Sale 958 — 2008 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Saturday, 7 June, 2008

Category — Louisiana Purchase and Jamestown Issues

Lot
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Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
656
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Sale 958, Lot 656, Louisiana Purchase and Jamestown Issues2c Jamestown (329). Mint N.H., radiant color as fresh as the day it was printed on post-office fresh paper, mathematically perfect centering with unusually wide margins for this difficult issue

EXTREMELY FINE GEM AND THE ESSENCE OF PERFECTION -- THIS REMARKABLE STAMP HAS BEEN GRADED GEM 100 BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED TO DATE AND THIS IS THE ONLY EXAMPLE TO ACHIEVE THIS PERFECT GRADE.

The Jamestown Issue is notorious for its tight spacing and narrow margins, which causes most copies to be off-center to some degree. The sheets offered in lot 655 are an excellent demonstration of this. High grades are extremely difficult to obtain on this issue in any denomination. For example, only four examples of the 1c have graded higher than a 95 to date, and no examples of the 5c have graded higher than a 95 to date. Only three other examples of the 2c have graded higher than a 95 to date. This is the only Jamestown issue to achieve the grade of Gem 100.

With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $3,550.00 as 98). Accompanied by note from master grader William Litle which states "The first ever Jamestown to get 100 and N.H. at that."

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