EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT LOUISIANA PURCHASE ISSUE HAS ACHIEVED THE PERFECT GRADE OF GEM 100. THIS IS THE ONLY EXAMPLE TO ACHIEVE THIS GRADE, WHICH IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED.
Among the entire Louisiana Purchase Issue, only four Mint N.H. stamps are graded Gem 100 -- the 1c offered in the previous lot, the 2c offered here and two of the 10c.
With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100; SMQ $3,000.00). This is the only example to achieve this exalted grade with none higher. The SMQ value is absurdly low -- only 50% more than a 98 grade in SMQ for a population of six. This unique Gem 100 is therefore six-times as rare as the stamps graded 98 -- it last sold for $21,000 hammer in a 2008 auction. Scott Retail $65.00
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. ABSOLUTELY REMARKABLE QUALITY FOR THIS 20TH CENTURY COMMEMORATIVE ISSUE. A MAGNIFICENT STAMP.
The 2c Louisiana Purchase is a common stamp, but the difficulty in finding choice Mint N.H. examples is evident in the P.S.E. Population Report statistics: 114 have been graded, but only five have graded 98 or better (four 98's, one 100). Another "rule" of this issue is that the stamps have small margins due to the tight spacing between subjects on the plate. This, too, is evident in the Population Report stats: there are no Jumbos in OG 95, 98 or 100 grades, and, in fact, only two stamps have the Jumbo designation (one NH 90J and one used 98J). For the collector who seeks an extraordinary example of each stamp, this 2c Louisiana Purchase, with its imprint selvage and 98 grade, is a major rarity, which is not an overstatement considering that we have sold only one other Mint N.H. 98 example.
With 2009 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $2,350.00). One of four graded 98 and only one graded higher at 100.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THE PERFECT 2-CENT LOUISIANA PURCHASE MINT NEVER-HINGED SINGLE FOR THE FASTIDIOUS COLLECTOR.
With 2009 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $2,350.00). According to the P.S.E. Population Report this is one of only three to have achieved this grade with only one higher