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Sale 1032 — The Nick Kirke Collection of Gem-Quality Used U.S. Stamps

Sale Date — Tuesday-Wednesday, 23-24 October, 2012

Category — 1914-17 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 441-480)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
3538
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3538, 1914-17 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 441-480)1c Green, Coil (441), 1c Green, Coil (441)1c Green, Coil (441). Colossal margins and mathematically perfect centering, rich color, mute oval cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, an astonishing coil, with 2011 P.F. and 2010 P.S.E. certificates (Gem 100 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, $75.00 as 98), this is the only example to achieve this ultimate grade, the next highest used example is graded 98

1
275
3539
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3539, 1914-17 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 441-480)2c Carmine, Ty. I, Coil (442), 2c Carmine, Ty. I, Coil (442)2c Carmine, Ty. I, Coil (442). Perfectly centered with wide and balanced margins, brilliant color, neat wavy-line machine cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb stamp in every respect, with 2012 P.F. and 2011 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 95, SMQ $280.00 as 95), this is the only example awarded this grade with only one higher (at 98J)

45
550
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3540
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3540, 1914-17 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 441-480)2c Carmine, Ty. I, Coil (442), 2c Carmine, Ty. I, Coil (442)2c Carmine, Ty. I, Coil (442). Jumbo almost perfectly balanced margins, lovely color, neat wavy-line machine cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2011 P.F. and P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $280.00 as 95, unpriced as 98), this is the only example to achieve this grade with only two higher

45
120
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3541
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3541, 1914-17 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 441-480)1c Green, Coil (443), 1c Green, Coil (443)1c Green, Coil (443). Almost mathematically perfect centering, bright color, neat wavy-line machine cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2011 P.F. and 2010 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $495.00), only one has graded higher and only three others share this grade

45
275
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3542
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3542, 1914-17 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 441-480)2c Carmine, Coil (444), 2c Carmine, Coil (444)2c Carmine, Coil (444). Wide margins and essentially perfect centering, vibrant color, light wavy-line machine cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2011 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $575.00), only one has graded higher (at 100)

35
375
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3543
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3543, 1914-17 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 441-480)3c Violet, Coil (445), 3c Violet, Coil (445)3c Violet, Coil (445). Pair, magnificent centering with wide margins all around, neat strike of "Benton Harbor Mich. May 1, 1918" duplex cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STUNNING USED PAIR OF THE 3-CENT HORIZONTAL COIL, SCOTT 445.

With 2010 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $2,700.00). This is one of only three pairs to achieve this grade with only one higher (at 98)

750
1,500
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3544
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3544, 1914-17 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 441-480)3c Violet, Coil (445), 3c Violet, Coil (445)3c Violet, Coil (445). Magnificent margins and centering, neat 1918 oval grid duplex cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a beautiful stamp, with 2010 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $1,100.00), only one has graded higher (at 98) and only one other shares this grade

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3545
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3545, 1914-17 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 441-480)3c Violet, Coil (445), 3c Violet, Coil (445)3c Violet, Coil (445). Choice centering with balanced margins, rich color, wavy-line machine cancel, Extremely Fine, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $440.00), only three have graded higher

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3546
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3546, 1914-17 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 441-480)4c Brown, Coil (446), 4c Brown, Coil (446)4c Brown, Coil (446). Perfect centering with wide margins, rich color, totally face-free cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2011 P.F. and 2010 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $1,100.00), this is the highest grade awarded and it is shared by only one other

150
700
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3547
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3547, 1914-17 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 441-480)4c Brown, Coil (446), 4c Brown, Coil (446)4c Brown, Coil (446). Beautiful centering with wide and balanced margins, detailed impression, bold cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2011 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $725.00), only two have graded higher

150
275
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3548
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3548, 1914-17 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 441-480)5c Blue, Coil (447), 5c Blue, Coil (447)5c Blue, Coil (447). Pair, wide margins and choice centering, deep rich color, beautifully struck Plymouth Meeting (Pa.) duplex cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 1995 P.F. and 2010 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $1,500.00), only one pair has graded higher and only three others share this grade

375
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3549
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3549, 1914-17 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 441-480)1c Green, Coil (448), 1c Green, Coil (448)1c Green, Coil (448). Wide margins and mathematically precise centering, bright color, barely cancelled at top, Extremely Fine Gem, a spectacular stamp, with 2011 P.F. and P.S.E. certificates (Gem 100; SMQ $425.00 as 98, unpriced in higher grades), this is one of only three examples to achieve this perfect grade with none higher

17
550
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3550
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3550, 1914-17 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 441-480)2c Red, Ty. I, Coil (449), 2c Red, Ty. I, Coil (449)2c Red, Ty. I, Coil (449). Almost perfectly centered, deep rich color, bold wavy-line machine cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A BEAUTIFUL USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1915 2-CENT TYPE I VERTICAL COIL, SCOTT 449, IN PRISTINE CONDITION.

With 2011 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $1,850.00). Only four have been awarded this grade and only four have graded higher (highest is 98).

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900
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3551
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3551, 1914-17 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 441-480)2c Carmine, Ty. III, Coil (450), 2c Carmine, Ty. III, Coil (450)2c Carmine, Ty. III, Coil (450). Wide margins and choice centering, neat wavy-line machine cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2011 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $225.00), despite this being a far more common stamp than its famous Ty. I predecessor Scott 449, this issue is very difficult to find in superb used condition, no used examples in any format have graded higher than 95 in the P.S.E. Population Report, with only four equal to this example

22
150
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3552
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3552, 1914-17 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 441-480)1c Green, Coil (452), 1c Green, Coil (452)1c Green, Coil (452). Perfect centering with wide margins, rich color, barely cancelled, Extremely Fine Gem, a spectacular stamp, with 2011 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $520.00), this is the highest grade awarded and no others have achieved this grade

17
400
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3553
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3553, 1914-17 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 441-480)2c Carmine Rose, Ty. I, Coil (453), 2c Carmine Rose, Ty. I, Coil (453)2c Carmine Rose, Ty. I, Coil (453). Wide margins and choice centering, lightly cancelled, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2011 P.F. and 2010 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $390.00), this is the highest grade awarded and no others have achieved this grade

17
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3554
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3554, 1914-17 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 441-480)2c Red, Ty. II, Coil (454), 2c Red, Ty. II, Coil (454)2c Red, Ty. II, Coil (454). Pair, exceptional centering with wide margins, bright color, bold duplex cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb pair and difficult to find in this quality, with 1984 P.F. and 2010 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $500.00), this is the highest grade awarded and no other used Scott 454's have achieved this grade in any format

70
500
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3555
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3555, 1914-17 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 441-480)2c Carmine, Ty. III, Coil (455), 2c Carmine, Ty. III, Coil (455)2c Carmine, Ty. III, Coil (455). Perfect centering with wide margins, neat wavy-line machine cancel, vivid color, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2011 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $250.00), this is the highest grade awarded and only one other used single (and no pairs) has achieved this grade

3
300
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3556
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3556, 1914-17 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 441-480)3c Violet, Coil (456), 3c Violet, Coil (456)3c Violet, Coil (456). Brilliant color on fresh paper, light wavy-line machine cancel, well-balanced margins, Extremely Fine, with 2011 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $380.00)

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3557
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3557, 1914-17 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 441-480)4c Brown, Coil (457), 4c Brown, Coil (457)4c Brown, Coil (457). Choice wide margins and well-centered, rich color, wavy-line machine cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2011 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $210.00), this is the highest grade awarded and it is shared by no others

30
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3558
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3558, 1914-17 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 441-480)$1.00 Violet Black (460), $1.00 Violet Black (460)$1.00 Violet Black (460). Perfect centering with extra wide margins, bright shade on fresh paper, light oval registry cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE $1.00 1915 ISSUE, SCOTT 460, GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. THIS IS THE ONLY STAMP TO RECEIVE THIS GRADE WITH NONE HIGHER.

With 1980 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $2,300.00). This is the highest grade awarded and no other examples have achieved this grade. The next highest grade for a used stamp is XF 90.

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3559
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3559, 1914-17 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 441-480)1c Green (462), 1c Green (462)1c Green (462). Mathematically perfect centering with wide margins, fresh color, light wavy-line machine cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb stamp, with 2011 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (Gem 100; SMQ $375.00 as 98, unpriced in higher grades), this is the highest grade awarded and it is shared by no others

0
250
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3560
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3560, 1914-17 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 441-480)2c Carmine, Ty. I (463), 2c Carmine, Ty. I (463)2c Carmine, Ty. I (463). Centered with mathematical precision, wide margins bordering on Jumbo, face-free machine cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a beautiful stamp, with 2011 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (Gem 100; SMQ $350.00 as 98, unpriced in higher grades), this is the highest grade awarded and it is shared by only one other

0
140
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3561
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3561, 1914-17 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 441-480)3c Violet (464), 3c Violet (464)3c Violet (464). Wide balanced margins, fresh color on bright paper, lightly cancelled, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2011 P.F. and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $220.00), this is the highest grade awarded and it is shared by only four others

19
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3562
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3562, 1914-17 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 441-480)4c Orange Brown (465), 4c Orange Brown (465)4c Orange Brown (465). Gorgeous centering with unusually wide and balanced margins, bright shade, neat circular datestamp and light purple cancels, Extremely Fine Gem, a surprisingly difficult issue to obtain in such choice used condition, with 2011 P.F. and 2010 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $400.00), this is the highest grade awarded and the only example to achieve this grade

2
200
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3563
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3563, 1914-17 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 441-480)4c Orange Brown (465), 4c Orange Brown (465)4c Orange Brown (465). Jumbo margins and precise centering, deep rich color, duplex cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a huge stamp, with 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $125.00 as 95, $400.00 as 98), only the stamp offered in the previous lot has graded higher and no other examples share this grade

2
130
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3564
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3564, 1914-17 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 441-480)5c Blue (466), 5c Blue (466)5c Blue (466). Huge Jumbo margins and precise centering, deep rich color on crisp paper, face-free cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb stamp in every respect, with 2011 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98 Jumbo; SMQ $400.00 as 98, unpriced in higher grade), this is the highest grade awarded and no other examples have equaled it, there is not even a regular 98 in the P.S.E. Population Report, the next highest grade for a used stamp is 95J

2
325
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3565
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3565, 1914-17 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 441-480)6c Red Orange (468), 6c Red Orange (468)6c Red Orange (468). Wide margins and choice centering, vivid color, corner strike of Boston oval cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2011 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $275.00), only one has graded higher (at 98) and two others share this grade

9
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3566
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3566, 1914-17 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 441-480)7c Black (469), 7c Black (469)7c Black (469). Almost mathematically perfect centering, bright shade on crisp white paper, light unobtrusive circular datestamp cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, an outstanding example of this issue, with 2011 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $630.00), this is the highest grade awarded and no other examples have achieved this grade

15
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3567
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3567, 1914-17 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 441-480)8c Olive Green (470), 8c Olive Green (470)8c Olive Green (470). Pretty shade on crisp paper, wide and balanced margins, face-free oval registry cancel, tiny indentation on Franklin's chin mentioned only on most recent certificate, otherwise Extremely Fine Gem, with 2011 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $490.00), this is the highest grade awarded and the only example to achieve this grade

8
325
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3568
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3568, 1914-17 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 441-480)9c Salmon Red (471), 9c Salmon Red (471)9c Salmon Red (471). Vibrant color, perfectly centered with unusually wide margins, bold oval registry cancel at bottom left, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2009 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $825.00), this is the highest grade awarded and only two others share this grade

18
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3569
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3569, 1914-17 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 441-480)11c Dark Green (473), 11c Dark Green (473)11c Dark Green (473). Mathematically precise centering, deep rich color on bright white paper, circular datestamp cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, an outstanding example of this issue in the highest quality attainable, with 2011 P.F. and 2010 P.S.E. certificates (Gem 100; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $690.00 as 98), this is the highest grade awarded and it is shared by no others, the next highest is a 95

18
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3570
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3570, 1914-17 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 441-480)12c Claret Brown (474), 12c Claret Brown (474)12c Claret Brown (474). Superb centering, intense shade and impression, bold cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2011 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $500.00), only one used example has graded higher and only one other shares this grade

7
400
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3571
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3571, 1914-17 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 441-480)15c Gray (475), 15c Gray (475)15c Gray (475). Essentially perfect centering with wide margins, bright shade, oval registry cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2011 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $640.00), this is the highest grade awarded and it is shared by no others

16
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3572
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3572, 1914-17 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 441-480)50c Light Violet (477), 50c Light Violet (477)50c Light Violet (477). Choice centering, pretty shade, face-free cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2011 P.F. and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $540.00), only one has graded higher and two others share this grade

80
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3573
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3573, 1914-17 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 441-480)$2.00 Dark Blue (479), $2.00 Dark Blue (479)$2.00 Dark Blue (479). Outstanding centering and margins, bright color, face-free portion of duplex cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a lovely stamp, with 1990, 2006 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $385.00), this is the highest grade awarded and it is shared by six others

42
250
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3574
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3574, 1914-17 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 441-480)$5.00 Light Green (480), $5.00 Light Green (480)$5.00 Light Green (480). Jumbo margins, radiant color, crisp impression, light strike of oval cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1917 $5.00 MARSHALL PERF 10, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED.

With 2012 P.F. and P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $780.00). This is the highest grade awarded and only one other example has achieved this grade (offered in our Tahoe sale). We are surprised SMQ is so low given its rarity in this high grade.

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