First Issue Postal Notes, 1883-94, extraordinary collection of the forerunners of postal money orders on Scott pages;
printed by Homer Lee Bank Note Company (1883-1887), American Bank Note Company (1887-1891), and Dunlap & Clarke (1891-1894), these represent the precursors of the 20th century stamps Scott # PN1-PN18; two bank Post Office Department Route Agent
Drafts (1854 and 1855) signed by Post Master General James Campbell; pristine 1883 note (consignor believes Scott should renumber section to reflect this as "PN1") for 1¢ issued in New York, "PN2" pair issued 1886 in Cincinnati, "PN4" (described
by the consignor as the rarest by far of all postal notes) sold in Trenton, "PN5" with serial number 3 issued in Ephratah (PA), and three examples of "PN7" sold in 1893 (Mankato and Waseca MN as well as Tallahasee); in 1894 Congress ordered that
Postal Notes end and be replaced with Money Order, a fine 1894 example from PA is included; Postal Note stamps (PN1-PN18) MNH, PN1-PN18 plate blocks (with duplication of 2¢, 3¢, 4¢, 8¢, and 50¢), blocks of four of PN1,
PN3-PN10, PN12, PN16, and PN17; also includes 13 Postal Note cards with values (paired) postmarked Feb 3, 1945; it is estimated that only about 1,500 "PN1-PN7" forerunner notes still exist, Fine to Very Fine, ex Gatsby.
apply - weight 1.4 lbs.
See The Congress Book 1997 (pgs 306-332) and The Collectors Club Philatelist (Sept-Oct 2003 pgs 229-237) . (PDF for this Lot) (Image)
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