Lot 32431873, 15¢ yellow orange, C.B.N.C. printing, tied by circular cork cancel, dark red "New York, Registered, Jul 22" cds on 1875 registered cover to Constantinople, Turkey, J. E. Arapagian corner card, addressed in violet to Ohannes Effendi Hissarley at Bureau of Controls, manuscript registry numbers, German red "Eingeschrieben" framed registry handstamp, "Kaiserlich Deutsches Postamt" (8.9) arrival backstamp; small piece of backflap missing, Very Fine and scarce registry use to Turkey, ex-"Andromeda"; with 2020 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 163 Estimate $300 - 400.
Lot 3244 o1873, 30¢ gray black, C.B.N.C. printing, quartered cork cancel, beautifully centered within oversized and evenly balanced margins, rich vibrant color, a Superb jumbo gem; with 1996, 2004 P.F. & 2019 P.S.E. certificates, latter (Graded XF-Sup Jumbo 95J, SMQ $1,300) one of only three in this grade with only one graded higher at 98.
Scott No. 165 $130.
A TRULY STUNNING LARGE-MARGIN BANKNOTE ISSUE.
Lot 32451873, 30¢ gray black, C.B.N.C. printing, well centered, tied by bold "New-York, Jun 29" duplex on blue 1878 folded cover to Vera Cruz, Mexico, purple "S.S. City of Vera Cruz" straightline, Mexico "50 cs." due handstamp, Extremely Fine and choice use at three-times the 10¢ rate, ex-Judd, Provera.
Scott No. 165 Estimate $400 - 600.
Lot 3246 o1873, 90¢ rose carmine, C.B.N.C. printing, remarkable well centered within large beautifully balanced margins, vibrant rich color on bright paper, light face-free cancel, Extremely Fine and choice, ex-Kirke, Myerson; with 2010 P.F., 2003 and 2021 P.S.E. certificates, latter Graded (XF-S 95, SMQ $1,800).
Scott No. 166 $300.
A STUNNING GEM USED EXAMPLE OF THE 90¢ 1873 CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE COMPANY ISSUE, GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E. - THE HIGHEST AWARDED.
This is the highest grade awarded, shared by only six others.
Lot 32471873, 90¢ rose carmine, C.B.N.C. printing, used with 5¢ blue (185) and 10¢ brown (161), tied by two bold strikes of "Tarrytown N.Y Jan 15, 1891" duplex datestamp and unusual oval grid cancel on registered cover to Prof. Charles Becker at 168 East 82nd Street in New York City, purple "17382" registry handstamp, reverse with bold purple New York "S, 1/16/91" receiving handstamp and and sender's notation "Please register the letter", Very Fine and choice, ex-Bilden, Gross; with 2019 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 166 Estimate $10,000 - 15,000.
THE FINEST RECORDED ON COVER USE OF THE 90¢ 1873 CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE ISSUE.
This is a unique three-color combination of Scott 166, and the cover is easily the finest among the less than 10 examples of the 90¢ Continental used on cover. Most are either large-format envelopes or wrappers and/or have significant faults. This three-color franking on a small cover is by far the finest we have encountered. Another cover to this addressee with the 90¢ 1888 Issue is offered in lot 3263.