Sale 1034 — The Merlin Collection of Superb United States Stamps

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

Category — 1851-56 Issue (Scott 10-17)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
38
 
Sale 1034, Lot 38, 1851-56 Issue (Scott 10-17)10c Green, Ty. III (15). Huge margins including portion of the adjoining stamp at top and sheet margin at left, deep rich color, face-free strike of town cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN EXCEPTIONALLY BEAUTIFUL USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1855 10-CENT TYPE III. THIS STAMP HAS BEEN AWARDED THE PERFECT GRADE OF GEM 100 BY P.S.E.

The 10c Type III is defined by its incomplete bottom plumes and breaks in the circles at top. While the subjects on the 10c Plate 1 were spaced further apart than on other plates from the 1851-57 Issues, finding a true Gem 100 grade is still exceedingly difficult. There are no other used 100's recorded in the P.S.E. Population Report even for the Type II (Scott 14) which is of approximately equal availability to the Type III.

With 2003 and 2004 P.S.E. certificates (Gem 100; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $1,300.00 as 98). Only two other used Type III's share this grade (both offered in our recent Kirke sale).

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2,800