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Sale 1200 — The William H. Gross Collection: U.S. Stamp Multiples

Sale Date — Wednesday-Thursday, 8-9 May, 2019

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Category — 1870-71 National Bank Note Co. Ungrilled Issue (Scott 145-147)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
114°
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 114, 1870-71 National Bank Note Co. Ungrilled Issue (Scott 145-147), The only complete plate block of Scott 145 in private hands, and impressive as a block of fourteen

DESCRIPTION

1¢ Ultramarine (145), unused block of fourteen (no gum) from bottom of right pane with "ENGRAVED & PRINTED BY THE NATIONAL BANK-NOTE CO. NEW YORK" imprint, "No. 16" plate number and guide arrow, brilliant color

PROVENANCE

Richard Wolffers sale, 3/3/1982, lot 453

Dr. J. Paul Wampler, Shreves Philatelic Galleries, 4/24-25/1998, lot 27 to Chapin

John C. Chapin (collection sold privately to Mr. Gross through Shreves, 2002)

CENSUS

Chapin census no. 369

CONDITION NOTES

Fine; few toned spots, sensibly reinforced perf separations, dry printing affects two stamps above imprint

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$4,980.00 as plate block of twelve and two no gum singles

HISTORY AND COMMENTARY

The Chapin census lists only two full plate blocks for Scott 145. The other is in the Miller collection, owned by The New York Public Library. The Luff book notes that 146,668,600 1¢ stamps were distributed to post offices between September 1870 and June 1873. This includes the grilled issue. Despite the large quantity issued and low denomination, plate blocks or other multiples are rare.

E. 3,000-4,000
Future Sale
115°
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 115, 1870-71 National Bank Note Co. Ungrilled Issue (Scott 145-147), The only recorded plate block of Scott 146--a wonderful large multiple

DESCRIPTION

2¢ Red Brown (146), block of fourteen from bottom of left pane with "NATIONAL BANK NOTE CO. NEW YORK" imprint, "No. 34" and guide arrow, seven stamps including most of bottom row Mint N.H., others original gum, few hinge remnants mostly where few perf separations sensibly reinforced, crisp impression on bright paper

PROVENANCE

Dr. J. Paul Wampler, Shreves Philatelic Galleries, 4/24-25/1998, lot 28 to Chapin

John C. Chapin (collection sold privately to Mr. Gross through Shreves, 2002)

CENSUS

Chapin census no. 372

CONDITION NOTES

Fine-Very Fine; three stamps at top right light diagonal crease, few perf separations sensibly reinforced

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$8,250.00

HISTORY AND COMMENTARY

The Chapin census lists just this plate block for Scott 146, plus a block of four showing the plate number only (no imprint). The Luff book notes that 234,091,350 2¢ stamps were distributed to post offices between September 1870 and June 1873. This includes the grilled issue. Despite the large quantity issued and low denomination, plate blocks or other multiples are rare.

E. 5,000-7,500
Future Sale
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116°
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 116, 1870-71 National Bank Note Co. Ungrilled Issue (Scott 145-147), One of only three recorded Scott 147 plate blocks, of which two are top positions

DESCRIPTION

3¢ Green (147), block of fourteen from top of right pane with "NATIONAL BANK NOTE CO. NEW YORK" imprint, "No. 7" plate number and guide arrow, original gum, top stamps hinge remnants, choice centering throughout, bright shade

PROVENANCE

W. Parsons Todd, Siegel Auction Galleries, 1/10/1978, Sale 521, lot 115

John C. Chapin (collection sold privately to Mr. Gross through Shreves, 2002)

CENSUS

Chapin census no. 374

CONDITION NOTES

Very Fine-Extremely Fine

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$4,600.00 as plate block of ten and two pairs

HISTORY AND COMMENTARY

The Chapin census lists three plate blocks for Scott 147, plus one plate block in imperforate form. A bottom plate block from Plate 44 was offered in the Moody, Todd and Wampler sales. A plate block of 14 from the top left corner of Plate 7 was offered in a 3/31/1947 Harmer sale, but it was not illustrated and we have no other information. The third is offered here. This is an extremely small survival rate, considering that 1.2 billion 3¢ stamps, or 6 million sheets, were distributed to postmasters between September 30, 1870, and June 30, 1873.

E. 3,000-4,000
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