EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1908 5-CENT BLUE IMPERFORATE ISSUE, GRADED GEM 100 BY P.S.E. -- THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED AND ONE OF ONLY TWO TO ACHIEVE IT.
Unlike the much more common 1c imperforate (Scott 314), whose plate block catalogues $325.00 as Mint N.H., the 5c is much scarcer. The hinged plate block catalogues $3,000.00 and Mint N.H. plate block catalogues $4,750.00, so the supply of multiples that can be cut apart to make high grade singles is extremely limited.
With 2009 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100; SMQ $2,000.00). This is the highest grade awarded and shared by only one other. No pairs are even close to achieving this high grade.