2¢ Jamestown (329), Mint N.H. bottom "BUREAU, ENGRAVING & PRINTING" imprint and plate number 3603 block of six, choice centering throughout, radiant color on bright paper
James H. Gray, Jr., Shreves sale, 9/30/2005, lot 34, to Mr. Gross
SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)
EXTREMELY FINE GEM AND THE ESSENCE OF PERFECTION -- THIS REMARKABLE STAMP IS GRADED GEM 100 BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED AND THE ONLY EXAMPLE TO ACHIEVE THIS PERFECT GRADE.
The Jamestown Issue is notorious for its tight spacing and narrow margins, which causes most copies to be off-center to some degree. High grades are extremely difficult to obtain on this issue in any denomination. For example, only one 1c has graded 98J and none have graded 100. This is the only example of the 2c graded 100. For the 5c, the 98J offered in the following lot is the highest grade with no equals.
With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100; SMQ $4,600.00 is irrelevant, it last sold for $18,500 hammer in 2008). Accompanied by note from former master grader William Litle which states "The first ever Jamestown to get 100 and N.H. at that." This is still the only Jamestown to get a 100 grade in any condition (used, OG or NH). Scott Retail $75.00