Sale 959 — United States Stamps

Sale Date — Monday-Wednesday, 23-25 June, 2008

Category — 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2624
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Sale Number 959, Lot Number 2624, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)1c Trans-Mississippi (285), 1c Trans-Mississippi (285)1c Trans-Mississippi (285). Imprint and plate no. 590 block of four, stamps are Mint N.H. (lightly hinged in selvage), rich color, some gum skips and light wrinkles, otherwise Very Fine, Scott Retail as Mint N.H. singles

320
250
2625
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Sale Number 959, Lot Number 2625, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)2c Trans-Mississippi (286), 2c Trans-Mississippi (286)2c Trans-Mississippi (286). Mint N.H., brilliant color, choice centering, fresh and Extremely Fine, a beautiful stamp, with 2007 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $1,050.00)

80
850
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2626
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Sale Number 959, Lot Number 2626, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)2c Trans-Mississippi (286), 2c Trans-Mississippi (286)2c Trans-Mississippi (286). Mint N.H., pretty margins and exceptional centering, bright color and sharp impression, Extremely Fine, lovely quality, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $285.00)

80
275
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2627
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Sale Number 959, Lot Number 2627, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)2c Trans-Mississippi (286), 2c Trans-Mississippi (286)2c Trans-Mississippi (286). Mint N.H. top imprint and plate no. 729 block of six with wide selvage, extraordinarily choice centering throughout, rich color, fresh and Extremely Fine, a magnificent plate block of this popular commemorative issue

700
6,250
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2628
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Sale Number 959, Lot Number 2628, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)4c Trans-Mississippi (287), 4c Trans-Mississippi (287)4c Trans-Mississippi (287). Mint N.H. with plate no. 636 at top, vibrant color as fresh as the day it was printed

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED PLATE NUMBER SINGLE OF THE 4-CENT TRANS-MISSISSIPPI ISSUE.

With 2005 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $4,450.00). Only six have graded higher to date.

400
3,750
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2629
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Sale Number 959, Lot Number 2629, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)4c Trans-Mississippi (287), 4c Trans-Mississippi (287)4c Trans-Mississippi (287). Mint N.H., beautiful margins and centering, attractive delicate color, Extremely Fine, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $1,250.00)

400
850
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2630
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Sale Number 959, Lot Number 2630, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)4c Trans-Mississippi (287), 4c Trans-Mississippi (287)4c Trans-Mississippi (287). Mint N.H., beautiful margins and attractively centered, vivid color, Very Fine and choice, with 1999 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (VF-XF 85; SMQ $700.00)

400
550
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2631
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Sale Number 959, Lot Number 2631, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)4c Trans-Mississippi (287), 4c Trans-Mississippi (287)4c Trans-Mississippi (287). Bottom imprint and plate no. 599 block of four, original gum, vibrant color, few black specks on back of right pair and nibbed perf at upper right, otherwise Very Fine

1,000
475
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2632
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Sale Number 959, Lot Number 2632, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)5c Trans-Mississippi (288), 5c Trans-Mississippi (288)5c Trans-Mississippi (288). Mint N.H., Jumbo margins and well-centered, strong color and fine impression

EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF THE WIDEST-MARGINED EXAMPLES OF THE 5-CENT TRANS-MISSISSIPPI KNOWN IN MINT NEVER-HINGED POST OFFICE CONDITION.

With 1991 P.F. certificate

400
2,200
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2633
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Sale Number 959, Lot Number 2633, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)5c Trans-Mississippi (288), 5c Trans-Mississippi (288)5c Trans-Mississippi (288). Mint N.H. top imprint and plate no. 614 block of six with wide selvage, beautiful rich color and bright fresh paper

EXTREMELY FINE IMPRINT AND PLATE NUMBER BLOCK OF SIX OF THE 5-CENT TRANS-MISSISSIPPI ISSUE. TOP PLATE BLOCKS OF SIX ARE RARELY SEEN IN THIS CHOICE MINT NEVER-HINGED CONDITION.

The Trans-Mississippi plate blocks were initially collected in units of four stamps. Plate blocks of six are much scarcer, and top positions are the most desirable. This wide top plate block of six of the 5c has the extra element of quality, by virtue of its choice centering and Mint N.H. condition.

2,900
14,000
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2634
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Sale Number 959, Lot Number 2634, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)8c Trans-Mississippi (289), 8c Trans-Mississippi (289)8c Trans-Mississippi (289). Mint N.H. top imprint and plate no. 609 block of four with wide selvage, dark shade, right pair faintly creased from handling, otherwise Fine-Very Fine

3,350
2,100
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2635
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Sale Number 959, Lot Number 2635, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)10c Trans-Mississippi (290), 10c Trans-Mississippi (290)10c Trans-Mississippi (290). Mint N.H., intense color, Fine and attractive, with 2000 P.F. certificate

550
275
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2636
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Sale Number 959, Lot Number 2636, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)10c Trans-Mississippi (290), 10c Trans-Mississippi (290)10c Trans-Mississippi (290). Original gum, lightly hinged, uncharacteristically wide margins and choice centering, intense color and fine impression, Extremely Fine, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $380.00)

180
325
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2637
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Sale Number 959, Lot Number 2637, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)10c Trans-Mississippi (290), 10c Trans-Mississippi (290)10c Trans-Mississippi (290). Bottom imprint and plate no. 620 pair, original gum, left stamp h.r., right lightly hinged, fabulous wide margins and intense color, Extremely Fine

425
375
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2638
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Sale Number 959, Lot Number 2638, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)10c Trans-Mississippi (290), 10c Trans-Mississippi (290)10c Trans-Mississippi (290). Bottom imprint and plate no. 620 block of four, original gum, lightly hinged, lovely dark shade and proof-like impression, choice centering, some rejoined perfs in selvage, otherwise Very Fine

2,100
800
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2639
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Sale Number 959, Lot Number 2639, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)50c Trans-Mississippi (291), 50c Trans-Mississippi (291)50c Trans-Mississippi (291). Mint N.H., gorgeous color, Fine, with 2007 P.S.E. certificate for horizontal pair (right stamp)

2,100
850
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2640
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Sale Number 959, Lot Number 2640, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)50c Trans-Mississippi (291), 50c Trans-Mississippi (291)50c Trans-Mississippi (291). Mint N.H., nicely centered, natural s.e. at left, Fine and attractive, with photocopy of 2007 P.S.E. certificate for horizontal pair (left stamp)

2,100
650
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2641
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Sale Number 959, Lot Number 2641, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)50c Trans-Mississippi (291), 50c Trans-Mississippi (291)50c Trans-Mississippi (291). Original gum, lightly hinged, attractive margins and marvelous intense color, Very Fine and choice, with 2008 P.F. certificate (VF-XF 85; SMQ $950.00)

700
700
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2642
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Sale Number 959, Lot Number 2642, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)50c Trans-Mississippi (291), 50c Trans-Mississippi (291)50c Trans-Mississippi (291). Original gum, barest trace of hinging, exceptional centering and fabulous depth of color, Very Fine and choice, with 1986 and 2002 P.F. certificates

700
900
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2643
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Sale Number 959, Lot Number 2643, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)50c Trans-Mississippi (291), 50c Trans-Mississippi (291)50c Trans-Mississippi (291). Block of four with bottom sheet selvage, bottom pair Mint N.H., gorgeous deep rich color and bright fresh paper

FINE-VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL SHEET-MARGIN BLOCK OF THE 5-CENT TRANS-MISSISSIPPI ISSUE WITH TWO MINT NEVER-HINGED STAMPS AT BOTTOM.

Scott Retail as singles (two Mint N.H.)

5,600
2,400
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2644
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Sale Number 959, Lot Number 2644, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)50c, $1.00 Trans-Mississippi (291-292), 50c, $1.00 Trans-Mississippi (291-292)50c, $1.00 Trans-Mississippi (291-292). 50c unused (regummed), reperfed at left, $1.00 disturbed original gum, small thin spot, Extremely Fine appearance

1,950
950
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2645
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Sale Number 959, Lot Number 2645, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)$1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292), $1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292)$1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292). Mint N.H., well-centered, wonderfully fresh with strong intense impression

VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFULLY-CENTERED MINT NEVER-HINGED $1.00 TRANS-MISSISSIPPI.

With 1986 and 2001 P.F. certificates

3,750
2,400
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2646
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Sale Number 959, Lot Number 2646, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)$1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292), $1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292)$1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292). Mint N.H., natural gum wrinkle, otherwise Very Fine, with 2007 P.S.E. certificate for horizontal pair (right stamp)

3,750
1,300
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2647
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Sale Number 959, Lot Number 2647, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)$1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292), $1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292)$1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292). Mint N.H., natural gum wrinkle, otherwise Fine, with photocopy of 2007 P.S.E. certificate for horizontal pair (left stamp)

3,750
900
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2648
 
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0
0
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2649
 
No Lot.
0
0
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2650
 
No Lot.
0
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2651°
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Sale Number 959, Lot Number 2651, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)$1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292), $1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292)$1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292). Original gum, lightly hinged, intense shade and proof-like impression on bright paper, unusually choice centering with wide margins

EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE $1.00 TRANS-MISSISSIPPI ISSUE.

With 2007 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $4,150.00). Only two have graded higher to date and only thirteen others share this grade

1,250
7,500
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2652
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Sale Number 959, Lot Number 2652, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)$1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292), $1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292)$1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292). Original gum, lightly hinged, deep shade and proof-like impression, wide margins

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE $1.00 TRANS-MISSISSIPPI ISSUE.

With 2007 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $2,100.00)

1,250
2,000
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2653
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Sale Number 959, Lot Number 2653, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)$1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292), $1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292)$1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292). Original gum, barely hinged, well-centered, strong color on fresh paper, Very Fine and choice, with 2008 P.F. certificate (VF-XF 85; SMQ $1,600.00)

1,250
1,200
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2654
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Sale Number 959, Lot Number 2654, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)$1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292), $1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292)$1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292). Original gum, lightly hinged, nicely margined and centered on crisp paper, Very Fine, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate

1,250
1,100
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2655
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Sale Number 959, Lot Number 2655, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)$1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292), $1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292)$1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292). Original gum with slight gum loss from hinge removal, intense shade and proof-like impression, fresh and Very Fine

1,250
700
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2656
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Sale Number 959, Lot Number 2656, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)$1.00, $2.00 Trans-Mississippi (292-293), $1.00, $2.00 Trans-Mississippi (292-293)$1.00, $2.00 Trans-Mississippi (292-293). Mint N.H., $2.00 somewhat oxidized, bottom perfs touch on $1.00, perfs close but clear on the $2.00

10,250
1,700
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2657
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Sale Number 959, Lot Number 2657, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)$1.00, $2.00 Trans-Mississippi (292-293), $1.00, $2.00 Trans-Mississippi (292-293)$1.00, $2.00 Trans-Mississippi (292-293). Original gum, former attractively centered, light corner crease, Very Fine appearance; latter with top plate no. 613 (partially separated), perfs barely in at top

3,500
1,400
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2658
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Sale Number 959, Lot Number 2658, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)$1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292), $1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292)$1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292). Top imprint and plate no. 606 pair, stamps Mint N.H. (there may have been some skillful separation strengthening on a couple perfs but no hinging), fresh, close two sides, Fine

7,500
1,800
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2659
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Sale Number 959, Lot Number 2659, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)$1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292), $1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292)$1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292). Block of four, original gum, exceptionally choice centering, deep shade and proof-like impression, couple faint tiny toned specks and strengthened perf separations

VERY FINE. A HANDSOME ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF THE ONE-DOLLAR TRANS-MISSISSIPPI, REGARDED AS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL UNITED STATES COMMEMORATIVE STAMP EVER PRODUCED.

The Scott Catalogue assigns a small 15% premium to a block versus four singles.

5,750
3,500
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2660
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Sale Number 959, Lot Number 2660, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)$2.00 Trans-Mississippi (293), $2.00 Trans-Mississippi (293)$2.00 Trans-Mississippi (293). Mint N.H., bright color and detailed impression, fresh and Fine, scarce in Mint N.H. condition, with photo of strip of three (this is the center stamp)

6,500
2,500
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2661
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Sale Number 959, Lot Number 2661, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)$2.00 Trans-Mississippi (293), $2.00 Trans-Mississippi (293)$2.00 Trans-Mississippi (293). Original gum, lightly hinged, bright color, beautifully centered, intense color and wonderful detailed impression

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THE $2.00 IS THE MOST CHALLENGING OF THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI ISSUE TO OBTAIN IN THIS PRISTINE ORIGINAL-GUM CONDITION.

With 2000 P.F. certificate

2,250
2,100
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2662
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Sale Number 959, Lot Number 2662, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)$2.00 Trans-Mississippi (293), $2.00 Trans-Mississippi (293)$2.00 Trans-Mississippi (293). Original gum, lightly hinged, bright color

VERY FINE AND CHOICE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE $2.00 TRANS-MISSISSIPPI ISSUE.

With 2007 P.F. certificate

2,250
1,600
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2663
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Sale Number 959, Lot Number 2663, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)$2.00 Trans-Mississippi (293), $2.00 Trans-Mississippi (293)$2.00 Trans-Mississippi (293). Original gum, lightly hinged, Very Fine and quite attractive, with 2008 P.F. certificate

2,250
1,600
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2664
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Sale Number 959, Lot Number 2664, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)$2.00 Trans-Mississippi (293), $2.00 Trans-Mississippi (293)$2.00 Trans-Mississippi (293). Original gum, bright color, tiny thin speck at top left, appears Fine

2,250
675
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2665
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Sale Number 959, Lot Number 2665, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)$2.00 Trans-Mississippi (293), $2.00 Trans-Mississippi (293)$2.00 Trans-Mississippi (293). Horizontal pair, Mint N.H. except for tiny gum disturbance speck at top left of left stamp, natural s.e. at right, lovely unadulterated color, right stamp natural wrinkles, otherwise Fine, Scott Retail as Mint N.H.

13,000
1,600
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