5¢ Louisiana Purchase (326), full top right corner "BUREAU, ENGRAVING & PRINTING" imprint and plate number 2099 block of eight, small hinge slivers, beautiful centering, deep rich color and proof-like impression
Paul Cheyney (collection sold privately to Mr. Gross)
Extremely Fine; small hinge slivers sensibly reinforce some perf separations
SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)
$1,400.00 as plate block of six and two singles
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED PLATE NUMBER EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT LOUISIANA PURCHASE ISSUE, WHICH IS GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E.
According to Johl (Volume 1), the Louisiana Purchase stamps were not popular with the public or collectors when they were issued -- due to their larger size and unfavorable comparisons to the designs of the previous 1901 Pan-American stamps. As a result, fewer were saved.
With 2000 P.F., 2008 and 2017 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $4,750.00). Only one example has graded higher (at 98J, offered in our Sale 1150, realized $14,500 hammer).