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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)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
3398
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3398, 1894-98 Bureau Issues, Watermarked and Color Change (Scott 264-284)$5.00 Dark Green (278), $5.00 Dark Green (278)$5.00 Dark Green (278). Choice margins and precise centering, deep rich color on fresh paper, unusually light registry oval cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THE 1895 BUREAU DOLLAR VALUES ARE EXCEEDINGLY DIFFICULT TO FIND IN THIS ULTRA-HIGH GRADE, ESPECIALLY WITH A LIGHT CANCELLATION. THIS SPECTACULAR STAMP HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. -- THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED.

The $5.00 stamps were generally used on heavy parcels or high-value registered covers that were usually discarded, and the high-denomination stamps were typically heavily cancelled. The stamp offered here, cancelled by a registry oval, with perfect centering and in pristine condition, is truly remarkable.

With 2011 P.F. and 2006 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $10,700.00). This is the highest grade awarded and it is shared by only two other stamps

625
4,750
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