Lot 313 ()Newspapers, 1875 Special Printing of 1865 issue, 5¢ to 25¢ imperforate, complete set of upper left corner margin singles, printed by the Continental Bank Note Co. on new plates prepared around 1876, beautiful fresh colors on hard white paper, without the embossing present on stamps printed from the 1865 plates, without gum as issued, a Superb gem set of corner margin singles, ex-Fisher, Kotanchik; each with 1964 P.F. certificate for sheet and 2002 P.S.E. as singles, each graded (Gem 100).
Scott No. PR5-PR7 var. $3,250.
A REMARKABLE SET OF GRADED 100 CORNER MARGIN SINGLES IN OUTSTANDING CONDITION.
This set of singles was cut from the unique sheets of ten last offered in the Kotanchik sale. The 10¢ and the 25¢ values have white margins all around the design, unlike those stamps printed by National Bank Note Co. in 1865, which indicates that new plates were used. Unlisted but footnoted in Scott and written about by Luff and Braceland. Braceland suggests that the Continental Bank Note Co., due to the popularity of the 1875 reprints, which had been made from the original National Bank Note Co. plates, made new plates in anticipation of retaining its government printing contract.
Lot 314 ()Newspaper, 1875 Reprint of 1865 issue, 5¢ dull blue, without gum as issued, beautiful crisp white paper and sharp impression, natural straightedge at bottom, trivial faint staining bottom margins of three lower right stamps, Extremely Fine and attractive pane from the upper half of the original sheet of twenty, ex-Kotanchik.
Scott No. PR5 Estimate $2,000 - 3,000.
A REMARKABLE TOP FULL PANE OF THE NEWSPAPER 5¢ DULL BLUE 1875 REPRINT ISSUE.
Lot 315 ()Newspaper, 1880 Reprint of 1865 issue, 5¢ dark blue, top margin block of six with imprint and plate number, without gum as issued, cut from the upper half of the full sheet, natural straightedge at bottom, unusually well centered and attractive, crisp and intact, small perf tone spot in left margin of lower left stamp, still Extremely Fine and choice large multiple., ex-Kotanchik.
Scott No. PR8 $4,300.
THE FINEST LARGE MULTIPLE OF THE 5¢ 1880 REPRINT, WHICH IS THE SECOND LARGEST RECORDED AFTER THE UNIQUE PANE OF TEN.
Lot 316 ()Newspaper, 1875 Special Printing, 36¢ pale rose, without gum as issued, exceptional centering for this difficult issue, rich radiant color on bright fresh paper, Very Fine to Extremely Fine, a notoriously off-centered issue, one of two in this grade with none higher; with 2002 P.S.E. certificate Graded (VF-XF 85, SMQ $3,850).
Scott No. PR42 $2,800.
ONE OF THE FINEST EXAMPLES OF THE 1875 36¢ NEWSPAPER SPECIAL PRINTING ISSUE.
Lot 317Newspaper, 1879, $24 dark violet, full o.g., fairly light hinging, intensely rich color, attractive centering and margins, Extremely Fine, a lovely high value newspaper issue; with 1998 P.S.E. and 1999 P.F. certificates.
Scott No. PR76 $800.
Lot 318Newspaper, 1894, 1¢ intense black, o.g., lightly hinged, rich color and proof-like impression, perfectly centered amid wide margins, Extremely Fine to Superb, this the sole example in this grade with none higher, certainly one of the finest known; with 2004 P.S.E. certificate Graded (XF-Sup 95, SMQ $1,400).
Scott No. PR90 $400.
Lot 319Newspaper, 1894, 12¢ pink, o.g., lightly hinged, exceptionally well centered within enormous jumbo margins, brilliant color, fresh and Extremely Fine; with 2001 P.F. and 2016 P.S.E. certificates, latter Graded (XF-Superb 95J, SMQ $5,050 as 90, unpriced higher).
Scott No. PR95 $2,600.
ONE OF THE FINEST EXAMPLES OF THE 12¢ 1894 UNWATERMARKED NEWSPAPER ISSUE, GRADED XF-SUPERB 95J BY THE P.S.E., WHICH IS BY FAR THE HIGHEST GRADED EXAMPLE.
This is a difficult issue to obtain in sound condition with such choice centering. This is the highest grade awarded and is shared by no others. The next highest grade is an 85.
Lot 320Newspaper, 1896, $100 purple, o.g., never hinged, perfect centering with huge evenly balanced margins encompassing, rich deep color and exceptional freshness, a Superb jumbo gem, the highest and sole example with this grade, with the next highest grading 95J for never hinged; with 2013 P.S.E. certificate Graded (Gem 100J, SMQ $1,925 for 100).
Scott No. PR125 $150.
A SPECTACULAR NEVER HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1896 $100 NEWSPAPER ISSUE.