Sale 1244 — The Arthur S. Przybyl Collection of United States, Confederate States and Hawaii

Sale Date — Tuesday-Wednesday, 9-10 November, 2021

Category — 1880-83 American Bank Note Co. Soft Paper Special Printing (Scott 192-205C, 211D)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
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Sale 1244, Lot 279, 1880-83 American Bank Note Co. Soft Paper Special Printing (Scott 192-205C, 211D)1c Dark Ultramarine, Special Printing (192). Without gum as issued, rich color on bright paper, centered to lower left, small shallow thin spot at top

FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT 1880 AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY SPECIAL PRINTING. ONLY 26 ARE AVAILABLE TO COLLECTORS, MAKING THIS ONE OF THE RAREST OF ALL CLASSIC UNITED STATES STAMPS.

Our census of Scott 192, available at https://siegelauctions.com/census/us/scott/192 , contains 27 examples, including one in the Miller collection owned by The New York Public Library, leaving 26 available to collectors. Approximately half are sound, and many are off-center.

Census no. 192-UNC-13. Ex Colonel Green and Hall. With 1996 P.F. certificate

57,500
16,000
280
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Sale 1244, Lot 280, 1880-83 American Bank Note Co. Soft Paper Special Printing (Scott 192-205C, 211D)2c Black Brown, Special Printing (193). Without gum as issued, deep rich color, wide margins, trivial natural inclusion in left margin at center

VERY FINE AND CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT 1880 AMERICAN BANK NOTE SPECIAL PRINTING. ONE OF THE FINEST OF THE 50 AVAILABLE TO COLLECTORS.

Our census of Scott 193 contains 51 examples, including one in the Miller collection owned by The New York Public Library, leaving 50 available to collectors. Almost half have faults (mostly thins, which are endemic to this soft porous paper). Of the sound examples, nearly all are centered to top or one side.

Census no. 193-UNC-17. Ex Chapin and Hoffman. With 1993, 2003 and 2010 P.F. certificates.

16,000
10,000
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Sale 1244, Lot 281, 1880-83 American Bank Note Co. Soft Paper Special Printing (Scott 192-205C, 211D)3c Blue Green, Special Printing (194). Without gum as issued, rich color, two pulled perfs at upper left, few unpunched perfs at lower left

FINE APPEARANCE. THE 3-CENT 1880 AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY SOFT-PAPER SPECIAL PRINTING IS ONE OF THE RAREST OF ALL SPECIAL PRINTINGS--OUR CENSUS RECORDS ONLY 15 EXAMPLES IN PRIVATE HANDS.

Our census of Scott 194, available at https://siegelauctions.com/census/us/scott/194 , contains 16 examples, including one in the Miller collection owned by The New York Public Library, leaving 15 available to collectors. Its rarity matches or exceeds the most valuable Special Printings, such as Scott Nos. 180 (24 known), 203 (20 known), 204 (18 known), 205C (21 known) and 211D (25 known). In fact, it is the rarest of any Bank Note Special Printing among the Scott-listed "sets" (167-177 and 192-202).

Census no. 194-UNC-14. Ex Wingate. With 1998 P.F. certificate.

120,000
40,000
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Sale 1244, Lot 282, 1880-83 American Bank Note Co. Soft Paper Special Printing (Scott 192-205C, 211D)6c Dull Rose, Special Printing (195). Without gum as issued, fresh color, choice centering for this difficult issue

VERY FINE. A RARE SOUND EXAMPLE OF THE 6-CENT 1880 AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY SPECIAL PRINTING, WITH BETTER CENTERING THAN MOST. ONLY 27 ARE CONTAINED IN OUR CENSUS.

Our census of Scott 195 contains 27 examples, an oddly low number. Some of the stamps submitted as the Special Printing, but certified as the regular issue, Scott 186, could in fact be Special Printing stamps (the two are difficult to tell apart). We record another three stamps which we feel are possibly Scott 195, despite previous P.F. certification. Although most examples of this rarity are sound (or potentially sound), many are off center.

Census no. 195-UNC-21. With 1971 A.P.S. and 1972 and 2012 P.F. certificates

67,500
52,500
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283
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Sale 1244, Lot 283, 1880-83 American Bank Note Co. Soft Paper Special Printing (Scott 192-205C, 211D)7c Scarlet Vermilion, Special Printing (196). Without gum as issued, vibrant color

FRESH AND FINE EXAMPLE OF THE 7-CENT 1880 AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY SPECIAL PRINTING.

Our census of Scott 196 contains approximately 86 examples. It is the most common of the soft-paper Special Printings because the 7c was no longer in production in 1880 and, probably to some degree, because it can be easily identified since there is no regular issue on soft paper.

Census no. 196-UNC-50. Ex Hansen. With 1989 and 2008 P.F. certificates

6,750
3,500
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284
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Sale 1244, Lot 284, 1880-83 American Bank Note Co. Soft Paper Special Printing (Scott 192-205C, 211D)10c Deep Brown, Special Printing (197). Without gum as issued, deep rich color and sharp proof-like impression, beautiful centering with wide margins

VERY FINE AND CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 10-CENT 1880 AMERICAN BANK NOTE SPECIAL PRINTING. ONLY 33 ARE AVAILABLE TO COLLECTORS

Our census of Scott 197 contains 34 examples, including one in the Miller collection owned by The New York Public Library, leaving 33 available to collectors. Of these, ten have faults, leaving only 23 sound or potentially sound examples (seven have not been examined in many years). Several of these have poor centering.

Census no. 197-UNC-09. Ex Hoffman. With 1954, 1992 and 2004 P.F. certificates

34,500
28,000
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285
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Sale 1244, Lot 285, 1880-83 American Bank Note Co. Soft Paper Special Printing (Scott 192-205C, 211D)12c Blackish Purple, Special Printing (198). Without gum as issued, deep rich color on bright paper, unusually choice centering

EXTREMELY FINE. A STUNNING EXAMPLE OF THE 12-CENT 1880 AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY SPECIAL PRINTING.

Our census of Scott 198 contains 65 examples, including one in the Miller collection owned by The New York Public Library, leaving 64 available to collectors. Of these, at least one-third have flaws. Many have poor centering.

Census no. 198-UNC-25. Ex Floyd. With 1994 and 2001 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $21,000.00)

9,500
19,000
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Sale 1244, Lot 286, 1880-83 American Bank Note Co. Soft Paper Special Printing (Scott 192-205C, 211D)15c Orange, Special Printing (199). Without gum as issued, vibrant color, single pulled perf at lower left

VERY FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 15-CENT 1880 AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY SPECIAL PRINTING. ONLY 37 ARE AVAILABLE TO COLLECTORS.

Our census of Scott 199 contains 38 examples, including one in the Miller collection owned by The New York Public Library, leaving 37 available to collectors. Of these, only 12 are confirmed as sound, at least 11 have faults and 14 need to be reexamined according to current methods and standards.

Census no. 199-UNC-21. With 2004 P.F. certificate

29,000
10,500
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Sale 1244, Lot 287, 1880-83 American Bank Note Co. Soft Paper Special Printing (Scott 192-205C, 211D)24c Dark Violet, Special Printing (200). Without gum as issued, deep rich color, three wide margins, small thin spot at top left, tiny pinhole and small margin tear not mentioned on certificate

VERY FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE 24-CENT 1880 AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY SPECIAL PRINTING.

Our census of Scott 200 contains approximately 67 examples, about a third of which have thins or small faults.

Census no. 200-UNC-69. Small backstamp. With 2016 P.F. certificate mentioning only the small thin spot

9,000
4,000
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Sale 1244, Lot 288, 1880-83 American Bank Note Co. Soft Paper Special Printing (Scott 192-205C, 211D)30c Greenish Black, Special Printing (201). Without gum as issued, intense shade and impression

VERY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE 30-CENT 1880 AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY SPECIAL PRINTING. ONLY 45 ARE AVAILABLE TO COLLECTORS.

Our census of Scott 201 contains 46 examples, including one in the Miller collection owned by The New York Public Library, leaving 45 available to collectors. Only ten are confirmed as sound and only seven of those are well-centered. Another 17 need to be reexamined for condition, but only a handful of these have better than Fine centering.

Census no. 201-UNC-38. Ex Sheriff. With 1943 A.P.S. and 1973 and 2006 P.F. certificates.

20,000
12,000
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Sale 1244, Lot 289, 1880-83 American Bank Note Co. Soft Paper Special Printing (Scott 192-205C, 211D)90c Dull Carmine, Special Printing (202). Without gum as issued, bright color

FINE AND RARE. ONLY 41 EXAMPLES OF THE 90-CENT 1880 AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY SPECIAL PRINTINGS ARE AVAILABLE TO COLLECTORS.

Our census of Scott 202 contains 42 examples, including one in the Miller collection owned by The New York Public Library, leaving 41 available to collectors. The 90c 1880 Special Printing on soft paper is notorious for its condition. Thins or more serious faults affect about half of the known examples. Most of the sound examples are centered to the right.

Census no. 202-UNC-28. Ex Hoffman. With 1955, 1992 and 2006 P.F. certificates

30,000
13,000
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Sale 1244, Lot 290, 1880-83 American Bank Note Co. Soft Paper Special Printing (Scott 192-205C, 211D)2c Scarlet Vermilion, Special Printing (203). Without gum as issued, radiant color

VERY FINE. THE 2-CENT SCARLET VERMILION 1880 AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY SPECIAL PRINTING IS ONE OF THE RAREST OF ALL BANK NOTE SPECIAL PRINTINGS. OUR CENSUS CONTAINS ONLY 20 EXAMPLES. THIS IS ONE OF THE FINEST OF THE 19 AVAILABLE TO COLLECTORS.

Our census of Scott 203, available at https://siegelauctions.com/census/us/scott/203 , contains 20 examples, including one in the Miller collection owned by The New York Public Library. Of the 19 available to collectors, six have faults or have not been examined in recent years to determine condition.

Census no. 203-UNC-01. Small "W.H.C." backstamp (Warren H. Colson). Acquired by Mr. Przybyl in our 2016 Rarities sale, where it was offered for the first time since our 1976 Rarities sale. With 1973 and 2016 P.F. certificates.

100,000
75,000
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Sale 1244, Lot 291, 1880-83 American Bank Note Co. Soft Paper Special Printing (Scott 192-205C, 211D)5c Deep Blue, Special Printing (204). Without gum as issued, deep rich color and detailed impression on bright paper, choice centering with wide margins

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL SOUND EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 5-CENT 1880 AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY SPECIAL PRINTING. ONLY 18 ARE RECORDED IN OUR CENSUS. THIS IS ONE OF THE FINEST OF THE 17 AVAILABLE TO COLLECTORS.

The 5c 1880 Special Printing on soft paper is one of the most elusive of all the Bank Note Special Printings. Our census of Scott 204, available at https://siegelauctions.com/census/us/scott/204 , contains 18 examples, including one in the Miller collection owned by The New York Public Library. The example offered here is one of the finest.

Census no. 204-UNC-16. Ex "New Amsterdam" (2019 Cherrystone auction). With 1950 and 2019 P.F. certificates.

240,000
140,000
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Sale 1244, Lot 292, 1880-83 American Bank Note Co. Soft Paper Special Printing (Scott 192-205C, 211D)5c Gray Brown, Special Printing (205C). Without gum as issued, deep rich color and proof-like impression, choice centering with well-balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STUNNING EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT GARFIELD 1882 SPECIAL PRINTING. ONLY 21 ARE RECORDED, AND THIS IS ONE OF THE FINEST.

This elusive Special Printing was the subject of an informative article by William E. Mooz in the Chronicle, February 1992. His research provides strong evidence that the stamps recognized as Scott 205C are a small part of the 2,463 sold as Special Printings through the Third Assistant Postmaster General's office, and that regular issues were used to fill the backlog of orders for the 5c Garfield.

Our census of Scott 205C, available at https://siegelauctions.com/census/us/scott/205C , contains 21 examples. Only three have faults. Several are centered to one side.

Census no. 205C-UNC-10. Ex Wingate. With 2000 P.F. certificate. Accompanied by 1944 typed note with photograph affixed and tied by signature from noted dealer Edwin Mueller guaranteeing this stamp and a Scott 204.

50,000
32,500
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Sale 1244, Lot 293, 1880-83 American Bank Note Co. Soft Paper Special Printing (Scott 192-205C, 211D)4c Deep Blue Green, Special Printing (211D). Without gum as issued, rich color and proof-like impression, beautiful centering with well-proportioned margins

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 4-CENT 1883 AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY SPECIAL PRINTING. THIS IS ONE OF THE RAREST OF ALL SPECIAL PRINTINGS. ALL 26 SPECIAL PRINTING STAMPS SOLD ARE RECORDED IN OUR CENSUS--THIS IS ONE OF THE FINEST.

Our census of the 4c 1883 Special Printing, available at https://siegelauctions.com/census/us/scott/211D , contains 26 stamps offered as Scott 211D, of which 25 have been certified by The Philatelic Foundation. Post Office Department records indicate that only 26 were sold. Of the known copies, at least six have small faults and several others have not been examined for condition in many years.

Census no. 211D-UNC-05. Ex Caspary and Whitman. With 1957, 1992 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (VF-XF 85; SMQ $80,000.00).

47,500
40,000
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