EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STUNNING CORNER SHEET-MARGIN, ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE $5.00 COLUMBIAN. THIS MAGNIFICENT STAMP HAS BEEN AWARDED THE GRADE OF SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. -- THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED TO DATE.
For many collectors, acquisition of the $5.00 Columbian represents the ultimate achievement in classic philately. When issued in 1893, this was the highest denomination and first $5.00 United States stamp. The high total face value of the dollar value Columbians represented a very significant expense to collectors and therefore sales were slow. This stamp, with its perfect centering and corner margin selvage is a fitting capstone to a superb set of Columbians.
From our 1988 Rarities of the World sale as a horizontal pair. With 1993 P.F. and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (OGph, Superb 98; SMQ $15,700.00). This is the highest grade awarded to date in the P.S.E. Population Report in any category and only two others share this grade.