Sale 953 — United States Stamps
Sale Date — Tuesday-Friday, 25-28 March, 2008
Category — 1913-15 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 424-461)
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE SINGLE-LINE WATERMARKED 50-CENT PERF 10 FRANKLIN ISSUE IN WHAT IS PROBABLY THE FINEST CONDITION ATTAINABLE. THIS STAMP HAS BEEN AWARDED THE GRADE OF SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E.
With 2002 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $20,500.00). Only three others have achieved this grade, which is the highest awarded to date.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 3-CENT COIL, SCOTT 445.
With 2007 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $2,250.00). Only two singles have graded higher to date, and only two others share this grade
EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 4-CENT HORIZONTAL COIL, SCOTT 446.
With 1987 and 2004 P.F. certificates
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED GUIDE LINE PAIR OF THE 5-CENT HORIZONTAL COIL, SCOTT 447, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E.
With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $2,150.00). Only three have graded higher to date.
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A RARE MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1915 TYPE I VERTICAL COIL.
Type I rotary press stamps were produced using the same master dies as had been used for flat plate printings. However, due to the curve of the plate to fit the rotary press, the impressions lacked some of the details of the flat plate printings. New dies were made with strengthened lines, resulting in the Type II stamps. After plate wear was noticed, further strengthening was necessary, resulting in the Type III stamps. Scott 449 was not produced until almost a year and a half after the Type I horizontal coil, Scott 453. Due to the unpopularity of vertical coils, this Type I stamp was in production for only a short period of time before being discontinued.
With 1995 P.F. certificate for pair and 2007 P.S.E. certificates