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Sale 956 — The Jay Hoffman Collection of United States Stamps

Sale Date — Thursday-Friday, 8-9 May, 2008

Category — 1908-12 Issues (Scott 369-396)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
353
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Sale Number 956, Lot Number 353, 1908-12 Issues (Scott 369-396)2c Lincoln, Bluish (369), 2c Lincoln, Bluish (369)2c Lincoln, Bluish (369). Mint N.H. with selvage at left, rich color on nicely blued paper, well-proportioned margins, Extremely Fine, with 2000 A.P.S. certificate

425
700
354
nh
Sale Number 956, Lot Number 354, 1908-12 Issues (Scott 369-396)3c Deep Violet (376), 3c Deep Violet (376)3c Deep Violet (376). Mint N.H., sharp proof-like impression, perfectly centered, Extremely Fine, with copy of 2003 P.F. certificate for block of four

47
400
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355
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Sale Number 956, Lot Number 355, 1908-12 Issues (Scott 369-396)4c Brown (377), 4c Brown (377)4c Brown (377). Mint N.H., deep rich color, Jumbo margins, Extremely Fine Gem, a huge stamp, with 1998 P.F. certificate

75
180
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356
nh
Sale Number 956, Lot Number 356, 1908-12 Issues (Scott 369-396)5c Blue (378), 5c Blue (378)5c Blue (378). Mint N.H., deep rich color on bright paper, choice centering with unusually wide margins, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2001 P.F. certificate for block of four

75
300
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357
nh
Sale Number 956, Lot Number 357, 1908-12 Issues (Scott 369-396)6c Red Orange (379), 6c Red Orange (379)6c Red Orange (379). Mint N.H., radiant color, almost perfectly centered with well-balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A MAGNIFICENT MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1911 6-CENT SINGLE-LINE WATERMARK WASHINGTON ISSUE, SCOTT 379, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E.

With 2001 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $3,500.00). Only two have graded higher to date and only two others share this lofty grade.

85
3,750
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358
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Sale Number 956, Lot Number 358, 1908-12 Issues (Scott 369-396)8c Olive Green (380), 8c Olive Green (380)8c Olive Green (380). Mint N.H., brilliant color on post-office fresh paper, detailed impression, Jumbo margins, Extremely Fine Gem, a gorgeous stamp, ex Floyd, with 1979 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90 Jumbo; SMQ $850.00 as 90, $2,500.00 as 95)

260
800
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359
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Sale Number 956, Lot Number 359, 1908-12 Issues (Scott 369-396)10c Yellow (381), 10c Yellow (381)10c Yellow (381). Mint N.H., vivid color, well-proportioned margins, Very Fine and choice, a pretty stamp with much better color than usual, with 1996 P.F. and 2005 P.S.E. certificates

250
350
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360
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Sale Number 956, Lot Number 360, 1908-12 Issues (Scott 369-396)15c Pale Ultramarine (382), 15c Pale Ultramarine (382)15c Pale Ultramarine (382). Mint N.H., radiant color on bright paper, well-balanced margins, fresh and Extremely Fine, an attractive stamp, with 2007 P.S.E. certificate (VF-XF 85; SMQ $1,050.00)

625
700
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361
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Sale Number 956, Lot Number 361, 1908-12 Issues (Scott 369-396)1c Green, 2c Carmine, Coils (385, 386), 1c Green, 2c Carmine, Coils (385, 386)1c Green, 2c Carmine, Coils (385, 386). Mint N.H., rich colors, both have unusually choice centering, Extremely Fine, with 1992 and 2001 P.F. certificates respectively

300
225
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362
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Sale Number 956, Lot Number 362, 1908-12 Issues (Scott 369-396)1c Green, Coil (385), 1c Green, Coil (385)1c Green, Coil (385). Mint N.H. pair, intense shade and impression, gorgeous centering, Extremely Fine, with 1990 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (VF-XF 85; SMQ $345.00)

240
225
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363
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Sale Number 956, Lot Number 363, 1908-12 Issues (Scott 369-396)1c Green, Coil (385), 1c Green, Coil (385)1c Green, Coil (385). Mint N.H. guide line pair, fresh color, detailed impression, Very Fine, with 2000 P.F. certificate

1,000
600
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364
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Sale Number 956, Lot Number 364, 1908-12 Issues (Scott 369-396)2c Carmine, Coil (386), 2c Carmine, Coil (386)2c Carmine, Coil (386). Mint N.H. pair, brilliant color, wide margins, Very Fine and choice, a pretty pair, with 1991 P.F. certificate

650
500
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365
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Sale Number 956, Lot Number 365, 1908-12 Issues (Scott 369-396)2c Carmine, Coil (386), 2c Carmine, Coil (386)2c Carmine, Coil (386). Mint N.H. guide line pair, wide margins, beautiful bright color and sharp impression

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A SCARCE MINT NEVER-HINGED GUIDE LINE PAIR OF THE 2-CENT VERTICAL COIL, SCOTT 386.

According to Johl (Vol. 1, p. 111), the Bureau switched to Perf 8-1/2 for their coils after a very short period of time. The Perf 12 coils proved to be too susceptible to falling apart in the machines used to affix (and make) the coils. Scott 386 was one of the first to be discontinued. Only one Mint N.H. guide line pair has been certified to date by P.S.E. (graded 70), and we have offered only perhaps a dozen since keeping computerized records.

With 1999 P.F. certificate

3,250
2,400
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366
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Sale Number 956, Lot Number 366, 1908-12 Issues (Scott 369-396)1c Green, Coil (387), 1c Green, Coil (387)1c Green, Coil (387). Mint N.H., brilliant color, crisp impression, Jumbo margins

FRESH AND EXTREMELY FINE. A HUGE MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT HORIZONTAL COIL SCOTT 387.

Ex Scarsdale. With 1999 P.F. and 1999 and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90 Jumbo; SMQ $1,400.00 as 90, $3,050.00 as 95). Only three have graded higher to date and only one other shares this grade.

425
1,300
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367
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Sale Number 956, Lot Number 367, 1908-12 Issues (Scott 369-396)1c Green, Coil (387), 1c Green, Coil (387)1c Green, Coil (387). Guide line pair, lightly hinged, intense shade and impression, few trivial perf separations at top, Fine-Very Fine, with 1991 P.F. certificate

1,100
550
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368
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Sale Number 956, Lot Number 368, 1908-12 Issues (Scott 369-396)2c Carmine, Coil (388), 2c Carmine, Coil (388)2c Carmine, Coil (388). Mint N.H., bright color on fresh paper, three extra wide margins

VERY FINE. A RARE MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT 1910 PERF 12 COIL.

As an indication of rarity, we have offered only five other singles, one guide line pair and three pairs (one a paste-up) in Mint N.H. condition since keeping computerized records.

Ex Odeneal. With 2007 P.F. certificate. In our opinion this is underpriced in Scott in Mint N.H. condition, an opinion shared by SMQ, which prices this at $3,300.00 in the grade of 80.

2,750
2,000
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369
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Sale Number 956, Lot Number 369, 1908-12 Issues (Scott 369-396)2c Carmine, Coil (388), 2c Carmine, Coil (388)2c Carmine, Coil (388). Pair with 2mm spacing, barest trace of hinging, brilliant color, well-balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE PAIR OF THE 2-CENT 1911 PERF 12 HORIZONTAL COIL, SCOTT 388.

This is considerably more difficult to find with such choice centering with 2mm spacing than with 3mm.

With 1986 P.F. certificate

3,250
3,750
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370
og
Sale Number 956, Lot Number 370, 1908-12 Issues (Scott 369-396)2c Carmine, Coil (388), 2c Carmine, Coil (388)2c Carmine, Coil (388). Guide line pair, brilliant color, detailed impression, left stamp trivial natural inclusion on back only not mentioned on accompanying certificate

VERY FINE GUIDE LINE PAIR OF THE 2-CENT HORIZONTAL COIL, SCOTT 388.

This 2c coil was in production for only a short period of time before being superseded by the Perf 8-1/2 issue. Due to the greater popularity of the horizontal coils with users, combined with a wary attitude by many collectors that early coils were simply trimmed stamps, many were used and few preserved.

With 2004 P.F. certificate

8,500
4,000
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371
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Sale Number 956, Lot Number 371, 1908-12 Issues (Scott 369-396)3c Deep Violet, Orangeburg Coil (389), 3c Deep Violet, Orangeburg Coil (389)3c Deep Violet, Orangeburg Coil (389). Pair, full original gum, deep rich color and proof-like impression, centered to left but completely sound

FINE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE ORIGINAL-GUM PAIR OF THE 3-CENT ORANGEBURG COIL, SCOTT 389. ONLY TWO UNUSED SINGLES AND SIX UNUSED PAIRS ARE AVAILABLE TO COLLECTORS. ONE OF THE GREATEST RARITIES OF 20TH CENTURY UNITED STATES PHILATELY.

The Orangeburg coil was made by the Post Office Department in 1911, specifically for use by the Bell Pharmaceutical Company. The 3c coil stamps were used to send samples of their products to physicians. Due to the quantity of mail, they were put through the first-class cancelling machine at Orangeburg, New York. The Orangeburg coil stamps' use on third-class mail and the fact that philatelists were generally unaware of their production account for their rarity.

A census of the Orangeburg coil, published in The Philatelic Foundation's Opinions VII book, records two singles and seven unused pairs, including one in the Miller collection at The New York Public Library. We recall seeing only one other pair at auction in the past 15 years.

With 1960 and 1998 P.F. certificates

140,000
230,000
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372
 
Sale Number 956, Lot Number 372, 1908-12 Issues (Scott 369-396)3c Deep Violet, Orangeburg Coil (389), 3c Deep Violet, Orangeburg Coil (389)3c Deep Violet, Orangeburg Coil (389). Intense shade and impression, usual wavy-lines machine cancel, top margin slightly trimmed (probably to remove a tiny corner crease as usually occurs on this issue, small sealed tear at top

FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 3-CENT ORANGEBURG COIL.

With 1997 P.F. certificate

11,000
3,250
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373
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Sale Number 956, Lot Number 373, 1908-12 Issues (Scott 369-396)1c Green, Coil (390), 1c Green, Coil (390)1c Green, Coil (390). Mint N.H. pair, intense color, Jumbo and balanced margins, Extremely Fine Gem

24
70
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374
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Sale Number 956, Lot Number 374, 1908-12 Issues (Scott 369-396)1c Green, Coil (390), 1c Green, Coil (390)1c Green, Coil (390). Mint N.H. guide line pair, deep rich color and proof-like impression, gorgeous centering, Extremely Fine, with 2005 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $170.00)

80
475
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375
nh
Sale Number 956, Lot Number 375, 1908-12 Issues (Scott 369-396)2c Carmine, Coil (391), 2c Carmine, Coil (391)2c Carmine, Coil (391). Mint N.H. pair, radiant color, beautiful centering with wide and balanced margins, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2001 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (VF-XF 85; SMQ $370.00)

230
300
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376
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Sale Number 956, Lot Number 376, 1908-12 Issues (Scott 369-396)2c Carmine, Coil (391), 2c Carmine, Coil (391)2c Carmine, Coil (391). Mint N.H. guide line pair, almost perfect centering with Jumbo margins, brilliant color

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN OUTSTANDING MINT NEVER-HINGED GUIDE LINE PAIR OF THE 2-CENT 1910 VERTICAL COIL, SCOTT 391.

Ex Silver Lake and Scarsdale. With 2004 P.F. and P.S.E. certificates (latter graded XF 90; SMQ $1,250.00). Only three have graded higher to date.

550
1,500
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377
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Sale Number 956, Lot Number 377, 1908-12 Issues (Scott 369-396)1c Green, Coil (392), 1c Green, Coil (392)1c Green, Coil (392). Mint N.H., bright shade, crisp impression, post-office fresh and Extremely Fine, with 1992 P.F. certificate for guide line pair

65
160
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378
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Sale Number 956, Lot Number 378, 1908-12 Issues (Scott 369-396)1c Green, Coil (392), 1c Green, Coil (392)1c Green, Coil (392). Mint N.H. strip of three, brilliant color, wide margins, fresh and Extremely Fine, with 1996 P.F. certificate for strip of four, Scott Retail as pair and single

225
300
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379
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Sale Number 956, Lot Number 379, 1908-12 Issues (Scott 369-396)1c Green, Coil (392), 1c Green, Coil (392)1c Green, Coil (392). Mint N.H. guide line pair, deep rich color and sharp proof-like impression, beautiful centering with wide margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED GUIDE LINE PAIR OF THE 1911 ONE-CENT HORIZONTAL COIL, SCOTT 392.

With 1977 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $1,850.00). Only one has graded higher to date and only four others share this grade

425
1,700
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380
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Sale Number 956, Lot Number 380, 1908-12 Issues (Scott 369-396)2c Carmine, Coil (393), 2c Carmine, Coil (393)2c Carmine, Coil (393). Mint N.H., brilliant color, gorgeous centering with wide margins, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb stamp in every respect, with 1996 P.F. and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $630.00), only one has graded higher to date and only two others share this grade

100
650
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381
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Sale Number 956, Lot Number 381, 1908-12 Issues (Scott 369-396)2c Carmine, Coil (393), 2c Carmine, Coil (393)2c Carmine, Coil (393). Mint N.H. pair, radiant color as fresh as the day it was printed on bright paper, wide margins, fresh and Extremely Fine, with 2003 P.F. certificate

275
550
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382
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Sale Number 956, Lot Number 382, 1908-12 Issues (Scott 369-396)2c Carmine, Coil (393), 2c Carmine, Coil (393)2c Carmine, Coil (393). Mint N.H. guide line pair, perfectly centered with wide and well-proportioned margins, rich color and proof-like impression, Very Fine and choice, a beautiful Mint N.H. guide line pair of extraordinary freshness, with 2004 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (VF 80; SMQ $690.00), this grade is unduly conservative in our opinion

650
750
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383
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Sale Number 956, Lot Number 383, 1908-12 Issues (Scott 369-396)3c Deep Violet, Coil (394), 3c Deep Violet, Coil (394)3c Deep Violet, Coil (394). Mint N.H., brilliant color on bright paper, Jumbo margins, Extremely Fine Gem, a huge stamp, with 1996 P.F. certificate

135
400
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384
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Sale Number 956, Lot Number 384, 1908-12 Issues (Scott 369-396)3c Deep Violet, Coil (394), 3c Deep Violet, Coil (394)3c Deep Violet, Coil (394). Mint N.H. pair with 3mm spacing, intense shade and impression, perfectly centered with wide margins, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2002 P.F. and 1999 and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $720.00), only two have graded higher to date

325
1,100
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385
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Sale Number 956, Lot Number 385, 1908-12 Issues (Scott 369-396)3c Deep Violet, Coil (394), 3c Deep Violet, Coil (394)3c Deep Violet, Coil (394). Mint N.H. guide line pair, brilliant color, crisp impression, wide and balanced margins, trivial natural inclusion at bottom right not mentioned on accompanying certificate, Extremely Fine, with 2004 P.S.E. certificate

925
1,400
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386
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Sale Number 956, Lot Number 386, 1908-12 Issues (Scott 369-396)4c Brown, Coil (395), 4c Brown, Coil (395)4c Brown, Coil (395). Mint N.H., radiant color, wide margins, Very Fine and choice, with 2005 P.F. certificate

140
200
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387
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Sale Number 956, Lot Number 387, 1908-12 Issues (Scott 369-396)4c Brown, Coil (395), 4c Brown, Coil (395)4c Brown, Coil (395). Mint N.H. pair with 3mm spacing, radiant color, wide and balanced margins, fresh and Extremely Fine, with 1980 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $720.00), only three have graded higher (at 95) and only one other shares this grade

350
750
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388
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Sale Number 956, Lot Number 388, 1908-12 Issues (Scott 369-396)4c Brown, Coil (395), 4c Brown, Coil (395)4c Brown, Coil (395). Guide line pair, barest trace of hinging, bright shade, Very Fine and choice, with 1996 P.F. certificate stating that it is 'never hinged"

475
600
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389
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Sale Number 956, Lot Number 389, 1908-12 Issues (Scott 369-396)5c Blue, Coil (396), 5c Blue, Coil (396)5c Blue, Coil (396). Mint N.H., deep rich color on bright paper, unusually choice centering, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb stamp in every respect, with 1995 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $1,500.00), only one has graded higher to date and only five others share this grade

135
2,900
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390
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Sale Number 956, Lot Number 390, 1908-12 Issues (Scott 369-396)5c Blue, Coil (396), 5c Blue, Coil (396)5c Blue, Coil (396). Mint N.H. pair, rich color, fresh and Very Fine, with 195 P.F. certificate for strip of four

375
325
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391
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Sale Number 956, Lot Number 391, 1908-12 Issues (Scott 369-396)5c Blue, Coil (396), 5c Blue, Coil (396)5c Blue, Coil (396). Mint N.H. guide line strip of four, intense shade and impression, Very Fine and choice, scarce guide line strip of four as most have been broken to furnish guide line pairs and singles to collectors, with 2005 P.S.E. certificate

1,245
1,100
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