Sale 989 — 2010 Rarities of the World
Sale Date — Saturday, 19 June, 2010
Category — Trans-Mississippi, Pan-American Issues
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. ONE OF THE FINEST ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLES OF THE 2-CENT PAN-AMERICAN INVERT. THIS MARVELOUS STAMP HAS BEEN AWARDED THE GRADE OF XF 90 BY P.S.E.
The 2c is the rarest of the three Pan-American Inverts. It is surmised that approximately 200 were issued through the post office, with two distinct shades known. Estimates of surviving examples range from an early count (1945) of 55 unused and 2-3 used to the 2009 Datz estimate of 75-85 unused, seven used and two blocks of four (one of which is rejoined). Our Levi records contain the intact block offered in the Whitman sale (4), a reconstructed block offered in our Zoellner sale (4), 64 unused singles and 6 used singles, for a total of 72 unused and 6 used. Many of the unused singles have disturbed gum or no gum, and/or are off center to top or top left.
With 1968, 1982 and 1995 P.F. certificates. With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, XF 90; SMQ $144,000.00). Only two others have been awarded this grade -- at least one of them (ex Whitman) has a hinge remnant. The Scott Catalogue value is for a stamp with slightly disturbed gum.