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)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
151
 
Sale 1034, Lot 151, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues (Scott 146-218)2c Red Brown (146). Pretty shade on bright paper, gorgeous centering with Jumbo margins, Extremely Fine Gem, a huge stamp, with 2001 P.F. and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $200.00 as 95, $620.00 as 98), only four have graded higher (at 98)

20
250
152
 
Sale 1034, Lot 152, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues (Scott 146-218)6c Carmine (148). Brilliant color, wonderful centering with Jumbo margins, neat strike of New York Foreign Mail Star cancel and trace of red transit cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $340.00 as 95, $1,000.00 as 98), only one has graded higher (100J, offered in our Kirke sale) and one other shares this grade

35
375
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153
 
Sale 1034, Lot 153, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues (Scott 146-218)7c Vermilion (149). Jumbo margins all around, circle of wedges cancel, bright and fresh, Extremely Fine Gem, ex Dr. Morris and Mayer, with 1986 P.F. and 2011 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $1,525.00 as 98), only one has graded higher (at 100) and one other shares this grade

100
550
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154
 
Sale 1034, Lot 154, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues (Scott 146-218)10c Brown (150). Bright shade and crisp impression, choice centering with wide and balanced margins, neat strike of quartered cork cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2007 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $325.00), only two have graded higher

35
275
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155
 
Sale 1034, Lot 155, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues (Scott 146-218)12c Dull Violet (151). Deep rich color and proof-like impression on bright paper, nicely complemented by red New York Foreign Mail 8-Point Star cancel, perfectly centered

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.

220
4,500
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156
 
Sale 1034, Lot 156, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues (Scott 146-218)15c Bright Orange (152). Vibrant color, choice centering, bold strike of cork cancel, Extremely Fine, with 1999, 2006 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $450.00), only two have graded higher

220
325
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157
 
Sale 1034, Lot 157, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues (Scott 146-218)24c Purple (153). Beautifully centered with lovely strong color, neat circle of wedges cancel with a trace of another in red, a beautiful stamp exhibiting the three C's -- exceptional color, cancel, and centering -- an Extremely Fine Gem, with 2006 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $1,200.00), only one has graded higher (at 95J)

230
700
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158
 
Sale 1034, Lot 158, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues (Scott 146-218)30c Black (154). Intense shade and detailed impression, choice centering with Jumbo margins, unobtrusive strike of cork cancel

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.

300
1,500
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159
 
Sale 1034, Lot 159, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues (Scott 146-218)90c Carmine (155). Brilliant color, detailed impression, wide margins, cork cancel

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.

350
1,500
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160
 
Sale 1034, Lot 160, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues (Scott 146-218)3c Green (158). Intense shade on bright paper, massive margins, cork cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2007 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $125.00 as 95, $425.00 as 98), only one has graded higher (at 98J) and three others share this grade

1
170
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161
 
Sale 1034, Lot 161, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues (Scott 146-218)7c Orange Vermilion (160). Vivid color, gorgeous centering with wide and balanced margins, unobtrusive cork cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a beautiful stamp, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $1,700.00), only two have graded higher (both offered in our Kirke sale) and none share this grade

90
650
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162
 
Sale 1034, Lot 162, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues (Scott 146-218)10c Brown (161). Rich color and detailed impression nicely complemented by blue target cancel, unusually choice centering with wide margins, Extremely Fine Gem, a wonderful stamp in every respect, with 1996 P.F. and 2004 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $840.00), only one has graded higher (at 98J) and none share this grade

26
1,300
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163
 
Sale 1034, Lot 163, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues (Scott 146-218)12c Blackish Violet (162). Deep rich color on crisp paper, bold strike of New York Foreign Mail Pinwheel cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a beautiful stamp, with 2005 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $740.00), none have graded higher

140
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164
 
Sale 1034, Lot 164, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues (Scott 146-218)15c Yellow Orange (163). Intense shade, well-balanced margins, neat strike of circular datestamp, Extremely Fine, with 2002 P.F. and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $340.00)

160
325
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165
 
Sale 1034, Lot 165, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues (Scott 146-218)30c Gray Black (165). Enormous Jumbo margins, incredibly well-centered, bold bluish black St. Louis Mo. balloon-type circular datestamp, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $825.00 as 95, $2,500.00 as 98), one other shares this grade and only one has graded higher (at 98, offered in our Kirke sale), this statistic has not changed since 2008

140
1,800
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166
 
Sale 1034, Lot 166, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues (Scott 146-218)30c Gray Black (165). Bright shade and crisp impression, gorgeous centering with wide balanced margins, neat strike of New York Foreign Mail Geometric cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a stamp with tremendous visual appeal, with 2011 P.S.E. certificate

140
900
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167
 
Sale 1034, Lot 167, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues (Scott 146-218)90c Rose Carmine (166). Brilliant color, wide and balanced margins, large grid cancel, Extremely Fine, a beautiful stamp, with 2002 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $1,800.00), this is the highest grade awarded and only four others share it

300
1,300
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168
 
Sale 1034, Lot 168, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues (Scott 146-218)2c Vermilion (178). Beautiful centering with Jumbo margins, vibrant color, bold strike of New York Foreign Mail Geometric cancel (Weiss Type GE-EP3), Extremely Fine Gem, with 2011 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90 Jumbo; SMQ $60.00 as 90, $280.00 as 95)

15
225
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169
 
Sale 1034, Lot 169, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues (Scott 146-218)5c Blue (179). Rich color, wide and balanced margins, cork cancel leaves entire design clearly visible, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $330.00), only three have graded higher, a statistic that has not changed since 2008

25
350
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170
 
Sale 1034, Lot 170, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues (Scott 146-218)1c Dark Ultramarine (182). Deep rich color and proof-like impression on bright paper, absolutely enormous margins, neat strike of duplex cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a stamp with massive dimensions, with 2009 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $590.00 as 98), this is the highest grade awarded and only three others share it

6
1,000
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171
 
Sale 1034, Lot 171, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues (Scott 146-218)2c Vermilion (183). Vibrant color, perfectly centered with Jumbo margins, bold strike of duplex cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a gorgeous stamp, with 2011 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $530.00 as 98), this is the highest grade awarded and only two others share it

5
850
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172
 
Sale 1034, Lot 172, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues (Scott 146-218)2c Vermilion (183). Vibrant color, gorgeous centering with Jumbo margins, bold strike of New York registry oval cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $165.00 as 95, $530.00 as 98), only four have graded higher (the highest at 98J)

5
130
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173
 
Sale 1034, Lot 173, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues (Scott 146-218)3c Green (184). Mathematically precise centering with massive margins all around, rich color and proof-like impression, neat strike of target cancel

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

1
750
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174
 
Sale 1034, Lot 174, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues (Scott 146-218)5c Blue (185). Deep rich color and proof-like impression on bright paper, wide and balanced margins, bold quartered cork cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2010 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $315.00)

17
225
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175
 
Sale 1034, Lot 175, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues (Scott 146-218)10c Brown, Without Secret Mark (187). Wonderfully well-centered, handsome color with light cork cancel and circular datestamp, Extremely Fine Gem, the 1879 10c American Bank Note Co. issue without secret mark is far more difficult to obtain in sound and centered condition than its secret mark counterpart, with 1987 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $575.00), only one has graded higher (at 98, offered in our Kirke sale) and one other shares this grade

27
1,100
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176
 
Sale 1034, Lot 176, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues (Scott 146-218)10c Brown, With Secret Mark (188). Intense shade and detailed impression, beautiful centering with Jumbo margins, bold strike of quartered cork cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2008 P.F. and 2010 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $1,150.00 as 98), this is the highest grade awarded and the only example to achieve it

32
600
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177
 
Sale 1034, Lot 177, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues (Scott 146-218)10c Brown, With Secret Mark (188). Deep rich color, choice centering with Jumbo margins, neat strike of "Paid" in double-circle handstamp, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb stamp in every respect, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $365.00 as 95, $1,150.00 as 98), only two have graded higher

32
425
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178
 
Sale 1034, Lot 178, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues (Scott 146-218)15c Red Orange (189). Vivid color and crisp impression, absolutely massive margins, face-free strike of registry oval cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a phenomenal stamp in every respect, with 1984 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $960.00 as 98), only one has graded higher (at 100J, offered in our recent Natalee Grace sale where it realized $3,750 hammer) and none share this grade

27
1,300
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179
 
Sale 1034, Lot 179, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues (Scott 146-218)30c Full Black (190). Intense shade and proof-like impression, gorgeous centering with Jumbo margins, face-free strike of duplex cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2009 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $800.00 as 95, $2,100.00 as 98), only three have graded higher (at 98) and two others share this grade

100
1,100
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180
 
Sale 1034, Lot 180, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues (Scott 146-218)90c Carmine (191). Brilliant color and paper, long and full perforations all around, bold registry oval cancels, fresh and Extremely Fine, with 2007 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $850.00), only four have graded higher

375
750
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181
 
Sale 1034, Lot 181, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues (Scott 146-218)5c Yellow Brown (205). Rich color and detailed impression, beautiful centering, unobtrusive cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a phenomenal stamp in every respect, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $650.00), only one has graded higher (at 98J) and none share this grade

12
0
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182
 
Sale 1034, Lot 182, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues (Scott 146-218)1c Gray Blue (206). Rich color on bright paper, Jumbo margins, bold cork and circular datestamp cancels, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2007 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $140.00 as 95, $360.00 as 98), only two have graded higher

1
180
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183
 
Sale 1034, Lot 183, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues (Scott 146-218)6c Rose (208). Brilliant color, well-proportioned margins, light strike of purple target cancel, Extremely Fine, with 2006 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $250.00), only five have graded higher

113
300
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184
 
Sale 1034, Lot 184, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues (Scott 146-218)10c Brown (209). Perfectly centered with Jumbo margins, brilliant color, bold strike of cork cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a phenomenal stamp in every respect, with 2009 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $510.00 as 98), this is the highest grade awarded and only two others share this grade

6
375
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185
 
Sale 1034, Lot 185, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues (Scott 146-218)2c Red Brown (210). Beautifully centered with Jumbo margins, bright color, light oval numeral grid cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $110.00 as 95, $360.00 as 98)

0
275
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186
 
Sale 1034, Lot 186, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues (Scott 146-218)4c Blue Green (211). Extraordinarily wide margins (even for this issue), lightly cancelled, intense shade and impression on bright paper

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).

27
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187
 
Sale 1034, Lot 187, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues (Scott 146-218)1c Ultramarine (212). Brilliant color and paper, beautiful centering with Jumbo margins, bold cork cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2007 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $135.00 as 95, $390.00 as 98), only one has graded higher and two others share this grade

2
225
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188
 
Sale 1034, Lot 188, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues (Scott 146-218)2c Green (213). Awesome Jumbo margins and flawless centering, choice rich color on bright white paper, light cork cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $360.00 as 98), this is the highest grade awarded and only two others share it

0
375
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189
 
Sale 1034, Lot 189, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues (Scott 146-218)3c Vermilion (214). Radiant color, unusually wide and balanced margins, bold strike of target cancel, Extremely Fine, a huge stamp, with 2011 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90 Jumbo; SMQ $210.00 as 90, $415.00 as 95)

60
300
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190
 
Sale 1034, Lot 190, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues (Scott 146-218)4c Carmine (215). Jumbo margins, brilliant color on bright paper, bold strike of target cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a huge stamp, with 2003 P.F. and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $265.00 as 95, $770.00 as 98), only one has graded higher (at 98 and offered in our Kirke sale) and none share this grade

27
900
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191
 
Sale 1034, Lot 191, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues (Scott 146-218)5c Indigo (216). Jumbo margins and well-centered, choice dark color on bright paper, light cancel, Extremely Fine, with 2009 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90 Jumbo; SMQ $90.00 as 90, $235.00 as 95)

17
250
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192
 
Sale 1034, Lot 192, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues (Scott 146-218)30c Orange Brown (217). Essentially perfectly centered, rich color, New York circular datestamp, Extremely Fine, with 1998 P.F. and 2006 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $250.00)

120
275
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193
 
Sale 1034, Lot 193, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues (Scott 146-218)90c Purple (218). Rich color on bright paper, unusually choice centering with wide and balanced margins, neat strike of New York registry oval cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2006 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $1,650.00), this is the highest grade awarded to Scott 218 (eight others share it)

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650
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194
 
Sale 1034, Lot 194, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues (Scott 146-218)1c-6c 1870-79 Bank Note Issues. Seven used stamps, each with graded P.S.E. certificate, including Nos. 145 (80J), 147 (90), 156 (90J), 157 (90J), 159 (90J), 186 (90) and 207 (90), fresh and Extremely Fine group, SMQ $452.00 without factoring in the Jumbos

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