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Sale 910 — The Scarsdale Collection, Part 1: Columbian and Later Issues

Sale Date — Friday, 21 April, 2006

Category — 1893 Columbian Issue

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1
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Sale Number 910, Lot Number 1, 1893 Columbian Issue1c Columbian (230), 1c Columbian (230)1c Columbian (230). Mint N.H., Jumbo margins with every side mathematically balanced, rich color, proof-like impression which clearly conveys the beauty of the engraver's art

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS IS ARGUABLY THE FINEST MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT COLUMBIAN ISSUE WE HAVE EVER OFFERED. A REMARKABLE STAMP IN EVERY RESPECT. THIS IS THE ONLY EXAMPLE TO ACHIEVE THE LOFTY GRADE OF SUPERB 98 JUMBO FROM P.S.E.

With 1990 and 2001 P.F. certificates. With 2004 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98 Jumbo; SMQ $880.00 for 98), a similar example realized $2,900 hammer in our Sale 902.

50
4,000
2
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Sale Number 910, Lot Number 2, 1893 Columbian Issue1c Columbian (230), 1c Columbian (230)1c Columbian (230). Mint N.H., detailed impression on brilliant paper, perfectly centered with wide and balanced margins all around, Extremely Fine Gem, a beautiful stamp, with 1996 P.F. certificate

50
850
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3
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Sale Number 910, Lot Number 3, 1893 Columbian Issue2c Columbian (231), 2c Columbian (231)2c Columbian (231). Mint N.H., attractive deep shade on crisp bright paper, wide balanced margins all around, fresh and Extremely Fine, with 1996 P.F. certificate, with 2004 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $145.00)

47
180
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4
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Sale Number 910, Lot Number 4, 1893 Columbian Issue2c Columbian, Broken Hat (231 var), 2c Columbian, Broken Hat (231 var)2c Columbian, Broken Hat (231 var). Mint N.H., intense shade and impression clearly showing the variety, beautiful centering, Extremely Fine, with 1999 P.F. certificate

150
675
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5
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Sale Number 910, Lot Number 5, 1893 Columbian Issue3c Columbian (232), 3c Columbian (232)3c Columbian (232). Mint N.H., deep rich color and proof-like impression, beautifully centered with extra wide margins that show off the brightness of the paper to great effect

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 3-CENT COLUMBIAN ISSUE. A STAMP WITH STUNNING VISUAL APPEAL.

With 2000 P.F. certificate. With 2004 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $2,250.00)

135
4,500
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6
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Sale Number 910, Lot Number 6, 1893 Columbian Issue4c Columbian (233), 4c Columbian (233)4c Columbian (233). Mint N.H., intense shade and impression, balanced Jumbo margins all around, fresh and Extremely Fine, a beautiful stamp, with 1988 and 2000 P.F. certificates

200
0
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7
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Sale Number 910, Lot Number 7, 1893 Columbian Issue4c Columbian (233), 4c Columbian (233)4c Columbian (233). Mint N.H., intense color and proof-like impression on crisp paper, beautifully centered with wide and balanced margins, tiny natural inclusion at top, Extremely Fine Gem, a gorgeous stamp, with 1999 P.F. certificate

200
1,800
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8
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Sale Number 910, Lot Number 8, 1893 Columbian Issue4c Columbian, Error of Color (233a). Mint N.H, 4c Columbian, Error of Color (233a). Mint N.H4c Columbian, Error of Color (233a). Mint N.H., deep rich color on fresh and bright paper, unusually wide margins for this difficult issue

FINE-VERY FINE AND PRISTINE. ONE OF THE FEW AVAILABLE MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLES OF THE RARE 4-CENT COLUMBIAN ERROR OF COLOR.

The 4c Columbian color error was caused by the use of a wrong batch of ink, and spectrographic analysis has shown that the blue inks of the 4c error and 1c Columbian have the same components.

Stamps from at least two panes reached collectors, and the few cancelled examples indicate that stamps used by the public came from additional panes. It is likely that a number of full sheets were printed using the wrong ink, and most of the stamps have simply been lost to philately.

With 1970, 1985 and 1999 P.F. certificates.

32,500
17,000
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9
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Sale Number 910, Lot Number 9, 1893 Columbian Issue5c Columbian (234), 5c Columbian (234)5c Columbian (234). Mint N.H., unusually deep rich color and sharp impression which clearly highlights the beauty of the design, beautiful centering with wide and well-proportioned margins on all sides

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT COLUMBIAN ISSUE, WITH GREAT VISUAL APPEAL.

With 1999 P.F. certificate. With 2004 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $1,450.00)

220
4,000
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10
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Sale Number 910, Lot Number 10, 1893 Columbian Issue6c Columbian (235), 6c Columbian (235)6c Columbian (235). Mint N.H., pretty pastel color in the true Purple color of the main Scott Catalogue listing, wide and balanced margins, Extremely Fine Gem, a beautiful stamp in every respect, ex Floyd, with 1990 and 2001 P.F. certificates, with 2004 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $1,400.00)

195
3,000
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11
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Sale Number 910, Lot Number 11, 1893 Columbian Issue6c Red Violet, Columbian (235a), 6c Red Violet, Columbian (235a)6c Red Violet, Columbian (235a). Mint N.H., intense color in the true Red Violet shade, sharp proof-like impression, choice centering, fresh and Extremely Fine, with 1999 P.F. certificate

195
0
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12
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Sale Number 910, Lot Number 12, 1893 Columbian Issue8c Columbian (236), 8c Columbian (236)8c Columbian (236). Mint N.H., rich color on remarkably radiant paper, choice centering with Jumbo margins all around, pristine gum

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A MINT NEVER-HINGED 8-CENT COLUMBIAN OF GARGANTUAN PROPORTIONS.

With 1982 and 1999 P.F. certificates. With 2004 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $1,150.00 as 95, $2,650.00 as 98)

175
5,000
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13
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Sale Number 910, Lot Number 13, 1893 Columbian Issue10c Columbian (237), 10c Columbian (237)10c Columbian (237). Mint N.H., unusually deep rich color and impression framed by wide balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE. A MAGNIFICENT MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT COLUMBIAN ISSUE.

With 2002 P.F. certificate. With 2004 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $2,150.00). Only three other 10c Columbian stamps have higher P.S.E. grades.

325
5,500
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14
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Sale Number 910, Lot Number 14, 1893 Columbian Issue10c Columbian (237), 10c Columbian (237)10c Columbian (237). Mint N.H., crisp impression with wide margins, significantly brighter shade than the previous lot, probably a sub-shade of the listing, fresh and Extremely Fine, a striking example, with 1987 and 2000 P.F. certificates

325
2,400
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15
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Sale Number 910, Lot Number 15, 1893 Columbian Issue15c Columbian (238), 15c Columbian (238)15c Columbian (238). Mint N.H., rich color and proof-like impression on bright and crisp paper, perfectly centered with well-balanced margins, fully-formed perforations all around

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 15-CENT COLUMBIAN ISSUE. ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT VALUES OF THE SET TO OBTAIN IN SUCH CHOICE CONDITION. A REMARKABLE STAMP IN EVERY RESPECT.

With 1986 and 1999 P.F. certificates. With 2004 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $3,800.00). Only one stamp has been graded higher in the P.S.E. Population Report. Only three others have been given the grade of 95.

625
9,500
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16
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Sale Number 910, Lot Number 16, 1893 Columbian Issue30c Columbian (239), 30c Columbian (239)30c Columbian (239). Mint N.H., intense color and detailed impression on immaculate fresh paper, beautifully centered with wide and well-balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 30-CENT COLUMBIAN ISSUE.

With 1998 and 2000 P.F. certificates. With 2004 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $4,600.00)

750
7,000
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17
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Sale Number 910, Lot Number 17, 1893 Columbian Issue50c Columbian (240), 50c Columbian (240)50c Columbian (240). Mint N.H., deep rich color and impression on crisp and bright paper, unusually wide and balanced margins all around which gives this stamp stunning visual appeal

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS IS WITHOUT QUESTION THE FINEST EXAMPLE OF THE 50-CENT COLUMBIAN ISSUE WE HAVE EVER OFFERED. THIS STAMP STANDS ALONE IN BEING THE ONLY 50-CENT COLUMBIAN TO RECEIVE THE LOFTY GRADE OF SUPERB 98 FROM PROFESSIONAL STAMP EXPERTS. THE ESSENCE OF PERFECTION.

With 1992 and 2000 P.F. certificates. With 2004 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $18,700.00)

1,700
50,000
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18
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Sale Number 910, Lot Number 18, 1893 Columbian Issue$1.00 Columbian (241), $1.00 Columbian (241)$1.00 Columbian (241). Mint N.H., brilliant color on crisp paper, choice centering with well-proportioned margins

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND REMARKABLY FRESH MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE $1.00 COLUMBIAN ISSUE.

The $1.00 Columbian is a very difficult stamp to find in such choice Mint N.H. condition. The P.S.E. Population Report records only four graded 90 and three graded 95 (none higher).

With 1991 and 2000 P.F. certificates. With 2004 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $12,000.00)

3,500
14,000
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19
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Sale Number 910, Lot Number 19, 1893 Columbian Issue$2.00 Columbian (242), $2.00 Columbian (242)$2.00 Columbian (242). Mint N.H., deep rich color and sharp proof-like impression, perfectly centered with wide and balanced margins for this difficult stamp

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A MAGNIFICENT MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE $2.00 COLUMBIAN ISSUE. THIS IS THE ONLY EXAMPLE TO ACHIEVE THE GRADE OF SUPERB 95 FROM PROFESSIONAL STAMP EXPERTS, WHICH IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED TO ANY $2.00 COLUMBIAN.

Typically, when a collector assembles an Extremely Fine, Mint Never-Hinged set of Columbians, the $2.00 space remains empty to the very end due to the low supply and high demand. It is simply one of the rarest stamps of the set in this condition, because very few multiples containing Mint N.H. stamps have been available. The Scott value of $3,650.00 for a Mint N.H. stamp (in Very Fine grade) does not begin to reflect the true rarity of such examples. We offered a Mint N.H. stamp in our Sale 872, which realized $30,000.00 hammer (ex Cohen), but the example offered here is superior in centering.

With 1975 and 1999 P.F. certificates. With 2004 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $27,000.00)

3,650
80,000
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20
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Sale Number 910, Lot Number 20, 1893 Columbian Issue$3.00 Columbian (243), $3.00 Columbian (243)$3.00 Columbian (243). Mint N.H., brilliant color on bright paper, unusually choice centering for this difficult denomination, remarkably well-balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE. A REMARKABLY FRESH MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE $3.00 COLUMBIAN ISSUE. A DIFFICULT COLUMBIAN DOLLAR VALUE TO OBTAIN IN SUCH PRISTINE, CENTERED, MINT NEVER-HINGED CONDITION.

As a demonstration of its rarity, P.S.E. has certified only one Mint N.H. $3.00 Columbian as XF 90, and two as XF-Superb 95.

With 1991 and 2000 P.F. certificates. With 2004 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $15,000.00)

5,750
15,000
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21
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Sale Number 910, Lot Number 21, 1893 Columbian Issue$4.00 Columbian (244), $4.00 Columbian (244)$4.00 Columbian (244). Mint N.H. with plate letters "C C" in bottom selvage, deep rich Crimson Lake shade and proof-like impression, beautifully centered with wide and well-proportioned margins, post-office fresh

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A MAGNIFICENT MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE $4.00 COLUMBIAN ISSUE. THIS IS ARGUABLY THE FINEST EXAMPLE IN EXISTENCE. A SUPERB STAMP IN EVERY RESPECT -- COLOR, IMPRESSION, FRESHNESS OF PAPER AND GUM AND CENTERING.

The P.S.E. Population Report lists six Mint N.H. $4.00 Columbian stamps (five No. 244 and one No. 244a) in grades of XF 90 (three) or XF-Superb 95 (three). Although this stamp did not attain a 95 rating, in our opinion it is a peer of, if not better than, the higher-graded examples. We justify our opinion with three reasons: first, its beautifully-preserved intense color is the desirable rich Crimson Lake shade; second, the paper and gum are fresh and bright, without any of the toning that often affects the Crimson Lake stamps (No. 244a is characteristically brighter); and, third, the "C C" plate selvage is unique to this example, which adds a dimension of rarity and significance lacking in the other 90 and 95 stamps.

This $4.00 Columbian is legendary among knowledgeable collectors and dealers, and its appearance in the marketplace has always established a new benchmark value for the issue. For the collector attempting to assemble the finest set of Mint Never-Hinged Columbian stamps in existence, the $4.00 is a major obstacle to completion. This extraordinary example will become the keystone to perfection.

With 2000 P.F. certificate. With 1991, 1998 and 2004 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $21,800.00).

8,000
60,000
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22
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Sale Number 910, Lot Number 22, 1893 Columbian Issue$5.00 Columbian (245), $5.00 Columbian (245)$5.00 Columbian (245). Mint N.H., detailed impression with every nuance of the design clearly etched, beautiful centering with wide and balanced margins all around, crisp paper as fresh as the day it was made, tiny natural fiber inclusion within design mentioned only for total accuracy and correctly ignored on all accompanying certificates

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. ONLY THREE MINT NEVER-HINGED $5.00 COLUMBIAN STAMPS HAVE BEEN CERTIFIED IN GRADES OF 90 OR 95 BY PROFESSIONAL STAMP EXPERTS, AND WE REGARD THIS EXAMPLE AS AN EQUAL AMONG THEM.

The P.S.E. Population Report lists three Mint N.H. examples of the $5.00 Columbian: one XF 90 and two XF-Superb 95. We know of three other Mint N.H. stamps that might achieve comparable grades when certified.

Comparing this stamp with the two previously graded XF-Superb 95, we have difficulty reconciling why this stamp did not achieve a 95 grade. Its margins are wide and balanced, the perforations are fully formed, and the shade and paper are extraordinarily fresh. While microscopic measurements might show a very slight difference between the left and right margins, we still feel strongly that this stamp meets all criteria for XF-Superb 95.

With 1992 and 2000 P.F. certificates. With 2004 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $25,000.00)

9,000
37,500
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