Sale 1034 — The Merlin Collection of Superb United States Stamps

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

Category — 1914-17 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 441-485)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
410
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Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 410, 1914-17 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 441-485)1c Green, Coil (441), 1c Green, Coil (441)1c Green, Coil (441). Mint N.H. pair, wide margins and almost mathematically perfect centering, rich color, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2007 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $250.00)

5
140
411
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Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 411, 1914-17 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 441-485)2c Carmine, Ty. I, Coil (442), 2c Carmine, Ty. I, Coil (442)2c Carmine, Ty. I, Coil (442). Mint N.H. pair, mathematically perfect centering with wide margins, brilliant color on post-office fresh paper, Extremely Fine Gem, a stunning coil pair in the finest condition attainable, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $400.00 as 98), this is the only pair to achieve this highest possible grade

55
1,500
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412
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Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 412, 1914-17 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 441-485)2c Carmine, Ty. I, Coil (442), 2c Carmine, Ty. I, Coil (442)2c Carmine, Ty. I, Coil (442). Mint N.H., brilliant color, perfectly centered with Jumbo margins, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2011 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100 Jumbo; unpriced above the grade of 98 in SMQ, SMQ $200.00 as 98), this is the highest grade possible on the grading chart and the only example to achieve it

22
1,100
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413
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Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 413, 1914-17 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 441-485)1c Green, Coil (443), 1c Green, Coil (443)1c Green, Coil (443). Mint N.H. guide line pair, deep rich color, wide and well-balanced margins, Extremely Fine, with 2003 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $540.00)

325
325
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414
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Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 414, 1914-17 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 441-485)2c Carmine, Coil (444), 2c Carmine, Coil (444)2c Carmine, Coil (444). Guide line pair, single small hinge mark, intense shade and impression, gorgeous centering, Extremely Fine Gem, with 1998 and 2005 P.F. certificates

300
450
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415
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Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 415, 1914-17 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 441-485)2c Carmine, Coil (444), 2c Carmine, Coil (444)2c Carmine, Coil (444). Pair, brilliant color, mathematically perfect centering, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb coil pair, with 1980 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (OGph, Gem 100; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $370.00 as 98), this is the highest grade awarded and only one other pair (and one line pair) has equaled it

120
350
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416
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Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 416, 1914-17 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 441-485)3c Violet, Coil (445), 3c Violet, Coil (445)3c Violet, Coil (445). Guide line pair, single small hinge mark at top, deep rich color on bright paper, mathematically perfect centering with wide margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SPECTACULAR GUIDE LINE PAIR OF THE 3-CENT SINGLE-LINE WATERMARK PERF 10 COIL, SCOTT 445, WHICH HAS BEEN AWARDED THE PERFECT GRADE OF GEM 100 BY P.S.E.

According to Johl (p. 143) this issue was mainly used for special mailing purposes such as samples and pamphlets which were sent out in large quantities by individual mailers and resulted in limited distribution among collectors.

With 2010 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $3,700.00 as 98). This is the only example of Scott 445 to achieve this perfect grade in any format or condition, and none have been graded higher

1,200
2,200
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417
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Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 417, 1914-17 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 441-485)3c Violet, Coil (445), 3c Violet, Coil (445)3c Violet, Coil (445). Mint N.H., intense color, Very Fine and choice, with 2011 P.S.E. certificate (VF-XF 85; SMQ $625.00)

525
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418
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Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 418, 1914-17 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 441-485)4c Brown, Coil (446), 4c Brown, Coil (446)4c Brown, Coil (446). Pair, lightly hinged, deep rich color, choice centering with the left stamp especially so, Extremely Fine, with 1995 P.F. certificate

300
300
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419
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Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 419, 1914-17 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 441-485)5c Blue, Coil (447), 5c Blue, Coil (447)5c Blue, Coil (447). Guide line pair, outstanding centering with choice balanced margins, rich color, Extremely Fine Gem, with 1989 P.F. certificate

240
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420
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Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 420, 1914-17 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 441-485)1c Green, Coil (448), 1c Green, Coil (448)1c Green, Coil (448). Mint N.H. joint line pair, intense shade and impression, beautifully centered with wide margins, Extremely Fine, with 2005 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $340.00), only two joint line pairs have been graded higher (both at 95) and only one other shares this grade

125
800
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421
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Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 421, 1914-17 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 441-485)1c Green, Coil (452), 1c Green, Coil (452)1c Green, Coil (452). Mint N.H. joint line pair, bright color, wide and balanced margins, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2003 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $500.00)

160
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422
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Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 422, 1914-17 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 441-485)2c Red, Ty. II, Coil (454), 2c Red, Ty. II, Coil (454)2c Red, Ty. II, Coil (454). Mint N.H. pair, vivid color, choice centering, Extremely Fine Gem, with 1991 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $1,150.00), only five have graded higher (highest at 98J)

360
650
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423
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Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 423, 1914-17 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 441-485)2c Carmine, Ty. III, Coil (455), 2c Carmine, Ty. III, Coil (455)2c Carmine, Ty. III, Coil (455). Mint N.H. joint line pair, perfectly centered, rich color, Extremely Fine Gem

105
180
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424
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Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 424, 1914-17 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 441-485)3c Violet, Coil (456), 3c Violet, Coil (456)3c Violet, Coil (456). Joint line pair, exceptionally well-centered, bright shade on fresh paper, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb line pair, with 2006 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, XF-Superb 95; SMQ $2,050.00), this is the highest grade awarded to a line pair in any gum condition, only two other hinged and one Mint N.H. have equaled it

1,250
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425
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Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 425, 1914-17 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 441-485)3c Violet, Coil (456), 3c Violet, Coil (456)3c Violet, Coil (456). Gum slightly disturbed in one corner from hinge removal, rich color and choice centering, Extremely Fine Gem, with 1999 A.P.S. certificate

225
375
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426
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Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 426, 1914-17 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 441-485)4c Brown, Coil (457), 4c Brown, Coil (457)4c Brown, Coil (457). Mint N.H. joint line pair, choice centering with wide margins, fresh color on bright paper, Extremely Fine, ex Floyd, with 1980 and 2001 P.F. certificates

325
375
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427
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Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 427, 1914-17 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 441-485)4c Brown, Coil (457), 4c Brown, Coil (457)4c Brown, Coil (457). Mint N.H. pair, intense shade and impression, beautiful centering, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $775.00), this is the highest grade awarded

130
550
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428
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Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 428, 1914-17 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 441-485)5c Blue, Coil (458), 5c Blue, Coil (458)5c Blue, Coil (458). Mint N.H. pair, nice centering and margins, strong color, Extremely Fine, with 2005 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $225.00)

150
160
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429
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Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 429, 1914-17 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 441-485)2c Carmine, Ty. I, Imperforate Coil (459), 2c Carmine, Ty. I, Imperforate Coil (459)2c Carmine, Ty. I, Imperforate Coil (459). Mint N.H. pair, large even margins all around, radiant color, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2004 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $700.00)

600
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430
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Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 430, 1914-17 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 441-485)$1.00 Violet Black (460), $1.00 Violet Black (460)$1.00 Violet Black (460). Lightly hinged, outstanding margins and centering, detailed impression and intense shade, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2005 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $1,300.00)

675
1,000
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431
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Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 431, 1914-17 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 441-485)2c Pale Carmine Red, Ty. I (461), 2c Pale Carmine Red, Ty. I (461)2c Pale Carmine Red, Ty. I (461). Mint N.H., radiant color, unusually choice centering, fresh and Extremely Fine, with 1984 P.F. and 2004 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $650.00)

290
550
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432
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Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 432, 1914-17 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 441-485)1c Green (462), 1c Green (462)1c Green (462). Mint N.H., perfectly centered with Jumbo margins, gorgeous color on bright paper, Extremely Fine Gem, a magnificent stamp, with 1988 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $900.00 as 98), only one example has been graded higher and only two others share this grade

16
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433
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Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 433, 1914-17 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 441-485)4c Orange Brown (465), 4c Orange Brown (465)4c Orange Brown (465). Mint N.H., choice centering, rich color, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2005 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $650.00)

90
375
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434
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Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 434, 1914-17 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 441-485)5c Blue (466), 5c Blue (466)5c Blue (466). Mint N.H., almost perfectly centered, bright color, post-office fresh, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2001 P.F. and 2006 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $1,100.00)

160
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435
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Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 435, 1914-17 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 441-485)5c Carmine, Error (467), 5c Carmine, Error (467)5c Carmine, Error (467). Mint N.H., intact perfs at sides showing portions of both adjoining stamps, brilliant color, superior centering with balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT ROSE PERF 10 ERROR.

With 2007 P.F. (XF-Superb 95) and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $5,000.00)

850
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436
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Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 436, 1914-17 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 441-485)6c Red Orange (468), 6c Red Orange (468)6c Red Orange (468). Mint N.H., radiant color as fresh as the day it was printed, perfectly centered with wide and balanced margins, long and full perforations all around

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 6-CENT 1916 ISSUE, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED.

With 2005 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $4,200.00). This is the highest grade awarded and it is shared by only three others

190
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437
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Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 437, 1914-17 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 441-485)7c Black (469), 7c Black (469)7c Black (469). Mint N.H., essentially perfect centering with Jumbo margins, deep shade and crisp impression on bright white paper

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SPECTACULAR MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 7-CENT PERF 10 UNWATERMARKED ISSUE, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 JUMBO BY P.S.E. THIS IS THE ONLY STAMP TO ACHIEVE THIS DESIRABLE GRADE.

With 2000 P.F. and 2010 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $3,950.00 as 98). This is the only Mint N.H. stamp to achieve this grade with none higher

270
4,000
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438
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Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 438, 1914-17 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 441-485)8c Olive Green (470), 8c Olive Green (470)8c Olive Green (470). Mint N.H., luminous color on post-office fresh paper, choice balanced margins, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2006 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $850.00)

125
500
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439
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Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 439, 1914-17 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 441-485)9c Salmon Red (471), 9c Salmon Red (471)9c Salmon Red (471). Mint N.H., vibrant color on post-office fresh paper, exceptionally well-centered with Jumbo margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A BEAUTIFUL MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1916 9-CENT PERF 10 UNWATERMARKED ISSUE WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 JUMBO BY P.S.E.

With 1997 P.F. and 2011 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $2,500.00 as 98). This is the highest grade awarded and no other examples of Scott 471 in any condition have equaled it

125
1,800
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440
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Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 440, 1914-17 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 441-485)10c Orange Yellow (472), 10c Orange Yellow (472)10c Orange Yellow (472). Mint N.H., vivid color as fresh as the day it was printed, mathematically perfect centering with wide margins, long and full perforations all around

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS STUNNING MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1916 10-CENT PERF 10 UNWATERMARKED ISSUE HAS BEEN GRADED GEM 100 BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED AND THE ONLY EXAMPLE TO ACHIEVE THIS GRADE.

With 2011 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $4,950.00 as 98). This is the highest grade awarded and has been equaled by no others. The 1916-17 Perf 10 Unwatermarked Issue (Scott 462-480) is difficult to obtain in the higher grades. For the 20 Scott numbers in the series only seven Mint N.H. stamps representing six different numbers have been graded Gem 100

230
3,250
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441
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Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 441, 1914-17 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 441-485)11c Dark Green (473), 11c Dark Green (473)11c Dark Green (473). Mint N.H., Jumbo margins and precise centering, intense color on fresh paper, Extremely Fine Gem, with 1993 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $600.00 as 95, $2,150.00 as 98)

90
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442
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Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 442, 1914-17 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 441-485)15c Gray (475), 15c Gray (475)15c Gray (475). Mint N.H., deep shade on bright paper, perfectly centered with wide margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A REMARKABLE MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1916 15-CENT PERF 10 UNWATERMARKED ISSUE, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED.

With 2010 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $7,000.00). Only four others have achieved this grade with none higher -- a statistic that has not changed in the last three years

400
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443
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Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 443, 1914-17 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 441-485)20c Light Ultramarine (476), 20c Light Ultramarine (476)20c Light Ultramarine (476). Mint N.H., deep rich color on post-office fresh paper, perfectly centered with wide margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1916 20-CENT PERF 10 UNWATERMARKED ISSUE, SCOTT 476, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E.

With 2010 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $8,000.00). Only one has been graded higher (at 98J) and only four others share this grade

525
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444
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Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 444, 1914-17 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 441-485)50c Light Violet (477), 50c Light Violet (477)50c Light Violet (477). Mint N.H. with bottom selvage, vivid color on fresh paper, perfectly centered with wide and balanced margins, light Scott no. pencil notation in selvage only

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS STUNNING MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 50-CENT PERF 10 FRANKLIN ISSUE ON UNWATERMARKED PAPER HAS BEEN AWARDED THE GRADE OF SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. ONLY ONE OTHER STAMP HAS ACHIEVED THIS HIGHLY SOUGHT-AFTER GRADE, WHICH IS THE HIGHEST AWARDED.

With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $17,500.00). Since this stamp was graded in 2008 no other Mint N.H. examples have exceeded the grade of 95

2,000
9,000
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445
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Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 445, 1914-17 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 441-485)$1.00 Violet Black (478), $1.00 Violet Black (478)$1.00 Violet Black (478). Choice margins and wonderfully well-centered, lightly hinged, intense color, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2006 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, XF-Superb 95; SMQ $1,100.00), only four have graded higher (all at 98)

625
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446
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Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 446, 1914-17 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 441-485)$2.00 Dark Blue (479), $2.00 Dark Blue (479)$2.00 Dark Blue (479). Mint N.H., deep rich color and proof-like impression, outstanding centering with wide margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1917 $2.00 MADISON PERF 10 ISSUE, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E.

With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $2,750.00). Only one has graded higher (at 100) and eight others share this grade.

460
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447
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Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 447, 1914-17 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 441-485)$5.00 Light Green (480), $5.00 Light Green (480)$5.00 Light Green (480). Mint N.H., brilliant color on bright paper, almost mathematically precise centering with wide margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A DAZZLING MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1917 $5.00 MARSHALL PERF 10 ISSUE, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E.

With 2011 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $2,300.00). This is the highest grade awarded and it is shared by nine others

375
1,300
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448
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Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 448, 1914-17 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 441-485)5c Carmine, Imperforate, Error (485), 5c Carmine, Imperforate, Error (485)5c Carmine, Imperforate, Error (485). Mint N.H., massive margins all around, including part of five adjoining stamps, brilliant color

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A BEAUTIFUL MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT CARMINE IMPERFORATE ERROR.

During the course of production of the normal 2c plate No. 7942, three positions were noted to be defective. The plate was returned to the siderographer, who burnished out the three positions and mistakenly re-entered them using a transfer roll for the 5c stamp. The error passed unnoticed and the sheets were issued to the public Perf 10, Imperforate and Perf 11 (Scott 467, 485 and 505). The imperforate is by far the rarest of the three.

With 2010 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $25,000.00).

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