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
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