EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL MINT NEVER-HINGED PLATE BLOCK OF THE 3-CENT COLUMBIAN.
With 2008 P.S.E. certificate
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. ONLY THIRTEEN USED EXAMPLES HAVE BEEN CERTIFIED AS GENUINE BY THE PHILATELIC FOUNDATION. ONE OF THE GREAT RARITIES OF USED UNITED STATES PHILATELY AND OF THE POPULAR COLUMBIAN ISSUE.
The 4c Columbian color error was caused by the use of a wrong batch of ink, and spectrographic analysis has shown that the blue inks of the 4c error and 1c Columbian have the same components. Stamps from at least three panes reached collectors, and the few cancelled examples indicate that stamps used by the public came from at least one additional pane. It is likely that a number of full sheets were printed using the wrong ink, and most of the stamps have simply been lost to philately.
Our census of used Scott 233a, available at http://www.siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/233a/233a.pdf , contains 13 stamps certified as No 233a. One additional stamp was previously certified as the error, but received a recent certificate as the Dark Ultramarine sub-shade. This is one of the best centered of the examples contained in our census.
Census No. 233a-CAN-06. With 1978 P.F. certificate not mentioning the filled thin
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT COLUMBIAN, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E.
With 1995 P.F. and 2013 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $2,900.00). Only seven have graded higher
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS STUNNING USED EXAMPLE OF THE 6-CENT COLUMBIAN ISSUE HAS BEEN AWARDED THE GRADE OF GEM 100 JUMBO BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE POSSIBLE ON THE GRADING CHART AND THE ONLY EXAMPLE TO ACHIEVE THIS GRADE.
Only two used examples of the Columbian Issue have been awarded this perfect grade -- the 6c offered here, and a 10c offered in our Kirke sale.
With 2009 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $725.00 as 98). This is the highest grade possible and this is the only example to achieve it. The next-highest grade awarded is a 98 (one copy).
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A BEAUTIFUL MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 30-CENT COLUMBIAN ISSUE.
With 1991 P.F. and 2013 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $2,750.00).