EXTREMELY FINE GEM. ONE OF THE FINEST EXAMPLES OF THE 1856 5-CENT RED BROWN IN EXISTENCE, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 JUMBO BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED TO DATE.
With 2015 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98 Jumbo; SMQ $9,500.00). This is the highest grade awarded, and only three others share it.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SPECTACULAR LARGE-MARGINED EXAMPLE OF THE 1856 5-CENT RED BROWN.
M. Galvez (Spanish dealer and expert) purple backstamp does not show thru. Ex Newbury (accompanied by our original lot sheet showing Weill as agent for the European Connoisseur at $350 in 1961). With 2015 P.F. certificate graded Superb 98 XQ (denoting Exceptional Quality)
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN OUTSTANDING CENTERLINE SHEET-MARGIN EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1856 ISSUE, GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E.
Ex Caspary. With 2015 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $2,000.00). The grade and SMQ value for 95 does not factor the centerline margin into the equation.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB LARGE-MARGINED EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1856 ISSUE.
With 2015 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $2,000.00)
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A RARE AND CHOICE CENTERLINE SHEET-MARGIN EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1856 ISSUE.
EXTREMELY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING FRANKING FOR THE DOUBLE 10-CENT TRANSCONTINENTAL RATE FROM ALBANY, NEW YORK, TO STOCKTON, CALIFORNIA. ONE OF THE GREATEST DOMESTIC COVERS BEARING THE 5-CENT 1856 ISSUE.
Ex Caspary, where this cover sold in 1956 for $4,300 to Henry W. Hill (it was not, however, in our 1959 sale of the Hill collection). Signed by Ashbrook. With 2015 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE. A MAGNIFICENT BRITISH PACKET COVER TO FRANCE WITH THE 1856 5-CENT RED BROWN.
Ex Caspary and Lehman. This was the lead-off cover in the celebrated 1956 Caspary auction. Herbert J. Bloch described the stamp as "a glorious copy of beautiful color," and the cover realized $1,500, about three times what the other single 5c 1856 covers brought in the same sale.