Sale 1212 — Superb United States Stamps and Private Die Proprietary Stamps
Sale Date — Wednesday-Thursday, 20-21 November, 2019
Category — 1893 Columbian Issue
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SPECTACULAR MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT COLUMBIAN ISSUE, GRADED SUPERB 98 JUMBO BY P.S.E.
With 2019 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98 Jumbo; SMQ $1,900.00). This is the highest grade awarded to a Mint N.H. Scott 230 and it is shared by only five others.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STUNNING MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT COLUMBIAN, GRADED SUPERB 98 JUMBO BY P.S.E. ONLY ONE GRADES HIGHER.
With 1991, 2003 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98 Jumbo; SMQ $4,500.00). Only one grades higher (at 100, last offered by us in 2012) and five others share this desirable grade. This is the first in this grade we have offered since 2012.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN ASTONISHING MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 15-CENT COLUMBIAN, WITH THE ULTIMATE P.S.E. GRADE OF GEM 100 JUMBO -- THE HIGHEST GRADE POSSIBLE, THE ONLY STAMP TO ACHIEVE IT AND THE HIGHEST DENOMINATION COLUMBIAN AT 100 JUMBO.
Among the entire 16-stamp Columbian Issue, only six Mint N.H. stamps covering five denominations have achieved the highest possible grade of Gem 100 Jumbo from P.S.E., as follows: one 2c (1.46 billion issued), two 3c (11.5 million issued), one 4c (19 million issued), one 8c (10.5 million issued) and this single 15c (1.5 million issued). This is the highest denomination of the set at the Gem 100 Jumbo grade, and given that the next closest is the 8c with 7-times as many issued, the true rarity of this stamp becomes even more evident. This stamp is from an old-time quality collection which has been off the market for more than 40 years. This is its first auction appearance.
With 2019 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98J, SMQ $16,500.00 as 98J). The SMQ value even for a 98J is outdated, as the sole stamp at that grade realized $35,000 hammer in our 2019 Rarities sale. This 100 Jumbo is the highest grade possible and the only example to achieve it.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A GORGEOUS PART IMPRINT, ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE $1.00 COLUMBIAN ISSUE.
With 1992 P.F. and 2017 P.S.E. certificates (OGph, XF-Superb 95; SMQ $3,800.00). Only two grade higher (at 98). For reference, the highest grade awarded for a Mint N.H. stamp is also 95.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM LIGHTLY-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE $3.00 COLUMBIAN ISSUE.
With 2019 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, XF-Superb 95; SMQ $4,800.00).