Sale 968B — The Alan B. Whitman Collection, Part Three: 1902-34 Issues, B-O-B

Sale Date — Tuesday-Friday, 22-25 September, 2009

Category — 1908-10 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 331-356)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
425
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Sale 968B, Lot 425, 1908-10 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 331-356)1c Green (331). Mint N.H., with bottom hollow star and plate no. 5179 selvage, rich color, Jumbo margins, "SL" pencil notation in selvage only, Extremely Fine, with 1999 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF-90 Jumbo; SMQ $48.00 as 90, $185.00 as 95)

18
100
426
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Sale 968B, Lot 426, 1908-10 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 331-356)2c Carmine (332). Mint N.H. with bottom selvage and part imprint, radiant color, clear impression, choice margins of Jumbo proportions, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $155.00 as 95, $540.00 as 98)

16
140
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427
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Sale 968B, Lot 427, 1908-10 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 331-356)2c Carmine, Booklet Pane of Six (332a). Position H, Mint N.H., radiant color on bright paper, Very Fine and choice, scarce in such pristine condition, with 2000 P.F. certificate

230
180
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428
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Sale 968B, Lot 428, 1908-10 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 331-356)4c Orange Brown (334). Mint N.H., beautiful centering with choice Jumbo margins, deep rich color, Extremely Fine Gem, with 1992 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $770.00 as 95, $2,850.00 as 98), only four stamps have graded higher to date

100
425
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429
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Sale 968B, Lot 429, 1908-10 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 331-356)5c Blue (335). Part imprint selvage at bottom, barely hinged, intense shade and impression, Extremely Fine Gem, a beautiful stamp, with 1991 and 1999 P.F. certificates (the former as a block, the latter as Mint N.H.), with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, XF-Superb 95; SMQ $135.00)

55
225
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430
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Sale 968B, Lot 430, 1908-10 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 331-356)8c Olive Green (337). Mint N.H., radiant color, detailed impression, beautiful centering with wide even margins, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2002 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $890.00), only four stamps have graded higher to date

115
400
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431
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Sale 968B, Lot 431, 1908-10 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 331-356)13c Blue Green (339). Mint N.H. with top plate no. 4948 selvage, choice centering, intense color, Extremely Fine, with 1999 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $215.00)

100
650
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432
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Sale 968B, Lot 432, 1908-10 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 331-356)15c Pale Ultramarine (340). Mint N.H. with top plate no. 4952 selvage, choice wide and even margins, beautiful pastel color, Extremely Fine, with 1992 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $345.00)

175
300
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433
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Sale 968B, Lot 433, 1908-10 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 331-356)50c Violet (341). Barest trace of hinging, described on earlier certificate as Mint N.H., intense shade and impression, well-proportioned margins, Extremely Fine, with 1999 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (OGph, XF 90; SMQ $465.00)

350
650
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434
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Sale 968B, Lot 434, 1908-10 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 331-356)$1.00 Violet Brown (342). Mint N.H., deep rich color and sharp impression on post-office fresh paper, choice centering with wide and balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE. A STRIKING MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE $1.00 PERF 12 DOUBLE-LINE WATERMARK ISSUE.

With 1999 P.F. certificate, and 1998 and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $2,600.00). Only two have graded higher to date, and only four others share this grade

1,250
1,800
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435
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Sale 968B, Lot 435, 1908-10 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 331-356)1c-5c 1908-09 Issue, Imperforate (343-347). Mint N.H., 2c with plate no. and hollow star at left, 5c with plate no. at right, all have large margins and are Extremely Fine, 5c with 1996 P.F. certificate

138
225
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436
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Sale 968B, Lot 436, 1908-10 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 331-356)1c-5c 1908-09 Issue, Imperforate (343-347). Pairs of 1c, 3c-5c, top imprint, star and plate no. strip of three of 2c, additional block of four with sheet margin at left of 4c, all Mint N.H., 3c and 5c pairs with part imprint, 4c pair with siderographer's initials, large margins, Extremely Fine, desirable group

447
700
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437
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Sale 968B, Lot 437, 1908-10 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 331-356)1c Green, Coil (348). Mint N.H. guide line pair, deep color, beautifully centered with balanced Jumbo margins, Extremely Fine, with 1994 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90 Jumbo; SMQ $760.00 as 90, $1,350.00 as 95), only five guide line pairs have graded higher to date

600
800
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438
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Sale 968B, Lot 438, 1908-10 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 331-356)1c Green, Coil (348). Mint N.H. pair, brilliant color and detailed impression, gorgeous centering with wide and balanced margins, Extremely Fine Gem, with 1993 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $860.00), only three pairs have graded higher to date and no others share this grade

210
425
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439
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Sale 968B, Lot 439, 1908-10 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 331-356)1c Green, Coil (348). Mint N.H., bright color, wide margins, Extremely Fine, with 1999 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (VF-XF 85; SMQ $85.00)

80
90
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440
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Sale 968B, Lot 440, 1908-10 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 331-356)2c Carmine, Coil (349). Mint N.H. guide line pair, deep rich color, unusually wide margins, Extremely Fine, with 2000 P.F. certificate

1,300
2,300
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441
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Sale 968B, Lot 441, 1908-10 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 331-356)2c Carmine, Coil (349). Mint N.H. pair, intense shade and impression, unusually wide margins, Very Fine and choice, with 1999 P.F. certificate

500
425
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442
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Sale 968B, Lot 442, 1908-10 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 331-356)2c Carmine, Coil (349). Mint N.H., bright color and detailed impression, wide balanced margins, Extremely Fine, with 1997 and 1999 P.F. certificates, the former for a pair

180
400
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443
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Sale 968B, Lot 443, 1908-10 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 331-356)4c Orange Brown, Coil (350). Guide line pair, intense shade and proof-like impression, choice centering with wide margins, bright and fresh

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A BEAUTIFUL MINT NEVER-HINGED GUIDE LINE PAIR OF THE 4-CENT VERTICAL COIL, SCOTT 350.

With 1995 P.F. certificate

2,750
1,500
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444
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Sale 968B, Lot 444, 1908-10 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 331-356)4c Orange Brown, Coil (350). Mint N.H. pair, deep rich color and proof-like impression, well-proportioned margins, Very Fine-Extremely Fine, with 1999 P.F. certificate

825
1,500
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445
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Sale 968B, Lot 445, 1908-10 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 331-356)4c Orange Brown, Coil (350). Mint N.H., deep rich color and proof-like impression on bright paper, unusually wide margins, fresh and Extremely Fine, a beautiful stamp, with 1993 P.S.E. certificate

350
0
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446
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Sale 968B, Lot 446, 1908-10 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 331-356)5c Blue, Coil (351). Mint N.H. guide line pair, brilliant color and proof-like impression, choice centering

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL MINT NEVER-HINGED GUIDE LINE PAIR OF THE 5-CENT PERF 12 VERTICAL COIL, SCOTT 351.

Interestingly, this is the only 5c Washington-Franklin perforated vertical coil stamp ever produced. Demand proved to be so low that no others were made.

With 1996 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $3,850.00)

2,500
2,400
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447
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Sale 968B, Lot 447, 1908-10 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 331-356)5c Blue, Coil (351). Mint N.H. pair, intense shade and impression, choice centering for this difficult coil

EXTREMELY FINE. AN IMPRESSIVE MINT NEVER-HINGED PAIR OF THE 5-CENT VERTICAL COIL, SCOTT 351.

With 1996 P.F. certificate

950
850
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448
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Sale 968B, Lot 448, 1908-10 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 331-356)5c Blue, Coil (351). Mint N.H., brilliant color on bright paper, balanced Jumbo margins, Extremely Fine, with 1994 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90 Jumbo; SMQ $660.00 as 90, $1,450.00 as 95)

375
700
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449
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Sale 968B, Lot 449, 1908-10 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 331-356)1c Green, Coil (352). Mint N.H. guide line pair, vibrant color, proof-like impression, choice centering for this difficult issue with well-proportioned margins, fresh and Very Fine, with 1999 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (VF 80; SMQ $1,500.00), while VF 80 is a relatively common grade among much of the Washington-Franklin series, it is extremely scarce for a Scott 352 guide line pair in Mint N.H. condition, with this being the only example at this grade and only three graded higher in the P.S.E. Population Report

1,800
1,900
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450
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Sale 968B, Lot 450, 1908-10 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 331-356)1c Green, Coil (352). Mint N.H. pair with 2mm spacing, intense shade and impression, choice centering with well-proportioned margins, fresh and Extremely Fine, this coil is considerably more difficult to find with such choice centering with 2mm spacing than it is with 3mm spacing, with 2003 P.F. certificate

550
1,100
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451
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Sale 968B, Lot 451, 1908-10 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 331-356)1c Green, Coil (352). Mint N.H., deep rich color and proof-like impression, part of guide line at left, well-balanced margins, Extremely Fine, with 1999 P.F. certificate for pair

210
300
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452
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Sale 968B, Lot 452, 1908-10 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 331-356)2c Carmine, Coil (353). Mint N.H. guide line pair, radiant color, crisp impression, Very Fine and choice, a pretty Mint N.H. guide line pair, surprisingly scarce in Mint N.H. condition, Power Search found only five others we have offered in over 14 years of auctions, with 1994 P.F. certificate

1,750
1,100
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453
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Sale 968B, Lot 453, 1908-10 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 331-356)2c Carmine, Coil (353). Mint N.H. pair with 3mm spacing, rich color on crisp paper, wide margins, Extremely Fine, with 1993 P.F. certificate

525
0
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454
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Sale 968B, Lot 454, 1908-10 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 331-356)2c Carmine, Coil (353). Mint N.H., with 3mm spacing, brilliant color and detailed impression, unusually choice centering with Jumbo margins, Extremely Fine Gem, a huge stamp, with 2004 P.F. and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $990.00), this is the highest grade awarded to date

215
1,100
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455
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Sale 968B, Lot 455, 1908-10 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 331-356)4c Orange Brown, Coil (354). Mint N.H. guide line pair, deep rich color, better centering than usually seen on this difficult guide line pair

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A SCARCE MINT NEVER-HINGED GUIDE LINE PAIR OF THE 4-CENT 1909 HORIZONTAL COIL.

A review using Power Search shows we have only offered six unduplicated Mint N.H. guide line pairs of this scarce coil.

With 1985 P.F. certificate

3,250
1,900
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456
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Sale 968B, Lot 456, 1908-10 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 331-356)4c Orange Brown, Coil (354). Mint N.H. pair with 3mm spacing, vibrant color, exceptionally wide, even margins for this challenging coil issue

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED PAIR OF THE 4-CENT HORIZONTAL COIL, SCOTT 354, GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E.

With 2000 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $4,300.00). This is one of only three graded Mint N.H. pairs in the P.S.E. Population Report. One of the others, graded VF-XF 85, was sold in our Scarsdale Sale in 2007. The lack of other examples in the P.S.E. Population Report -- even after several years of active grading in our hobby -- speaks to the rarity of this issue in sound, centered Mint N.H. condition

1,150
4,000
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457
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Sale 968B, Lot 457, 1908-10 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 331-356)4c Orange Brown, Coil (354). Mint N.H., deep rich color and proof-like impression, almost perfectly centered with Jumbo margins, Extremely Fine Gem, a huge stamp, with 1994 P.F. and P.S.E. certificates

475
1,500
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458
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Sale 968B, Lot 458, 1908-10 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 331-356)5c Blue, Coil (355). Mint N.H. guide line pair, brilliant color and proof-like impression, almost perfect centering with wide balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL MINT NEVER-HINGED GUIDE LINE PAIR OF THE 5-CENT HORIZONTAL COIL, SCOTT 355.

With 1993 P.F. certificate. A review of our records using Power Search reveals that we have on average offered one Mint N.H. guide line pair a year for the past ten years. Very few of those compare favorably to the example offered here.

3,250
5,250
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459
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Sale 968B, Lot 459, 1908-10 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 331-356)5c Blue, Coil (355). Mint N.H. pair, deep rich color, well-proportioned margins, Extremely Fine, with 1993 P.F. certificate

1,250
950
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460
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Sale 968B, Lot 460, 1908-10 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 331-356)5c Blue, Coil (355). Mint N.H., intense shade and impression, wide margins, Extremely Fine, with copy of 1989 P.S.E. and with 1996 P.F. certificate

500
750
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461
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Sale 968B, Lot 461, 1908-10 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 331-356)10c Yellow, Coil (356). Mint N.H. guide line pair, unusually wide margins, vibrant color

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. AN INCREDIBLY RARE MINT NEVER-HINGED GUIDE LINE PAIR OF THE 10-CENT HORIZONTAL COIL, SCOTT 356. THIS IS ONLY THE THIRD MINT NEVER-HINGED GUIDE LINE PAIR WE HAVE OFFERED IN 14 YEARS OF AUCTIONS.

According to Johl (Volume 1, page 181), only 10,000 of the 10c Washington coil stamp were issued. They were made especially for a New York firm to send out advertising samples, similar to the 3c Orangeburg coil. Only a few rolls were sold to the firm, and the remaining rolls were distributed to some of the large post offices across the country. Dealers acquired several rolls, but because most contemporary collectors did not collect coils, many were used and destroyed.

Our computerized records encompass fourteen years of auctions. In that time we have offered in Mint N.H. condition only four singles, three pairs (including the single and pair offered in this sale) and the following guide line multiples of Scott No. 356: 1) Mint N.H. guide line strip of four, ex Zoellner (Sale 804, lot 560); 2) Mint N.H. guide line pair, ex Silver Lake (Sale 866, lot 206), also offered in Sale 937; and 3) the guide line pair offered here, last offered in Sale 956 (lot 343).

With 2006 P.F. certificate (F-VF 75) and 2008 P.F. certificate

55,000
32,500
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462
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Sale 968B, Lot 462, 1908-10 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 331-356)10c Yellow, Coil (356). Mint N.H. pair, incredibly wide margins, essentially perfect centering, intense color

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED PAIR OF THE 10-CENT HORIZONTAL COIL, SCOTT 356, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E. THIS IS BY FAR THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED TO ANY MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THIS COIL.

According to Johl (Volume 1, page 181), only 10,000 of the 10c Washington coil stamp were issued. They were made especially for a New York firm to send out advertising samples, similar to the 3c Orangeburg coil. Only a few rolls were sold to the firm, and the remaining rolls were distributed to some of the large post offices across the country. Dealers acquired several rolls, but because most contemporary collectors did not collect coils, many were used and destroyed.

Our computerized records encompass fourteen years of auctions. In that time we have offered in Mint N.H. condition only four singles, three guide line pairs (including the single and line pair offered in this sale) and three pairs.

With 1996 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $35,000.00). This is the only Mint N.H. example of Scott 356 in any format to achieve the grade of XF-Superb 95. A Mint N.H. pair has been graded 80, and two pairs and one single in OGph condition have been graded 95.

15,000
21,000
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463
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Sale 968B, Lot 463, 1908-10 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 331-356)10c Yellow, Coil (356). Mint N.H., vibrant color, ample to wide margins

FINE AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE MINT NEVER-HINGED SINGLE OF THE 10-CENT HORIZONTAL COIL, SCOTT 356.

With 1999 P.F. certificate

7,000
2,600
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