$1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292), used with block of four, pair and four singles of 1¢ Trans-Mississippi (285), tied by "Heron Mont. Jan. 9, 1899" circular datestamps on registered cover to Nuremberg, Germany, New York registry label, New York registry oval datestamp on back (January 16), receiving backstamp (January 28), one 1¢ stamp at bottom with flaw, Very Fine, a rare and colorful franking with the $1.00 Trans-Mississippi, perhaps 20 covers are known with this beautiful 19th century commemorative stamp, including approximately 14 with single frankings--we are aware of a similar franking, with nine 1¢ stamps and two 50¢ stamps, which was offered in our 2013 World's Fair Collection (Sale 1056, lot 430), the cover offered here is illustrated in Neil, The Trans-Mississippi Issue of 1898 (p. 150), ex Rosenthal
$1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292), tied by "Detroit Mich. Transit Jun. 22 1PM 98" circular datestamp on cover to Windsor, Canada, neat "Windsor Ont. PM JU 22 98" receiving datestamp on back, stamp with long sealed horizontal tear, otherwise Very Fine, the only recorded use of the $1.00 on cover to Canada, dated just five days after the stamp was issued on June 17, ex Dr. Jerome Motto ("Vanguard" collection, Rumsey Sale 11, 4/26-29/2001, lot 3629, where acquired by William H. Gross), illustrated in Neil, The Trans-Mississippi Issue of 1898 (p. 152)
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A MAGNIFICENT ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE $1.00 TRANS-MISSISSIPPI ISSUE, WHICH HAS BEEN AWARDED THE PERFECT GRADE OF GEM 100 BY P.S.E. THIS IS THE ONLY UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE $1.00 TRANS-MISSISSIPPI TO ACHIEVE THIS GRADE, AND, IN FACT, IT IS CURRENTLY ONE OF ONLY TWO UNUSED DOLLAR-VALUE COMMEMORATIVE STAMPS WITH A P.S.E. GEM 100 GRADE FOR ANY ISSUE.
The focus on stamps with a Gem 100 grade is growing more intense as collectors strive for the highest possible ranking in the P.S.E. Set Registry. Remarkably, only two dollar-denominated, original-gum (or unused) early commemorative stamps have achieved a Gem 100 grade (the other is a $2.00 Columbian).
With 2012 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100; SMQ $13,250.00). This is the only unused $1.00 Trans-Mississippi to grade Gem 100. The highest Mint N.H. grade is 98.
VERY FINE AND CHOICE MINT NEVER-HINGED PLATE NUMBER SINGLE OF THE $1.00 TRANS-MISSISSIPPI.
With 2001 P.S.E. certificate