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Sale 978 — The Beverly Hills Collection of Outstanding United States Stamps

Sale Date — Friday, 4 December, 2009

Category — 1861-66 Issue

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1016
nh
Sale Number 978, Lot Number 1016, 1861-66 Issue1c Blue (63). Mint N.H, 1c Blue (63). Mint N.H1c Blue (63). Mint N.H., deep rich color and proof-like impression on post-office fresh paper, gorgeous centering with wide and balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT 1861 ISSUE WITH MINT NEVER-HINGED GUM, BEAUTIFUL CENTERING, AND DISTINCTIVE INTENSE COLOR. A STAMP OF REMARKABLE BEAUTY, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E. -- THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED TO DATE.

P.S.E. encapsulated (XF-Superb 95; unpriced as Mint N.H. in SMQ, SMQ $1,450.00 as hinged). This is the highest grade awarded to date and only two others share this grade. Scott Retail as hinged

325
1,700
1017
nh
Sale Number 978, Lot Number 1017, 1861-66 Issue3c Rose (65). Mint N.H, 3c Rose (65). Mint N.H3c Rose (65). Mint N.H., radiant color as fresh as the day it was printed, beautiful centering with wide and balanced margins, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb stamp in every respect, P.S.E. encapsulated (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $1,950.00), only one has graded higher to date

125
850
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1018
og
Sale Number 978, Lot Number 1018, 1861-66 Issue90c Blue (72), 90c Blue (72)90c Blue (72). Original gum, h.r., brilliant color and detailed impression, gorgeous centering with wide and balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1861 ISSUE, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED TO DATE AND THE ONLY EXAMPLE TO ACHIEVE THIS GRADE.

We have encountered perhaps a half-dozen sound 90c 1861 stamps with original gum and Very Fine or Extremely Fine centering. The multiples that were broken to furnish singles were generally off center.

P.S.E. encapsulated (OGh, XF-Superb 95; SMQ $13,200.00). This is the highest grade awarded to date and the only example to achieve this grade. The next-highest is a 90 (one) and then an 85 (one).

3,250
15,500
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1019
 
Sale Number 978, Lot Number 1019, 1861-66 Issue90c Blue (72), 90c Blue (72)90c Blue (72). Fabulous margins and incredibly well-centered, lovely color, light multiple strikes of Boston "Paid" grid cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A TRULY OUTSTANDING USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 90-CENT BLUE, GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E.

P.S.E. encapsulated (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $4,950.00)

550
2,200
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1020
og
Sale Number 978, Lot Number 1020, 1861-66 Issue5c Brown (76), 5c Brown (76)5c Brown (76). Original gum, deep rich color and proof-like impression on crisp paper, wide and balanced margins which are a rarity on this issue

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STUNNING ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1863 5-CENT BROWN. A DIFFICULT STAMP TO FIND IN SUCH SUPERB CONDITION.

The 5c 1861-68 Issue was printed from plates with closely-spaced subjects that left little room for the large 12-gauge perforations. The Brown shade, Scott 76, is scarce in original-gum condition, and truly rare in this high grade.

P.S.E. encapsulated (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $7,950.00). This the highest grade awarded to date and the only example to achieve this grade.

1,600
2,500
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