Sale 973 — 2009 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Saturday, 13 June, 2009

Category — Later Issues (Scott 389 thru 480)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
195
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Sale 973, Lot 195, Later Issues (Scott 389 thru 480)2c Panama-Pacific, Lake Shade Variety (398b). Lightly hinged, intense color which is significantly different from both the listed shade and also the Carmine Lake shade, perfectly centered with wide and balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THE 2-CENT PANAMA-PACIFIC IN THE LAKE SHADE IS EXCEEDINGLY RARE IN ANY CONDITION -- THE STAMP OFFERED HERE, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 BY BOTH THE P.S.E. AND THE P.F., IS PROBABLY THE FINEST IN EXISTENCE. IT IS ALSO THE FIRST EXAMPLE OF THIS RARITY WE HAVE OFFERED SINCE KEEPING COMPUTERIZED RECORDS.

According to Johl, "there is one shade that is practically as scarce as the four-cent Blue of the Columbian issue, this is known as Lake, almost the same color as were the Postage Due stamps current at that time. Only one pane of 70 is said to have been found at a Post Office in San Francisco, although it hardly seems possible that but one sheet could have been printed in this dark color. When these were discovered there were only 40 copies left; 31 were purchased by A. L. Ott, an old-time collector, and 9 by a local dealer."

With 2006 P.F. and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (both graded OGph, Superb 98; SMQ $12,000.00). This is the first example we have offered since keeping computerized records.

5,000
14,500