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Costa Rica Stamps and Postal History continued...

1863 COAT OF ARMS FIRST ISSUE ESSAYS AND PROOFS continued...
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
21 E Costa Rican Coat of Arms large die proof on India mounted on 75x102mm card, used by the American Bank Note Company as the model for the central vignette featured on the 1863
First Issues, just the faintest trace of pinpoint toning specks, very fiCosta Rican Coat of Arms large die proof on India mounted on 75x102mm card, used by the American Bank Note Company as the model for the central vignette featured on the 1863 First Issues, just the faintest trace of pinpoint toning specks, very fine and extremely handsome; perfect for a frontispiece for a specialized collection or exhibit of Costa Rica; also accompanied by a large die proof of the Costa Rican flag engraved by the National Bank Note Company, mounted on full sized card measuring 153x228mm, couple of hinge mounting marks on face of card mounting (not the proof itself); ex-Scriba. (Image) Est. $1,000-1,500

SOLD for $1,600.00
Will close during Public Auction
22 E 1863 First Issue hand-drawn watercolor essay in blue of the basic design with blank value tablets, stamp size on India mounted on card measuring 39x44mm, the color being the
shade chosen for the 12r value, extraordinary detail in the drawing, ve1863 First Issue hand-drawn watercolor essay in blue of the basic design with blank value tablets, stamp size on India mounted on card measuring 39x44mm, the color being the shade chosen for the 1/2r value, extraordinary detail in the drawing, very fine; certainly unique and absolutely gorgeous. (Image) Est. $1,000-1,500

SOLD for $7,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
23 P Specimens of Postage Stamps promotional salesman sample page of the American Bank Note Company, a striking page removed from a salesman sample book (original size of page 8 34 x
12 14, now slightly reduced to trim edge flaws), with a total"Specimens of Postage Stamps" promotional salesman sample page of the American Bank Note Company, a striking page removed from a salesman sample book (original size of page 8 3/4" x 12 1/4", now slightly reduced to trim edge flaws), with a total twenty plate proofs or essays prepared by the ABNC mounted on the page, including Costa Rica 1863 2r and 4r First Issues, in addition to a U.S. New York Postmaster provisional trial color proof in violet, two different U.S. essays, eleven BNA related proofs and proofs of two each of Mexico and Nicaragua, inscribed "Specimens of Postage Stamps/Engraved and Printed by/The American Bank Note Company/New-York" at top in English and in French at bottom, sheet folded horizontally at center not affecting proofs, couple of small edge tears, still very fine; a marvelous showpiece. (Image) Est. $1,500-2,000

SOLD for $2,600.00
Will close during Public Auction
24 P Specimens of Postage Stamps promotional salesman sample page of the American Bank Note Company, a virtually identical specially prepared page with the same plate essays and
proofs affixed, however this one with the inscription at bottom in Span"Specimens of Postage Stamps" promotional salesman sample page of the American Bank Note Company, a virtually identical specially prepared page with the same plate essays and proofs affixed, however this one with the inscription at bottom in Spanish, entire page cut down to approximately 7 1/2" x 10 1/2" which removes part of the Spanish inscriptions at bottom, light overall aging to paper, horizontal crease in center, still fine and striking. (Image) Est. $1,000-1,500

SOLD for $1,900.00
Will close during Public Auction
25 PS American Bank Note Company salesman sample page containing a striking array of twenty-eight different plate proofs or trial color proofs of various stamps the ABNC printed and
all neatly mounted in a 7x4 arrangement on a thick card measuring 210xAmerican Bank Note Company salesman sample page containing a striking array of twenty-eight different plate proofs or trial color proofs of various stamps the ABNC printed and all neatly mounted in a 7x4 arrangement on a thick card measuring 210x149mm, each proof has a most unusual "MUESTRA" (Specimen) diagonal overprint in red, proofs include the 2c, 5c and 40c 1883 Issue of Costa Rica, other proofs of the same era include eleven U.S. related issues (including postage due and telegraph proofs), one 25c Hawaii proof (we have never seen this stamp before with a "MUESTRA" overprint), three Canadian proofs and ten other proofs from various Latin American countries, each with small manuscript numeral, blind embossed "American Bank Note Co." imprint to card at bottom left, very fine; the only such sample page we have ever seen; a wonderful exhibition item. (Image) Est. $2,000-3,000

SOLD for $5,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
26 TCc 1TC-4TC 1TC-4TC, 12r-1P First Issue, large die trial color proofs in black, an extraordinarily handsome and rare matching set of large proofs in black on India of each value, mounted
separately on large cards measuring approximately 146x215mm, the desi#1TC-4TC, 1/2r-1P First Issue, large die trial color proofs in black, an extraordinarily handsome and rare matching set of large proofs in black on India of each value, mounted separately on large cards measuring approximately 146x215mm, the designs appear to be the final, or close to, the accepted designs, for example the the 1/2r design has no shading lines above the "PORTE" tablet, all with "American Bank Note Company" imprint on the India paper and with plate numbers either engraved or noted in pencil on each, the 2r with some minor toning around engraved image, overall very fine; a stunning set essential for the serious Costa Rica collector. (Image) Est. $4,000-5,000

SOLD for $9,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
27 TCc 1TC, 2TC, 4TC 1TC, 2TC, 4TC, 1863 First Issue large die trial color proofs of final accepted designs, each on India mounted on sunken small cards measuring approximately 90x13mm, the 2r and
1P with American Bank Note Company imprints and die numbers (330 an#1TC, 2TC, 4TC, 1863 First Issue large die trial color proofs of final accepted designs, each on India mounted on sunken small cards measuring approximately 90x13mm, the 2r and 1P with "American Bank Note Company" imprints and die numbers (330 and 388 respectively) engraved at bottom of India, extremely fine and impressive; each is believed to be unique; also accompanied by four photographs of original drawings, three in stamp size, to determine appearance when reduced in size. (Image) Est. $2,000-3,000

SOLD for $3,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
28 Pbl 1P-4P 1P-4P, 1863 12r-1P First Issue plate proofs on India, a spectacularly beautiful complete set of plate proof sheets of 100 each mounted on card, from the unique set of four
sheets discovered in an American Bank Note Company archive ledger, f#1P-4P, 1863 1/2r-1P First Issue plate proofs on India, a spectacularly beautiful complete set of plate proof sheets of 100 each mounted on card, from the unique set of four sheets discovered in an American Bank Note Company archive ledger, fabulously bright and fresh, each well margined, very fine; a showpiece set of proof sheets. (Image) Est. $1,500-2,000

SOLD for $16,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
29 Pbl 1P-4P 1P-4P, 1863 12r-1P First Issue plate proofs on India, another lovely complete set of plate proof sheets of 100 each mounted on card, however this set features larger sheet
margins which show numerous American Bank Note Co. New-York. impri#1P-4P, 1863 1/2r-1P First Issue plate proofs on India, another lovely complete set of plate proof sheets of 100 each mounted on card, however this set features larger sheet margins which show numerous "American Bank Note Co. New-York." imprints in the sheet selvages on the 1/2r, 4r and 1P values, in addition the 1/2r and 2r with "SPECIMEN." overprint on each stamp in red orange and black respectively, couple trivial edge flaws to card on a couple of values, overall a very fine and choice set of considerable beauty and rarity. (Image) Est. $1,500-2,000

SOLD for $14,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
30 P 2P 2P, 1863 2r Scarlet First Issue, large die proof on India mounted on large die sunk card measuring 150x225mm, with American Bank Note Co. imprint and die number 330 engraved at
bottom of India, wonderfully fresh and choice, extremely fine b#2P, 1863 2r Scarlet First Issue, large die proof on India mounted on large die sunk card measuring 150x225mm, with "American Bank Note Co." imprint and die number "330" engraved at bottom of India, wonderfully fresh and choice, extremely fine; believed to be unique. (Image) Est. $2,000-3,000

SOLD for $3,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
31 P 1868 American Bank Note Company trade sample sheet, engraved in golden yellow on mesh wove paper, the complete sheet displaying nineteen different stamps having been produced by
the ABNC, including the Costa Rica 1863 2r First Issue in position 11868 American Bank Note Company trade sample sheet, engraved in golden yellow on mesh wove paper, the complete sheet displaying nineteen different stamps having been produced by the ABNC, including the Costa Rica 1863 2r First Issue in position 13, along with eleven different BNA issues and stamps from Brazil, Chile and Mexico, unusually wide margins surround the sheet, few negligible flaws including a small pinhole and light creasing in the wide edges of the sheet, overall very fine and stunning; intact sample sheets such as this are quite rare as most were cut up into individual proofs, remarkably the Mayer collection features a total of eight intact sheets in various colors and papers, one of the largest offerings ever in a single auction. (Image) Est. $2,000-3,000

SOLD for $11,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
32 P 1868 American Bank Note Company trade sample sheet, engraved in bright olive green on bond paper, a lovely complete sheet with only minor marginal paper wrinkling, very
fine.1868 American Bank Note Company trade sample sheet, engraved in bright olive green on bond paper, a lovely complete sheet with only minor marginal paper wrinkling, very fine. (Image) Est. $2,000-3,000

SOLD for $10,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
33 P 1868 American Bank Note Company trade sample sheet, engraved in deep violet on bond paper, margins of sheet have been a bit reduced, central horizontal crease affecting a couple
of proof impressions and ending in a small marginal tear, very fine1868 American Bank Note Company trade sample sheet, engraved in deep violet on bond paper, margins of sheet have been a bit reduced, central horizontal crease affecting a couple of proof impressions and ending in a small marginal tear, very fine appearance. (Image) Est. $1,500-2,000

SOLD for $8,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
34 P 1868 American Bank Note Company trade sample sheet, lithographed in brownish lilac on bond paper, wide margins, minor marginal edge tear at left, very fine.1868 American Bank Note Company trade sample sheet, lithographed in brownish lilac on bond paper, wide margins, minor marginal edge tear at left, very fine. (Image) Est. $2,000-3,000

SOLD for $11,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
35 P 1868 American Bank Note Company trade sample sheet, lithographed in brownish lilac on bond paper, a lovely fault-free sheet in a very similar color to the last, but just a
slightly deeper shade, wide margins, trivial corner bend at top left, very1868 American Bank Note Company trade sample sheet, lithographed in brownish lilac on bond paper, a lovely fault-free sheet in a very similar color to the last, but just a slightly deeper shade, wide margins, trivial corner bend at top left, very fine and choice. (Image) Est. $2,000-3,000

SOLD for $10,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
36 P 1868 American Bank Note Company trade sample sheet, lithographed in brownish lilac on bond paper, the sheet possessing extra-wide margins, much larger than any other example of
this rare trade sample sheet we have seen, some edge faults (includin1868 American Bank Note Company trade sample sheet, lithographed in brownish lilac on bond paper, the sheet possessing extra-wide margins, much larger than any other example of this rare trade sample sheet we have seen, some edge faults (including one sealed tear) but the sheet could be reduced to eliminate most flaws and still retain wide margins, otherwise very fine. (Image) Est. $2,000-3,000

SOLD for $10,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
37 P 1868 American Bank Note Company trade sample sheet, engraved in deep green on horizontally laid paper, a striking sheet on a paper that is especially elusive and seldom seen,
couple of small thin spots (one of which has been expertly repaired fil1868 American Bank Note Company trade sample sheet, engraved in deep green on horizontally laid paper, a striking sheet on a paper that is especially elusive and seldom seen, couple of small thin spots (one of which has been expertly repaired filling a small hole in one stamp), small edge tear, very fine appearance. (Image) Est. $1,500-2,000

SOLD for $11,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
38 P 1868 American Bank Note Company trade sample sheet, engraved in deep green on brownish heavy card, the first such sheet on this unusual paper we have seen, marginal flaws
including a small tear and corner crease, otherwise very fine.1868 American Bank Note Company trade sample sheet, engraved in deep green on brownish heavy card, the first such sheet on this unusual paper we have seen, marginal flaws including a small tear and corner crease, otherwise very fine. (Image) Est. $1,500-2,000

SOLD for $7,250.00
Will close during Public Auction
1863 COAT OF ARMS FIRST ISSUE STAMPS
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
39 ngbl 1b 1b, 1863 12r Blue, imperforate horizontally, a striking unused block of nine (3x3) that is completely imperforate horizontally, being the largest surviving intact multiple from
the unique discovery sheet of 100, well centered vertically, ri#1b, 1863 1/2r Blue, imperforate horizontally, a striking unused block of nine (3x3) that is completely imperforate horizontally, being the largest surviving intact multiple from the unique discovery sheet of 100, well centered vertically, rich color, couple of stamps at bottom right with trivial staining of little impact given the unique status of this important multiple, fine; one of the key rarities of the first issue and of the entire country for that matter; catalogs in Scott at $1,500.00 per pair. (Image) Est. $3,000-4,000

SOLD for $5,750.00
Will close during Public Auction
40 ogbl 3 var. 3 var., 1863 4r Green, major double transfer variety, the top center stamp (position 8) in a mint block of ten (5x2), positions 6-1016-20, this is the only major variety found
on the printing of all four values from the series, showing strong d#3 var., 1863 4r Green, major double transfer variety, the top center stamp (position 8) in a mint block of ten (5x2), positions 6-10/16-20, this is the only major variety found on the printing of all four values from the series, showing strong doubling in the letters of the "Correos De Costa Rica" tablet at top, fresh color, o.g., some hinge reinforced separated perfs. in second vertical row, fine; perfect for exhibition. (Image) Est. $400-500

SOLD for $575.00
Will close during Public Auction

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