Sale 1174 — The J. R. Helton, Jr. Collection of Used United States Stamps
Sale Date — Wednesday, 7 March, 2018
Category — 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5-17)
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SPECTACULAR USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1851 IMPERFORATE ONE-CENT TYPE III GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E. A MAGNIFICENT STAMP IN EVERY RESPECT.
Type III is defined by breaks in the outer lines at both top and bottom. Many Type III stamps have breaks that were created or enlarged by plate wear. Since the wear occurred over a period of time, the majority of stamps of this type (both unused and used) has small breaks in at least one line. This stamp is notable not only for the clear breaks, which are evident at both top and bottom, but for its overall condition and perfectly struck datestamp cancel, making it one of the most eye-appealing examples of Type III known.
With 1975 P.F. and 2012 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $8,750.00). Only four have graded higher.