EXTREMELY FINE. A VERY RARE CENTERED MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT ROTARY TYPE II COIL, SCOTT 491.
Unlike many other issues, this horizontal coil is much scarcer than its the vertical coil counterpart (Scott 487). The Type II horizontal coil, Scott 491, was in production for only a short period of time before being replaced by the Type III, Scott 492. Only about a month separates the EDU's for the two coils (Dec. 19, 1916 for No. 491 and Jan. 13, 1917 for No. 492).
Ex Depew. With 1985 and 2016 P.F. certificates. With 2017 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $21,500.00). This is the highest graded Mint N.H. single of Scott 491 and no others share this grade. SMQ value is slightly low -- this realized $23,000 hammer the last two times it was offered, in our sales 1150 and 1202.
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A BEAUTIFUL SOUND EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT A.E.F. BOOKLET PANE. IT IS BELIEVED THAT NO MORE THAN 20 EXIST IN ANY CONDITION.
The A.E.F. booklet panes were issued in September 1917, primarily for use by the American Expeditionary Forces in Europe during World War I. Only 3,000 panes were prepared of both the 1c and 2c denominations. By October they were no longer needed, as Congress voted to allow mail to be sent free of charge by active members of the Armed Forces. Many of the panes were destroyed. A Power Search review shows many surviving examples have faults.
With 1997 P.F. certificate. Small Ward backstamp on bottom left stamp.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A TRULY MAGNIFICENT MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT DEEP ROSE TYPE Ia, GRADED GEM 100 BY P.S.E. THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED AND IT IS THE ONLY EXAMPLE TO ACHIEVE IT.
The Type Ia Scott 500 was created during an experiment of the Bureau in creating a new type of transfer roll. A die was made from the old Type I transfer roll, having ten impressions on it. A new transfer roll was then made, using the new ten-impression master die. This new transfer roll was then used to create two new plates. There are noticeable differences between the plates created using this method and the old method of using one die impression to create the transfer roll.
Ex "Hanover". With 2010 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100; SMQ $9,750.00). This is the highest grade awarded and no others share it.
EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL MINT NEVER-HINGED BLOCK OF TWELVE CONTAINING TWO OF THE PERF 11 5-CENT ROSE ERROR.
This is difficult to obtain in such superb condition.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN OUTSTANDING MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE PERF 11 5-CENT ROSE ERROR, GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E.
During the production of the normal 2c plate No. 7942, three positions were noted to be defective. The plate was sent back to the siderographer, who burnished out the three positions and mistakenly re-entered them using a transfer roll for the 5c stamp. The error passed unnoticed and the sheets were issued to the public as Perf 10, Imperforate and Perf 11 (Scott 467, 485 and 505).
Ex "Hanover". With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $4,250.00). Only two grade higher (at 100)
EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1917 11-CENT FRANKLIN ISSUE PERF 10 AT BOTTOM IN A TOP MARGIN BLOCK OF FOUR.
Ex "Sirron". With 1980 P.F. and 2011 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95). Scott value as single Mint N.H. error
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A MAGNIFICENT MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 15-CENT FRANKLIN, SCOTT 514, GRADED GEM 100 BY P.S.E.
With 2019 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100; SMQ $3,700.00). This is the highest grade awarded and it is shared by only one other
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STUNNING MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF SCOTT 515 WITH THE PERFECT P.S.E. GRADE OF GEM 100.
Ex Whitman and "Golden Oak." With 1992 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates showing selvage at top (Gem 100; SMQ $3,500.00). This is one of only two examples at this grade -- there is also one 100J in the P.S.E. Population Report.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF SCOTT 516, GRADED GEM 100 BY P.S.E.
With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100; SMQ $1,900.00). Only two grade higher and none share this grade.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A PHENOMENAL MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1917 50-CENT PERF 11 ISSUE, SCOTT 517, GRADED GEM 100 BY P.S.E.
With 2007 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100; SMQ $3,250.00). Only one grades higher and only three others share this grade, a statistic that has not changed since 2010.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS ASTONISHING MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE $1.00 1917 ISSUE, SCOTT 518, HAS RECEIVED THE ULTIMATE GRADE OF GEM 100 JUMBO FROM P.S.E. THE ESSENCE OF PERFECTION.
Plate 5782 was the only plate prepared for each of the $1.00 Franklin issues (Scott 423, 460, 478 and 518). None of the other $1.00 Franklin issues has been graded above 98J in Mint N.H. condition.
Ex Henson. With 2013 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100 Jumbo; unpriced in this grade in SMQ; SMQ $4,500.00 as 100). This is the highest grade possible and one of only two to achieve this grade.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SPECTACULAR MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF SCOTT 519, GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. -- EASILY ONE OF THE FINEST IN EXISTENCE.
This stamp was created in 1917 when a small excess supply of the imperforate, double-line watermarked Scott 344 was returned by the New York City post office to the Bureau for credit. Rather than issue the credit, the Bureau perforated the sheets with the current perf 11 wheels and returned them to the New York City post office for public sale.
Ex "Hanover". With 2004 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $7,500.00). The highest trade awarded and shared by only three others.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STUNNING MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE $2.00 ORANGE RED & BLACK 1918 FRANKLIN ISSUE, GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E.
With 2009 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $7,250.00). Only three grade higher (one each at the higher grades) and only four others share this desirable grade.