Sale 1199 — Gem-Quality United States Stamps
Sale Date — Wednesday-Thursday, 1-2 May, 2019
Category — 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)
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)
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)
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.
VERY FINE AND CHOICE MINT NEVER-HINGED PLATE NUMBER SINGLE OF THE $1.00 TRANS-MISSISSIPPI.
With 2001 P.S.E. certificate
VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL MINT NEVER-HINGED PLATE NUMBER SINGLE OF THE $2.00 TRANS-MISSISSIPPI.
With 1990 P.F. certificate
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