VERY FINE. A COLORFUL THREE-STAMP MIXED FRANKING FROM SAMOA TO THE UNITED STATES.
Ex Hollowbush and Vogel
EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL WIDE-MARGINED MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1888 5-CENT INDIGO AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY ISSUE.
Ex "Scarsdale". With 1999, 2000 and 2007 P.F. certificates (XF 90)
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS MAGNIFICENT MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1888 5-CENT AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY ISSUE IS GRADED SUPERB 98 JUMBO BY P.S.E. -- NO OTHER EXAMPLE GRADES ABOVE 95.
The 5c Garfield was first issued in 1882 in shades of Brown. When the colors were changed in 1888, the 5c was released in a beautiful Indigo shade. Although unused copies are by no means scarce, Mint N.H. examples are scarce and higher grades in Mint N.H. condition are exceedingly rare. For the collector assembling a Superb Mint N.H. set of the 1888 American Bank Note Issue, the stamp offered here is a key component.
With 2013 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98 Jumbo; SMQ $12,500.00). This is the highest grade awarded by far. The next highest is a 95, which is shared by five stamps.
5¢ Indigo (216), block of twelve from top of right pane with"AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY" imprint, letter "K", "No. 540" plate number and guide arrow, several stamps in top row Mint N.H., others original gum, choice centering, deep rich color
Siegel Auction Galleries, 1983 Rarities of the World, 4/23/1983, Sale 618, lot 149
Dr. Frederick S. Fogelson, Shreves Philatelic Galleries, 2/11/2005, lot 6, to William H. Gross
Fine-Very Fine; few small hinge slivers where few perf separations sensibly reinforced, small hinge thins at top of selvage
SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A PHENOMENAL MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1888 5-CENT AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY ISSUE, SCOTT 216, GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E. -- ONLY ONE HAS GRADED HIGHER.
The 5c Garfield was first issued in 1882 in shades of Brown. When the colors were changed in 1888, the 5c was released in a beautiful Indigo shade. Although unused copies are by no means scarce, Mint N.H. examples are very scarce, and higher grades in Mint N.H. condition are exceedingly rare.
With 2016 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $5,250.00). Only one has graded higher (at 98J) and only four others share this desirable grade.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS STUNNING STAMP HAS BEEN AWARDED THE HIGHEST GRADE POSSIBLE OF GEM 100 JUMBO BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE ONLY EXAMPLE TO ACHIEVE THIS GRADE.
Ex "Natalee Grace". With 2003 P.F., 1997 and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (Gem 100 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 100, SMQ $1,500.00 as 100). This is the highest grade possible on the grading scale, and it is the only example to achieve this grade
FINE-VERY FINE. A RARE PLATE BLOCK OF TWELVE OF THE 1888 5-CENT INDIGO.
A Power Search review reveals that in the past 15 years we have offered only one other plate block of Scott 216 (bottom position from the Curtis sale which had reattached plate no. selvage). The last top plate block we offered was in 2003