Sale 1034 — The Merlin Collection of Superb United States Stamps

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

Category — 1922-25 Issue and Later Issues (Scott 550-834)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
479
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Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 479, 1922-25 Issue and Later Issues (Scott 550-834)5c Pilgrim Tercentenary (550), 5c Pilgrim Tercentenary (550)5c Pilgrim Tercentenary (550). Mint N.H., intense shade on bright paper, mathematically precise centering with wide and balanced margins, long and full perforations all around

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS STUNNING MINT NEVER-HINGED STAMP HAS BEEN AWARDED THE GRADE OF GEM 100 BY P.S.E., WHICH IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED.

With 2011 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $1,700.00 as 98). This is the highest grade awarded and only two others share this desirable grade.

85
2,700
480
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Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 480, 1922-25 Issue and Later Issues (Scott 550-834)-1/2c Olive Brown (551), -1/2c Olive Brown (551)-1/2c Olive Brown (551). Mint N.H., deep rich color and proof-like impression on bright white paper, mathematically perfect centering, Extremely Fine Gem, a gorgeous stamp, with 2010 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $180.00 as 98), only five others have equaled this grade while only one has exceeded it

0
250
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481
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Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 481, 1922-25 Issue and Later Issues (Scott 550-834)1c Deep Green (552), 1c Deep Green (552)1c Deep Green (552). Mint N.H., perfect centering and deep color, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2007 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $250.00)

3
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482
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Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 482, 1922-25 Issue and Later Issues (Scott 550-834)2c Carmine (554), 2c Carmine (554)2c Carmine (554). Mint N.H., perfectly centered with wide margins, wonderful depth of color and crisp impression, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2007 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100; unpriced above the grade of 98, SMQ $225.00 as 98), only six others share this top grade

3
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483
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Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 483, 1922-25 Issue and Later Issues (Scott 550-834)3c Violet (555), 3c Violet (555)3c Violet (555). Mint N.H., wide margins and precise centering, deep rich color, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2005 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $265.00)

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484
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Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 484, 1922-25 Issue and Later Issues (Scott 550-834)4c Yellow Brown (556), 4c Yellow Brown (556)4c Yellow Brown (556). Mint N.H., wide balanced margins, lovely bright color, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2007 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $325.00)

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485
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Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 485, 1922-25 Issue and Later Issues (Scott 550-834)5c Dark Blue (557), 5c Dark Blue (557)5c Dark Blue (557). Mint N.H., near perfect centering, post-office fresh, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2005 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $210.00)

37
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486
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Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 486, 1922-25 Issue and Later Issues (Scott 550-834)6c Red Orange (558), 6c Red Orange (558)6c Red Orange (558). Mint N.H., fiery color on fresh paper, precise centering, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2007 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $325.00)

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487
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Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 487, 1922-25 Issue and Later Issues (Scott 550-834)8c Olive Green (560), 8c Olive Green (560)8c Olive Green (560). Mint N.H., mathematically perfect centering, beautiful color and crisp impression, long and full perforations all around

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN ABSOLUTELY STUNNING MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 8-CENT 1923 ISSUE, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED GEM 100 BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE ONLY EXAMPLE TO ACHIEVE THIS PERFECT GRADE, WHICH IS THE HIGHEST AWARDED.

With 2011 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $1,400.00 as 98). This is the highest grade awarded in any condition category. This has always been considered the most difficult "key value" of the set to find in well-centered condition. This is supported by the low population report numbers for this stamp in the higher grades.

90
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488
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Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 488, 1922-25 Issue and Later Issues (Scott 550-834)9c Rose (561), 9c Rose (561)9c Rose (561). Mint N.H., uncharacteristically wide Jumbo margins, wonderfully fresh and bright on crisp paper, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2006 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $160.00 as 95, $525.00 as 98)

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489
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Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 489, 1922-25 Issue and Later Issues (Scott 550-834)11c Light Blue (563), 11c Light Blue (563)11c Light Blue (563). Mint N.H., wide margins and absolutely perfect centering, pretty pastel color, Extremely Fine Gem, a spectacular stamp, with 2004 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100; SMQ $235.00 as 98, unpriced in higher grades), this is one of only three stamps to achieve this perfect grade with none higher

3
950
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490
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Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 490, 1922-25 Issue and Later Issues (Scott 550-834)15c Gray (566), 15c Gray (566)15c Gray (566). Mint N.H., mathematically perfect centering with wide margins, crisp shade on post-office fresh paper, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2007 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $775.00 as 98), only two others share this grade, with none higher

37
550
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491
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Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 491, 1922-25 Issue and Later Issues (Scott 550-834)20c Carmine Rose (567), 20c Carmine Rose (567)20c Carmine Rose (567). Mint N.H., wide margins and perfect centering, vibrant color and detailed impression, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $1,000.00 as 98), only four others share this grade, with none higher

37
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492
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Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 492, 1922-25 Issue and Later Issues (Scott 550-834)25c Yellow Green (568), 25c Yellow Green (568)25c Yellow Green (568). Mint N.H., wide margins and choice centering, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2005 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $250.00)

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493
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Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 493, 1922-25 Issue and Later Issues (Scott 550-834)30c Olive Brown (569), 30c Olive Brown (569)30c Olive Brown (569). Mint N.H., perfectly balanced wide margins, great color and impression on bright white paper, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb stamp in every respect, with 2010 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $875.00 as 98), this is one of only two in this lofty grade (plus two 100J's)

55
950
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494
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Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 494, 1922-25 Issue and Later Issues (Scott 550-834)50c Lilac (570), 50c Lilac (570)50c Lilac (570). Mint N.H., pretty shade and impression, well-proportioned margins, Extremely Fine Gem, P.S.E. encapsulated (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $325.00)

75
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495
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Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 495, 1922-25 Issue and Later Issues (Scott 550-834)$1.00 Violet Black (571), $1.00 Violet Black (571)$1.00 Violet Black (571). Mint N.H., precise centering, deep rich color, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2005 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $230.00)

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496
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Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 496, 1922-25 Issue and Later Issues (Scott 550-834)$2.00 Deep Blue (572), $2.00 Deep Blue (572)$2.00 Deep Blue (572). Mint N.H., beautiful color on fresh paper, wide and balanced margins, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2006 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $370.00)

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497
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Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 497, 1922-25 Issue and Later Issues (Scott 550-834)$5.00 Carmine & Blue (573), $5.00 Carmine & Blue (573)$5.00 Carmine & Blue (573). Mint N.H., outstanding centering with wide margins, crisp impressions and colors, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2005 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $425.00)

230
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498
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Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 498, 1922-25 Issue and Later Issues (Scott 550-834)$5.00 Carmine & Blue (573), $5.00 Carmine & Blue (573)$5.00 Carmine & Blue (573). Mint N.H., rich colors on bright paper, beautiful centering, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2007 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $1,150.00), this is the highest grade awarded

230
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499
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Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 499, 1922-25 Issue and Later Issues (Scott 550-834)1c Green, Rotary (578), 1c Green, Rotary (578)1c Green, Rotary (578). Perfectly centered, rich color on bright paper, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2004 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $350.00), only one hinged stamp has graded higher

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500
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Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 500, 1922-25 Issue and Later Issues (Scott 550-834)2c Carmine, Rotary (579), 2c Carmine, Rotary (579)2c Carmine, Rotary (579). Mint N.H., vivid color, choice margins and centering, Extremely Fine Gem

160
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501
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Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 501, 1922-25 Issue and Later Issues (Scott 550-834)1c Green, Perf 10 (581), 1c Green, Perf 10 (581)1c Green, Perf 10 (581). Mint N.H., perfect centering with wide margins, vivid color on crisp paper, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb stamp in every respect, with 2011 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $960.00 as 98), only one other example has achieved this exalted grade

22
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502
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Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 502, 1922-25 Issue and Later Issues (Scott 550-834)3c Violet, Perf 10 (584), 3c Violet, Perf 10 (584)3c Violet, Perf 10 (584). Mint N.H., wide margins and nearly perfectly centered, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2004 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $475.00)

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503
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Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 503, 1922-25 Issue and Later Issues (Scott 550-834)7c Black, Perf 10 (588), 7c Black, Perf 10 (588)7c Black, Perf 10 (588). Mint N.H., beautifully centered, intense shade, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2007 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $325.00)

27
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504
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Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 504, 1922-25 Issue and Later Issues (Scott 550-834)8c Olive Green, Perf 10 (589), 8c Olive Green, Perf 10 (589)8c Olive Green, Perf 10 (589). Mint N.H., choice margins and centering, bright color, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2005 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $380.00)

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505
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Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 505, 1922-25 Issue and Later Issues (Scott 550-834)2c Carmine, Rotary, Perf 11 (595), 2c Carmine, Rotary, Perf 11 (595)2c Carmine, Rotary, Perf 11 (595). Mint N.H., vivid color, Very Fine

500
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506
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Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 506, 1922-25 Issue and Later Issues (Scott 550-834)2c Carmine, Ty. II, Coil (599A), 2c Carmine, Ty. II, Coil (599A)2c Carmine, Ty. II, Coil (599A). Mint N.H. pair, bright shade, Fine-Very Fine, with 1983 P.F. certificate

475
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507
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Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 507, 1922-25 Issue and Later Issues (Scott 550-834)2c Carmine, Ty. II, Coil (599A), 2c Carmine, Ty. II, Coil (599A)2c Carmine, Ty. II, Coil (599A). Mint N.H., choice centering, vivid color, Extremely Fine, with 2011 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $310.00)

225
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508
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Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 508, 1922-25 Issue and Later Issues (Scott 550-834)2c Huguenot-Walloon (615), 2c Huguenot-Walloon (615)2c Huguenot-Walloon (615). Mint N.H., brilliant color, wide margins, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2011 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $450.00), only three have graded higher (all at 98J)

8
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509
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Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 509, 1922-25 Issue and Later Issues (Scott 550-834)5c Lexington-Concord (619), 5c Lexington-Concord (619)5c Lexington-Concord (619). Mint N.H., perfectly centered with unusually wide and balanced margins, intense shade and impression, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2011 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $325.00 as 98), this is the highest grade awarded and has been equaled by no others

30
2,800
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510
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Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 510, 1922-25 Issue and Later Issues (Scott 550-834)13c Green (622), 13c Green (622)13c Green (622). Mint N.H., Jumbo margins and mathematically precise centering, intense impression and rich color on brilliant white paper, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2010 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100 Jumbo; SMQ $260.00 as 98, unpriced in higher grades), this is the only example awarded this top grade out of 235 examples submitted

22
2,000
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511
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Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 511, 1922-25 Issue and Later Issues (Scott 550-834)2c Sesquicentennial (627), 2c Sesquicentennial (627)2c Sesquicentennial (627). Mint N.H., mathematically precise centering with wide margins, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2011 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $165.00 as 98)

4
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512
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Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 512, 1922-25 Issue and Later Issues (Scott 550-834)2c Carmine, Ty. II (634A), 2c Carmine, Ty. II (634A)2c Carmine, Ty. II (634A). Mint N.H., radiant color and crisp impression, choice centering with Jumbo margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1928 2-CENT CARMINE TYPE II.

With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $2,250.00 as 95, $5,500.00 as 98)

650
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513
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Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 513, 1922-25 Issue and Later Issues (Scott 550-834)7c Black (639), 7c Black (639)7c Black (639). Mint N.H., mathematically perfect centering with wide margins, deep shade, post-office fresh paper and gum, Extremely Fine Gem, superb in every respect, with 2007 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $230.00 as 98)

3
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514
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Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 514, 1922-25 Issue and Later Issues (Scott 550-834)1-1/2c Brown, Coil (686), 1-1/2c Brown, Coil (686)1-1/2c Brown, Coil (686). Mint N.H. joint line pair, wide margins with intact perfs at sides and portions of both adjoining stamps, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2005 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $255.00), only one line pair has been graded higher (at 100)

10
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515
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1c-10c Washington Bicentennial Issue (704-715). Mint N.H. set, each P.S.E. Encapsulated and each graded Superb 98, Extremely Fine Gem, a wonderful set, SMQ $1,390.00

E. 500-750
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516
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Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 516, 1922-25 Issue and Later Issues (Scott 550-834)6c Deep Orange, Coil (723), 6c Deep Orange, Coil (723)6c Deep Orange, Coil (723). Mint N.H. joint line pair, precise centering, vivid color, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2006 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $300.00)

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517
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1c-10c National Parks (740-749). Mint N.H., each P.S.E. Encapsulated and each graded Superb 98 Jumbo, Extremely Fine Gem set, SMQ $1,785.00

E. 400-500
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518
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-1/2c-$5.00 1938 Presidential (803-834). Mint N.H., all P.S.E. Encapsulated and graded XF 90, lacking Nos. 809, 811 and 813 to be complete, Extremely Fine, SMQ $483.00

E. 200-300
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