Sale 1034 — The Merlin Collection of Superb United States Stamps
Sale Date — Wednesday-Thursday, 28-29 November, 2012
Category — 1909 Commemoratives and 1909-12 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 367-396)
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT LINCOLN ON BLUISH.
With 1986 P.F. and 2004 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $5,200.00). Only one Mint N.H. example has graded higher and only six others share this desirable grade
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A MAGNIFICENT MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1911 6-CENT PERF 12 SINGLE-LINE WATERMARK ISSUE. THIS STAMP HAS BEEN AWARDED THE GRADE OF SUPERB 98 JUMBO BY P.S.E., WHICH IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED.
Ex Scarsdale. With 1992, 2000 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 98 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $2,400.00 as 98). Only three others share this lofty grade.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A MAGNIFICENT MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT HORIZONTAL COIL, SCOTT 388. THIS 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 LOFTY GRADE.
This 2c coil was in production for only a short period of time before being superseded by the Perf 8-1/2 issue. Due to the greater popularity of the horizontal coils with users, combined with a wary attitude by many collectors that early coils were simply trimmed stamps, many were used and few preserved.
Of the Scott 388 stamps in the P.S.E. Population Report, only three Mint N.H. singles and one pair have graded above 70. There is one 95, one 98 and this highest-ranking 98J.
With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $32,500.00 as 98). This is the highest grade awarded, and this is the only example to achieve this grade.
EXTREMELY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT 1911 PERF 12 HORIZONTAL COIL, SCOTT 388.
With 1980 P.F. and 2003 P.S.E. certificates (OG, VF-XF 85; SMQ $3,250.00)
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS GORGEOUS COIL HAS BEEN GRADED GEM 100 BY P.S.E., WHICH IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED.
Coils are especially difficult to find graded 100, because with perfs on two sides and no perfs on the other two, the measurements are almost never perfect.
With 2000 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (Gem 100; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $1,100.00 as 98). This is the highest grade awarded and the only Mint N.H. example to achieve it