Sale 1034 — The Merlin Collection of Superb United States Stamps
Sale Date — Wednesday-Thursday, 28-29 November, 2012
Category — 1870-88 Bank Note Issues (Scott 146-218)
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN ABSOLUTELY STUNNING USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1871 12-CENT NATIONAL BANK NOTE COMPANY UNGRILLED ISSUE, WITH WIDE MARGINS, GORGEOUS COLOR AND A RED NEW YORK FOREIGN MAIL CANCELLATION. THIS IS WITHOUT QUESTION ONE OF THE FINEST IN EXISTENCE.
With 2005 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $3,600.00). This is the highest grade awarded and the only example to achieve this grade.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A BEAUTIFUL USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1870 30-CENT UNGRILLED NATIONAL BANK NOTE COMPANY ISSUE.
With 2002 P.F. and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $1,950.00 as 95, $5,200.00 as 98). Only one has graded higher (at 98, offered in our Kirke sale) and two others share this grade.
EXTREMELY FINE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1870 90-CENT NATIONAL BANK NOTE COMPANY UNGRILLED ISSUE.
With 2006 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $2,500.00), only one has graded higher (at 98, offered in our Kirke sale) and five others share this grade.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS PHENOMENAL STAMP IS WITHOUT QUESTION ONE OF THE FINEST IN EXISTENCE. IT HAS BEEN GRADED GEM 100 JUMBO BY P.S.E., WHICH IS THE HIGHEST GRADE POSSIBLE.
This stamp, with its mathematically perfect centering, Jumbo margins, long perforations, detailed impression and fresh color, is truly remarkable.
Ex Tahoe. With 2003 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (Gem 100 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $425.00 as 98). Only two stamps share this grade -- the other was recently offered in our sale of the Natalee Grace Collection. This is also one of only six used Bank Note stamps (five different Scott numbers) between Scott 134 and 218 to achieve this perfect grade
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS MAGNIFICENT STAMP HAS BEEN AWARDED THE GRADE OF SUPERB 98 JUMBO BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED AND THE ONLY EXAMPLE TO ACHIEVE THIS GRADE.
With 2010 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $800.00 as 98). This is the highest grade awarded and the only example to achieve it. The two next-highest grades are 95J (one) and 95 (one).