EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS MAGNIFICENT MINT NEVER-HINGED GUIDE LINE PAIR OF THE 3-CENT COIL, SCOTT 445, IS WITHOUT QUESTION ONE OF THE FINEST IN EXISTENCE. THIS GUIDE LINE PAIR IS GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. -- THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED.
The Perf 10 coils were issued as a middle ground between the previous Perf 12 coils, which separated too easily, and the Perf 8.5 coils, which were too difficult to separate. The Perf 10 Scott 445, printed by flat plate method, has an earliest known date of use of August 13, 1915. The rotary press coils followed shortly thereafter, with the 3c horizontal rotary coil issued in February 1916 (Scott 456). With a relatively short period of production, choice examples of Scott 445 are difficult to find. When you add Mint N.H. gum and the guide line pair format, the degree of difficulty increases exponentially. This superb Mint N.H. guide line pair is easily among the few finest known.
With 2010 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $14,000.00). The highest grade awarded and one of two to achieve it.