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Sale 1166 — United States Stamps

Sale Date — Tuesday-Thursday, 24-26 October, 2017

Category — 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
881
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Sale Number 1166, Lot Number 881, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)1c Trans-Mississippi (285), 1c Trans-Mississippi (285)1c Trans-Mississippi (285). Mint N.H., brilliant color and detailed impression, wide and balanced margins, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2010 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $625.00)

75
700
882
nh
Sale Number 1166, Lot Number 882, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)2c Trans-Mississippi (286), 2c Trans-Mississippi (286)2c Trans-Mississippi (286). Mint N.H., vivid color on bright paper, gorgeous centering, Extremely Fine Gem, with 1988, 2004 P.F. and 2006 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $625.00)

67
850
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883
nh
Sale Number 1166, Lot Number 883, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)5c Trans-Mississippi (288), 5c Trans-Mississippi (288)5c Trans-Mississippi (288). Mint N.H., intense shade nicely complemented by bright paper, beautiful centering, fresh and Extremely Fine, with 2007, 2012 and 2014 P.F. certificates (XF 90)

360
650
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884
nh
Sale Number 1166, Lot Number 884, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)5c Trans-Mississippi (288), 5c Trans-Mississippi (288)5c Trans-Mississippi (288). Mint N.H., rich color, wide margins, Very Fine and choice, with 1992 P.F. certificate

275
0
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885
nh
Sale Number 1166, Lot Number 885, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)10c Trans-Mississippi (290), 10c Trans-Mississippi (290)10c Trans-Mississippi (290). Mint N.H., deep shade and marvelous impression, perfectly centered with wide margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS IS WITHOUT QUESTION ONE OF THE FINEST MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLES OF THE 10-CENT TRANS-MISSISSIPPI ISSUE. A SUPERB STAMP IN EVERY RESPECT.

Ex "Hanover". With 2011 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $11,750.00). This is the highest grade awarded and only six others share it.

425
15,000
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886
nh
Sale Number 1166, Lot Number 886, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)10c Trans-Mississippi (290), 10c Trans-Mississippi (290)10c Trans-Mississippi (290). Mint N.H., beautifully centered, sharp impression on fresh paper, Extremely Fine, with 2000 P.F. certificate

425
400
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887
og
Sale Number 1166, Lot Number 887, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)50c Trans-Mississippi (291), 50c Trans-Mississippi (291)50c Trans-Mississippi (291). Original gum, lightly hinged, crisp impression, fresh, Very Fine and choice, with 1998 P.S.E. certificate

600
375
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888
 
Sale Number 1166, Lot Number 888, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)50c Trans-Mississippi (291), 50c Trans-Mississippi (291)50c Trans-Mississippi (291). Rich color, neat strike of oval cancel, wide margins, Very Fine and choice, with 2004 P.F. certificate

200
130
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889°
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Sale Number 1166, Lot Number 889, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)$1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292), $1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292)$1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292). Original gum, lightly hinged, crisp impression, wide and balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE $1.00 TRANS-MISSISSIPPI ISSUE, WHICH HAS BEEN WIDELY DESCRIBED AS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL STAMP IN U.S. PHILATELY.

With 2017 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, XF 90; SMQ $1,750.00)

1,400
2,000
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890
og
Sale Number 1166, Lot Number 890, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)$1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292), $1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292)$1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292). Original gum, lightly hinged, proof-like impression, choice centering

EXTREMELY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE $1.00 TRANS-MISSISSIPPI ISSUE.

With 2001 P.F. certificate

1,400
1,500
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891°
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Sale Number 1166, Lot Number 891, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)$1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292), $1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292)$1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292). Original gum, lightly hinged, deep shade, well-proportioned margins

EXTREMELY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE $1.00 TRANS-MISSISSIPPI ISSUE.

With 2006 P.F. certificate (VF-XF 85)

1,400
1,200
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892
og
Sale Number 1166, Lot Number 892, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)$1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292), $1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292)$1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292). Original gum, small h.r., intense shade, small corner perf crease at bottom right, appears Fine, with 2004 P.S.E. certificate

1,400
475
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893
og
Sale Number 1166, Lot Number 893, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)$1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292), $1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292)$1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292). Top imprint and plate no. 606 pair, original gum, lightly hinged, few sensibly reinforced perf separations at top of selvage (easily trimmed), Fine-Very Fine

3,500
2,600
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894°
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Sale Number 1166, Lot Number 894, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)$2.00 Trans-Mississippi (293), $2.00 Trans-Mississippi (293)$2.00 Trans-Mississippi (293). Mint N.H., rich color, detailed impression, well-balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND SCARCE MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE $2.00 TRANS-MISSISSIPPI ISSUE.

All of the $2.00 Trans-Mississippi stamps were printed in a single day's run on June 3, 1898. The $2.00 was printed in sheets that have narrower spacing between the horizontal rows than between the vertical columns. For this reason, it is extremely difficult to obtain stamps with top and bottom margins that equal the sides.

With 1979 P.F. and 2017 P.S.E. certificates (VF-XF 85; SMQ $8,500.00). Only six Mint N.H. examples have graded higher (3 at 90, 3 at 95).

6,000
9,000
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895
og
Sale Number 1166, Lot Number 895, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)$2.00 Trans-Mississippi (293), $2.00 Trans-Mississippi (293)$2.00 Trans-Mississippi (293). Original gum, barely hinged, rich color and detailed impression, unusually wide margins for this difficult issue

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE $2.00 TRANS-MISSISSIPPI ISSUE, WHICH IS GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E.

All of the $2.00 Trans-Mississippi stamps were printed in a single day's run on June 3, 1898. The $2.00 was printed in sheets that have narrower spacing between the horizontal rows than between the vertical columns. For this reason, it is extremely difficult to obtain stamps with top and bottom margins that equal the sides. This stamp essentially achieves that unnatural effect, which could only occur when the horizontal perforations were applied in such a way that the holes impinged on the space allocated to the rows above and below.

With 2012 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, XF-Superb 95; SMQ $5,600.00). Only three have graded higher (all at 98).

1,900
6,000
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896
og
Sale Number 1166, Lot Number 896, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)$2.00 Trans-Mississippi (293), $2.00 Trans-Mississippi (293)$2.00 Trans-Mississippi (293). Original gum, lightly hinged, detailed impression, wide margins and well-centered

EXTREMELY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE $2.00 TRANS-MISSISSIPPI ISSUE.

A handsome stamp.

1,900
0
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897
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Sale Number 1166, Lot Number 897, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)$2.00 Trans-Mississippi (293), $2.00 Trans-Mississippi (293)$2.00 Trans-Mississippi (293). Original gum, fresh color, Very Fine, with 1977 P.F. certificate

1,900
0
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898
og
Sale Number 1166, Lot Number 898, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)$2.00 Trans-Mississippi (293), $2.00 Trans-Mississippi (293)$2.00 Trans-Mississippi (293). Original gum, lightly hinged, rich color, Very Fine

1,900
0
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899
og
Sale Number 1166, Lot Number 899, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)$2.00 Trans-Mississippi (293), $2.00 Trans-Mississippi (293)$2.00 Trans-Mississippi (293). With top imprint selvage, original gum, lightly hinged, Fine

1,900
950
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900
ogbl
Sale Number 1166, Lot Number 900, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)$2.00 Trans-Mississippi (293), $2.00 Trans-Mississippi (293)$2.00 Trans-Mississippi (293). Top imprint and plate no. 613 block of four, original gum, bottom right and top left stamps h.r., rich color, selvage reduced, few expertly rejoined perfs between left stamps

FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND RARE TOP IMPRINT AND PLATE NUMBER BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE $2.00 TRANS-MISSISSIPPI ISSUE. ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE FROM THE TOP POSITION.

The design of the $2.00 Trans-Mississippi depicts the Eads bridge, which spans the Mississippi River at St. Louis. The original engraving was used on the admission ticket to the Republican Convention of 1896, which nominated William McKinley as candidate for president. The stamp, issued during the McKinley Administration, illustrates the natural boundary between East and West and so was appropriate for the Trans-Mississippi Issue. All of the $2.00 Trans-Mississippi stamps were printed in a single day's run on June 3, 1898.

There are perhaps three imprint and plate number blocks of six in existence. The imprint and plate number block of four format is also extremely scarce, especially from the top position.

With 2017 P.F. certificate

100,000
42,500
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