EXTREMELY FINE SET OF ATLANTA TRIAL COLOR PROOFS FOR THE 1871 CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE ISSUE, WITH THE 5-CENT 1875 AMERICAN BANK NOTE ISSUE.
The Atlanta trial color plate proofs on card were prepared for display at the 1881 International Cotton Exposition in Atlanta. Only one sheet of 50 in each color was printed. The sheets were somehow acquired by James A. Petrie of Phillipsburg, New Jersey, at the close of the exposition (along with the 1869 invert card proof sheets). Petrie claimed that he rescued the proofs just before they were to be burned. They were cut up into one set of blocks of eight, two sets of blocks of four, pairs and singles. These are often offered either by denomination or in other smaller groupings. It is difficult to assemble the complete set. This Extremely Fine set is one of the choicest we have encountered
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THE 2-CENT AND $2.00 TRANS-MISSISSIPPI ARE THE ONLY TWO DENOMINATIONS OF THE SET KNOWN AS PLATE PROOFS. AN EXTREMELY RARE CLASSIC PROOF.
Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) plate proofs of the 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (or of any BEP commemorative issue) should not be confused with the more readily available 1893 Columbian plate proofs, which were printed by a private bank note company. The Trans-Mississippi plate proofs are great rarities. In fact, of the nine denominations, only the 2c and $2.00 Trans-Mississippi are found in plate proof form outside government archives--both are on card (no India paper proofs are known). We do not know of any other BEP commemorative plate proofs in private hands.
The only source of the $2.00 Trans-Mississippi plate proofs is a vertical block of six with imprint and plate number, sold in Part 17 of the Colonel Green sales (Harmer, Rooke & Co., 11/13-18/1944). The plate block of four from this multiple was offered in our 2019 sale of multiples from the William H. Gross Collection (Sale 1200, lot 174). The 2c Trans-Mississippi plate proof is equally rare--we have located only six singles and no multiples. At one point the vignettes for the 2c and $2.00 were switched, so perhaps this is the reason why plate proofs of these two denominations were released.
VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND SCARCE COMPLETE SET OF 1902 ISSUE SMALL DIE PROOFS FROM A ROOSEVELT PRESENTATION ALBUM.
Only 85 presentation albums were prepared.
VERY FINE AND UNIQUE ESSAY PREPARED FOR THE 3-CENT PARCEL POST ISSUE.
From our 2009 Rarities sale. Illustrated in Scott
VERY FINE AND UNIQUE ESSAY PREPARED FOR THE 25-CENT PARCEL POST ISSUE.
This is the only essay listed for the 25c Parcel Post. From our 2009 Rarities sale. Illustrated in Scott which strangely prices this at half the value of the 3c essay offered in the previous lot, despite their both being unique