EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A BEAUTIFUL $5.00 1922 ISSUE STAMP IN NEVER-HINGED CONDITION AND GRADED SUPERB 98.
With 2007 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $2,300.00). The P.S.E. Population Report shows 25 NH stamps graded 98 for No. 573 and 573a combined, which is the highest grade awarded to date.
FINE. A RARE SOUND EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT HARDING ROTARY PERF 11, AND A NEWLY RECORDED EXAMPLE WHICH HAS BEEN DORMANT IN AN OLD-TIME COLLECTION FOR MANY DECADES..
Our census of the 2c Harding Rotary Perf 11 (as published in our Zoellner sale catalogue and updated at our website at www.siegelauctions.com/enc/census/613/613.htm) records 43 used singles (one faintly cancelled, if at all), one used pair and the recently-discovered used strip of three. Of the singles, approximately 30 are sound.
The 2c Harding Rotary Perf 11 stamp was discovered in 1938 by Leslie Lewis of the New York firm, Stanley Gibbons Inc. Gary Griffith presents his hypothesis in United States Stamps 1922-26 that rotary-printed sheets of 400 were first reduced to panes of 100 and then fed through the 11-gauge perforating machine normally used for flat plate sheets. This method distinguishes sheet-waste stamps -- Scott 544, 596 and 613 -- from the coil-waste stamps and explains the existence of a straight-edge on Scott 613.
Census No. 613-CAN-43. With 2007 P.F. certificate.