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The Lost Continental is a light-purple 24¢ United States postage stamp depicting General Winfield Scott, printed around 1873 on vertically ribbed paper by the Continental Banknote Company. It is the only known copy of this 24¢ Scott stamp—among the many surviving examples—that can be positively identified as a printing by the Continental firm, and not by the National Banknote Company, which had originally produced this 24¢ issue three years earlier. For more than a century experts could not determine with certainty whether Continental had ever, in fact, printed its own version of this stamp—or, if it had done so, whether any of the copies it printed survived. Conclusive evidence did not begin to emerge until a collector named Eraldo Magazzu discovered the Lost Continental while examining a lot of old stamps he had purchased in 1967. Much debate and analysis followed before the stamp, on the evidence of its paper-type, was finally certified as authentic by the Philatelic Foundation in 1992. How many other copies of this Scott issue (if any) printed on normal paper by Continental still exist is a question that philatelists believe will never be answered. Despite this uncertainty about the stamp's actual degree of rarity, the Lost Continental sold for $325,000 at a Siegel Gallery auction in December, 2004 A photograph of the stamp appeared on the front cover of the catalogue for that auction; on page 60 of the catalogue, a photograph of the Lost Continental's back shows the pencil mark "153": a Scott Catalogue number that erroneously identifies the stamp as an example printed by the National Banknote Company.
In 1873, the National Banknote Company, which had been producing U. S. postage stamps since 1861, lost out to the Continental Banknote Company in the bidding for the new contract to produce U. S. postage stamps for the next four years. Accordingly, Continental took over the production and distribution of National's existing 1870 definitive stamp series, which included the 24¢ Winfield Scott issue. National turned over the printing plates and dies for all twelve stamps in the issue, and later sold Continental its stocks of finished stamps not yet sent to the U. S. Post Office.
For the values between 1¢ and 15¢, Continental made new printing plates produced from dies it had slightly altered by adding small "secret marks" to them. By contrast, Continental deemed it unnecessary to alter the designs of the 24¢, 30¢ and 90¢ denominations, opting to use the old National plates to print these seldom-used stamps in the small quantities that might be needed. As a result, the Continental and National issues of these three values cannot be differentiated by any details of the stamp designs; it is only through examination of ink, perforation characteristics and paper type that the two company's products can be distinguished from each other. One piece of conclusive evidence is the occasional use of ribbed paper for a stamp, which definitively establishes it as a Continental product, as this paper was never used by National.
Early experts soon found paper or ink characteristics that could clearly identify a 30¢ or 90¢ stamp as either a National or a Continental. For the 24¢ issue, however (the ribbed-paper copy then being unknown) no clear criteria emerged—partly, perhaps, because the purple inks used by both National and Continental were exceptionally susceptible to fading and unpredictable discolorations, resulting in a bewilderingly wide variety of shades.
The suspicion grew that specific differences could not be found because they did not exist: that all surviving examples were, after all, Nationals; that remaining stocks of these had been so large that Continental could merely send them to the Post Office as needed, and never needed to produce—or, at least release—its own version at all. The denomination was seldom used, and, in fact, the Post Office discontinued it in 1875, distributing no copies to local post offices after June 30 of that year. Finally, scholars believed (inaccurately) that the total of remaindered 24¢ stamps eventually destroyed by the Post Office virtually equaled the total that had been delivered to it by Continental. "It is quite possible," wrote Lester Brookman, "that this stamp should be dismissed with the remark made by the old farmer when he first saw a giraffe, which was 'There ain't no such animal.'" Eventually, the Scott Catalogue deleted its entry for the Continental 24¢ issue (as #164), not to restore it until the ribbed-paper copy received certification.....