EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT BLACK JACK RE-ISSUE, GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E. THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED.
With 2019 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, XF-Superb 95; SMQ $12,500.00). Only 979 were sold and only four others in the P.S.E. Population Report have equaled this grade (none higher)
EXTREMELY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING USED EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT BLACK JACK RE-ISSUE, GRADED XF 90 BY P.S.E., WHICH IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED. ONLY 26 USED EXAMPLES ARE CONTAINED IN OUR CENSUS AND THE EXAMPLE OFFERED HERE IS UNQUESTIONABLY ONE OF THE FINEST.
The 2c Re-Issue was printed from a new plate of 100 subjects, compared to the original plate of 200 in two panes. 10,000 stamps were printed (100 impressions). Only 979 of the 2c were sold; the remaining 9,021 were destroyed on July 16, 1884. The 2c plate can be easily identified by a spot on the cheek.
Our census of Scott 103 used, available at our website at https://siegelauctions.com/census/us/scott/103 , records 26 examples. It is known with a variety of cancels. However, of these only five or six have centering we would consider Very Fine, and perhaps a couple others could be considered Extremely Fine. Several of the possibly sound examples have not been examined in decades and may in fact not be sound. The example offered here, with wide balanced margins and a relatively light cancel, is a true condition rarity and clearly among the very finest examples known.
Census No. 103-CAN-22. Ex Merlin. With 2005 P.F. and 2011 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $50,000.00). This is the highest grade awarded and only two others shares this grade.
VERY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT "BLACK JACK" RE-ISSUE.
Only 979 sold. With 2018 P.S.E. certificate