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Sale 982 — United States Stamps

Sale Date — Wednesday-Friday, 16-18 December, 2009

Category — 1893 Columbian Issue (1c thru 8c, Scott 230-236)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
5531
P
Sale Number 982, Lot Number 5531, 1893 Columbian Issue (1c thru 8c, Scott 230-236)1c-$5.00 Columbian, Plate Proofs on Card (230P4-245P4), 1c-$5.00 Columbian, Plate Proofs on Card (230P4-245P4)1c-$5.00 Columbian, Plate Proofs on Card (230P4-245P4). Fresh colors, Very Fine-Extremely Fine

1,435
900
5532
ogbl
1c-3c Columbian (230-232). Blocks of four, two 1c and three 2c (one is "Broken Hat" variety), original gum, few stamps Mint N.H., Fine-Very Fine

857
300
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5533
nhbl
1c-2c Columbian (230-231). Two items, 1c top right imprint, plate no. 162 and letter "O O" block of ten, 2c top left imprint, plate no. 32 and letter "G" block of ten, Mint N.H., few small flaws incl. few telescoped perfs, almost Fine

2,090
225
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5534
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Sale Number 982, Lot Number 5534, 1893 Columbian Issue (1c thru 8c, Scott 230-236)1c Columbian (230), 1c Columbian (230)1c Columbian (230). Mint N.H., wide Jumbo margins, bright color and fine impression, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2007 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $270.00 as 95, $1,200.00 as 98)

47
200
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5535
nh
Sale Number 982, Lot Number 5535, 1893 Columbian Issue (1c thru 8c, Scott 230-236)1c Columbian (230), 1c Columbian (230)1c Columbian (230). Mint N.H., rich color and proof-like impression on bright white paper, wide and balanced margins, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2005 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $270.00)

47
225
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5536
nh
Sale Number 982, Lot Number 5536, 1893 Columbian Issue (1c thru 8c, Scott 230-236)2c Columbian (231), 2c Columbian (231)2c Columbian (231). Mint N.H., mathematically perfect centering with Jumbo margins all around, brilliant color and proof-like impression on post-office fresh paper

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.

47
13,000
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5537
ogbl
Sale Number 982, Lot Number 5537, 1893 Columbian Issue (1c thru 8c, Scott 230-236)2c Columbian (231), 2c Columbian (231)2c Columbian (231). Top imprint, plate no. 172 and "Q Q" at left block of eight, original gum, lightly hinged, naturally short gum at top, few expertly rejoined perfs at top causing light gum soaks, left stamps vertical crease, appears Fine-Very Fine

850
450
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5538
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Sale Number 982, Lot Number 5538, 1893 Columbian Issue (1c thru 8c, Scott 230-236)3c Columbian (232), 3c Columbian (232)3c Columbian (232). Mint N.H., bright color, detailed impression, almost perfectly centered with wide and balanced margins, Extremely Fine Gem, P.S.E. encapsulated (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $530.00)

135
350
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5539°
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Sale Number 982, Lot Number 5539, 1893 Columbian Issue (1c thru 8c, Scott 230-236)3c Columbian (232), 3c Columbian (232)3c Columbian (232). Mint N.H., deep rich color, detailed impression, choice centering and wide margins, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2007 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $530.00)

135
650
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5540
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Sale Number 982, Lot Number 5540, 1893 Columbian Issue (1c thru 8c, Scott 230-236)4c Columbian (233), 4c Columbian (233)4c Columbian (233). Mint N.H., brilliant color on bright paper, perfectly centered with wide and balanced margins

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

200
1,900
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5541°
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Sale Number 982, Lot Number 5541, 1893 Columbian Issue (1c thru 8c, Scott 230-236)4c Columbian (233), 4c Columbian (233)4c Columbian (233). Mint N.H., detailed impression, unusually choice centering with Jumbo margins, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2004 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $950.00 as 95, $4,000.00 as 98)

200
0
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5542°
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Sale Number 982, Lot Number 5542, 1893 Columbian Issue (1c thru 8c, Scott 230-236)4c Columbian (233), 4c Columbian (233)4c Columbian (233). Mint N.H., beautiful centering, bright color, small natural inclusion, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2006 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $950.00)

200
550
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5543°
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Sale Number 982, Lot Number 5543, 1893 Columbian Issue (1c thru 8c, Scott 230-236)4c Columbian (233), 4c Columbian (233)4c Columbian (233). Mint N.H., brilliant color on bright paper, choice centering with wide and balanced margins, fresh and Extremely Fine, with 2005 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $950.00)

200
500
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5545°
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Sale Number 982, Lot Number 5545, 1893 Columbian Issue (1c thru 8c, Scott 230-236)4c Columbian (233), 4c Columbian (233)4c Columbian (233). Mint N.H., rich color and proof-like impression, superior centering, Extremely Fine Gem, P.S.E. encapsulated (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $950.00)

200
0
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5546
nh
Sale Number 982, Lot Number 5546, 1893 Columbian Issue (1c thru 8c, Scott 230-236)4c Columbian (233), 4c Columbian (233)4c Columbian (233). Mint N.H., brilliant color on bright paper, beautiful centering with wide margins, Extremely Fine Gem, P.S.E. encapsulated (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $950.00)

200
375
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5547
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Sale Number 982, Lot Number 5547, 1893 Columbian Issue (1c thru 8c, Scott 230-236)4c Columbian (233), 4c Columbian (233)4c Columbian (233). Mint N.H., choice centering, bright shade and clear impression, Extremely Fine, P.S.E. encapsulated (XF 90; SMQ $340.00)

200
225
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5548
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Sale Number 982, Lot Number 5548, 1893 Columbian Issue (1c thru 8c, Scott 230-236)4c Columbian, Error of Color (233a), 4c Columbian, Error of Color (233a)4c Columbian, Error of Color (233a). Original gum, lightly hinged, marvelous depth of color and sharp impression

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.

19,000
12,000
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5549°
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Sale Number 982, Lot Number 5549, 1893 Columbian Issue (1c thru 8c, Scott 230-236)5c 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 2009 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $4,000.00). Only six have graded higher to date.

210
0
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5550
nh
Sale Number 982, Lot Number 5550, 1893 Columbian Issue (1c thru 8c, Scott 230-236)5c Columbian (234), 5c Columbian (234)5c Columbian (234). Mint N.H., intense shade and proof-like impression on bright paper, Jumbo balanced margins

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).

210
850
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5551
nh
Sale Number 982, Lot Number 5551, 1893 Columbian Issue (1c thru 8c, Scott 230-236)5c Columbian (234), 5c Columbian (234)5c Columbian (234). Mint N.H., deep rich color and proof-like impression, wide and balanced margins, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2002 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $1,100.00)

210
600
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5552
nh
Sale Number 982, Lot Number 5552, 1893 Columbian Issue (1c thru 8c, Scott 230-236)5c Columbian (234), 5c Columbian (234)5c Columbian (234). Mint N.H., warm color on bright paper, wide and balanced margins, choice centering, Extremely Fine Gem, P.S.E. encapsulated (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $1,100.00)

210
550
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5553
ogbl
Sale Number 982, Lot Number 5553, 1893 Columbian Issue (1c thru 8c, Scott 230-236)5c Columbian (234), 5c Columbian (234)5c Columbian (234). Block of four, top pair lightly hinged, bottom pair Mint N.H., fresh, rich color, Fine-Very Fine

560
250
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5554
ogbl
Sale Number 982, Lot Number 5554, 1893 Columbian Issue (1c thru 8c, Scott 230-236)5c Columbian (234), 5c Columbian (234)5c Columbian (234). Top left imprint, plate no. 10 and letter "B" block of ten, stamps Mint N.H., lightly hinged in ungummed part of selvage, bright shade, fresh and Fine-Very Fine, an impressive plate number multiple with full corner selvage, Scott Retail as hinged plate block of eight and two Mint N.H. singles

3,070
1,100
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5555
 
Sale Number 982, Lot Number 5555, 1893 Columbian Issue (1c thru 8c, Scott 230-236)5c Columbian (234), 5c Columbian (234)5c Columbian (234). Perfectly centered with wide balanced margins, rich color and fine impression, neat waving flag machine cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2009 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $540.00), one of only two in this grade with one higher

9
800
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5556
nh
Sale Number 982, Lot Number 5556, 1893 Columbian Issue (1c thru 8c, Scott 230-236)6c Columbian (235), 6c Columbian (235)6c Columbian (235). Mint N.H. with right selvage, Jumbo margins and essentially perfect centering, magnificent deep rich color with proof-like impression

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)

200
1,700
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5557
ogbl
Sale Number 982, Lot Number 5557, 1893 Columbian Issue (1c thru 8c, Scott 230-236)6c Columbian (235), 6c Columbian (235)6c Columbian (235). Top imprint, plate no. 104 and letter "Z" block of eight, original gum, lightly hinged, bit heavy natural gum wrinkles, few perf separations at top sensibly reinforced, appears Very Fine

2,150
650
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5558
nh
Sale Number 982, Lot Number 5558, 1893 Columbian Issue (1c thru 8c, Scott 230-236)8c Columbian (236), 8c Columbian (236)8c Columbian (236). Mint N.H., Jumbo margins and nearly perfectly centered, intense color on bright crisp paper, Extremely Fine Gem, stunning appearance, with 2009 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $950.00 as 95, $5,450.00 as 98)

180
1,300
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5559
ogbl
Sale Number 982, Lot Number 5559, 1893 Columbian Issue (1c thru 8c, Scott 230-236)8c Columbian (236), 8c Columbian (236)8c Columbian (236). Bottom imprint, plate no. 129 and letter "I I" at right block of eight, original gum, stamps Mint N.H., deep rich color, detailed impression, few perf separations expertly rejoined in selvage only at bottom left, Fine

1,550
450
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