EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1862 RED BROWN, GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E. THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED.
Brookman notes "I consider the used Red Brown to be more scarce than Buff but the Buff is more scarce unused".
Ex Kirke. With 2010 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $4,400.00). This is the highest grade awarded in any category
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A WONDERFUL JUMBO-MARGINED EXAMPLE OF THE 1866 15-CENT LINCOLN, GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 JUMBO BY THE P.F. THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT DENOMINATIONS TO OBTAIN WITH SUCH WIDE MARGINS.
The 1866 15c Lincoln is one of the most difficult denominations to obtain in such choice used condition. The most common barrier to a high grade is the size of the side margins, which are often narrow. The stamp offered here is the exception. It has wide and balanced margins on all four sides.
With 1980, 1993 and 2007 P.F. certificates (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo). By way of comparison, the P.S.E. Population Report lists only one at this grade and two at 98.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE 1866 15-CENT LINCOLN. ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE WITH THE RED CANCELLATION.
With 2003 P.S.E. and 2017 P.F. certificates
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A BEAUTIFUL WIDE-MARGINED USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1863 24-CENT IN THE LILAC SHADE.
With 2012 and 2015 P.F. certificates (XF-Superb 95 XQ). The "XQ" denotes extraordinary quality. With 2013 P.S.A.G. certificate (Superb 98)
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STUNNING USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1863 24-CENT IN THE LILAC SHADE.
With 2015 P.F. and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $3,500.00)
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A BEAUTIFUL USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1863 24-CENT IN THE GRAY SHADE, GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E. -- THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED.
With 2006 P.F. and 2015 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $3,250.00). This is the highest grade awarded and it is shared by only two others. The last time we offered this grade was in our 2012 Kirke sale
FINE. AN ELUSIVE SOUND EXAMPLE OF THE 24-CENT BLACKISH VIOLET, A SHADE VARIETY THAT IS MISSING IN MOST ADVANCED CLASSIC UNITED STATES COLLECTIONS.
A thorough search through past auction catalogues will demonstrate how rare this stamp is in both used and sound condition. Our census of Scott 78c, available at our website at https://siegelauctions.com/census/us/scott/78c , records a total of 48 used examples of this issue, of which only 38 have been certified as genuine by The Philatelic Foundation. Some were certified a long time ago and need to be reconfirmed. We also record nine on covers. Very few are confirmed as sound.
Census no. 78c-CAN-44. With 2013 P.F. certificate