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

Sale Date — Friday, 4 December, 2009

Category — Officials

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1135
og
Sale 978, Lot 1135, Officials12c Agriculture (O6). Original gum, lightly hinged, vibrant color as fresh as the day it was printed, well-proportioned margins, Extremely Fine, a pretty stamp, P.S.E. encapsulated (XF 90; SMQ $950.00)

450
475
1136
og
Sale 978, Lot 1136, Officials30c Navy (O44). Original gum, rich color on bright paper, unusually choice centering for this difficult issue, Extremely Fine Gem, P.S.E. encapsulated (OGh, XF-Superb 95; SMQ $1,200.00), only one has graded higher to date in the P.S.E. Population Report and only one shares this grade

325
1,000
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1137
og
Sale 978, Lot 1137, Officials24c War (O91). Original gum, lightly hinged, bright color, wide and balanced margins, Extremely Fine Gem, P.S.E. encapsulated (OGh, XF-Superb 95; SMQ $335.00), this is the highest grade awarded to date

85
160
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1138
og
Sale 978, Lot 1138, Officials30c War (O92). Original gum, essentially precise centering, light pastel color, Extremely Fine Gem, P.S.E. encapsulated (OGph, XF-Superb 95; SMQ $485.00), this is the highest grade awarded to date

130
400
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1139
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Sale 978, Lot 1139, Officials1c Agriculture, Soft Paper (O94). Bottom right corner margin single, without gum as issued, intense color, perfect centering with Jumbo margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A MAGNIFICENT POSITION PIECE OF THE ONE-CENT AGRICULTURE ON SOFT PAPER, GRADED SUPERB 98 JUMBO BY P.S.E -- THE ONLY EXAMPLE TO ACHIEVE THIS GRADE. THIS STAMP IS MOST LIKELY THE FINEST EXAMPLE IN EXISTENCE.

As discerning collectors know, the Officials can be extremely difficult to obtain in sound, centered condition -- particularly among the American printings on soft porous paper. The example offered here, with sheet margin on two sides and with Jumbo margins, is truly extraordinary.

1994 P.F. certificate no longer accompanies. P.S.E. encapsulated (Superb 98 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $18,900.00 as 98). This is the only example to be awarded this exalted grade in the P.S.E. Population Report. The next closest grade is a 90.

6,000
12,000
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