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

Sale Date — Friday, 4 December, 2009

Category — Columbian Issue

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1063
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Sale Number 978, Lot Number 1063, Columbian Issue1c Columbian (230), 1c Columbian (230)1c Columbian (230). Mint N.H., perfect centering with rich vibrant color, detailed impression, Extremely Fine Gem, P.S.E. encapsulated (Superb 98; SMQ $1,200.00), only four have graded higher

47
650
1064
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Sale Number 978, Lot Number 1064, Columbian Issue2c Columbian, Broken Hat (231 var.), 2c Columbian, Broken Hat (231 var.)2c Columbian, Broken Hat (231 var.). Mint N.H., beautiful rich shade, choice centering with Jumbo margins, clear impression, Extremely Fine Gem, P.S.E. encapsulated (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $285.00 as 95, $1,250.00 as 98), this is the highest graded broken hat variety we have offered to date

47
800
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1065
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Sale Number 978, Lot Number 1065, Columbian Issue3c Columbian (232), 3c Columbian (232)3c Columbian (232). Mint N.H., choice centering, rich color on fresh paper, Extremely Fine Gem, P.S.E. encapsulated (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $530.00)

135
425
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1066
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Sale Number 978, Lot Number 1066, Columbian Issue4c Columbian (233), 4c Columbian (233)4c Columbian (233). Mint N.H., radiant color and proof-like impression on bright paper, perfect centering with wide and balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A GORGEOUS MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 4-CENT COLUMBIAN ISSUE, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E.

1996 P.F. certificate no longer accompanies. P.S.E. encapsulated (Superb 98; SMQ $4,000.00). Only four have graded higher to date out of 231 Mint N.H. stamps in the P.S.E. Population Report.

200
2,100
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1067
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Sale Number 978, Lot Number 1067, Columbian Issue5c Columbian (234), 5c Columbian (234)5c Columbian (234). Mint N.H., deep rich color and clear impression, perfect centering with wide margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT COLUMBIAN, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E.

With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $4,000.00). Only six have graded higher to date.

260
1,600
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1068
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Sale Number 978, Lot Number 1068, Columbian Issue15c Columbian (238), 15c Columbian (238)15c Columbian (238). Mint N.H., rich color and proof-like impression on post-office fresh paper, perfectly centered with wide and balanced margins, long and full perforations all around

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SPECTACULAR MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 15-CENT COLUMBIAN ISSUE, WHICH HAS BEEN AWARDED THE GRADE OF SUPERB 98 -- ONLY ONE HAS GRADED HIGHER TO DATE.

1998 P.F. certificate no longer accompanies. P.S.E. encapsulated (Superb 98; SMQ $15,700.00). Only one has graded higher to date and only five others share this grade.

675
6,250
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1069
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Sale Number 978, Lot Number 1069, Columbian Issue30c Columbian (239), 30c Columbian (239)30c Columbian (239). Mint N.H., intense color and proof-like impression, wide and balanced margins all around

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 30-CENT COLUMBIAN.

P.S.E. encapsulated (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $3,650.00)

750
1,800
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1070
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Sale Number 978, Lot Number 1070, Columbian Issue$1.00 Columbian (241), $1.00 Columbian (241)$1.00 Columbian (241). Original gum, lightly hinged, brilliant color, almost perfect centering with well-proportioned margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE $1.00 COLUMBIAN ISSUE.

P.S.E. encapsulated (OGph, XF-Superb 95; SMQ $3,500.00). Only two have graded higher to date in the P.S.E. Population Report.

1,100
3,750
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1071
 
Sale Number 978, Lot Number 1071, Columbian Issue$2.00 Columbian (242), $2.00 Columbian (242)$2.00 Columbian (242). Brilliant color and proof-like impression, gorgeous centering with wide and balanced margins all around, neat strikes of New York registry oval cancels

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A MAGNIFICENT USED EXAMPLE OF THE $2.00 COLUMBIAN ISSUE. THIS BEAUTIFUL STAMP HAS BEEN AWARDED THE GRADE OF XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E.

P.S.E. encapsulated (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $3,100.00). Only two have graded higher to date in the P.S.E. Population Report.

700
3,000
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1072
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Sale Number 978, Lot Number 1072, Columbian Issue$3.00 Columbian (243), $3.00 Columbian (243)$3.00 Columbian (243). Original gum, lightly hinged, warm color, almost perfect centering on post office fresh paper

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB $3.00 COLUMBIAN WITH LIGHTLY-HINGED ORIGINAL GUM, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E.

P.S.E. encapsulated (OGph, XF-Superb 95; SMQ $5,300.00). Only three have graded higher to date in the P.S.E. Population Report.

1,600
4,500
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1073
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Sale Number 978, Lot Number 1073, Columbian Issue$3.00 Olive Green, Columbian (243a), $3.00 Olive Green, Columbian (243a)$3.00 Olive Green, Columbian (243a). Original gum, lightly hinged, deep rich color and proof-like impression, beautifully centered with well-proportioned margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A MAGNIFICENT ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE $3.00 COLUMBIAN IN THE OLIVE GREEN SHADE, GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E.

P.S.E. encapsulated (OGph, XF-Superb 95; SMQ $5,300.00). Only three have graded higher to date in the P.S.E. Population Report.

1,600
4,250
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1074
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Sale Number 978, Lot Number 1074, Columbian Issue$4.00 Columbian (244), $4.00 Columbian (244)$4.00 Columbian (244). Original gum, lightly hinged, vivid color on bright paper, beautifully centered with wide margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE $4.00 COLUMBAN ISSUE, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E.

P.S.E. encapsulated (OGph, XF-Superb 95; SMQ $7,100.00). Only three have graded higher to date in the P.S.E. Population Report.

2,250
4,250
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1075
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Sale Number 978, Lot Number 1075, Columbian Issue$4.00 Rose Carmine, Columbian (244a), $4.00 Rose Carmine, Columbian (244a)$4.00 Rose Carmine, Columbian (244a). Original gum, beautiful warm color on fresh paper, choice centering with wide margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE $4.00 COLUMBAN IN THE ROSE CARMINE SHADE, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E. THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED TO DATE

P.S.E. encapsulated (OGph, XF-Superb 95; SMQ $7,100.00). This is the highest grade awarded to date in any category in the P.S.E. Population Report and only two others share this grade.

2,250
5,250
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1076
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Sale Number 978, Lot Number 1076, Columbian Issue$5.00 Columbian (245), $5.00 Columbian (245)$5.00 Columbian (245). From the lower right corner of the pane with full corner sheet margins, original gum, lightly hinged, perfect centering, intense shade and proof-like impression, we must note that the perfs between stamp and selvage at right are slightly reinforced, a small natural wood fiber inclusion on back, small thin spot at extreme edge of right selvage -- none of these have any bearing on the grade of the stamp

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STUNNING CORNER SHEET-MARGIN, ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE $5.00 COLUMBIAN. THIS MAGNIFICENT STAMP HAS BEEN AWARDED THE GRADE OF SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. -- THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED TO DATE.

For many collectors, acquisition of the $5.00 Columbian represents the ultimate achievement in classic philately. When issued in 1893, this was the highest denomination and first $5.00 United States stamp. The high total face value of the dollar value Columbians represented a very significant expense to collectors and therefore sales were slow. This stamp, with its perfect centering and corner margin selvage is a fitting capstone to a superb set of Columbians.

From our 1988 Rarities of the World sale as a horizontal pair. With 1993 P.F. and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (OGph, Superb 98; SMQ $15,700.00). This is the highest grade awarded to date in the P.S.E. Population Report in any category and only two others share this grade.

2,700
8,250
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