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Sale 1199 — Gem-Quality United States Stamps

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

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

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1387
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Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1387, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)1c Trans-Mississippi (285), 1c Trans-Mississippi (285)1c Trans-Mississippi (285). Mint N.H. with top plate no. 590 selvage, wide margins and precisely centered, marvelous color and impression

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A BREATHTAKING MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT TRANS-MISSISSIPPI ISSUE, GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E.

With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $1,850.00). Only two have graded higher (one at 98J, one at 100J)

70
2,700
1388
 
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1388, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)1c, 2c Trans-Mississippi (285-286), 1c, 2c Trans-Mississippi (285-286)1c, 2c Trans-Mississippi (285-286). Both with choice centering and margins, 1c light duplex cancel, 2c light machine cancel, Extremely Fine, 1c with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95), 2c with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90), total SMQ $475.00

9
350
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1389
nh
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1389, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)4c Trans-Mississippi (287), 4c Trans-Mississippi (287)4c Trans-Mississippi (287). Mint N.H. with top plate no. 599 selvage, vivid color, choice centering with well-balanced margins, Extremely Fine Gem, a beautiful stamp, with 2005 P.F. certificate

275
1,200
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1390
 
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1390, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)5c Trans-Mississippi (288), 5c Trans-Mississippi (288)5c Trans-Mississippi (288). Wide margins and choice centering, rich color on bright paper, light machine cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, ex Kirke, with 2003 P.F. and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $375.00), only six used stamps grade higher

25
400
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1391
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Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1391, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)8c Trans-Mississippi (289), 8c Trans-Mississippi (289)8c Trans-Mississippi (289). Mint N.H. with top plate no. 609 selvage, rich color and detailed impression on bright paper, well-balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A PHENOMENAL MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 8-CENT TRANS-MISSISSIPPI.

The two most challenging Trans-Mississippi denominations to obtain in Extremely Fine grade are the 8c and the $2.00. The spacing between horizontal rows on the sheet is narrower than the spacing between vertical columns, making it difficult to obtain stamps with balanced margins.

With 2001 P.F. and 2004 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $5,000.00)

375
4,750
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1392
 
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1392, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)8c Trans-Mississippi (289), 8c Trans-Mississippi (289)8c Trans-Mississippi (289). Precise centering, deep rich color on crisp paper, lightly cancelled leaving the vignette fully visible, Extremely Fine Gem, a beautiful stamp, with 2001 P.F. and 2006 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $625.00)

47
475
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1393
 
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1393, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)10c Trans-Mississippi (290), 10c Trans-Mississippi (290)10c Trans-Mississippi (290). Beautiful centering with wide margins, neat target cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2005 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $575.00), only four have graded higher

35
400
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1394
 
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1394, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)50c Trans-Mississippi (291), 50c Trans-Mississippi (291)50c Trans-Mississippi (291). Wide margins and well-centered, deep rich color, lightly cancelled, Extremely Fine, with 2001 P.F. and 2006 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $500.00)

135
400
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1395
og
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1395, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)$1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292), $1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292)$1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292). Original gum, lightly hinged, sharp proof-like impression which shows every nuance of this remarkable engraving, mathematically perfect centering with wide margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A MAGNIFICENT ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE $1.00 TRANS-MISSISSIPPI ISSUE, WHICH HAS BEEN AWARDED THE PERFECT GRADE OF GEM 100 BY P.S.E. THIS IS THE ONLY UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE $1.00 TRANS-MISSISSIPPI TO ACHIEVE THIS GRADE, AND, IN FACT, IT IS CURRENTLY ONE OF ONLY TWO UNUSED DOLLAR-VALUE COMMEMORATIVE STAMPS WITH A P.S.E. GEM 100 GRADE FOR ANY ISSUE.

The focus on stamps with a Gem 100 grade is growing more intense as collectors strive for the highest possible ranking in the P.S.E. Set Registry. Remarkably, only two dollar-denominated, original-gum (or unused) early commemorative stamps have achieved a Gem 100 grade (the other is a $2.00 Columbian).

With 2012 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100; SMQ $13,250.00). This is the only unused $1.00 Trans-Mississippi to grade Gem 100. The highest Mint N.H. grade is 98.

1,400
15,000
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1396
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Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1396, 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. with wide bottom plate no. 606 selvage, crisp impression on bright paper

VERY FINE AND CHOICE MINT NEVER-HINGED PLATE NUMBER SINGLE OF THE $1.00 TRANS-MISSISSIPPI.

With 2001 P.S.E. certificate

3,500
2,900
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1397
 
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1397, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)$1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292), $1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292)$1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292). Deep shade on bright paper, wide and balanced margins, unobtrusive strike of target cancel at bottom right, fresh and Extremely Fine, a beautiful used example of this issue, with 2007 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $1,500.00)

700
1,200
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1398
 
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1398, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)$1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292), $1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292)$1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292). Well-balanced margins, crisp shade and impression, light registry oval cancel, Extremely Fine, with 1998 P.F. and 2006 P.S.E. certificates (VF-XF 85; SMQ $850.00)

700
700
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1399
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Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1399, 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. with bottom plate no. 613 selvage, rich color and detailed impression, well-proportioned margins

VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL MINT NEVER-HINGED PLATE NUMBER SINGLE OF THE $2.00 TRANS-MISSISSIPPI.

With 1990 P.F. certificate

5,500
4,000
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1400
 
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1400, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)$2.00 Trans-Mississippi (293), $2.00 Trans-Mississippi (293)$2.00 Trans-Mississippi (293). Choice centering and margins, detailed impression on fresh paper, corner strike of circular datestamp cancel leaves entire design clearly visible

FRESH AND EXTREMELY FINE USED EXAMPLE OF THE $2.00 TRANS-MISSISSIPPI ISSUE WITH A VIGNETTE-FREE CANCEL.

With 2003 P.F. and 2006 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $2,500.00). Only six grade higher (all at 95) -- in our opinion, this stamp deserves a grade of XF-Superb 95

1,050
3,000
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