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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 — 1873 Continental Bank Note Co. Issue (Scott 156-166, 178)

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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 117, 1873 Continental Bank Note Co. Issue (Scott 156-166, 178)The largest recorded plate block of the 1¢ 1873 Continental Bank Note Co, The largest recorded plate block of the 1¢ 1873 Continental Bank Note CoThe largest recorded plate block of the 1¢ 1873 Continental Bank Note Co. Issue

DESCRIPTION

1¢ Ultramarine (156), block of fourteen from bottom of left pane with "PRINTED BY THE CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE CO. NEW YORK" imprint, "No. 307" plate number and guide arrow, original gum, hinge remnants, brilliant color

PROVENANCE

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

CENSUS

Chapin census no. 456, incorrectly listed as Scott 182b Gray Blue shade

CONDITION NOTES

Very Fine; natural gum crease affects two stamps, few minor perf separations sensibly reinforced

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

Unlisted as a plate block of 14. Scott value as plate block of 12 is $6,250.00

HISTORY AND COMMENTARY

The 1¢ 1873 Continental Bank Note Co. issue is extremely rare in plate block form. We have offered only one since keeping computerized records--a plate block of 12 with full imprint from Plate 209. The block offered here, from the left pane of the sheet of 200, requires seven stamps across to show the full imprint, thus requiring 14 stamps to be a complete plate block. This plate block is an excellent companion to the one offered in lot 127, which is from the same plate number but printed by American Bank Note Co. after it acquired Continental.

E. 3,000-4,000
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 118, 1873 Continental Bank Note Co. Issue (Scott 156-166, 178), A magnificent plate block of 20 of the 2¢ Brown 1873 Issue

DESCRIPTION

2¢ Brown (157), block of 20, the complete two bottom rows of the right pane with "PRINTED BY THE CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE CO. NEW YORK" imprint, "No. 241." plate number and guide arrow, original gum, most stamps in bottom row Mint N.H., few hinge remnants in top row and selvage, deep rich color

PROVENANCE

As part of complete pane of 100: 1982 Siegel sale (Sale 592, lot 55)

As plate block of 20: John C. Chapin (collection sold privately to Mr. Gross through Shreves, 2002)

CENSUS

Chapin census no. 397

CONDITION NOTES

Fine-Very Fine; perf separations most prominent between the two horizontal rows at right

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$12,325.00

HISTORY AND COMMENTARY

The 2¢ 1873 Continental Bank Note Co. issue is scarce in plate block form. We have offered only two others since keeping computerized records--one from the bottom and one from the top of the pane, and both smaller than the block offered here.

E. 5,000-7,500
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 119, 1873 Continental Bank Note Co. Issue (Scott 156-166, 178), Top plate block of 18 of the 3¢ 1873 Issue

DESCRIPTION

3¢ Green (158), block of 18 from top of left pane with "PRINTED BY THE CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE CO. NEW YORK" imprint, "No. 282" plate number and guide arrow, original gum, few hinge remnants including in right block of four

PROVENANCE

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

CENSUS

Chapin census no. 405

CONDITION NOTES

Fine

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$5,300.00

HISTORY AND COMMENTARY

The 3¢ 1873 Continental Bank Note Co. issue is scarce in plate block form and particularly desirable from the top position. The Chapin census records only seven complete plate blocks of Scott 158. This is the first top plate block we have offered since keeping computerized sale records.

E. 2,000-3,000
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 120, 1873 Continental Bank Note Co. Issue (Scott 156-166, 178), The unique top plate number 305 block of the 6¢ 1873 Continental in the Brown Rose shade

DESCRIPTION

6¢ Brown Rose (159 variety), block of twelve from top of right pane with "PRINTED BY THE CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE CO. NEW YORK" imprint and "No. 305" plate number, Mint N.H., hinged only in selvage, wonderful color in Brown Rose shade, top row choice centering and wide margins

PROVENANCE

Col. Edward H. R. Green, Part 23, Hugh C. Barr sale, 10/15-18/1945, lot 32, as a block of 16

Benjamin D. Phillips (collection sold privately to Weills, 1968)

Siegel Auction Galleries, 1974 Rarities of the World, 3/27/1974, Sale 448, lot 93, as a block of 16, from the Weills

Siegel Auction Galleries, 1977 Rarities of the World, 3/23/1977, Sale 510, lot 125A, as this block of 12

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

CENSUS

Chapin census no. 419

CONDITION NOTES

Fine-Extremely Fine

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$17,500.00 as Dull Pink, unlisted as Brown Rose

HISTORY AND COMMENTARY

This is the only recorded plate block of the 6¢ 1873 Continental Bank Note Co. issue in the scarce Brown Rose sub-shade, which was printed only from Plate 305. Despite the Scott Catalogue assigning the same value to this shade as the normal Dull Pink shade, examples are very elusive. Power Search does not list even a single in our sales since 1995. This block was originally part of a block of 16 when it was offered in Part 23 of the Colonel Green sales (Hugh C. Barr, 10/15-18/1945, lot 32). It remained a block of 16 until it was broken into this block of 12 and a block of four following the Siegel 1974 Rarities of the World sale. This plate block was offered again in the 1977 Rarities of the World sale before entering the Chapin collection. Overall for Scott 159, the Chapin census records only nine complete plate blocks, this being the only one in Brown Rose.

E. 10,000-15,000
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 121, 1873 Continental Bank Note Co. Issue (Scott 156-166, 178)The unique plate block of the 7¢ 1873 Continental Bank Note Co, The unique plate block of the 7¢ 1873 Continental Bank Note CoThe unique plate block of the 7¢ 1873 Continental Bank Note Co. Issue

DESCRIPTION

7¢ Orange Vermilion (160), block of twelve from bottom of right pane with "PRINTED BY THE CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE CO. NEW YORK" imprint and "No. 22" plate number, original gum, lightly hinged with narrow hinge remnant at right and in selvage, vibrant color

PROVENANCE

John C. Chapin (acquired in Siegel Sale 821, lot 560, Chapin collection sold privately to Mr. Gross through Shreves, 2002)

CENSUS

Chapin census no. 421

CONDITION NOTES

Fine; some sensibly reinforced perf separations, inconsequential small scrape in selvage

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$14,500.00 for this unique plate block

HISTORY AND COMMENTARY

The 7¢ denomination was dropped from the Bank Note series after the 1875 General Postal Union rates took effect. This is the only recorded plate block of the 7¢ 1873 Issue.

E. 7,500-10,000
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 122, 1873 Continental Bank Note Co. Issue (Scott 156-166, 178), The unique top plate block of the 10¢ 1873 Continental Issue

DESCRIPTION

10¢ Brown (161), block of twelve from top of right pane with "PRINTED BY THE CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE CO. NEW YORK" imprint and "No. 23" plate number, most stamps are Mint N.H., hinge slivers in selvage, deep rich color, attractive centering

PROVENANCE

As pane of 100: Col. Edward H. R. Green, Part 23, Hugh C. Barr sale, 10/15-18/1945, lot 48

As pane of 100: Siegel Auction Galleries, 1974 Rarities of the World, 3/27/1974, Sale 448, lot 95

As plate block of 12: Siegel Auction Galleries, 1977 Rarities of the World, 3/23/1977, Sale 510, lot 125B

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

CENSUS

Chapin census no. 422

CONDITION NOTES

Fine; three stamps with minor surface disturbances on the face

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$21,500.00

HISTORY AND COMMENTARY

This is the only recorded top plate block of the 10¢ 1873 Continental Bank Note Co. issue. This block was originally part of a complete right pane of 100 when it was offered in Part 23 of the Colonel Green sales (Hugh C. Barr, 10/15-18/1945, lot 48). It remained a complete pane until it was broken up following the 1974 Rarities of the World sale, yielding this top plate block and a bottom plate block (last offered in the Curtis collection, Sale 1084, lot 3426). This top plate block of 12 was reoffered in the 1977 Rarities of the World sale before becoming part of the Chapin collection. Overall for Scott 161, the Chapin census records only three complete plate blocks--this the only top--but the third plate block is a bottom position without gum and with small surface scuffs (last offered in the Curtis collection, Sale 1084, lot 3427).

E. 7,500-10,000
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 123, 1873 Continental Bank Note Co. Issue (Scott 156-166, 178), The unique imprint and plate number strip of the 30¢ 1873 Continental Issue

DESCRIPTION

30¢ Gray Black (165), horizontal strip of five from top of left pane with "NATIONAL BANK NOTE CO. NEW YORK" imprint and "No. 22" plate number, disturbed original gum, hinge remnants, intense shade

PROVENANCE

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

CENSUS

Chapin census no. 429

CONDITION NOTES

Fine; reinforced perf separations, one stamp tiny thin

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

Listed but unpriced

HISTORY AND COMMENTARY

This is the only recorded complete imprint and plate number multiple of the 30¢ 1873 Continental Bank Note Co. issue. No plate blocks are known, and the only other multiple with a plate number is a block of six without imprint (Siegel Sale 1014, lot 1411). This strip appeared in Siegel Sale 408 in 1972 (lot 282). As this strip vividly demonstrates, Continental Bank Note Co. used the National plate to print 30¢ stamps in 1873, leaving the National imprint unchanged.

E. 7,500-10,000
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 124, 1873 Continental Bank Note Co. Issue (Scott 156-166, 178), One of three recorded strips of Scott 166 showing the full imprint and plate number--no full plate blocks are known

DESCRIPTION

90¢ Rose Carmine (166), horizontal strip of five from top of right pane with "NATIONAL BANK NOTE CO. NEW YORK" imprint and "No. 23" plate number, right stamp Mint N.H., others original gum, lightly hinged, brilliant color on fresh paper

PROVENANCE

John W. Kaufmann sale, 5/28/1988, lot 349, described as Scott 155 (incorrectly)

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

CENSUS

Chapin census no. 381A as Scott 155 (incorrectly)

CONDITION NOTES

Fine; two stamps natural gum skips

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$14,000.00

HISTORY AND COMMENTARY

This is one of only three recorded complete imprint and plate number strips of the 90¢ 1873 Continental Bank Note Co. issue. One of the others is offered in lot 125; the third comes from the bottom position (Curtis collection, Sale 1084, lot 3436). No complete plate blocks are known of the 90¢ National or Continental issues. The Chapin book records the unique plate number block of four without imprint (2012 Rarities of the World, lot 172). There is also a block of four with imprint only (Whitman collection, Sale 968A, lot 202). As this strip beautifully demonstrates, Continental Bank Note Co. used the National plate to print 90¢ stamps in 1873.

E. 4,000-5,000
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 125, 1873 Continental Bank Note Co. Issue (Scott 156-166, 178), One of three recorded strips of Scott 166 showing the full imprint and plate number-- no full plate blocks are known

DESCRIPTION

90¢ Rose Carmine (166), horizontal strip of five from top of right pane with "NATIONAL BANK NOTE CO. NEW YORK" imprint and "No. 23" plate number, original gum, hinge remnants, bright color

PROVENANCE

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

CENSUS

Chapin census no. 431B (1984 supplement)

CONDITION NOTES

Fine; light creases in selvage, center stamp has small faint thin spot

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$14,000.00

HISTORY AND COMMENTARY

This is one of only three recorded complete imprint and plate number strips of the 90¢ 1873 Continental Bank Note Co. issue. One of the others is offered in lot 124; the third comes from the bottom position (Curtis collection, Sale 1084, lot 3436). No complete plate blocks are known of the 90¢ National or Continental issues. The Chapin book records the unique plate number block of four without imprint (2012 Rarities of the World, lot 172). There is also a block of four with imprint only (Whitman collection, Sale 968A, lot 202). As evidenced by this imprint and plate number strip, the National plate was used by Continental Bank Note Co. to print 90¢ stamps in 1873.

E. 2,000-3,000
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 126, 1873 Continental Bank Note Co. Issue (Scott 156-166, 178), The unique top plate block of the 2¢ Vermilion 1875 Continental Issue

DESCRIPTION

2¢ Vermilion (178), block of 20, top two rows of left pane with "PRINTED BY THE CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE CO. NEW YORK" imprint, "No. 162" plate number and guide arrow, plate block is Mint N.H. as are other stamps except for some strengthening between selvage and top left stamp

PROVENANCE

Josiah K. Lilly, Jr., Siegel Auction Galleries, 2/7/1968, Sale 327, lot 163

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

CENSUS

Chapin census no. 445

CONDITION NOTES

Fine; bottom row with natural horizontal gum creases, minor perf separations, small nick in selvage at upper left

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$9,325.00

HISTORY AND COMMENTARY

We record only four complete imprint and plate number blocks of the 2¢ Vermilion 1875 Issue (the Chapin census records only three), with this the only block from the desirable top position. The other three, including one plate block of 14 and two plate blocks of 27, are all from the bottom positions.

E. 3,000-4,000
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