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Sale 956 — The Jay Hoffman Collection of United States Stamps

Sale Date — Thursday-Friday, 8-9 May, 2008

Category — 1875 Continental Bank Note Co. Special Printing

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
165
og
Sale Number 956, Lot Number 165, 1875 Continental Bank Note Co. Special Printing3c Blue Green, Special Printing (169), 3c Blue Green, Special Printing (169)3c Blue Green, Special Printing (169). Without gum as issued, dark color on fresh paper, wide margins, scissors-separated leaving full and almost intact perforations on three sides

EXTREMELY FINE. LESS THAN 40 OF THE 1875 3-CENT CONTINENTAL SPECIAL PRINTING ARE BELIEVED TO EXIST.

The Scott catalogue notes that "Although perforated, these stamps were usually cut apart with scissors. As a result, the perforations are often much mutilated and the design is frequently damaged." For additional information, please see an article by William E. Mooz in Chronicle 183 titled "Scissors Cutting of the 1875 Special Printing Issues." The example offered here, with its design complete and perforations intact on three sides, is one of the finest examples known of this rarity.

Ex Chapin. With 1979 and 2003 P.F. certificates

22,500
24,000
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