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

Sale Date — Wednesday, 7 March, 2018

Category — 1912-15 Washington-Franklin Issue (Scott 405-461)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
178
 
Sale Number 1174, Lot Number 178, 1912-15 Washington-Franklin Issue (Scott 405-461)1c Green (405), 1c Green (405)1c Green (405). Huge Jumbo margins and precise centering, unobtrusive town cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb stamp and even more desirable without the usual wavy-line machine cancel, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98 Jumbo; SMQ $250.00)

0
140
179
 
Sale Number 1174, Lot Number 179, 1912-15 Washington-Franklin Issue (Scott 405-461)2c Carmine, Imperforate (409), 2c Carmine, Imperforate (409)2c Carmine, Imperforate (409). Pair, huge margins all around including sheet margin at top, bold Mohegan Lake N.Y. circular datestamp, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2015 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100; SMQ $350.00), only three have graded higher

2
120
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180
 
Sale Number 1174, Lot Number 180, 1912-15 Washington-Franklin Issue (Scott 405-461)2c Carmine, Coil (411), 2c Carmine, Coil (411)2c Carmine, Coil (411). Guide line pair, impressive centering with wide margins, brilliant color, neat duplex cancels, Extremely Fine, with 2015 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $400.00), this is the highest grade on record and the only example to achieved it

175
600
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181
 
Sale Number 1174, Lot Number 181, 1912-15 Washington-Franklin Issue (Scott 405-461)1c Green, Coil (412), 1c Green, Coil (412)1c Green, Coil (412). Guide line pair, deep rich color, well-centered, unobtrusive cancels, Very Fine and choice, with 2011 A.P.S. and P.S.E. certificates (VF-XF 85; SMQ $325.00), only six grade higher

250
250
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182
 
Sale Number 1174, Lot Number 182, 1912-15 Washington-Franklin Issue (Scott 405-461)1c Green, Coil (412), 1c Green, Coil (412)1c Green, Coil (412). Mathematically perfect centering, impressively wide margins, deep rich color, neat circular datestamp, Extremely Fine Gem, a simply perfect example of this surprisingly challenging used coil, with 2014 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100; SMQ $1,500.00), this is the highest grade recorded and it is equaled by no others

40
1,500
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183
 
Sale Number 1174, Lot Number 183, 1912-15 Washington-Franklin Issue (Scott 405-461)8c Pale Olive Green (414), 8c Pale Olive Green (414)8c Pale Olive Green (414). Absolutely perfect centering with Jumbo margins, gorgeous color on crisp paper, long and full perforations, neat Cal. oval registry cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A REMARKABLE USED EXAMPLE OF SCOTT 414 GRADED GEM 100 JUMBO BY P.S.E.

With 2013 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 100, SMQ $1,400.00 as 100). This is the highest grade possible on the grading chart and the sole example to achieve this coveted mark. The nearest peers are two examples graded 98J

2
950
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184
 
Sale Number 1174, Lot Number 184, 1912-15 Washington-Franklin Issue (Scott 405-461)30c Orange Red (420), 30c Orange Red (420)30c Orange Red (420). Perfectly centered with wide margins, beautiful fiery color on bright paper, struck only by rim of cancelling device, Extremely Fine Gem, ex Kirke and Curtis, with 2011 P.F. and P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $950.00), this is the highest grade awarded and it is shared by only one other

17
600
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185
 
Sale Number 1174, Lot Number 185, 1912-15 Washington-Franklin Issue (Scott 405-461)50c Violet (421), 50c Violet (421)50c Violet (421). Deep rich color on bright paper, excellent centering, light registry cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2011 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $350.00)

27
180
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186
 
Sale Number 1174, Lot Number 186, 1912-15 Washington-Franklin Issue (Scott 405-461)50c Violet (422), 50c Violet (422)50c Violet (422). Bright shade, perfectly centered with wide margins, neat circular datestamp, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2014 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $700.00), only one stamp grades higher (98J, ex Curtis) and this is the sole example to achieve this grade

25
400
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187
 
Sale Number 1174, Lot Number 187, 1912-15 Washington-Franklin Issue (Scott 405-461)4c Brown (427), 4c Brown (427)4c Brown (427). Mathematically precise centering with Jumbo margins, gorgeous rich color on bright paper, long and full perforations, lightly cancelled, Extremely Fine Gem, the essence of perfection which caused a P.S.E. grader to describe this stamp as "Yum Yum" on an accompanying note, with 2009 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 100, SMQ $925.00 at 100), only one other example shares this exalted grade

0
750
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188
 
Sale Number 1174, Lot Number 188, 1912-15 Washington-Franklin Issue (Scott 405-461)30c Orange Red (439), 30c Orange Red (439)30c Orange Red (439). Huge margins and near perfect centering, stunning color on bright white paper, face-free Mass. circular datestamp at top, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2015 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $700.00), only one example grades higher (offered in Sale 1107, Lot 470) and one other shares this grade (ex Kirke)

20
500
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189
 
Sale Number 1174, Lot Number 189, 1912-15 Washington-Franklin Issue (Scott 405-461)2c Carmine, Coil (444), 2c Carmine, Coil (444)2c Carmine, Coil (444). Guide line pair, well-centered, rich color, Ohio circular datestamp and grid duplex cancel, Very Fine and choice, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (VF-XF 85; SMQ $575.00), only three examples grade higher with no others sharing this grade

210
350
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190
 
Sale Number 1174, Lot Number 190, 1912-15 Washington-Franklin Issue (Scott 405-461)3c Violet, Coil (445), 3c Violet, Coil (445)3c Violet, Coil (445). Rich color on bright paper, neat circular datestamp, Extremely Fine, with 2013 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $500.00), only three have graded higher

250
300
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191
 
Sale Number 1174, Lot Number 191, 1912-15 Washington-Franklin Issue (Scott 405-461)4c Brown, Coil (446), 4c Brown, Coil (446)4c Brown, Coil (446). Beautiful centering with Jumbo margins, detailed impression, neat duplex cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2013 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $950.00), only three have graded higher with none equal

150
500
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192
 
Sale Number 1174, Lot Number 192, 1912-15 Washington-Franklin Issue (Scott 405-461)2c Red, Ty. I, Coil (449), 2c Red, Ty. I, Coil (449)2c Red, Ty. I, Coil (449). Perfectly centered, brilliant color, socked-on-the-nose "Minneapolis Minn. Dec. 16 10:30 PM 1915" circular datestamp

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THE FINEST USED SINGLE OF THE 2-CENT VERTICAL COIL, SCOTT 449, WE HAVE ENCOUNTERED. THIS STAMP HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. -- THE HIGHEST GRADE RECORDED.

A review using Power Search reveals no other cancellations which compare to the Minneapolis circular datestamp offered here. Nearly all have wavy-line or registry cancels. The fact that this is stamp also features remarkable centering and overall freshness makes it the finest example we have seen or offered in our auctions.

With 2013 P.F. (Superb 98) and P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $4,500.00). This is the highest grade recorded and it is shared by only three others. We have offered two of the other 98's and both have machine cancels

600
3,750
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193
 
Sale Number 1174, Lot Number 193, 1912-15 Washington-Franklin Issue (Scott 405-461)2c Carmine Rose, Ty. I, Coil (453), 2c Carmine Rose, Ty. I, Coil (453)2c Carmine Rose, Ty. I, Coil (453). Pair, deep rich shade on bright paper, pretty Albany N.Y. duplex cancel, wide margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN ESPECIALLY CHOICE PAIR GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. --THE HIGHEST GRADE RECORDED.

With 2014 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $1,750.00). This is the highest grade recorded and the sole example to reach this exalted grade.

140
1,400
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194
 
Sale Number 1174, Lot Number 194, 1912-15 Washington-Franklin Issue (Scott 405-461)2c Carmine Rose, Ty. I, Coil (453), 2c Carmine Rose, Ty. I, Coil (453)2c Carmine Rose, Ty. I, Coil (453). Bold color on crisp paper, perfect centering with wide margins, lightly struck circular datestamp, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2015 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $750.00), only one example has graded higher and one other shares this impressive grade

40
650
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195
 
Sale Number 1174, Lot Number 195, 1912-15 Washington-Franklin Issue (Scott 405-461)3c Violet, Coil (456), 3c Violet, Coil (456)3c Violet, Coil (456). Pair, pretty pastel shade, choice centering, light circular datestamp, Extremely Fine, with 2001 P.F. and 2015 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $1,000.00), only four pairs have graded higher with one other sharing this grade

650
700
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196
 
Sale Number 1174, Lot Number 196, 1912-15 Washington-Franklin Issue (Scott 405-461)5c Blue, Coil (458), 5c Blue, Coil (458)5c Blue, Coil (458). Pair, deep rich color, choice centering and margins, handsome Stone Harbor N.J. circular datestamp (used about 40 years after issue), Extremely Fine, with 1993 P.F. and 2013 P.S.A.G. certificates (85)

95
225
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197
 
Sale Number 1174, Lot Number 197, 1912-15 Washington-Franklin Issue (Scott 405-461)$1.00 Violet Black (460), $1.00 Violet Black (460)$1.00 Violet Black (460). Intense color and impression, precise centering with wide margins, lightly cancelled, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2014 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $850.00), only two stamps grade higher (at 98) and two others share this grade

140
600
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198
 
Sale Number 1174, Lot Number 198, 1912-15 Washington-Franklin Issue (Scott 405-461)2c Pale Carmine Red, Ty. I (461), 2c Pale Carmine Red, Ty. I (461)2c Pale Carmine Red, Ty. I (461). Unusually choice centering with particularly wide margins, brilliant color, well-struck Philadelphia Pa. Jun. 3, 1931 machine cancel, Extremely Fine, a handsome used example, with 2014 P.F. certificate (XF 90), by way of comparison, the P.S.E. Population Report records XF 90 as the highest grade with only two examples

375
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