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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 — 1879 American Bank Note Co. Issue (Scott 182-191)

Lot
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Cat./Est. Value
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 127, 1879 American Bank Note Co. Issue (Scott 182-191)A rare plate block of the 1¢ from an early American Bank Note Co, A rare plate block of the 1¢ from an early American Bank Note CoA rare plate block of the 1¢ from an early American Bank Note Co. printing on an intermediate soft paper, using the Continental plate

DESCRIPTION

1¢ Dark Ultramarine (182), block of twelve from bottom of right pane with "PRINTED BY THE CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE CO. NEW YORK" imprint and "No. 307" plate number, original gum, hinge remnants, choice centering, radiant color

PROVENANCE

Siegel Auction Galleries, 6/20-21/1979, Sale 547, lot 237

Dr. J. Paul Wampler, Shreves Philatelic Galleries, 4/24-25/1998, lot 31, to Chapin

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

CENSUS

Chapin census no. 386 (as Scott 156)

CERTIFICATION

The Philatelic Foundation (1960) as Scott 156, Dark Ultramarine shade

CONDITION NOTES

Very Fine; few perf separations sensibly reinforced

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

Unlisted in Scott on this paper; Scott value $4,250.00 as Scott 182 plate block

HISTORY AND COMMENTARY

When the American Bank Note Co. took over Continental in 1879, some of the Continental plates were used before new plates with American imprints were made. The American printings from Continental plates can be distinguished by the soft porous paper and shade. The plate block offered here is printed on an intermediate soft paper attributed to American. This plate block is listed in the Chapin census as Scott 156 on "intermediate paper, late printing." To reflect current classification criteria, we have decided to offer it as an early American printing on intermediate soft paper, Scott 182.

E. 4,000-5,000
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 128, 1879 American Bank Note Co. Issue (Scott 182-191), One of three recorded top position plate blocks of Scott 183, and the only top position plate block from Plate 391

DESCRIPTION

2¢ Vermilion (183), block of twelve from top of right pane with "AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY" imprint and "No. 391" plate number, few stamps Mint N.H., others original gum, some hinge remnants, radiant color

PROVENANCE

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

CENSUS

Chapin census no. 460

CONDITION NOTES

Fine-Very Fine; perf separations reinforced with hinge slivers, few creases or wrinkles in selvage at left

SCOTT VALUE (2019)

$2,500.00

HISTORY AND COMMENTARY

There are eight plate blocks of Scott 183 recorded in the Chapin census. Among these there are only three recorded top plate blocks, including one in a pane of 100 which may or may not be intact. The Wampler collection contained a bottom plate block from Plate 391, which was not included in the Chapin census, bringing the total count to nine plate blocks with three known from the top position. The other top position plate block outside of the pane has the Continental Bank Note Co. imprint, so if the pane is intact, then the example offered here is the only top position plate block with the American imprint.

E. 1,000-1,500
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 129, 1879 American Bank Note Co. Issue (Scott 182-191)An attractive top plate block of Scott 184, with the old Continental Bank Note Co, An attractive top plate block of Scott 184, with the old Continental Bank Note CoAn attractive top plate block of Scott 184, with the old Continental Bank Note Co. imprint

DESCRIPTION

3¢ Green (184), block of fourteen from top of left pane with "PRINTED BY THE CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE CO. NEW YORK" imprint, "No. 267" plate number and guide arrow, right two stamps and some selvage hinge remnants, virtually all others Mint N.H., deep rich color

PROVENANCE

H. R. Harmer sale, 6/25/1975, lot 383

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

CENSUS

Chapin census no. 469

CONDITION NOTES

Fine; few minor perf separations in selvage sensibly reinforced

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$1,900.00

HISTORY AND COMMENTARY

When the American Bank Note Co. took over Continental in 1879, some of the Continental plates were used before new plates with American imprints were made. The American printings from Continental plates can be distinguished by the soft porous paper and shade. This is one of six top plate blocks of Scott 184 listed in the Chapin census with the old Continental imprint.

E. 400-500
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 130, 1879 American Bank Note Co. Issue (Scott 182-191)The finer of two recorded plate blocks of the 5¢ Taylor American Bank Note Co, The finer of two recorded plate blocks of the 5¢ Taylor American Bank Note CoThe finer of two recorded plate blocks of the 5¢ Taylor American Bank Note Co. Issue, and the only one known from the top position

DESCRIPTION

5¢ Blue (185), block of twelve from top of left pane with "AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY" imprint, "No. 325" plate number and guide arrow, original gum, few small hinge remnants, one or two may be Mint N.H., phenomenal centering is especially evident on the bottom row, remarkably deep rich color

PROVENANCE

Benjamin D. Phillips (bought from Weills out of Ward estate, 1964; Phillips collection sold privately to Weills, 1968)

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

CENSUS

Chapin census no. 485 (illustrated on page 20). The 1984 supplement to the census notes this is ex Wunderlich, but we are unable to find any confirmation#

CONDITION NOTES

Very Fine-Extremely Fine; few small hinge slivers mostly added as preventive measure to stabilize the block, few trivial perf separations

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$12,500.00

HISTORY AND COMMENTARY

Only two plate blocks of Scott 185 are known. The only recorded top position plate block is offered here. The other plate block, a bottom position from Plate 325, was offered in the 1998 Wampler sale held by Shreves Philatelic Galleries.

E. 10,000-15,000
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 131, 1879 American Bank Note Co. Issue (Scott 182-191), A gorgeous Mint Never-Hinged plate block of Scott 189

DESCRIPTION

15¢ Red Orange (189), Mint N.H. block of twelve from bottom of left pane with "PRINTED BY THE CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE CO. NEW YORK" imprint and "No. 31" plate number, radiant color

PROVENANCE

As pane of 100: Col. Edward H. R. Green, Hugh C. Barr sale, 10/15-18/1945, lot 56

Siegel Auction Galleries, 1973 Rarities of the World, 3/22/1973, Sale 428, lot 99

As plate block of 12: Richard Wolffers sale, 9/11/1975, lot 1A

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

CENSUS

Chapin census no. 510 (p. 27)

CONDITION NOTES

Very Fine; expertly sealed tear in selvage below third stamp from left

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

Unpriced in Scott as Mint N.H.; $8,500.00 as hinged

HISTORY AND COMMENTARY

When the American Bank Note Co. took over Continental in 1879, some of the Continental plates were used before new plates with American imprints were made. The American printings from Continental plates can be distinguished by the soft porous paper and shade. In the case of the 15¢, new plates were never made, so they all show the Continental imprint. The distinguishing factors are color and paper.

E. 4,000-5,000
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 132, 1879 American Bank Note Co. Issue (Scott 182-191)A remarkably rare plate block of the 30¢ Black American Bank Note Co, A remarkably rare plate block of the 30¢ Black American Bank Note CoA remarkably rare plate block of the 30¢ Black American Bank Note Co. Issue, of which perhaps four exist

DESCRIPTION

30¢ Full Black (190), block of twelve from bottom of left pane with "AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY" imprint, "No. 405" plate number and guide arrow, original gum, hinge remnants, intense shade and proof-like impression

PROVENANCE

Amos Eno, Harmer, Rooke sale, 5/18/1954, lot 57

H. R. Harmer sale, Feb. 1957, to Chapin

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

CENSUS

Chapin census no. 515 (illustrated on page 21)

CERTIFICATION

The Philatelic Foundation (1957)

CONDITION NOTES

Fine-Very Fine; thin in selvage below second stamp from left, some reinforced perf separations

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$15,000.00

HISTORY AND COMMENTARY

No Scott 190 plate blocks are known with the Continental imprint--the known examples come from Plate 405 (American imprint). The Chapin census lists four plate blocks plus a pane of 100 offered in the 11/13/1944 Green sale, which was not illustrated. If that pane was broken, it is possible its two plate blocks are included in the census. We have not offered one since the 1992 Rarities of the World sale.

E. 7,500-10,000
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 133, 1879 American Bank Note Co. Issue (Scott 182-191)One of three recorded multiples of the 90¢ Carmine American Bank Note Co, One of three recorded multiples of the 90¢ Carmine American Bank Note CoOne of three recorded multiples of the 90¢ Carmine American Bank Note Co. Issue with the full imprint and plate number

DESCRIPTION

90¢ Carmine, Imperforate (191b), 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, large margins all around, rich color

PROVENANCE

Col. Edward H. R. Green, Eugene Costales sale, 2/18-21/1946, lot 434

Siegel Auction Galleries, 1996 Rarities of the World, 5/21/1996, Sale 777, lot 154

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

CENSUS

Chapin census no. 520

CONDITION NOTES

Very Fine; some small thins in selvage, few light creases including one ending in a small tear below fourth stamp

HISTORY AND COMMENTARY

The same plate was used for all 90¢ Bank Note stamps starting in 1870, and the imprint was never changed to reflect Continental or American Bank Note Co. printings. The Chapin census lists the strip offered here, plus a top imprint and plate number strip of six of the perforated stamp in the Rose sub-shade (ex Caspary). A third has since come to light, a bottom imprint and plate number strip of five, which was offered in our 2012 sale of the Frelinghuysen collection. However, this remains the only imperforate imprint and plate number strip extant.

E. 4,000-5,000
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