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Sale 941 — The John F. Odeneal Collection of Superb Mint U.S. Stamps

Sale Date — Wednesday, 3 October, 2007

Category — 1893 Columbian Issue

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1147
nh
Sale Number 941, Lot Number 1147, 1893 Columbian Issue1c Columbian (230), 1c Columbian (230)1c Columbian (230). Mint N.H., brilliant color and unusually detailed impression showing every nuance of the engraving, almost perfectly centered, Extremely Fine Gem, with 1987 P.F. certificate

57
300
1148
nh
Sale Number 941, Lot Number 1148, 1893 Columbian Issue2c Columbian (231), 2c Columbian (231)2c Columbian (231). Two, Mint N.H., incl. one with broken hat variety, rich colors, choice centering, Extremely Fine

215
250
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1149
nh
Sale Number 941, Lot Number 1149, 1893 Columbian Issue3c Columbian (232), 3c Columbian (232)3c Columbian (232). Mint N.H., bright shade and detailed impression on crisp paper, well-balanced margins, Very Fine and choice

150
150
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1150
nh
Sale Number 941, Lot Number 1150, 1893 Columbian Issue4c Columbian (233), 4c Columbian (233)4c Columbian (233). Mint N.H., intense shade in a deep hue, wide margins, fresh and Extremely Fine, a beautiful stamp, with 1987 P.F. certificate

225
325
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1151
nh
Sale Number 941, Lot Number 1151, 1893 Columbian Issue5c Columbian (234), 5c Columbian (234)5c Columbian (234). Mint N.H., intense shade and proof-like impression, choice centering with Jumbo margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A MAGNIFICENT JUMBO-MARGINED MIN NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT COLUMBIAN.

With 1995 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90 Jumbo; SMQ $740.00 as 95, $2,450.00 as 95)

250
800
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1152
nh
Sale Number 941, Lot Number 1152, 1893 Columbian Issue6c Columbian (235), 6c Columbian (235)6c Columbian (235). Mint N.H., beautiful warm color and unusually detailed impression, perfectly centered with Jumbo margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 6-CENT COLUMBIAN. SCARCE IN SUCH EXQUISITE CONDITION.

With 1992 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $2,200.00 as 95, $7,950.00 as 98). Only two other share this grade, and only four have graded higher to date.

225
7,500
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1153
nh
Sale Number 941, Lot Number 1153, 1893 Columbian Issue8c Columbian (236), 8c Columbian (236)8c Columbian (236). Mint N.H., brilliant color, unusually wide margins at top and bottom, Very Fine and choice, with 1996 P.F. certificate

200
130
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1154
nh
Sale Number 941, Lot Number 1154, 1893 Columbian Issue10c Columbian (237), 10c Columbian (237)10c Columbian (237). Mint N.H., brilliant color and remarkably detailed impression showing every nuance of the intricate design, bright paper, perfectly centered, long and full perforations all around

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A MAGNIFICENT MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT COLUMBIAN. THIS STAMP HAS BEEN AWARDED THE GRADE OF SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. -- ONLY TWO OTHERS HAVE ACHIEVED THIS LOFTY GRADE, AND ONLY TWO HAVE GRADED HIGHER TO DATE.

The 10c is extremely difficult to find with wide and centered margins. For some reason, it can be found with wide margins at sides but almost never is seen this way at top and bottom. It is easily the most difficult non-dollar-value to find in such choice condition.

With 2000 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $12,300.00)

350
18,500
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1155
nh
Sale Number 941, Lot Number 1155, 1893 Columbian Issue15c Columbian (238), 15c Columbian (238)15c Columbian (238). Mint N.H., deep rich color and proof-like impression on bright paper, wide margins, few natural gum skips, Very Fine and choice

750
0
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1156
nh
Sale Number 941, Lot Number 1156, 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, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 JUMBO BY P.S.E.

With 1985 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $7,600.00 as 95, $21,200.00 as 98). Only five have graded higher to date, and only two others share this grade.

900
17,500
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1157
nh
Sale Number 941, Lot Number 1157, 1893 Columbian Issue50c Columbian (240), 50c Columbian (240)50c Columbian (240). Mint N.H., exceptional color in a deep shade, proof-like impression, well-balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 50-CENT COLUMBIAN.

With 1994 P.S.E. certificate

1,750
3,250
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1158
nh
Sale Number 941, Lot Number 1158, 1893 Columbian Issue$1.00 Columbian (241), $1.00 Columbian (241)$1.00 Columbian (241). Mint N.H., radiant color on bright paper, well-proportioned margins

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

With 1990 and 2007 P.F. certificates

4,000
4,000
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1159
nh
Sale Number 941, Lot Number 1159, 1893 Columbian Issue$2.00 Columbian (242), $2.00 Columbian (242)$2.00 Columbian (242). Mint N.H., deep rich color on sharp proof-like impression, wide margins

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A BEAUTIFUL MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE $2.00 COLUMBIAN.

With 1993 P.S.E. and 1999 and 2007 P.F. certificates

4,100
4,000
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1160
og
Sale Number 941, Lot Number 1160, 1893 Columbian Issue$3.00 Columbian (243), $3.00 Columbian (243)$3.00 Columbian (243). Original gum, barest trace of hinging, brilliant color on bright paper, fresh and Fine, with 1989 P.S.E. and 2007 P.F. certificates

1,900
1,200
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1161
og
Sale Number 941, Lot Number 1161, 1893 Columbian Issue$4.00 Columbian (244), $4.00 Columbian (244)$4.00 Columbian (244). Original gum, barely hinged, radiant color on bright paper, wide margins, Very Fine, with 1983 and 2007 P.F. certificates

2,600
2,000
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1162
nh
Sale Number 941, Lot Number 1162, 1893 Columbian Issue$5.00 Columbian (245), $5.00 Columbian (245)$5.00 Columbian (245). Mint N.H., intense shade on bright paper

VERY FINE. A RARE MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE $5.00 COLUMBIAN.

We surveyed dozens of auction catalogues, searching for Mint Never-Hinged examples of the $5.00 Columbian. We found no more than ten single stamps, some from auctions dating back 40 years, and there is no guarantee that all of the stamps previously described as Mint N.H. would pass the test today. The rarity of the $5.00 Columbian in Mint N.H. condition is easily explained. For more than a century, collectors have proudly hinged this highest value of the Columbian set in their albums, and the vast majority of stamps have not escaped the hinge. Only the break-up of blocks, which rarely contain Mint N.H. stamps, has provided the few Extremely Fine Mint N.H. $5.00 Columbian stamps extant today.

With 1990 and 2007 P.F. certificates

10,000
11,000
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