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Sale 1174 — The J. R. Helton, Jr. Collection of Used United States Stamps

Sale Date — Wednesday, 7 March, 2018

Category — 1894-98 Bureau Issues (Scott 246-283)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
109
 
Sale Number 1174, Lot Number 109, 1894-98 Bureau Issues (Scott 246-283)5c Chocolate (255), 5c Chocolate (255)5c Chocolate (255). Wide margins with near mathematically perfect centering, bold rich color on bright paper, light cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, an outstanding stamp, with 2017 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $1,150.00), this is the highest grade awarded to a No. 255 with only one equal (ex Kirke)

9
750
110
 
Sale Number 1174, Lot Number 110, 1894-98 Bureau Issues (Scott 246-283)5c Chocolate (255), 5c Chocolate (255)5c Chocolate (255). Gorgeous centering with Jumbo margins, intense shade and impression, long and full perforations all around, unobtrusive cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb stamp in every respect, ex "Natalee Grace" and Curtis, with 2010 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $525.00), only two have graded higher (see preceding lot, both at 98) and only three others share this grade

9
300
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111
 
Sale Number 1174, Lot Number 111, 1894-98 Bureau Issues (Scott 246-283)50c Orange (260), 50c Orange (260)50c Orange (260). Choice centering with balanced margins, neat New York circular datestamp, Extremely Fine, with 2010 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $425.00)

140
225
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112
 
Sale Number 1174, Lot Number 112, 1894-98 Bureau Issues (Scott 246-283)2c Carmine, Ty. III (267), 2c Carmine, Ty. III (267)2c Carmine, Ty. III (267). Perfect centering with well-proportioned margins, vibrant color on crisp paper, bold duplex cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2009 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $425.00), only two examples grade higher

0
250
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113
 
Sale Number 1174, Lot Number 113, 1894-98 Bureau Issues (Scott 246-283)4c Dark Brown (269), 4c Dark Brown (269)4c Dark Brown (269). Beautifully balanced wide margins, warm shade, mostly face-free circular datestamp, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2016 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $1,000.00), this is the highest grade awarded and has been equaled by only two others

3
750
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114
 
Sale Number 1174, Lot Number 114, 1894-98 Bureau Issues (Scott 246-283)4c Dark Brown (269), 4c Dark Brown (269)4c Dark Brown (269). Gorgeous centering with Jumbo margins, deep shade on bright paper, unobtrusive cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2012 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $400.00), only three have graded higher (all 98, including the preceding lot) and one other shares this grade

3
465
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115
 
Sale Number 1174, Lot Number 115, 1894-98 Bureau Issues (Scott 246-283)5c Chocolate (270), 5c Chocolate (270)5c Chocolate (270). Exceptional centering with unusually wide margins, bold color and sharp impression, light face-free cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2013 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $900.00), only one example has graded higher (at 98J)

3
650
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116
 
Sale Number 1174, Lot Number 116, 1894-98 Bureau Issues (Scott 246-283)15c Dark Blue (274), 15c Dark Blue (274)15c Dark Blue (274). Deep shade on bright paper, beautifully centered, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2012 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $500.00)

17
275
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117
 
Sale Number 1174, Lot Number 117, 1894-98 Bureau Issues (Scott 246-283)50c Red Orange (275a), 50c Red Orange (275a)50c Red Orange (275a). Intense fiery color, crisp impression on bright paper, mathematically precise centering within perfectly balanced margins, Chicago oval registry cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A PHENOMENAL USED EXAMPLE OF THE 50-CENT 1895 WATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE, AWARDED THE PERFECT GRADE OF GEM 100 BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED AND IS EQUALED BY NO OTHERS.

With 2017 P.F. (Superb 98) and 2017 P.S.E. certificates (Gem 100; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 95). The main Orange Scott 275 is unpriced above the grade of 98J. SMQ for Scott 275 graded 98J is $2,950.00). This is the highest grade awarded to any 1895 50c Watermarked Bureau, in either the Orange (275) or Red Orange (275a) shade and in any condition (used or unused). The nearest comparable is a used No. 275 graded 98 Jumbo

47
3,750
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118
 
Sale Number 1174, Lot Number 118, 1894-98 Bureau Issues (Scott 246-283)$1.00 Black, Ty. II (276A), $1.00 Black, Ty. II (276A)$1.00 Black, Ty. II (276A). Intense shade and proof-like impression, bold cancel, Extremely Fine, with 2013 P.F. certificate (VF-XF 85)

200
225
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119
 
Sale Number 1174, Lot Number 119, 1894-98 Bureau Issues (Scott 246-283)$2.00 Bright Blue (277), $2.00 Bright Blue (277)$2.00 Bright Blue (277). Well-centered with wide and balanced margins, magnificent color and sharp impression on bright white paper, perfectly struck "Boston Mass. Nov. 14 11-15 P. 1896" circular datestamp, Extremely Fine, an exceptionally choice used example that easily ranks as one of the finest examples of this stamp we have encountered, combining centering, color, cancel and overall freshness, with 2013 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $1,000.00)

400
1,200
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120
 
Sale Number 1174, Lot Number 120, 1894-98 Bureau Issues (Scott 246-283)$5.00 Dark Green (278), $5.00 Dark Green (278)$5.00 Dark Green (278). Rich color and detailed impression, excellent centering, unusually light cancel, Extremely Fine, the $5.00 1895 Bureau Issue is difficult to find lightly cancelled and well-centered, with 2005 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $1,250.00)

600
800
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121
 
Sale Number 1174, Lot Number 121, 1894-98 Bureau Issues (Scott 246-283)4c Rose Brown (280), 4c Rose Brown (280)4c Rose Brown (280). Attractive shade, precise centering with wide margins, neat duplex cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2012 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $350.00), only one example has graded higher

3
225
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122
 
Sale Number 1174, Lot Number 122, 1894-98 Bureau Issues (Scott 246-283)10c Brown, Ty. I (282C), 10c Brown, Ty. I (282C)10c Brown, Ty. I (282C). Exceptionally well-centered with Jumbo margins, deep rich color, neat oval cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2013 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98 Jumbo; SMQ $1,850.00), this is the highest grade awarded, and only this stamp has achieved it

6
1,000
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123
 
Sale Number 1174, Lot Number 123, 1894-98 Bureau Issues (Scott 246-283)10c Orange Brown, Ty. II (283), 10c Orange Brown, Ty. II (283)10c Orange Brown, Ty. II (283). Choice centering, neat circular datestamp, fresh color, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2013 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $300.00), only three stamps have graded higher with three others that share this grade

6
160
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