EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS MAGNIFICENT MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT COLUMBIAN ISSUE HAS BEEN AWARDED THE GRADE OF GEM 100 JUMBO BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE POSSIBLE, AND IT IS THE ONLY EXAMPLE TO ACHIEVE THIS ULTIMATE GRADE.
With 2009 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $1,250.00 as 98). Of the 300 graded Mint N.H. copies this is the only example to achieve this grade, which is the highest possible grade on the grading chart. Two examples have graded just under this, at 100, including one which realized $14,500 hammer in our 2008 Rarities sale.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 4-CENT COLUMBIAN ISSUE WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E.
With 1994 P.F. and 2006 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $4,000.00). Only four have graded higher to date
VERY FINE. A HANDSOME EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 4-CENT COLUMBIAN ERROR OF COLOR IN THE DEEPER OF TWO SHADES.
The 4c Columbian color error was caused by the use of a wrong batch of ink, and spectrographic analysis has shown that the blue inks of the 4c error and 1c Columbian have the same components.
Stamps from at least two panes reached collectors, and the few cancelled examples indicate that stamps used by the public came from additional panes. It is likely that a number of full sheets were printed using the wrong ink, and most of the stamps have simply been lost to philately.
Signed Colson ("WHC" handstamp) and with 2009 P.S.E. certificate.
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 2009 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $4,000.00). Only six have graded higher to date.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A PHENOMENAL MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT COLUMBIAN ISSUE.
With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $1,100.00 as 95, $4,000.00 as 98).
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN ABSOLUTELY MAGNIFICANT JUMBO-MARGINED MINT NEVER-HINGED 6-CENT COLUMBIAN ISSUE.
With 2009 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $980.00 as 95, $5,500.00 as 98). This is one of five in this grade with only six higher; in our opinion, this deserves a 98J grade (and beats the 98's out there)