Sale 1034 — The Merlin Collection of Superb United States Stamps

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

Category — 1912-16 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 405-440)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
381
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Sale 1034, Lot 381, 1912-16 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 405-440)1c Green (405). Mint N.H., post-office fresh color and proof-like impression, Jumbo perfectly balanced margins all around, Extremely Fine Gem, a beautiful stamp, with 2006 and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $540.00 as 98), this is the highest grade awarded and has been equaled by only six others

15
650
382
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Sale 1034, Lot 382, 1912-16 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 405-440)2c Carmine (406). Mint N.H. with left plate no. 6524 selvage, vibrant color on post-office fresh paper, Jumbo margins, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2007 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $150.00 as 95, $525.00 as 98)

15
325
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383
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Sale 1034, Lot 383, 1912-16 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 405-440)7c Black (407). Mint N.H., perfectly centered with wide and balanced margins, intense shade and proof-like impression on post-office fresh paper

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS SPECTACULAR MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1914 7-CENT BLACK, SCOTT 407, HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED.

With 2011 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $3,600.00). Only two others share this grade, which is the highest awarded to any unused Scott 407

160
1,500
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384
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Sale 1034, Lot 384, 1912-16 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 405-440)2c Carmine, Coil (411). Mint N.H. guide line pair, brilliant color, wide and balanced margins, Extremely Fine, with 2003 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $200.00)

125
325
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385
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Sale 1034, Lot 385, 1912-16 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 405-440)1c Green, Coil (412). Mint N.H., rich color, choice centering with Jumbo margins, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2001 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $150.00 as 95, $410.00 as 98)

55
180
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386
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Sale 1034, Lot 386, 1912-16 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 405-440)2c Carmine, Coil (413). Mint N.H. pair, well-centered, bright and fresh, Very Fine and choice, with 1989 P.F. certificate for strip of four, this the left pair

225
500
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387
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Sale 1034, Lot 387, 1912-16 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 405-440)2c Carmine, Coil (413). Mint N.H., luminous color on bright paper, choice balanced margins, Extremely Fine Gem, ex Scarsdale, with 1997 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $350.00)

110
250
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388
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Sale 1034, Lot 388, 1912-16 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 405-440)9c Salmon Red (415). Vibrant color, huge perfectly balanced margins, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2009 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, Superb 98 Jumbo; SMQ $225.00 as 98, unpriced in higher grade), this is the only hinged stamp to achieve this grade with none higher, the highest graded Mint N.H. stamp is also a single example at 98J

52
150
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389
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Sale 1034, Lot 389, 1912-16 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 405-440)10c Orange Yellow (416). Barest trace of hinging, perfectly centered with Jumbo margins, radiant color, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb stamp, with 2003 P.S.E. certificate (OG, Superb 98 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ above grade of 98, SMQ $250.00 as 98), no other examples in any condition have been graded higher while only two other previously hinged examples share this grade

42
275
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390
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Sale 1034, Lot 390, 1912-16 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 405-440)12c Claret Brown (417). Mint N.H., intense shade and crisp impression, gorgeous centering, Extremely Fine Gem, with 1986 P.F. and 2006 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $900.00)

100
425
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391
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Sale 1034, Lot 391, 1912-16 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 405-440)15c Gray (418). Mint N.H. with part imprint top selvage, Jumbo margins and mathematically perfect centering, bright shade on post-office fresh paper

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS MAGNIFICENT MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1912 15-CENT PERF 12 SINGLE-LINE WATERMARK ISSUE HAS ACHIEVED THE ULTIMATE GRADE OF GEM 100 JUMBO. AN ABSOLUTELY STUNNING STAMP.

With 2011 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $3,000.00 as 98). This is one of only two stamps to achieve this illustrious grade. The other, ex Whitman, does not have imprint or plate number selvage. There are no other Scott 418's graded above 98J in any condition (Mint N.H., hinged or used).

190
3,000
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392
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Sale 1034, Lot 392, 1912-16 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 405-440)20c Ultramarine (419). Choice centering, lovely rich color on bright paper, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2004 P.S.E. certificate (OG, XF-Superb 95; SMQ $525.00)

190
325
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393
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Sale 1034, Lot 393, 1912-16 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 405-440)30c Orange Red (420). Lightly hinged, fiery color on fresh paper, perfectly centered with wide margins, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2009 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, Superb 98; SMQ $700.00), only one example has been graded higher (at 100) and seven others share this grade

115
325
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394
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Sale 1034, Lot 394, 1912-16 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 405-440)50c Violet (421). Lightly hinged, radiant color on post-office fresh paper, wide margins and mathematically perfect centering

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF SCOTT 421 HAS BEEN AWARDED THE GRADE OF GEM 100 BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED.

With 2001 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (OGph, Gem 100; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $1,400.00 as 98). This is the only example to achieve this exalted grade, which is the highest awarded in any condition category

350
1,600
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395
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Sale 1034, Lot 395, 1912-16 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 405-440)50c Violet (422). Mint N.H., outstanding centering with wide margins, deep rich color on post-office fresh paper

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1912 50-CENT FRANKLIN ON DOUBLE-LINE WATERMARKED PAPER.

With 2007 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $2,950.00). Only one example has been graded higher (at 98) and seven others share this grade

525
1,800
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396
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Sale 1034, Lot 396, 1912-16 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 405-440)$1.00 Violet Brown (423). Barest trace of hinging, deep rich color and detailed impression, Jumbo margins, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2004 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $1,050.00 as 95, $2,200.00 as 98)

475
900
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397
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Sale 1034, Lot 397, 1912-16 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 405-440)1c-5c Perf 10, Watermarked (424-428). 1c and 2c Mint N.H., others hinged, choice centering and wide margins throughout, Extremely Fine Gem group, all but the 1c with P.S.E. certificate, 2c (XF-Superb 95), 3c (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo), 4c (XF-Superb 95), 5c (XF-Superb 95), total SMQ for 2c-5c without regard to the Jumbo appellation $370.00

89
400
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398
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Sale 1034, Lot 398, 1912-16 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 405-440)6c Red Orange (429). Mint N.H., vibrant color as fresh as the day it was printed, perfectly centered with Jumbo margins, Extremely Fine Gem, ex Killien, with 2006 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $800.00 as 95, $2,400.00 as 98)

105
600
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399
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Sale 1034, Lot 399, 1912-16 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 405-440)7c Black (430). Mint N.H., bright shade on crisp paper, fresh and Extremely Fine, with 2003 and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $450.00)

200
325
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400
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Sale 1034, Lot 400, 1912-16 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 405-440)7c Black (430). Crisp impression, beautiful centering with wide margins, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2009 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, Superb 98; SMQ $560.00)

90
325
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401
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Sale 1034, Lot 401, 1912-16 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 405-440)8c Pale Olive Green (431). Mint N.H., fresh radiant color, unusually choice centering with Jumbo margins, Extremely Fine Gem, with 1991 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $700.00 as 95, $1,800.00 as 98)

82
550
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402
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Sale 1034, Lot 402, 1912-16 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 405-440)9c Salmon Red (432). Mint N.H., Jumbo margins and choice centering, vivid color, Extremely Fine, with 1999 P.F. and 2006 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90 Jumbo; SMQ $250.00 as 90, $750.00 as 95)

105
425
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403
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Sale 1034, Lot 403, 1912-16 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 405-440)10c Orange Yellow (433). Mint N.H., absolutely perfect centering with huge Jumbo margins, vivid color as fresh as the day it was printed, long and full perforations all around

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STUNNING STAMP IN EVERY RESPECT -- COMBINING PERFECT MARGINS, CENTERING, COLOR AND GUM. THIS IS THE ONLY EXAMPLE TO ACHIEVE THE ULTIMATE GRADE OF GEM 100 JUMBO FROM P.S.E.

With 2009 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $2,450.00 as 98). This is the only example to achieve this highest possible grade in any condition category

105
3,250
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404
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Sale 1034, Lot 404, 1912-16 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 405-440)11c Dark Green (434). Mint N.H., deep rich color on bright white paper, beautifully balanced wide margins, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2010 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $1,150.00), only three examples have graded higher and only five others share this grade

55
1,100
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405
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Sale 1034, Lot 405, 1912-16 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 405-440)12c Claret Brown (435). Mint N.H., rich color on bright paper, choice centering, fresh and Extremely Fine, with 2004 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $150.00)

60
120
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406
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Sale 1034, Lot 406, 1912-16 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 405-440)15c Gray (437). Mint N.H., rich color on post-office fresh paper, essentially perfect centering

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A GORGEOUS MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1914 15-CENT GRAY SCOTT 437, GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E.

With 2010 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $5,400.00). Only one example has been graded higher (the ex-Whitman 98J) and only three others share this desirable grade

280
3,500
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407
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Sale 1034, Lot 407, 1912-16 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 405-440)20c Ultramarine (438). Fabulous margins and centering, pretty pastel color, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2005 P.S.E. certificate (OG, XF-Superb 95; SMQ $500.00), probably would be OGh if graded today

190
375
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408
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Sale 1034, Lot 408, 1912-16 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 405-440)30c Orange Red (439). Outstanding centering with wide margins, blazing color, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2004 P.F. and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (OG, XF-Superb 95; SMQ $650.00), probably would be OGh if graded today

220
400
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409
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Sale 1034, Lot 409, 1912-16 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 405-440)50c Violet (440). Choice centering with wide and balanced margins, rich color, Extremely Fine Gem, with 1981 P.F. and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (OG, XF-Superb 95; SMQ $1,150.00)

475
650
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