Sale 976 — United States Stamps
Sale Date — Tuesday-Friday, 29 September-2 October, 2009
Category — 1910-13 Washington-Franklin Issue (Scott 374-396)
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SPECTACULAR JUMBO-MARGINED 8-CENT 1908 ISSUE.
With 1986 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $1,600.00 for 95, $6,500.00 for 98). This is one of only four awarded this grade, with only one higher
FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 3-CENT ORANGEBURG COIL.
The Orangeburg coil was made by the Post Office Department in 1911, specifically for use by the Bell Pharmaceutical Company. The 3c coil stamps were used to send samples of their products to physicians. Due to the quantity of mail, they were put through the first-class cancelling machine at Orangeburg, New York. The Orangeburg coil stamps' use on third-class mail, and the fact that philatelists were generally unaware of their production accounts for their rarity.
With 1978 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS GORGEOUS COIL HAS BEEN GRADED GEM 100 BY P.S.E., WHICH IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED TO DATE.
Coils are especially difficult to find graded 100, because with perfs on two sides and no perfs on the other two, the measurements are almost never perfect.
With 2000 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (Gem 100; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $1,100.00 as 98). This is the highest grade awarded to date and the only example to achieve this grade.