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Sale 1224 — 2020 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Tuesday-Wednesday, 30 June-1 July, 2020

Category — Die Proof Presentation Albums

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
5
P
Sale Number 1224, Lot Number 5, Die Proof Presentation Albums1903 Roosevelt Small Die Proof Presentation Album, 1903 Roosevelt Small Die Proof Presentation Album1903 Roosevelt Small Die Proof Presentation Album. 309 small die proofs in intact leatherbound Roosevelt presentation album with gold-stamped "William Loeb, Jr." on cover, the leather on the cover is missing from spine and most of back cover, front cover leather is present for about half but damaged (a book conservator could no doubt restore the cover to library condition), the inside is intact with proofs beautifully presented on gray card pages with gold edges, proofs arranged in geometric patterns as sets, including two each of Nos. 3-4 (one set labeled 1847, other labeled 1876), First 1861 and Last 1861, complete Bank Note, Columbian and other issues up to 1902 Issue, also includes Special Delivery, Postage Dues, Officials, Newspapers and Periodicals, Carriers, six from 1899 Cuba set, last page is the 1902 Series, seven blank pages at end intended for future issues, many of the original thin white paper interleavings are still intact (most albums are either missing some or are damaged), the proofs are in excellent condition with absolutely pristine colors

AN EXTREMELY RARE INTACT ROOSEVELT PRESENTATION ALBUM. VERY FEW ARE INTACT, AS MOST HAVE BEEN BROKEN TO FEED DEMAND FOR INDIVIDUAL PROOFS OR SETS.

In 1903, during the Theodore Roosevelt administration, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing prepared 85 special presentation albums with small die proofs on white wove paper of all issues printed to that date. The proofs were artfully arranged in albums, and most of the albums were given to government officials.

Very few Roosevelt presentation albums remain intact. Most have been cannibalized for collectors demanding specific sets.

Scott value as individual cut-down proofs with no premium for the intact pages or complete album $76,455.00

E. 30,000-40,000
47,500
6
P
Sale Number 1224, Lot Number 6, Die Proof Presentation AlbumsContinental Bank Note Company Presentation Album, Continental Bank Note Company Presentation AlbumContinental Bank Note Company Presentation Album. Leatherbound presentation album containing 161 large die proofs, gold trim and proofs with gilt edges, "D. D. Stuart" embossed on front cover and "United States Postage Stamps From 1847 Proofs 1878" on spine, inside page with illustrated Continental Bank Note Company design, contains a proof of every United States stamp issued from 1847 thru Continental Bank Note period, including Eagle and Franklin Carrier, Newspaper and Officials complete, 1847-1869 and a few others are hybrids, each page with interleaving, the album and proofs are all in pristine condition with very trivial edgewear on cover (much less than is usually found on albums of this nature)

EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE AND BEAUTIFUL COMPLETE CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE COMPANY PRESENTATION ALBUM. A WONDERFUL ARTIFACT OF THE ERA OF SECURITY ENGRAVING AND PRINTING.

Security printers' presentation albums were specially made for a variety of people, generally potential customers and dignitaries. Many have been broken by dealers for the value of the individual proofs; therefore, intact albums such as the volume offered here are rare.

E. 7,500-10,000
26,000
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