Lot 4006 o1851, 1¢ blue, type Ia, Position 97R4, huge even margins, deep, fresh color, light town cancellation, Superb; with 1997 P.F. & 2004 P.S.E. certificates, latter Graded Superb 98 (SMQ $90,000).
Scott Nos. 6 $9,250.
A SUPERB GEM WHICH IS ONE OF THE GREAT CLASSICS OF THE 19TH CENTURY. THIS IS ONE OF TWO GRADE SUPERB 98 BY THE P.S.E. WITH NONE HIGHER. THE EXAMPLE HERE IN OUR OPINION IS THE FINER OF THE TWO STAMPS.
Produced only from 18 of the 20 subjects in the bottom row of both panes of Plate 4, the 1¢ imperforate, type Ia owes it's rarity to the short three month period that the Plate 4 imperforates where produced.
Lot 4131 ()1875, 24¢ dull purple, C.B.N.C. "Hard Paper" Special Printing, without gum as issued, beautifully centered with full perforations on all four sides, lovely purple shade, Extremely Fine and choice; with 1991, 2001 P.F. & 2005 P.S.E. certificates, last Graded XF 90 (SMQ $16,000).
Scott Nos. 175 $3,500.
ONE OF THE FINEST KNOWN EXAMPLES OF THIS RARE CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE COMPANY SPECIAL PRINTING. ONLY TWO EXAMPLES GRADED HIGHER, ONE AT 95 AND ONE AT 95J.
The rarity of this Gem can not be overstated as the majority of these Special Printings were off centered and the perforations trimmed off on one or more sides. A far inferior example with perfs on all four sides sold in 2021 for over $28,000.
Lot 4141 ()1880, 12¢ blackish purple, A.B.N.C. "Soft Paper" Special Printing, without gum as issued, beautifully centered with rich color, Extremely Fine, ex-M. Lutwak; with 1947, 1976 & 1998 P.F. certificates.
Scott Nos. 198 $9,500.
AN OUTSTANDING EXAMPLE OF THIS SPECIAL PRINTING RARITY, WHICH IS ONE OF THE FINEST KNOWN.
Lot 4143 ()1880, 30¢ greenish black, A.B.N.C. "Soft Paper" Special Printing, stitch watermark at right, rich color on crisp paper, wide margins, without gum as issued, Extremely Fine, ex-Frank B. Allen; with 1950 and 2005 P.F. certificates.
Scott Nos. 201 $22,500.
A SUPERB EXAMPLE OF THE 1880 30¢ AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY SPECIAL PRINTING. THIS STAMP RANKS AMONG THE FINEST IN EXISTENCE.
The Philatelic Foundation records approximately 45 certified copies of Scott 201. Sound and centered examples are extremely rare -- 15 have faults and of the sound copies very few compare favorably to the example offered here.
Lot 42061909, 4¢ orange brown, on bluish paper, o.g., previously hinged, well centered for this difficult issue, fresh color, Very Fine and choice.
Scott Nos. 360 $27,500.
ONE OF THE FINEST MINT EXAMPLE OF THE ELUSIVE 4¢ BLUISH PAPER.
H.F. Colman was a Washington, D.C. Stamp Dealer who was involved in numerous trades with the National Museum including the 1914 National Museum exchange, in which Mr. Colman received a very limited supply of the Bluish Papers including (12 copies) of the 4¢ and 8¢ values.
Lot 4144 ()1880, 90¢ dull carmine, A.B.N.C. "Soft Paper" Special Printing, without gum as issued, deep red shade, Fine and attractive; with 1946 P.F. certificate (#280) and 2006 P.S.E. Graded certificate (F 70).
Scott Nos. 202 $30,000.
A WONDERFUL RARITY OF WHICH THERE ARE APPROXIMATELY 42 KNOWN EXAMPLES, MANY OF WHICH ARE DEFECTIVE.
Lot 41911908, 1¢ blue green, experimental coil, perf 12 vertically, pair, o.g., lightly hinged, perfectly centered, deep green shade, an Extremely Fine gem; with photocopy of 1950 P.F. certificate and 1998 P.S.E. certificate.
Scott Nos. 318 $11,000.
THIS IS PERHAPS THE FINEST KNOWN PAIR OF THIS NOTORIOUSLY DIFFICULT ISSUE.
Lot 42401916, 2¢ carmine, type II, unwatermarked, horizontal rotary press coil, joint line pair, o.g., lightly hinged, very well centered, fresh & Extremely Fine; with 1995 P.F. certificate.
Scott Nos. 491 $13,000.
Lot 4132 ()1875, 30¢ greenish black, C.B.N.C. "Hard Paper" Special Printing, without gum as issued, usual scissor cut perfs, perfectly centered, intense shade and impression on bright paper, Extremely Fine and choice; with 1993 & 2004 P.F. certificates.
Scott Nos. 176 $12,000.
A GORGEOUS EXAMPLE OF THE 30-CENT 1875 CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE COMPANY SPECIAL PRINTING.
Lot 4133 ()1875, 90¢ violet carmine, C.B.N.C. "Hard Paper" Special Printing, without gum as issued, beautiful bright color on fresh paper, scissors-separated as usual leaving full and intact perfs on two sides, Very Fine and choice, ex-Chapin; with 1974 and 2003 P.F. certificates.
Scott Nos. 177 $18,000.
A LOVELY EXAMPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1875 CONTINENTAL SPECIAL PRINTING. APPROXIMATELY 48 ARE BELIEVED TO EXIST.