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Sale 1034 — The Merlin Collection of Superb United States Stamps

Sale Date — Wednesday-Thursday, 28-29 November, 2012

Category — 1902-08 Issues (Scott 300-320a)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
304
og
Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 304, 1902-08 Issues (Scott 300-320a)$2.00 Dark Blue (312), $2.00 Dark Blue (312)$2.00 Dark Blue (312). Lightly hinged, mathematically perfect centering with huge margins on all four sides, dark shade, sharp proof-like impression

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THE $2.00 1902 ISSUE SIMPLY CANNOT BE FOUND WITH BETTER CENTERING AND MARGINS -- AN ABSOLUTELY SPECTACULAR STAMP WHICH HAS BEEN AWARDED THE PERFECT GRADE OF GEM 100 BY P.S.E.

The 1902-03 Regular Issue was a great improvement over the Bureau's first efforts in 1894 and 1895. Perforations tend to be cleaner, and centering better, but the large plate layout and perforating method still resulted in a large number of poorly centered stamps. This spectacular stamp, which has been graded Gem 100, has no peers in the P.S.E. Population Report. In fact, there are no other dollar value 1902 Issue stamps in any condition category that have achieved a Gem 100 grade. The next highest grade for an unused $2.00 is 98 and no Mint N.H. stamps have been graded higher than 95.

With 1999 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (OGph, Gem 100; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $2,750.00 as 98).

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11,000
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