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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 — 1890-93 Issue (Scott 219-229)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
137°
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 137, 1890-93 Issue (Scott 219-229), One of the finest plate blocks of the 6¢ 1890 Issue we have encountered

DESCRIPTION

6¢ Brown Red (224), block of twelve from top of left pane with "AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY" imprint and "No. 23" plate number, eleven stamps Mint N.H., position 10 lightly hinged, well-balanced margins, rich color on bright paper

PROVENANCE

Amos Eno, Harmer, Rooke sale, 5/18/1954, lot 76

Siegel Auction Galleries, 1988 Rarities of the World, 4/23/1988, Sale 692, lot 277

Paul Cheyney (collection sold privately to Mr. Gross)

CERTIFICATION

The Philatelic Foundation (1988)

CONDITION NOTES

Very Fine; few minor perf separations at top and bottom

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$3,070.00

HISTORY AND COMMENTARY

We have offered only two other plate blocks from the top position since keeping computerized records. Both were Mint N.H., but one has perforations touching the design. The other is a plate block of 16 with centering comparable to the one offered here. Wampler had one from the bottom position, and Dr. Fogelson did not have any. The Philatelic Foundation has not certified any other 6¢ 1890 plate blocks from the top position.

E. 2,000-3,000
Future Sale
138°
nhbl
Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 138, 1890-93 Issue (Scott 219-229), A remarkably rare Mint Never-Hinged top position plate block of the 8¢ 1890-93 Issue

DESCRIPTION

8¢ Lilac (225), Mint N.H. block of ten from top of right pane with "AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY" imprint, letters "Z Z" and "No. 268" plate number, choice centering, rich color on bright paper

PROVENANCE

Dr. Frederick S. Fogelson, Shreves Philatelic Galleries, 2/11/2005, lot 9, to William H. Gross

CERTIFICATION

The Philatelic Foundation (1990)

CONDITION NOTES

Very Fine

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$3,250.00

HISTORY AND COMMENTARY

An exhaustive review of our auctions since 1994 found only one other Mint N.H. plate block, from the bottom position. The Philatelic Foundation has certified one other as Mint N.H., from the bottom position.

E. 3,000-4,000
Future Sale
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139°
ogbl
Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 139, 1890-93 Issue (Scott 219-229), A plate block of the 90¢ 1890 Issue with wonderful visual appeal

DESCRIPTION

90¢ Orange (229), block of ten from bottom of left pane with "AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY" imprint and "No. 25" plate number, original gum, lightly hinged, radiant color

PROVENANCE

Siegel Auction Galleries, 1992 Rarities of the World, 10/3/1992, Sale 745, lot 650

Paul Cheyney (collection sold privately to Mr. Gross)

CERTIFICATION

The Philatelic Foundation (1988)

CONDITION NOTES

Very Fine; some perf separations sensibly reinforced

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$27,500.00

HISTORY AND COMMENTARY

The Last 90¢ Denomination

The 90¢ stamp printed by the American Bank Note Co. in 1890 was the last issue of this denomination. When the Columbian commemorative issue was produced in 1893, followed by the 1894 Bureau regular issue, the 90¢ was replaced by dollar values. The practical value of a 90¢ stamp was greatly diminished when the basic domestic letter rate was reduced from 3¢ to 2¢ in 1883.

Plate 25 was the only plate used to print the 90¢ 1890 Issue. Plate blocks are exceedingly rare. Our 2014 Curtis auction contained two, and prior to that one has to go back to 2003 to find another offered in our auctions.

E. 7,500-10,000
Future Sale
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