EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT UNWATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE.
With 2003 and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $2,900.00). Only three grade higher (highest is 98)
5¢ Chocolate (255), wide top "BUREAU, ENGRAVING & PRINTING" imprint and plate number 162 block of six, original gum, lightly hinged, each stamp with gorgeous centering, lovely warm color
Paul Cheyney (collection sold privately to Mr. Gross)
The Philatelic Foundation (1991)
SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)
HISTORY AND COMMENTARY
We have offered only two other top position plate blocks since keeping computerized records. Both were offered in our 2009 "Whitpain" auction. Fogelson had one with narrower selvage, and W. Parsons Todd had one with similar selvage. Based on centering and selvage size, the example offered here is the finest we have encountered.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1894 5-CENT UNWATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE IS THE ESSENCE OF PERFECTION. IT HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E., WHICH IS THE HIGHEST GRADED AWARDED.
According to Brookman, certain abrasive components of the ink used for printing the 5c stamp caused rapid plate wear. The stamp offered here, with such a remarkably detailed impression, in pristine condition and with superb centering, is truly the finest we have ever offered.
Ex "Scarsdale". 2001 P.F. certificate no longer accompanies. With 2012 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $9,500.00). This is the highest grade awarded to a Scott 255 in any gum condition and it has been equaled by only one other Mint N.H. stamp
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A PHENOMENAL MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1894 5-CENT UNWATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE, GRADED XF-SUPERB 95.
With 1990 and 2004 P.F. and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $2,900.00). Only three have graded higher (one at 95J, two at 98).