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Sale 973 — 2009 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Saturday, 13 June, 2009

Category — 1902-08 Issues

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
184
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Sale Number 973, Lot Number 184, 1902-08 Issues50c Orange (310), 50c Orange (310)50c Orange (310). Mint N.H., rich color and proof-like impression, unusually choice centering with Jumbo margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 50-CENT 1902 ISSUE. THIS MARVELOUS STAMP HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 JUMBO BY P.S.E., WHICH IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED TO DATE.

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 perforation 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 2008 P.S.E. certificate and also encapsulated (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $11,500.00 as 95, $34,000 as 98). This is the highest grade awarded to date and only one other shares this grade.

1,400
8,000
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