EXTREMELY FINE MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1894 2-CENT VERMILION ISSUE.
With 2016 P.F. certificate (XF 90).
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS IS WITHOUT QUESTION THE FINEST EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 1916 ONE-CENT PERF 10 UNWATERMARKED POSTAGE DUE ISSUE WE HAVE ENCOUNTERED. THIS SUPERB STAMP HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E. -- BY FAR THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED AND SHARED BY NO OHERS.
The 1c Perf 10 stamps were printed on unwatermarked paper for only a brief time. Well-centered original-gum examples are exceedingly rare. This copy, with lightly hinged original gum, outstanding centering and fresh color is a condition rarity of the highest order.
With 1992 P.F. and 2016 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 90, SMQ $6,500.00 as 90). This is the only example to achieve this superior grade. The next highest in P.S.E.'s Population Report is VF-XF 85. By comparison, the highest graded J59 on the Philatelic Foundation's website is XF 90