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American Bank Note Issues

Scott Catalog Nos. 177-229


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 Page last updated: 11-22-2020
 American - Large Bank Note Issues 1879

Essays

 

Image 206-E – Massey Patent – “Eight holes”
1c Gray-blue experimental American printing employing double paper with eight holes (in a circle) in the top layer. Imprint block of four with the American imprint at the bottom, full OG, HR. A couple of surface flaws which are quite common for this experiment. Ex-Pacetti $500.00

Image 206-E6a  
1c Gray-blue incomplete re-engraving by the American Bank Note Company in 1881 pulled on India paper and affixed to card blotter. There is no shading on the upper arabesque elements. Ex-Pacetti $750.00

Die Proofs

183P1 – Full size with imprint
2c Vermilion large die proof pulled on India and die sunk on full size card blotter. Strong color and impression, with American Bank Note Company imprint beneath the die impression and rare thus. $750.00

185P1 - Full size
5c Blue large die proof on India and die sunk on full size card. Ex-Finkelburg $950.00


Roosevelt Small Die Proofs


Plate Proofs

183P3 & 185P3
Plate proofs on India paper. 183P3, 2c Vermillion $35.00. 185P3, 5c Blue $70.00

183P3 & 185P3 – Blocks of four
Plate proofs on India paper, blocks of four. 2c Vermillion $160.00. 185P3, 5c Blue $325.00

183P3 – Blocks of four
2c Vermilion plate proof on India paper, blocks of four, sound. Please order by position. $160.00 each

183P4 & 185P4
Plate proofs on card. 183P4, 2c Vermillion $25.00. 185P3, 5c Blue $25.00

 


Trial Color Proofs

183TC5
2c Ultramarine trial color proof on stamp paper, gummed, perforated and quite rare. Ex-Finkelburg $495.00

  189TC1dg
15c Webster, Chestnut brown trial color large die proof pulled directly onto card, die sunk. $450.00

190TC1dh
30c Hamilton, Dull red-brown trial color large die proof pulled directly onto card, die sunk. $450.00

 

Plate Proof on Stamp Paper

191P
90c Carmine, imperforate plate proof pair on stamp paper with full OG, LH. Bright color with strong plate wash. $2,000.00

190P4
30c Black American card proof printing. Only 100 copies of this proof exist. We broke up the only sheet twelve years ago. Less than 12 copies remain unsold. Each copy is signed on the back and is identified by its position on the sheet. This sheet went from the Earl of Crawford to Ackerman and was acquired by Max Ohlman at the Harmer sale of the Ackerman collection in 1950. Falk Finkelburg acquired it from Ohlman. Singles $400.00, Sheet margin block $2,000.00

193P4
2c Black-brown American card proof printing. Only 100 copies of this proof exist. We broke up the only sheet eight years ago. Less than 20 copies remain unsold. Each copy is signed on the back and is identified by its position on the sheet. PFC, photocopy of certificate accompanies purchase. This sheet went from the Earl of Crawford to Sen. Ackerman and was acquired by Max Ohlman at the Harmer sale of the Ackerman collection in 1950. Falk Finkelburg acquired it from Ohlman. Singles $400.00, blocks $2,000.00


Specimens

190SD
30c Black with red specimen overprint, OG, copy. $60.00

 

American - Large Bank Note Issues 1881-82

Die Essays

205-E2a
5c Gray-brown full size die essay of the vignette used for the Garfield stamp. This was produced as a type of mourning card give away and is not connected with the production of the issued stamp. $95.00

206-E1
1c image of un-adopted frame in black and printed on India paper with text and right "1" cut out. Ex-Ainsworth $2,500.00

206-E1Ca
1c Black die essay of the un-adopted frame on white glazed paper. Ex-Ainsworth $1,250.00

206-E1Cb
1c Reddish brown die essay of un-adopted frame on orange surface tinted paper. Ex-Ainsworth $750.00

206 Double Paper Block
1c Gray-blue fresh, OG block of four with eight-hole patent in the top layer. $695.00

207-E1
3c un-adopted Dull blue frame die essay on India paper, card mounted. $750.00

207-E1b
3c un-adopted Black frame die essay on white glazed paper. $750.00

207-E2
3c Carmine and buff die essay on blue tinted paper. Rare. $975.00

Image 209-E2c
10c Black frame proposed as a new design, by the ABNCo., for the 10c value. The die impression was pulled on white glazed paper. Ex-M. Brown $800.00


Die Proofs

209P1
10c Brown full size large die proof pulled on India paper and die sunk on card blotter. Duplicate die, C-66, American Bank Note company imprint beneath the die impression. Die proofs from this period are very scarce. $800.00

 

Roosevelt Small Die Proofs

 

 

Plate Proofs on India

Individual India paper proofs of 205P3 - 209P3 are available. Just email us your want list.

205P3 - 209P3
Complete set of five, plate proofs on India paper, superb color and impression throughout this set. $250.00

205P3 – Blocks of four
5c Yellow brown plate proof on India paper, blocks of four, sound. Please order by position. $175.00 each

206P3 – Block of four
1c Blue plate proof on India paper, block of four, sound. Please order by position. $175.00

206P3 – Block of eight
1c Light blue, left sheet margin block of eight on India paper. A gem! $350.00

205P3 - 209P3 – Blocks of four
Complete set of five, plate proofs on India paper, blocks of four. Superb color and impressions throughout this set. $1,200.00

205P4 - 209P4
Complete set of five, superb color and impressions throughout this set. $150.00

205P3 - 211P3 Blocks of four
Complete set of blocks of four of the plate proofs on India paper for the American issues of 1881-82 and 1883. Superb color and impressions throughout this set. $1,600.00

207P3 – Blocks of four
3c Blue green plate proof on India paper, blocks of four, sound. Please order by position. $175.00

209P3 – Left sheet margin block of four
10c Brown plate proof on India paper and still affixed to the original card blotter. $195.00

209P3 – Block of four
10c Brown plate proof on India paper, block of four, sound. $170.00

207P3 Imprint strip of six
3c Blue-green American Bank Note Company imprint and plate number strip of six on India paper. Faulty. Catalogs a $1,000 as a plate block. Net $150.00


 

Plate Proofs on Card

Individual card proofs of 205P4 - 209P4 are available. Just email us your want list.

205P4 - 211P4 Blocks of four
Complete set of blocks of four of the plate proofs on card for the American issues of 1881-82 and 1883. The set also includes the Brown-red printing for the 6c value (208P4a). A scarce an un-improvable set in terms of quality. $1,500.00

205P4 – Blocks of four
5c Yellow brown plate proof on card, block of four. Card proof blocks are scarce! Please order by position. $125.00 each

207P4 – Block of six
3c Blue-green, plate proof on card, block of six. Card block multiples from this series are quite scarce. $200.00

207P4 – Blocks of four
3c Blue green plate proof on card, block of four. Card proof blocks are scarce! Please order by position. $150.00 each

209P4 – Blocks of four
10c Brown plate proof on card, block of four. Card proof blocks are scarce! Please order by position. $175.00 each


Trial Color Proofs

205TC3
5c Green trial color plate proof on India paper on card. $200.00


Specimens

206S - Type D specimen
1c Blue with red specimen, OG, Hinged. Well centered for this. $100.00

207S - Type D specimen
3c Blue green with red specimen, OG, Hinged. Well centered for this. $100.00

209S - Type D specimen
10c Brown with red specimen, OG, Hinged. Well centered for this. $100.00

 

American - Large Bank Note Issues 1883 


Roosevelt Small Die Proofs

211P2
4c green Roosevelt small die proof on wove paper and still affixed to the original gray card. $190.00


Plate Proofs

 

210P3 – Blocks of four
2c Red brown plate proof on India paper, blocks of four, sound. Please order by position. $180.00 each

210P3 & 211P3
Plate proofs on India paper. 210P3, 2c red-brown $40.00. 211P3, 4c Green $40.00

210P3 & 211P3 – Blocks of four
Plate proofs on India paper, blocks of four. 2c Red-brown $180.00. 211P3, 4c Green $165.00

210P4 – Block of four
2c Red brown plate proof on card, block of four. Card proof blocks are scarce! $135.00 each

210P4 & 211P4
Plate proofs on card. 183P4, 2c Red-brown $20.00. 185P3, 4c Green $25.00

210P4 & 211P4 – Blocks of four
Plate proofs on card, blocks of four. Card proof blocks are at least twice as scarce as India paper blocks. 2c Red-brown $175. 211P3, 4c Green $175.00

210P4
2c Deep red metallic shade, card proof block of four. $200.00

 

Trial Colors & Paper Varieties

210Var. - Honey comb watermark
2c Red-brown printed on experimental honey comb watermarked paper, OG. $75.00

210Var. – Wavy line watermark
2c Red-brown on wavy line watermarked paper, OG. $75.00

210Var.
2c Washington, Printed on various types of paper, all OG, LH. Row 1, first two – horizontal laid paper. $75.00 each. Row 1 third copy – Bavarian watermark. $125.00 (SOLD). Row 2, first two – honeycomb watermark. $75.00 each. The upper left sheet margin copy with “wavy lines” is $95.00 (SOLD)

 

Specimens

211S - Type D specimen
4c green with red specimen, OG, HR. Well centered for this. $100.00

 

American - Large Bank Note Issues 1887-88

Essays

212-E4b
1c Franklin, Blue die essay pulled on white glazed card. Full size for this. $750.00

212-E5-E6 – Unlisted
1c Ultramarine die essay on India paper. This state of the die falls between E5 and E6. The shading below the vignette frame does not extend as high as on the E6.The right edge of the framing tablet below the right end of the “POSTAGE” banner is not shaded. The shading of the base just above the three horizontal lines has not been deepened. The underscoring below “ONE” and “CENT” is barely a trace. Possibly unique! $750.00


Die Proofs

214P1
3c Vermilion cut down large die proof pulled on india paper. $125.00

218P1 - Full size
90c Purple full size large die proof pulled on India paper and die sunk on card blotter. Full size die proofs of this issue are rare. $1,250.00



Roosevelt Small Die Proofs

217P2
30c Orange-brown Roosevelt small die proof pulled on wove paper and affixed to a portion of a Roosevelt Album page with the “1888” label. $225.00

Individual Roosevelt small die proofs of 211-218P2 are usually available. Just email us your want list.


Plate Proofs

212P3 – 218P3
Complete set of seven, plate proofs on India paper, superb color and impressions throughout this set. $650.00

212P3 – Blocks of four
1c Ultramarine plate proof on India paper, block of four, typical India paper flaws. $400.00 each

213P3 – Blocks of four
2c Green plate proof on India paper, blocks of four, sound. Please order by position. $325.00 each

Individual India paper proofs of 212P3 - 218P4 are available. Just email us your want list.

213P3 – 218P3 – Blocks of four
Complete set of six, plate proofs on India paper, blocks of four. Superb color and impressions throughout this set. $2,250.00

213P3 – Block of eight
2c green plate proof on India paper and still affixed to the original card blotter, left sheet margin block of eight. Rare! $650.00

217P3 – Lower left sheet margin block of four
30c Orange-brown plate proof on India paper and still affixed to the original card blotter. Great position piece. $325.00

218P3 – Blocks of four
90c Purple plate proof on India paper and still affixed to the original card blotter. Sheet margin copies, sound. $500.00 each\\

212P4
1c Ultramarine, plate proof on card, block of four. This is the only block known to exist.
With two PF certificates. Ex-Taylor $12,500.00

213P4 – 218P4
Complete set of six, plate proofs on card, superb color and impressions throughout this set. $300.00

213P4 – 218P4 – Blocks of four
Complete set of six, plate proofs on card, blocks of four, Superb color and impressions throughout this set. $1,500.00

214P4 – Blocks of four
3c Vermilion plate proof on card, block of four. Card proof blocks are scarce! Please order by position. $275.00 each

215P4 – Blocks of four
4c carmine plate proof on card, block of four. Card proof blocks are scarce! Please order by position. $300.00 each

217P4 – Block of four
30c Orange brown plate proof on card, block of four. Card proof blocks are scarce! $300.00

218P4 – Block of four
90c Purple plate proof on card, block of four. Card proof blocks are scarce! $300.00

 

Individual card proofs of 212P4 - 218P4 are available. Just email us your want list.


Plate Proofs on Stamp Paper

216a – Pair
5c Indigo plate proof printed on stamp paper, full OG, LH, with PF certificate. “HHH” back stamps and signed in pencil by george Sloane, Scarce. $1,500.00


 

American - 1889 Sample & Sample A Overprints



189SK - 214SK – Samples

We maintain a large stock of Sample overprints. Generally they will be rather well centered, OG, and hinged. Most copies will sell for $75.00 each.

190SK – Block
30c Black with “SAMPLE” overprint, OG, HR, XF, block of four. $300.00

189SL - 214SL - Sample A's
We maintain a large stock of Sample A overprints. Generally they will be rather well centered, OG, and hinged. Most copies will sell for $75.00 each.

190SL – Strip of five
30c Black with “SAMPLE A” overprint, OG, hinged to a portion of Finkelburg’s exhibition page. $375.00

189SL - Without overprint
15c Blue without the red Sample A overprint, OG, block of four. $650.00

191SM, 209SM & 211SM - Sample with manuscript "A"
We maintain a large stock of Sample with a manuscript "A" overprint. Generally they will be rather well centered and without gum. Most copies will sell for $140.00 each.

216SN
We maintain a stock of both the red and black "Sample A" overprint. Generally they will be rather well centered and without gum. Most copies will sell for $160.00 each


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