Sale 976 — United States Stamps
Sale Date — Tuesday-Friday, 29 September-2 October, 2009
Category — 1913-15 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 424-460)
EXTREMELY FINE GEM MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF SCOTT 432, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E.
With 1992 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $2,050.00). Only one has graded higher to date (at 98J) and only two others share this grade.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A GORGEOUS MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 50-CENT FRANKLIN, SCOTT 440.
With 1999 and 2008 P.F. certificates (XF-Superb 95)
FINE-VERY FINE. A REMARKABLY FRESH ORIGINAL-GUM JOINT LINE PAIR OF THE 2-CENT VERTICAL COIL, SCOTT 449.
The 2c Type I rotary plate was used very briefly to make vertical coils issued in late 1915. It was briefly used because the Type I plate was not very deeply engraved and the curvature of the rotary press yielded impressions lacking in some of the details. The Bureau noticed this immediately, and quickly replaced it with the Type III plate (according to Scott, the EDU for No. 449 is Oct. 29, 1915 and the EDU for Type III is Dec. 21, 1915).
With 1965 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS IS EASILY ONE OF THE FINEST USED SINGLES OF THE 2-CENT VERTICAL COIL, SCOTT 449, IN EXISTENCE. THIS STAMP HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E.
With 1981 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $3,700.00). This is the highest grade awarded to date and only one other has achieved this grade.