8¢ Trans-Mississippi (289), Mint N.H. wide top "BUREAU, ENGRAVING & PRINTING" imprint and plate number 609 block of four, gorgeous centering throughout with wide margins on each stamp, deep rich color and detailed impression
James H. Gray, Jr., Shreves Philatelic Galleries, 9/30/2005, lot 6, to William H. Gross
Extremely Fine Gem
SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)
HISTORY AND COMMENTARY
The 8¢ Trans-Mississippi is one of the most difficult denominations of the set to obtain in such superb condition. We have offered only one Mint N.H. top plate number block of six since keeping computerized records. Of the plate blocks of four we have offered, several have issues such as gum wrinkles, or have poor centering. This example is the finest we have ever offered.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A PHENOMENAL MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 8-CENT TRANS-MISSISSIPPI.
The two most challenging Trans-Mississippi denominations to obtain in Extremely Fine grade are the 8c and the $2.00. The spacing between horizontal rows on the sheet is narrower than the spacing between vertical columns, making it difficult to obtain stamps with balanced margins.
With 2001 P.F. and 2004 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $5,000.00)