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Banknote Stamps (#1)

Item # Description Price Picture
8247 #145, sound, centered XF with firm perfs all around, canceled by an XF strike of an outline triangle fancy killer. Neat stamp. $25
8199 #159 pair, sound with XF-superb centering tied on piece by two strikes of SAINT LOUIS, MO (1880) postmark and negative fraternal triangle fancy killer, unlisted in major references. Great 6 item. $50
8186 #183, fair, faulty, no gum, bearing the black "Glen Allen" outlined, fine grid star precancel, rare on this issue. Stamp with perf faults and deep crease at lower left ending in a small tear. Scott $350+. $50
8053 #184, five copies, each bearing a strike of a negative "7" within a 13 point sunburst killer of Mitteneague, MA. All are of the Whitfield 6449 design, but with three different 7s: large (14mm), intermediate (13mm, Whitfield), and small (12mm).  This group of stamps are the basis for and pictured in the August 2021 U.S. Cancellation Club NEWS article on this subject. $50
8170 #186, F+ sound pair, firm perfs all around, each stamp canceled by an XF strike of numeral 7 4-ring duplex killer (Cole NC-14 of Philadelphia). An exceptionally attractive item. $40


8216 #206, XF, sound, canceled by an XF-superb SOTN strike of letter B in large 8-bar circular ellipse killer of CHARLESTON, SC. Great looking stamp with terrific eye appeal. SOLD
8127 #155, XF appearing 90 National Banknote stamp with an XF strike of San Francisco foreign mail geometric killer. Van Vlissingen & Waud listed this as unproved NYFM killer FU1. Stamp with small corner crease at upper right and filled thin at upper left.  Still, a great strike of this scarce fancy geometric cancel, especially on a 90 value. $75


8051 #182, VF, sound, canceled by a VF strike of negative BOSTON MASS in circle killer (Blake & Davis 2160) used typically on third class mail. Attractive stamp. $10
7885 #149, F+, SE, sound, canceled by a SOTN strike of English numeral 626 ellipse killer (GBPS: Prescot, Lancashire County), quite scarce on US stamps. $35
7830 #182, fine, sound, bearing a VF+ SOTN strike of negative letters "EJ" killer of CARTHAGE, MO (Cole ML-174). $30
7570 #137, fine, sound H grill, grid killer.  2020 Philatelic Foundation certificate, "Genuine". SOLD
7236 #145, fine, sound, bearing an XF-superb SOTN strike of red-orange NEW 6 YORK, AUG 16 exchange office credit mark. The red-orange color beautifully contrasts with the blue of the stamp. A gorgeous item, great eye appeal. SOLD
7187 #158, VF, bearing an XF-superb SOTN strike of Masonic star in crescent fancy killer(Cole CR-32, but a more definitive strike than the tracing) of PITTSBURGH, PA. (Image of faulty cover from which removed.)  Stamp has small corner crease at upper left but is otherwise sound. SOLD
7129 #208, VF+ sound dull rose copy canceled by a VF strike of NEW YORK foreign mail double oval AUG 1888 postmark. Scott catalog $110. $60
7133 #152, fine 15 National Banknote printing pair, left stamp with small corner crease at upper left. Scarce and attractive multiple. $75


7050 #148, XF-Superb, sound, firm perfs all around, cork wedges killer and bit of red postmark. A beautiful used, well-centered example of the 6 cent Lincoln National Banknote stamp.  2020 Philatelic Foundation certificate, "Genuine, PF Graded XF-S 95". SOLD
6992 #156, a selection of 12 used plate varieties laid out and annotated on grid paper by a collector who appreciated the "fly speck" aspect of stamp production. The "lower label" varieties are particularly nice. $50


6990 #210, fine, sound, bearing a VF-XF SOTN strike of smiling pumpkin face killer, town of origin unknown, similar to several listed face fancy cancels. SOLD
6879 #136, VF-XF, sound H grill stamp with light cancel and firm perforations all around. A very attractive and quality stamp. $35


6901 #152, fine, sound, bearing a superb strike of the double letter "FH" fancy killer (Cole ML-38) of Fort Howard, Wisconsin. Quite eye catching. SOLD
6902 #152, F+, sound and fresh with brilliant bright orange color, canceled by a VF strike of red NEW YORK, SEP 9 foreign mail exchange office postmark. Beautiful stamp. $80


6758 #156, fine, canceled by VF strike of very scarce Leavitt machine killer type A-1. $5
6753 #185, F+, sound, bearing a bold and superb SOTN strike of outline 5-point star in circle killer. Based upon the ink type, I believe this to be a New Orleans fancy killer. Gorgeous fancy cancel. SOLD
6470 #138, VF copy, fine NYFM star killer (Weiss ST-8P2), fresh and bright. Stamp has tiny pressed out corner perf crease at lower right but is otherwise sound.  I believe that this stamp is quite possibly a #138A with scarce I grill (Scott catalog $1,400), but because the grill impression is not quite complete it might be difficult to get it certified as such.  Pretty stamp. $250

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