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Sale 1138 — The Hanover Collection of Superb-Quality U.S. Stamps, Part 2

Sale Date — Thursday, 6 October, 2016

Category — 1902-1908 Issue (Scott 301-319c)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1513°
nh
Sale Number 1138, Lot Number 1513, 1902-1908 Issue (Scott 301-319c)5c Blue (304), 5c Blue (304)5c Blue (304). Mint N.H. with wide left plate no. 1538 selvage with string of plate printers' initials, intense shade and impression, perfectly centered with Jumbo margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS IS WITHOUT QUESTION ONE OF THE FINEST EXAMPLES OF THE 5-CENT 1903 ISSUE IN EXISTENCE. THIS MARVELOUS STAMP IS GRADED SUPERB 98 JUMBO BY P.S.E., AND IT IS THE ONLY EXAMPLE TO ACHIEVE THIS GRADE.

The 5c stamp was used to pay the U.P.U. rate to foreign destinations and so a large quantity was printed. Despite its large printing of just over 550 million (including the rare coils and imperfs), it is difficult to obtain in such superb condition. Only seven have graded higher than 95, and the highest grade we have offered in one of our auctions is 95J.

With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98 Jumbo; SMQ $4,250.00). This is the highest grade awarded and the only to achieve it.

150
7,500
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