Sale 1014 — Outstanding United States Stamps

Sale Date — Wednesday-Friday, 12-14 October, 2011

Category — 30c-50c 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 239-240)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1520°
nh
Sale 1014, Lot 1520, 30c-50c 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 239-240)50c Columbian (240). Mint N.H. with huge bottom sheet selvage, colossal Jumbo margins and gorgeous centering, intense color and proof-like impression on fresh paper

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 50-CENT COLUMBIAN IS, IN OUR OPINION, THE FINEST EXTANT. A STAMP WITH TREMENDOUS VISUAL APPEAL.

While we have long been a supporter of numerical grading and often quote P.S.E. Population Report statistics, there are certain stamps that defy numerical grading. This sheet-margin example of the 50c Columbian is such a stamp. The conservative grade of XF 90 Jumbo assigned to this magnificent gem is a prime example of the limitation of numerical grading when applied to sheet-margin stamps. We have offered 50c Columbians in grades of 95 and 98, but, in our opinion, none of those exceeds the beauty of this stamp.

Ex Westchester. With 1998 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90 Jumbo; SMQ $3.800.00 as 90, $8,500.00 as 95)

1,500
7,000