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Sale 1180 — The David Wingate Collection of United States Stamps

Sale Date — Wednesday-Thursday, 11-12 April, 2018

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

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
291
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Sale Number 1180, Lot Number 291, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)4c Trans-Mississippi (287), 4c Trans-Mississippi (287)4c Trans-Mississippi (287). Mint N.H., brilliant color on bright paper, beautifully centered with wide balanced margins, Extremely Fine, with 1987 P.F. certificate

275
400
292
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Sale Number 1180, Lot Number 292, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)5c Trans-Mississippi (288), 5c Trans-Mississippi (288)5c Trans-Mississippi (288). Mint N.H., beautiful bright shade and incredibly detailed impression, post-office fresh, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2000 P.F. certificate

250
375
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293
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Sale Number 1180, Lot Number 293, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)8c Trans-Mississippi (289), 8c Trans-Mississippi (289)8c Trans-Mississippi (289). Mint N.H., dark shade and sharp impression, well-balanced margins, fresh and Extremely Fine, with 1992 P.F. certificate for vertical pair

375
550
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293A
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Sale Number 1180, Lot Number 293A, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)10c Trans-Mississippi (290), 10c Trans-Mississippi (290)10c Trans-Mississippi (290). Mint N.H., perfect centering with wide even margins, deep dark color and sharp impression, Extremely Fine Gem, with 1996 P.S.E. and 2001 P.F. certificates

380
700
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294
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Sale Number 1180, Lot Number 294, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)$1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292), $1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292)$1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292). Mint N.H., deep shade and sharp impression, perfectly centered with wide balanced margins, remarkably fresh

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SPECTACULAR MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE $1.00 TRANS-MISSISSIPPI ISSUE, WIDELY REGARDED AS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL UNITED STATES COMMEMORATIVE STAMP EVER ISSUED.

The $1.00 Trans-Mississippi's long-time popularity with collectors led to hinging of the vast majority of singles. Although blocks have been broken over the years to supply Mint N.H. singles, it seems that grading is always a compromise between perfect centering and margin width. Only in a few instances do we find the combination of Mint N.H. condition, Extremely Fine Gem centering and wide balanced margins. This stamp is one of those extremely rare examples of everything that could be desired.

With 1978, 1989 and 1996 P.F. certificates

3,500
13,000
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295
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Sale Number 1180, Lot Number 295, 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., top sheet selvage with imprint, perfectly centered, remarkably wide margins framing the design with white even borders, intense color and incredibly detailed impression showing the city buildings in the background, bright and fresh

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN EXCEPTIONALLY CHOICE MINT NEVER-HINGED $2.00 TRANS-MISSISSIPPI -- ONE OF THE MOST ELUSIVE OF ALL COMMEMORATIVES IN THIS SUPERB QUALITY.

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.

The $2.00 is widely recognized as the most challenging of the Trans-Mississippi Issue to obtain in Extremely Fine grade in any condition (Mint N.H, hinged or used). With the break-up of the ex-Weill block of ten, a few Extremely Fine Mint N.H. singles reached the market in the early 1990s. However, we know of no other imprint single in Mint N.H. condition with centering that even approaches the precision of this stamp. The Scott premium for Mint N.H. -- $5,500.00 versus $1,800.00 -- is too conservative for ordinary singles, in our opinion. For an imprint single of this quality, we expect it will be meaningless to collectors.

With 1999 P.F. certificate

5,500
14,500
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