EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STUNNING ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT 1851 TYPE IV IMPERFORATE WITH ENORMOUS MARGINS SHOWING THE GUIDE LINE AND DOT. THIS MAGNIFICENT STAMP HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 JUMBO BY P.S.E..
P.S.E. encapsulated (Superb 98 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $7,000.00 as 98). Aside from one stamp graded Mint N.H. 100J (which realized $80,000 hammer in our 2008 Rarities sale) this is the highest grade awarded to date. It is also the only example to achieve this grade.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS STUNNING MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE IMPERFORATE 1851 3-CENT DULL RED TYPE II HAS BEEN AWARDED THE GRADE OF SUPERB 98 JUMBO BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED TO DATE.
The 3c 1851 is a common stamp, but as one goes up the grading scale, original-gum examples awarded 95 or better are increasingly scarce. Factoring in Mint Never-Hinged original gum, the rarity of high-grade examples increases exponentially. This Mint N.H. stamp with the coveted Superb 98 Jumbo P.S.E. grade ranks alongside the rarest of classic imperforate issues.
P.S.E. encapsulated before the recent changes in change in Scott Catalogue numbers as No. 11 (Superb 98 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $2,550.00 as 98). This and one other -- offered in our recent Whitman sale -- have achieved this grade, which is the highest awarded to date in either hinged or Mint N.H. condition. With the reclassification of this stamp, there are no examples of Scott No. 11 in either hinged or Mint N.H. condition to achieve this grade.
Scott Retail as hinged