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Sale 904 — Superb United States Stamps

Sale Date — Saturday, 10 December, 2005

Category — 1890-93 Issue

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
184
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Sale Number 904, Lot Number 184, 1890-93 Issue1c Dull Blue (219), 1c Dull Blue (219)1c Dull Blue (219). Mint N.H., brilliant color on bright paper, Jumbo margins all around, Extremely Fine Gem, a beautiful stamp, with 1999 P.F. certificate

80
325
185
nh
Sale Number 904, Lot Number 185, 1890-93 Issue2c Lake (219D), 2c Lake (219D)2c Lake (219D). Mint N.H., deep rich color, choice centering

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND RARE HIGH-GRADE MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT 1890 ISSUE IN THE LAKE COLOR.

With 2001 P.F. certificate

650
2,100
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186
og
Sale Number 904, Lot Number 186, 1890-93 Issue2c Lake (219D), 2c Lake (219D)2c Lake (219D). Original gum, barely hinged, intense shade and impression, extra wide margins, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb stamp, with 1990 P.F. and 2004 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95)

250
1,250
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187
nh
Sale Number 904, Lot Number 187, 1890-93 Issue2c Carmine (220), 2c Carmine (220)2c Carmine (220). Mint N.H., brilliant color, almost perfectly centered, Extremely Fine, with 2004 P.F. certificate for block of four

65
350
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188
nh
Sale Number 904, Lot Number 188, 1890-93 Issue2c Dark Carmine (220 var), 2c Dark Carmine (220 var)2c Dark Carmine (220 var). Mint N.H., rich color, choice centering, tiny natural inclusion, Extremely Fine example of this shade variety, with 2001 P.F. and 2004 P.S.E. certificates (VF-XF 85)

65
260
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189
nh
Sale Number 904, Lot Number 189, 1890-93 Issue2c Dark Carmine (220), 2c Dark Carmine (220)2c Dark Carmine (220). Mint N.H., fabulous wide margins, deep rich color on fresh crisp paper, Extremely Fine

65
350
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190
og
Sale Number 904, Lot Number 190, 1890-93 Issue2c Carmine, Cap on Left "2" (220a), 2c Carmine, Cap on Left "2" (220a)2c Carmine, Cap on Left "2" (220a). Original gum, very lightly hinged, marvelous centering and wide margins, vivid color, Extremely Fine, with 1998 P.F. certificate

150
0
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191
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Sale Number 904, Lot Number 191, 1890-93 Issue2c Carmine, Cap on Both "2"'s (220c), 2c Carmine, Cap on Both "2"'s (220c)2c Carmine, Cap on Both "2"'s (220c). Mint N.H., brilliant color and detailed impression clearly showing the cap on both "2"'s, almost perfectly centered with balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS IS THE FINEST EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT 1890 ISSUE WITH A CAP ON BOTH "2"s THAT WE HAVE EVER OFFERED. AN EXTREMELY RARE STAMP IN SUCH PRISTINE CONDITION.

Only a small percentage of 2c 1890's were printed from Plates 245 and 246, which contained the Cap on Both 2's variety. Examples in Mint N.H. condition are rare, and of those surviving Mint N.H. stamps, only a handful are in high grades (VF 80 or better). The current P.S.E. Population Report shows only two Mint N.H. examples of No. 220c (VF 80 is the higher grade).

With 1997 and 2004 P.F. certificates

1,800
4,250
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192
nh
Sale Number 904, Lot Number 192, 1890-93 Issue3c Purple (221), 3c Purple (221)3c Purple (221). Mint N.H., rich color, almost perfectly centered with extra wide margins, Extremely Fine, a beautiful stamp, with 1998 P.F. and 2004 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90 -- this deserves a 95 grade in our opinion)

225
525
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193
nh
Sale Number 904, Lot Number 193, 1890-93 Issue3c Purple (221), 3c Purple (221)3c Purple (221). Mint N.H., pretty pastel color on bright paper, wide margins, post-office fresh and Extremely Fine, with 1999 and 2005 P.F. certificates

225
375
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194
nh
Sale Number 904, Lot Number 194, 1890-93 Issue4c Dark Brown (222), 4c Dark Brown (222)4c Dark Brown (222). Mint N.H., rich color, post-office fresh and Extremely Fine, a scarce stamp with such wide margins and in this superior grade, with 1995 and 2003 P.F. certificates

290
625
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195
nh
Sale Number 904, Lot Number 195, 1890-93 Issue4c Dark Brown (222), 4c Dark Brown (222)4c Dark Brown (222). Mint N.H., intense shade and impression, choice centering with well-balanced margins, Extremely Fine, with 2002 P.F. and 2004 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90)

290
1,100
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196
nh
Sale Number 904, Lot Number 196, 1890-93 Issue4c Dark Brown (222), 4c Dark Brown (222)4c Dark Brown (222). Mint N.H., deep rich color and detailed impression, perfectly centered, Extremely Fine, with 2000 P.F. certificate

290
650
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197
nh
Sale Number 904, Lot Number 197, 1890-93 Issue6c Brown Red (224), 6c Brown Red (224)6c Brown Red (224). Mint N.H., pretty shade on bright paper, perfectly centered with wide equal margins on all sides

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN ABSOLUTELY SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 6-CENT 1890 AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY ISSUE.

With 2001 P.F. certificate and 2005 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95 -- we can confidently grade this Superb 98 by all standards)

225
1,800
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198
nh
Sale Number 904, Lot Number 198, 1890-93 Issue6c Brown Red (224), 6c Brown Red (224)6c Brown Red (224). Mint N.H., pretty pastel shade, well-balanced margins, fresh and Extremely Fine, with 1996 P.F. and 2005 P.S.E. certificates

225
475
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199
nh
Sale Number 904, Lot Number 199, 1890-93 Issue8c Lilac (225), 8c Lilac (225)8c Lilac (225). Mint N.H. with part plate no. and part letter at top, rich color, perfectly centered with wide margins on all sides

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. EASILY ONE OF THE FINEST MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLES OF THE 8-CENT 1890 ISSUE IN EXISTENCE.

With 2005 P.F. certificate

175
1,250
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200
nh
Sale Number 904, Lot Number 200, 1890-93 Issue8c Lilac (225), 8c Lilac (225)8c Lilac (225). Mint N.H., sharp impression on bright paper, Extremely Fine, with photocopy of 2001 P.F. certificate for block of four, this being the top right stamp

175
475
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201
nh
Sale Number 904, Lot Number 201, 1890-93 Issue10c Green (226), 10c Green (226)10c Green (226). Mint N.H., intense shade and impression, Jumbo margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB JUMBO MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT 1890 ISSUE.

With 2002 P.F. certificate

550
1,700
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202
nh
Sale Number 904, Lot Number 202, 1890-93 Issue10c Green, Imperforate (226a), 10c Green, Imperforate (226a)10c Green, Imperforate (226a). Mint N.H. pair, huge margins, rich color, Extremely Fine, with 2005 P.F. certificate

325
525
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203
nh
Sale Number 904, Lot Number 203, 1890-93 Issue15c Indigo (227), 15c Indigo (227)15c Indigo (227). Mint N.H., deep rich color on bright paper, wide and balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 15-CENT 1890 ISSUE.

The 15c 1890 stamp is, in our opinion, one of the most striking designs of the Gilded Age regular issues. Its distinctive three-quarter portrait of Henry Clay is elegantly framed and printed in an extraordinarily deep shade of Indigo Blue. The beauty of the issue is enhanced in examples such as this stamp, which provides a balanced frame of white margins around the design. Further endowed with Mint N.H. gum and unusual freshness, this stamp ranks among the very finest we have offered.

With 1997 P.F. certificate

750
0
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204
nh
Sale Number 904, Lot Number 204, 1890-93 Issue30c Black (228), 30c Black (228)30c Black (228). Mint N.H., crisp impression on bright paper, wide margins

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 30-CENT 1890 ISSUE.

With 2003 P.F. certificate

1,150
2,900
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205
nh
Sale Number 904, Lot Number 205, 1890-93 Issue30c Black (228), 30c Black (228)30c Black (228). Mint N.H., crisp impression and bright shade, choice centering, post-office fresh

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 30-CENT 1890 AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY ISSUE.

With 2004 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90)

1,150
2,800
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206
og
Sale Number 904, Lot Number 206, 1890-93 Issue90c Orange (229), 90c Orange (229)90c Orange (229). Original gum, lightly hinged, brilliant color on bright paper, perfectly centered with wide margins all around

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1890 ISSUE.

With 2004 P.F. and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95)

650
1,500
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207
og
Sale Number 904, Lot Number 207, 1890-93 Issue90c Orange (229), 90c Orange (229)90c Orange (229). Original gum, lightly hinged, vibrant color, choice centering, fresh and Extremely Fine, with 2005 P.F. certificate

650
950
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