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Sale 1028 — The Natalee Grace Collection of Used U.S. Stamps, Part Three: 1902 and Later Issues

Sale Date — Thursday, 20 September, 2012

Category — 1908-09 Perf 12 Double-Line Watermark Issue (Scott 331-356)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
334
 
Sale Number 1028, Lot Number 334, 1908-09 Perf 12 Double-Line Watermark Issue (Scott 331-356)4c Orange Brown, Coil (354), 4c Orange Brown, Coil (354)4c Orange Brown, Coil (354). Guide line pair, perfectly centered with wide and balanced margins, rich color and proof-like impression, neat strikes of duplex cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS IS WITHOUT QUESTION THE FINEST USED GUIDE LINE PAIR OF THE 4-CENT HORIZONTAL COIL, SCOTT 354, IN EXISTENCE. THIS MAGNIFICENT GUIDE LINE PAIR HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E.

Johl notes that the 4c coil was used primarily for mailing advertising matter and so was not widely distributed. This also meant that not many were saved, and that very few multiples were used. The rarity of a guide line pair in this condition cannot be overstated -- the guide line only occurs after every 20 stamps, making it nine times as rare as a normal pair. For a guide line pair to receive this coveted grade both stamps must have wide and even margins, which is also orders of magnitude more difficult to find than just a single or even a regular pair.

With 1986 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 95, SMQ $12,500.00 as 95). This is the highest grade awarded to date and the only example to achieve this grade.

1,550
12,000
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