EXTREMELY FINE MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 2-CENT TYPE VII IMPERFORATE, GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E.
Most Type VII stamps were used by private vending and affixing-machine companies. However, unlike Scott 314A and 482A, a small supply of the imperforate 2c Type VII stamps did reach the public.
With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $5,750.00). Only one has graded higher (at 100) and only two others share this desirable grade. This is the only example graded higher than 95 we have offered in our auctions.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF SCOTT 538, WHICH IS GRADED GEM 100 BY P.S.E. -- ONLY ONE HAS GRADED HIGHER AND NO OTHERS SHARE THIS GRADE.
This issue was put through two different perforating machines -- perforated 10 vertically on the rotary perforator during the coil part of production and then perforated 11 on the flat plate perforator. As a result, most of the stamps are off-center. The rotary press sheets also had a natural tendency to curl, making perforating on the flat plate perforator especially difficult.
With 2013 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100; SMQ $1,800.00). Only one has graded higher (realized $3,000 hammer in our 2016 Hanover sale) and no others share this grade.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STUNNING MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1919 3-CENT TYPE II, SCOTT 541, WHICH IS GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E.
With 2011 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $2,400.00). Only one has graded higher (at 98J) and four others share this grade.
FRESH AND FINE. A RARE MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1923 ONE-CENT ROTARY PERF 11, SCOTT 544. PROBABLY FEWER THAN TEN EXIST IN MINT NEVER-HINGED CONDITION.
A small quantity of 1c Rotary Press stamps was perforated 11 at the end of 1922, using remainder sheets from the earlier experimental printings that were normally perforated in 10 gauge or 10/11 compound gauge. Its existence as a Perf 11 variety was discovered in 1936, and the stamp received its Scott Catalogue listing in 1938.
Most of the recorded copies of Scott 544 are off-center or have been damaged -- the result of poor production standards and mis-handling.
With 2009 P.S.E. certificate (F 70; SMQ $42,500.00). Only one has graded higher (at 75, realized $52,500 hammer in our 2009 "Laila" sale)
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1921 ONE-CENT PERF 11 ROTARY WASTE ISSUE, SCOTT 545.
P.S.E. Encapsulated (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $2,150.00). Only five have graded higher (three at 95J, one each at 98 and 98J) and only five others share this desirable grade