificate

70,000
23,000
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Sale Number 1180, Lot Number 234, 1875 Continental Bank Note Co. Hard Paper Special Printing (Scott 167-177, 180-181)5c Bright Blue, Special Printing (181), 5c Bright Blue, Special Printing (181)5c Bright Blue, Special Printing (181). Without gum as issued, deep rich color on crisp paper, full and intact perforations all around, small thin spot at top left outside of the design, the 1992 P.F. certificate repeated an earlier and inaccurate “toned” condition note, but we never agreed with that observation, and The Philatelic Foundation just issued a new certificate that concurs with our opinion

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THE 5-CENT 1875 CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE COMPANY HARD-PAPER SPECIAL PRINTING, SCOTT 181, IS ONE OF THE RAREST OF ALL UNITED STATES STAMPS. ONLY TEN EXAMPLES ARE RECORDED IN OUR CENSUS, INCLUDING ONE IN THE MILLER COLLECTION AT THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY. THIS IS THE FIRST WE HAVE OFFERED SINCE 2009.

Our census of Scott 181, available at our website at https://siegelauctions.com/census/us/scott/181 , contains only ten examples, including one in The New York Public Library collection, leaving nine available to collectors. One (number 8) was certified in 1952 and needs to be reexamined for condition and identification. Two have perforations touching the design at bottom (numbers 1 and 5). One other has perforations partly scissors-separated but intact (number 3). This leaves only five well-centered examples available to collectors with intact perforations (numbers 2, 4, 6, 7 and 9).

The stamp offered here was part of a group of Special Printings that were misdescribed as “toned” on P.F. certificates issued many years ago, and that incorrect description was repeated in 1992 for this Scott 181, despite the general consensus that none of the stamps were toned in any way. We submitted this stamp for another examination and opinion, and we are pleased to report that the previous “toned” comment has been deemed inaccurate.

The last Scott 181 we offered was in our “Laila” sale in 2009 (Census No. 4), where it realized $475,000 hammer. We had previously sold the same copy in 2007 for $450,000 hammer. Prior to that, one has to go back to our 1998 Zoellner sale to find an example in our auctions. Outside of the ex “Laila” stamp, we are aware of only two other Scott 181's that have traded hands since 2001 -- number 2 (2001 Floyd sale) and number 3 (2008 Newport sale).

Census No. 181-UNC-06. Ex Peyton (“Isleham”), McNall and Lyons. With 1992 and 2018 P.F. certificates

450,000
310,000
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