Sale 951 — The Tahoe Collection of Superb Used U.S. Stamps
Sale Date — Wednesday, 27 February, 2008
Category — 1857-60 Issue
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 12-CENT 1860 ISSUE FROM PLATE 3, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E. THIS IS ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE WITH THE CLEAR DOUBLE TRANSFER AT BOTTOM.
Ex Floyd. With 1990 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $1,650.00 with no premium for the double transfer). This is the highest grade awarded to any 12c 1857-60 perforated stamp (Scott 36 or 36b). Only seven Plate 3 (Scott 36b) stamps graded 95 are reported in the P.S.E. Population Report. Considering the extraordinary margin width--almost unheard of in this issue--and the centering and face-free cancel, we consider this a very strong 95, if not a 98.