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Sale 1199 — Gem-Quality United States Stamps

Sale Date — Wednesday-Thursday, 1-2 May, 2019

Category — 1895 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 264-278)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1346
nh
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1346, 1895 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 264-278)1c Blue (264), 1c Blue (264)1c Blue (264). Mint N.H., outstanding centering and margins, deep rich color on post-office fresh paper, Extremely Fine Gem, ex Dr. Killien, with 2006 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $875.00)

17
1,300
1347
nh
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1347, 1895 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 264-278)2c Carmine, Ty. I (265), 2c Carmine, Ty. I (265)2c Carmine, Ty. I (265). Mint N.H., mathematically perfect centering with Jumbo margins, gorgeous vivid color on bright paper

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A TRULY EXCEPTIONAL MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT 1895 TYPE I WATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE. THIS MAGNIFICENT STAMP HAS BEEN AWARDED THE GRADE OF GEM 100 JUMBO BY P.S.E. -- IT IS THE ONLY EXAMPLE TO ACHIEVE THIS ULTIMATE GRADE.

With 2012 P.S.E. certificates (Gem 100 Jumbo, unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 100, SMQ $7,500.00 as 100). This is the only stamp to achieve this perfect grade in the P.S.E. Population Report. No other examples in any condition (Mint N.H., hinged or used) grade above 98J

105
7,000
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1348
nh
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1348, 1895 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 264-278)2c Carmine, Ty. II (266), 2c Carmine, Ty. II (266)2c Carmine, Ty. II (266). Mint N.H., vivid color and proof-like impression, essentially perfect centering with wide margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN OUTSTANDING EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT 1895 TYPE II WATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE, GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E.

Ex "Beverly Hills". With 2009 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $4,000.00). This is the highest grade awarded by P.S.E. to a Mint N.H. Scott 266 and it is shared by only five others

120
2,500
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1349
nh
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1349, 1895 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 264-278)2c Carmine, Ty. III (267), 2c Carmine, Ty. III (267)2c Carmine, Ty. III (267). Mint N.H., mathematically perfect centering, vibrant color and detailed impression on bright white paper

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SPECTACULAR MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT 1895 TYPE III WATERMARKED ISSUE, WITH THE PERFECT GRADE OF GEM 100 FROM P.S.E.

With 2012 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100; SMQ $2,250.00). This is the highest grade awarded by P.S.E. to a Scott 267 in any condition. Only one other Mint N.H. stamp has equaled it

16
1,900
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1350
nh
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1350, 1895 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 264-278)2c Carmine, Ty. III (267), 2c Carmine, Ty. III (267)2c Carmine, Ty. III (267). Mint N.H. with right plate no. 142 selvage, perfectly centered, rich color, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2006 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $950.00), only two have graded higher (at 100) and only five others share this grade

16
1,100
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1351
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Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1351, 1895 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 264-278)2c Pink, Ty. III (267a), 2c Pink, Ty. III (267a)2c Pink, Ty. III (267a). Mint N.H. with wide part imprint top selvage, radiant color, choice centering with wide and balanced margins, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2017 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $1,050.00), this is the highest grade awarded and only three other Mint N.H. stamps have equaled it -- there is not even a hinged example graded higher than 95

60
1,600
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1352
nh
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1352, 1895 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 264-278)3c Purple (268), 3c Purple (268)3c Purple (268). Mint N.H., rich color and proof-like impression on bright paper, essentially perfectly centered with wide margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1895 WATERMARKED 3-CENT BUREAU ISSUE, GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED.

With 2012 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $6,250.00). This is the highest grade awarded and it has been equaled by only one other Mint N.H. stamp

115
7,500
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1353
nh
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1353, 1895 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 264-278)4c Dark Brown (269), 4c Dark Brown (269)4c Dark Brown (269). Mint N.H., intense color and proof-like impression, essentially perfect centering with wide and balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1898 4-CENT WATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE, GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED.

With 2002 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $4,250.00). This is the highest grade awarded to a Mint N.H. stamp and it is shared by only two others

125
5,750
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1354
nh
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1354, 1895 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 264-278)4c Dark Brown (269), 4c Dark Brown (269)4c Dark Brown (269). Mint N.H. with top plate no. 104 selvage, Jumbo margins and choice centering, deep rich color on fresh paper, Extremely Fine Gem, a beautiful plate no. single, with 1997 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $2,000.00), only thee Mint N.H. Scott 269s grade higher (at 98, including the stamp offered in the previous lot), this is the only 95J in the P.S.E. Population Report

125
2,000
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1355
nh
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1355, 1895 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 264-278)4c Dark Brown (269), 4c Dark Brown (269)4c Dark Brown (269). Mint N.H. with extra wide top plate no. 92 selvage, pretty color, wide margins, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2004 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $1,250.00), only four have graded higher

125
800
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1356
nh
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1356, 1895 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 264-278)5c Chocolate (270), 5c Chocolate (270)5c Chocolate (270). Mint N.H. with extra wide top plate no. 164 selvage, lovely warm shade, perfectly centered

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS PHENOMENAL STAMP IS GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED.

With 2010 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $3,150.00). This is the highest grade awarded and it is shared by five others. This is the first in this grade we have offered since 2009, when we offered one with bottom plate number selvage.

105
2,400
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1357
nh
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1357, 1895 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 264-278)5c Chocolate (270), 5c Chocolate (270)5c Chocolate (270). Mint N.H., balanced margins and choice centering, deep rich color on bright white paper, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $850.00)

105
750
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1358
nh
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1358, 1895 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 264-278)6c Dull Brown (271), 6c Dull Brown (271)6c Dull Brown (271). Mint N.H., beautiful rich color and detailed impression, outstanding centering with unusually wide Jumbo margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 6-CENT 1895 WATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE HAS BEEN AWARDED THE GRADE OF XF-SUPERB 95 JUMBO BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED.

With 2015 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $5,500.00). This is the highest grade awarded by P.S.E. to a Mint N.H. Scott 271 and it is shared by only one other

325
6,250
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1359
nh
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1359, 1895 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 264-278)8c Violet Brown (272), 8c Violet Brown (272)8c Violet Brown (272). Mint N.H. with top plate no. 555 selvage, beautifully centered with balanced margins, Extremely Fine Gem, ex "Whitpain", with 2010 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $1,950.00)

210
1,200
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1360
 
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1360, 1895 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 264-278)8c Violet Brown (272), 8c Violet Brown (272)8c Violet Brown (272). Outstanding centering and margins, rich color, neat quartered cork cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2015 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $525.00)

2
325
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1361
nh
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1361, 1895 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 264-278)10c Dark Green (273), 10c Dark Green (273)10c Dark Green (273). Mint N.H. with top part imprint selvage, exceptional centering with balanced margins, deep rich color on post-office fresh paper

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS SPECTACULAR MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1895 10-CENT WATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. -- THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED.

The 10c Green 1895 Issue with double-line watermark has an earliest known use of July 25, 1895. It superseded the 1894 unwatermarked Scott 258 and was subsequently replaced by the 10c Type I and Type II issues in Brown and Orange Brown (Scott 282C and 283) in 1898, during the color changes necessitated by the Universal Postal Union. Examples of any of the 10c Bureau issues in Mint N.H. condition graded higher than 95 are exceedingly rare. This is one of only two Scott 273s graded 98, while the other 10c issues each have populations of just one at 98 (one Scott 283a grades 100).

With 1987 P.F. and 2017 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $10,000.00). This is the highest grade awarded and it is shared by only one other. There is not even a hinged example that exceeds this 98 grade

280
12,000
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1362
nh
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1362, 1895 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 264-278)10c Dark Green (273), 10c Dark Green (273)10c Dark Green (273). Mint N.H. with bottom plate no. 63 selvage, deep rich color on bright paper, choice centering, fresh and Extremely Fine, with 2006 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $775.00)

280
600
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1363
nh
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1363, 1895 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 264-278)15c Dark Blue (274), 15c Dark Blue (274)15c Dark Blue (274). Mint N.H., intense shade on bright paper, choice centering with wide and balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A BEAUTIFUL MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1895 15-CENT WATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE.

Ex Dr. Killien and "Hanover". With 2001 P.F., 2001, 2006 and 2016 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $5,000.00). The P.S.E. Population Report records only three graded higher.

600
4,750
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1364
 
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1364, 1895 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 264-278)15c Dark Blue (274), 15c Dark Blue (274)15c Dark Blue (274). Phenomenal centering with Jumbo margins, deep rich color on bright paper, registry oval cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, small backstamp, with 2001 P.S.E. certificate

17
120
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1365
og
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1365, 1895 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 264-278)$1.00 Black, Ty. I (276), $1.00 Black, Ty. I (276)$1.00 Black, Ty. I (276). Original gum, essentially perfect centering with wide and balanced margins, bright shade and detailed impression on crisp paper

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SPECTACULAR ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1895 $1.00 TYPE I WATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE. THIS IS THE ONLY UNUSED SCOTT 276 TO ACHEIVE THE GRADE OF SUPERB 98 FROM P.S.E.

With 1976 P.F. and 2019 P.S.E. certificates (OGph, Superb 98; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 95). This is the highest grade awarded to any unused Scott 276 and it is shared by no others. The highest Mint N.H. grade is XF 90

600
4,500
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1366
nh
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1366, 1895 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 264-278)$1.00 Black, Ty. I (276), $1.00 Black, Ty. I (276)$1.00 Black, Ty. I (276). Mint N.H. with top plate no. 76 selvage, intense shade and impression, well-balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1895 $1.00 TYPE I WATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE.

With 1985 P.F. certificate

1,800
1,900
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1367
nh
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1367, 1895 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 264-278)$1.00 Black, Ty. II (276A), $1.00 Black, Ty. II (276A)$1.00 Black, Ty. II (276A). Mint N.H. with full top plate no. 76 selvage, intense shade and detailed impression on bright paper

EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1895 $1.00 TYPE II WATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE. ESPECIALLY RARE WITH THE PLATE NUMBER SELVAGE. THIS IS THE FIRST UNUSED PLATE NUMBER SINGLE WE HAVE OFFERED SINCE KEEPING COMPUTERIZED RECORDS.

The Type II with plate number is only found on the right pane of the plate of 200 subjects. A review using Power Search shows we have never offered a single with plate number, and those contained in the five strips we have sold are all hinged. This is one of the rarest stamps of the issue to obtain in Mint N.H. condition -- we have only offered five other Mint N.H. singles since keeping computerized records (25 years), one of which was reperfed.

With 2004 P.F. certificate

3,750
22,000
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1368
og
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1368, 1895 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 264-278)$2.00 Bright Blue (277), $2.00 Bright Blue (277)$2.00 Bright Blue (277). With top plate no. 84 selvage, original gum, lightly hinged, deep rich color and proof-like impression on bright paper, well-proportioned margins, Extremely Fine, a pretty stamp, with 2005 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, XF 90; SMQ $1,500.00)

900
1,200
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1369
 
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1369, 1895 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 264-278)$2.00 Bright Blue (277), $2.00 Bright Blue (277)$2.00 Bright Blue (277). Wide margins and outstanding centering, deep rich color, neat duplex cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 1991 and 2000 P.F. certificates

400
700
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1370
 
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1370, 1895 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 264-278)$2.00 Dark Blue (277a), $2.00 Dark Blue (277a)$2.00 Dark Blue (277a). Unusually choice centering with wide and balanced margins, deep shade, unobtrusive cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a beautiful stamp, with 1999 P.S.E. certificate, for comparison purposes the highest grade awarded to a used copy of this shade is XF 90

400
2,000
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1371
nh
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1371, 1895 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 264-278)$5.00 Dark Green (278), $5.00 Dark Green (278)$5.00 Dark Green (278). Mint N.H., Jumbo margins and precise centering, deep rich color and sharp proof-like impression on fresh paper

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A TRULY EXCEPTIONAL MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE $5.00 1895 WATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE. THIS STAMP STANDS ALONE AS THE HIGHEST GRADED $5.00 1894-95 BUREAU ISSUE, WITH THE P.S.E. GRADE OF SUPERB 98 JUMBO.

This Superb 98 Jumbo $5.00 1895 Issue is truly at the pinnacle of early Bureau issue stamps. The $5.00 1895 Issue is an exceedingly rare stamp in sound, well-centered Mint N.H. condition. This stamp is the highest graded Mint N.H. example, with margin size exceeding the ex-Whitman Superb 98 (Sale 968A, lot 337, realized $65,000 hammer). In surveying the dollar-value 1894-95 Bureau Issues, only the $1.00 Scott 261 has a Mint N.H. stamp in the P.S.E. Population Report with a grade exceeding 98J (a single example at 100). Among the other dollar values (Scott 261A, 262-263, 276-276A and 277) there is not even a single Mint N.H. example graded 98, much less the 98J grade of the $5.00 offered here. For Scott 278, only one Mint N.H. stamp has been graded 98, the aforementioned Whitman copy. Below the 98s, the next Mint N.H. grade drops down to 85.

With 2011 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98 Jumbo; SMQ $110,000.00). This is the highest grade awarded and it is shared by no others

6,250
0
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1372
og
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1372, 1895 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 264-278)$5.00 Dark Green (278), $5.00 Dark Green (278)$5.00 Dark Green (278). With full top plate no. 85 selvage, original gum, single hinge mark, rich color on bright paper, choice centering

EXTREMELY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE 1895 $5.00 WATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE, WITH TOP PLATE NUMBER SELVAGE.

This is the first top plate number example we have offered since 2003. With 1984 and 2004 P.F. certificates

2,000
1,300
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1373°
 
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1373, 1895 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 264-278)$5.00 Dark Green (278), $5.00 Dark Green (278)$5.00 Dark Green (278). Choice margins and centering, deep rich color, light purple cancel, Extremely Fine, a lovely stamp, with 2007 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $1,250.00)

600
750
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1374
 
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1374, 1895 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 264-278)$5.00 Dark Green (278), $5.00 Dark Green (278)$5.00 Dark Green (278). Wide margins, rich color, light oval registry cancel, Very Fine, with 1997 and 2002 P.F. certificates

600
225
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