Sale 1224 — 2020 Rarities of the World
Sale Date — Tuesday-Wednesday, 30 June-1 July, 2020
Category — Trans-Mississippi Issue
A DESIRABLE COMPLETE SET OF THE BEAUTIFUL TRANS-MISSISSIPPI BI-COLOR ESSAYS.
Of the 166 sets printed in these colors, many were hybrids. The essays offered here are all die sunk.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A BEAUTIFUL MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 8-CENT TRANS-MISSISSIPPI ISSUE.
With 2012 P.S.A.G. certificate (ogNH 95). With 1991 and 2003 P.F. and 2016 P.S.E. certificates (with right selvage which accompanies)
EXTREMELY FINE MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE $1.00 TRANS-MISSISSIPPI.
With 2020 P.F. certificate (VF-XF 85)
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STUNNING ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE $1.00 TRANS-MISSISSIPPI, GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E.
With 2020 P.S.E. certificate (OGh, Superb 98; SMQ $8,850.00). Only one hinged stamp grades higher (at 100). The highest Mint N.H. is also Superb 98
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE $1.00 TRANS-MISSISSIPPI.
With 1990 and 2012 P.F. certificates (XF-Superb 95). By way of comparison only five grade higher in the P.S.E. Population Report
VERY FINE AND CHOICE IMPRINT AND PLATE NUMBER PAIR OF THE $1.00 TRANS-MISSISSIPPI.
Ex Clippert. With 1981 P.F. certificate
FRESH AND FINE-VERY FINE LIGHTLY HINGED BLOCK OF THE $1.00 TRANS-MISSISSIPPI ISSUE.
The $1.00 Trans-Mississippi Issue, depicting "Western Cattle in Storm" is widely considered to be the most beautiful stamp in United States philately.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM PLATE NUMBER EXAMPLE OF THE $2.00 TRANS-MISSISSIPPI ISSUE WITH BARELY HINGED GUM.
The $2.00 Trans-Mississippi Issue is widely regarded as being the most difficult denomination of the series to obtain with any decent-size margins. The margins are almost always narrow on the $2.00, making it difficult for collectors of Gem-quality stamps to fill this space in their albums.
With 2020 P.F. certificate (XF-Superb 95 XQ)
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THE $2.00 TRANS-MISSISSIPPI ISSUE IS EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO OBTAIN IN SUCH SUPERB CONDITION. THIS GORGEOUS STAMP IS GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E.
All of the $2.00 Trans-Mississippi stamps were printed in a single day's run on June 3, 1898. The $2.00 was printed in sheets that have narrower spacing between the horizontal rows than between the vertical columns. For this reason, it is extremely difficult to obtain stamps with top and bottom margins that equal the sides. This stamp essentially achieves that unnatural effect, which could only occur when the horizontal perforations were applied in such a way that the holes impinged on the space allocated to the rows above and below.
Brookman notes "the $2.00 is not easy to obtain well-centered as many of these stamps seem to be perforated close to the top and its color is such that it cancels rather badly. This combination makes fine used copies difficult to obtain. I consider it more difficult to obtain in choice used condition than any of the high values of the Columbian issue."
With 1998 P.F. and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $8,750.00). Only one grades higher (at 98) and five others share this desirable grade.