Sale 1219 — The Edward Morton Collection of Outstanding Quality U.S. Stamps

Sale Date — Wednesday-Thursday, 8-9 April, 2020

Category — 1881-87 American Bank Note Co. Issues (Scott 205-218)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
392
 
Sale 1219, Lot 392, 1881-87 American Bank Note Co. Issues (Scott 205-218)5c Yellow Brown (205). Perfectly centered with wide and balanced margins, deep rich color and detailed impression on bright paper, neat duplex cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2016 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $850.00), only two grade higher (at 98J and 100) and one other shares this grade

15
450
393
 
Sale 1219, Lot 393, 1881-87 American Bank Note Co. Issues (Scott 205-218)1c Gray Blue (206). Rich color on bright paper, gorgeous centering, neat strike of circular datestamp and cork cancel leaves design clearly visible, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2013 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $400.00), only four grade higher (all at 98J)

1
500
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394
 
Sale 1219, Lot 394, 1881-87 American Bank Note Co. Issues (Scott 205-218)2c-10c 1881-83 American Bank Note Company Issues (207, 209, 210, 211). Each selected by Mr. Morton for superior centering and eye appeal, No. 207 with duplex cancel and graded 95 (2008 P.S.E.), No. 209 with bold target cancel and graded 90J (2014 P.F., ex "Golden Oak"), No. 210 with purple sawtooth oval cancel and graded 90XQ (2009 P.F.), No. 211 with quartered cork and graded 90 (2002 P.F. and 2005 P.S.E., ex Kirke), Extremely Fine and desirable group, SMQ value as all P.S.E.-graded $515.00

32
350
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395
 
Sale 1219, Lot 395, 1881-87 American Bank Note Co. Issues (Scott 205-218)6c Rose (208). Gorgeous centering with well-balanced margins, perfs intact and with significant part of adjoining stamps at sides, brilliant color, neat strikes of Philadelphia oval registry cancels, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb stamp in every respect, ex "Natalee Grace", with 1994 and 2012 P.F. and 2012 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $950.00)

100
900
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396
 
Sale 1219, Lot 396, 1881-87 American Bank Note Co. Issues (Scott 205-218)10c Brown (209). Deep rich color on bright paper, beautiful centering with Jumbo margins, unobtrusive cork cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, ex Kirke, with 1988 and 2005 P.F. and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $325.00)

6
450
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397
 
Sale 1219, Lot 397, 1881-87 American Bank Note Co. Issues (Scott 205-218)10c Black Brown (209b). Huge beautifully balanced margins, deep rich color and sharp proof-like impression on bright white paper, cork cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1881 10-CENT BLACK BROWN, SCOTT 209b. THIS GORGEOUS STAMP IS GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 JUMBO BY P.S.E. -- THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED AND IS SHARED BY NO OTHERS.

Ex Kirke. With 2010 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $2,950.00). This is the highest grade awarded. No other examples have even exceeded a 90 grade in the P.S.E. Population Report

375
4,250
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398
 
Sale 1219, Lot 398, 1881-87 American Bank Note Co. Issues (Scott 205-218)2c Red Brown (210). Perfectly centered with Jumbo margins, brilliant color, neat strike of duplex cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a huge stamp, with 2015 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98 Jumbo; SMQ $550.00), only two grade higher (at 100) and none share this grade, Brookman notes "this is one of the most common of all our 19th Century stamps" and states approximately 4.3 billion were issued, despite this the low Population Report numbers show how difficult it is to find in such superb condition

0
850
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399
 
Sale 1219, Lot 399, 1881-87 American Bank Note Co. Issues (Scott 205-218)4c Blue Green (211). Deep rich color on bright paper, choice centering with Jumbo margins, bold grid cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, small purple backstamp, with 2015 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $500.00), only two grade higher (at 98J) and one other shares this grade

25
600
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400
 
Sale 1219, Lot 400, 1881-87 American Bank Note Co. Issues (Scott 205-218)1c-3c 1887 Bank Notes (212-214). Selected by Mr. Morton for superior margins and eye appeal, 1c with light cancel and graded 95, 2c with circular datestamp and graded 80J, 3c with machine cancel, choice centering and ungraded certificate, Very Fine-Extremely Fine group

E. 150-200
350
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401
 
Sale 1219, Lot 401, 1881-87 American Bank Note Co. Issues (Scott 205-218)2c Green (213). Deep rich color on bright paper, almost perfectly centered, light strike of target cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2013 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $600.00)

0
750
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402
 
Sale 1219, Lot 402, 1881-87 American Bank Note Co. Issues (Scott 205-218)3c Vermilion (214). Vibrant color, choice centering with wide and balanced margins, duplex cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, ex Bowman, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $475.00), only three grade higher

50
425
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403
 
Sale 1219, Lot 403, 1881-87 American Bank Note Co. Issues (Scott 205-218)4c Carmine (215). Jumbo margins, deep rich color, bold registry oval cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2013 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $425.00), undercatalogued in our opinion as this grade has always sold for far more than its SMQ value, only two grade higher (at 98) and two others share this grade

25
800
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404
 
Sale 1219, Lot 404, 1881-87 American Bank Note Co. Issues (Scott 205-218)5c Indigo (216). Deep rich color on bright paper, bold strike of registry oval cancel, wide and balanced margins, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $275.00)

17
325
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405
 
Sale 1219, Lot 405, 1881-87 American Bank Note Co. Issues (Scott 205-218)30c Orange Brown (217). Rich color, neat strike of circular datestamp and duplex cancel, unusually wide and balanced margins, Extremely Fine Gem, a difficult issue to obtain in the higher grades, ex Kirke, with 2005 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $775.00), only three grade higher (at 95J)

90
650
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406
 
Sale 1219, Lot 406, 1881-87 American Bank Note Co. Issues (Scott 205-218)90c Purple (218). Beautiful rich color, unusually choice centering with balanced margins, unobtrusive cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2016 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $1,650.00), only one grades higher (at 95J)

225
950
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