Sale 1034 — The Merlin Collection of Superb United States Stamps

Sale Date — Wednesday-Thursday, 28-29 November, 2012

Category — Louisiana Purchase and Jamestown Issues (Scott 323-330)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
310
og
Sale 1034, Lot 310, Louisiana Purchase and Jamestown Issues (Scott 323-330)1c Louisiana Purchase (323). H.r., perfect centering with Jumbo margins, rich color, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2005 P.S.E. certificate (OG, Superb 98 Jumbo; SMQ $250.00 as 98, unpriced in higher grade), this is the highest grade awarded to a hinged stamp and the only example to achieve it

25
180
311
og
Sale 1034, Lot 311, Louisiana Purchase and Jamestown Issues (Scott 323-330)2c, 5c Louisiana Purchase (324, 326). 2c Mint N.H., 5c barely hinged, both with choice centering and rich colors, fresh and Extremely Fine, 2c with 2003 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $225.00), 5c with 2006 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, XF 90 Jumbo; SMQ $135.00 as 90, $230.00 as 95)

140
325
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312
nh
Sale 1034, Lot 312, Louisiana Purchase and Jamestown Issues (Scott 323-330)3c Louisiana Purchase (325). Mint N.H., beautiful deep color and proof-like impression, wide margins, almost perfect centering

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 3-CENT LOUISIANA PURCHASE, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E.

Ex Whitman. With 1991 P.F. certificate for a block, with 1997 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $4,750.00). Only one example has graded higher (at 98J)

185
2,500
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313
nh
Sale 1034, Lot 313, Louisiana Purchase and Jamestown Issues (Scott 323-330)10c Louisiana Purchase (327). Mint N.H., gorgeous color on post-office fresh paper, perfectly centered with wide margins, bright and fresh

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN OUTSTANDING MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT LOUISIANA PURCHASE ISSUE GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. -- ONLY ONE HAS GRADED HIGHER.

With 2011 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $8,300.00). One has graded higher (at 100) and only four others share this grade.

330
4,500
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314
nh
Sale 1034, Lot 314, Louisiana Purchase and Jamestown Issues (Scott 323-330)1c Jamestown (328). Mint N.H., deep rich color and proof-like impression, gorgeous centering with wide and balanced margins, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2011 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $675.00)

65
375
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315
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Sale 1034, Lot 315, Louisiana Purchase and Jamestown Issues (Scott 323-330)2c Jamestown (329). Mint N.H., Jumbo margins of a size almost unheard of for this issue, choice centering, brilliant color on bright paper

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STUNNING MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT JAMESTOWN, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 JUMBO BY P.S.E. -- ONLY ONE HAS GRADED HIGHER AND NO OTHERS SHARE THIS GRADE.

The Jamestown Issue is notorious for its tight spacing and narrow margins, which causes most copies to be off-center to some degree and nearly all to lack anything approaching Jumbo margins. Only one stamp among all three denominations has been graded 100, and this is one of only three in any condition throughout the set to achieve a 98J grade (others are Mint N.H. 1c and 5c).

With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $2,500.00 as 98)

75
4,250
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316
nh
Sale 1034, Lot 316, Louisiana Purchase and Jamestown Issues (Scott 323-330)5c Jamestown (330). Mint N.H., intense shade and proof-like impression on fresh paper, unusually wide margins for this difficult issue, Extremely Fine Gem, with 1989 P.F. (for block) and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $2,300.00), only four have graded higher

310
1,400
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