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Sale 1032 — The Nick Kirke Collection of Gem-Quality Used U.S. Stamps

Sale Date — Tuesday-Wednesday, 23-24 October, 2012

Category — 1894-98 Bureau Issues, Watermarked and Color Change (Scott 264-284)

Cat./Est. Value
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3397, 1894-98 Bureau Issues, Watermarked and Color Change (Scott 264-284)$2.00 Dark Blue (277a), $2.00 Dark Blue (277a)$2.00 Dark Blue (277a). Precise centering, proof-like impression on bright white paper, deep rich color easily discernible from the standard Blue, neat registry oval cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a beautiful stamp, with 2002 P.F. and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $1,000.00), this is the highest grade awarded to the Dark Blue No. 277a and only three others share this grade (the next highest grade is a 50), this shade only comes on the watermarked issue

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