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Sale 958 — 2008 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Saturday, 7 June, 2008

Category — 1902-08 Issues

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Sale Number 958, Lot Number 642, 1902-08 Issues50c Orange (310), 50c Orange (310)50c Orange (310). Mint N.H., extraordinarily wide and well-balanced margins, vibrant color and pristine condition

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN OUTSTANDING MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 50-CENT 1902 ISSUE.

The 1902-03 Regular Issue was a great improvement over the Bureau's first efforts in 1894 and 1895. Perforations tend to be cleaner, and centering better, but the large plate layout and perforate method still resulted in a large number of poorly centered stamps. Furthermore, stamps issued in choice condition seldom stayed that way, because the boom in stamp collecting that began with the Roosevelt administration caused hordes of hinge-bearing philatelists to mount stamps over and over again. For this reason, today's collectors have grown accustomed to paying many multiples of Scott value for Extremely Fine stamps in Mint Never-Hinged state. Anyone who has pursued this set can testify that the 50c is rarely encountered in such condition. The 50c 1902 offered here probably ranks among the ten highest-quality examples in existence.

With 2005 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $11,500.00). Only one has graded higher to date (at 95J) and only one other shares this grade

1,400
11,000
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