Sale 1231 — The James P. Myerson Collection of Superb United States Stamps

Sale Date — Tuesday-Wednesday, 9-10 February, 2021

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*A buyer’s premium of 18% of the winning bid was added as part of the total purchase price on all lots in this sale. Buyers were responsible for applicable sales tax, customs duty and any other prescribed charges. By placing a bid, bidders agreed to the terms and conditions in effect at the time of the sale.

Category — Postage Due

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
664
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Sale 1231, Lot 664, Postage Due1c Brown (J1). Mint N.H., crisp impression, choice centering with well-balanced margins, Extremely Fine, a beautiful stamp

260
500
665
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Sale 1231, Lot 665, Postage Due2c Brown (J2). Mint N.H., bright shade, wide margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT 1879 POSTAGE DUE ISSUE, GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 XQ BY THE P.F.

With 1994, 2005 and 2015 P.F. certificates (XF-Superb 95 XQ), the "XQ" denotes Extraordinary Quality

1,050
2,400
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666
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Sale 1231, Lot 666, Postage Due3c Brown (J3). Mint N.H., brilliant color and detailed impression, choice centering with wide and balanced margins, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb Mint N.H. stamp, ex "Scarsdale", with 2012 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $1,100.00), the highest grade awarded and shared by only one other

300
950
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667
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Sale 1231, Lot 667, Postage Due5c Brown (J4). Original gum, intense shade and impression, small hinge thin, Extremely Fine appearance

800
475
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668
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Sale 1231, Lot 668, Postage Due10c Brown (J5). Original gum, lightly hinged, crisp impression, well-proportioned margins, Very Fine and choice, with 2000 P.F. certificate

900
900
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669
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Sale 1231, Lot 669, Postage Due30c Brown (J6). Original gum, brilliant color, well-proportioned margins, fresh and Extremely Fine, with 2011 P.S.E. certificate (OGh, XF 90; SMQ $475.00), only two grade higher (at 95)

350
425
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670
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Sale 1231, Lot 670, Postage Due50c Brown (J7). Original gum, barest trace of hinging, radiant color, crisp impression, choice centering with wide and balanced margins, Extremely Fine Gem, ex "Scarsdale" and "Hanover", with 1982 and 1999 P.F. and 2004 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $1,450.00), the highest grade awarded and only two others share it.

600
1,200
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671
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Sale 1231, Lot 671, Postage Due1c Red Brown (J15). Mint N.H., incredibly deep rich color, choice centering with balanced margins, fresh and Extremely Fine, with 2015 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $400.00)

190
400
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672
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Sale 1231, Lot 672, Postage Due2c Red Brown (J16). Mint N.H., deep rich color and proof-like impression, perfectly centered

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS IS WITHOUT QUESTION THE FINEST MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1884 2-CENT RED BROWN POSTAGE DUE ISSUE WE HAVE EVER ENCOUNTERED. THIS MAGNIFICENT STAMP IS GRADED GEM 100 BY P.S.E., THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED.

Ex "Hanover". With 2014 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100; SMQ $3,750.00). The highest grade awarded and no others share it. Apart from one example graded 98, the next highest grade is 90. This is also the only in Mint N.H. condition we have offered since 2015.

225
2,700
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673
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Sale 1231, Lot 673, Postage Due5c Red Brown (J18). Original gum, barest trace of hinging, deep rich color and detailed impression, perfectly centered with wide and balanced margins, Extremely Fine Gem, a beautiful example of this issue, ex "Scarsdale" and "Hanover", with 1997 P.F. and 2004 P.S.E. certificates (OGph, XF-Superb 95; SMQ $1,300.00), the highest grade awarded to any unused No. J18

550
1,400
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674
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Sale 1231, Lot 674, Postage Due10c Red Brown (J19). Mint N.H., deep rich color and proof-like impression, phenomenal centering

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STUNNING MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT 1884 RED BROWN POSTAGE DUE ISSUE, GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY BOTH P.F. AND P.S.E.

With 2009 P.S.E. and 2019 P.F. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $4,200.00). One grades higher (at 98, we have never offered it) and one other shares this grade

1,300
3,250
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675
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Sale 1231, Lot 675, Postage Due30c Red Brown (J20). Mint N.H., crisp impression, beautiful centering, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2007 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $1,800.00), only one grades higher (at 95) and one other shares this grade

550
1,500
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676
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Sale 1231, Lot 676, Postage Due50c Red Brown (J21). Mint N.H., bright and fresh color, detailed impression showing every nuance of the design, beautiful centering

EXTREMELY FINE. A GORGEOUS MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 50-CENT 1884 RED BROWN POSTAGE DUE.

Ex "Hanover". With 1990 and 2001 P.F. certificates. With 2004 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $5,250.00). This is the only Mint N.H. example awarded this grade, which is the highest awarded to any unused stamp

3,750
4,250
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677
nh
Sale 1231, Lot 677, Postage Due1c Bright Claret (J22). Mint N.H., intense shade, beautiful centering, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2016 P.S.A.G. certificate (Superb 98)

85
475
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678
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Sale 1231, Lot 678, Postage Due2c Bright Claret (J23). Mint N.H., brilliant color, well-balanced margins, Extremely Fine Gem, with 1999 P.F. and 2006 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $450.00), only two grade higher (at 98)

90
425
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679
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Sale 1231, Lot 679, Postage Due3c Bright Claret (J24). Mint N.H., radiant color and detailed impression, gorgeous centering

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A PHENOMENAL MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 3-CENT 1891 POSTAGE DUE ISSUE, SCOTT J24, GRADED SUPERB 98 -- THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED AND THE ONLY STAMP TO ACHIEVE IT.

With 2005 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $2,600.00). The highest grade awarded and the only to achieve it. This is also the first example graded above an 85 that we have offered since 2012.

180
1,900
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680
nh
Sale 1231, Lot 680, Postage Due5c Bright Claret (J25). Mint N.H., beautiful bright color on post-office fresh paper, perfectly centered with enormous margins, long and full perforations all around

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A MAGNIFICENT MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1891 5-CENT BRIGHT CLARET POSTAGE DUE ISSUE. THE ESSENCE OF PERFECTION -- THIS STAMP IS GRADED GEM 100 BY P.S.E. THE ONLY TO ACHIEVE THIS ULTIMATE GRADE -- WE DOUBT A FINER COPY EXISTS.

Ex "Scarsdale" and "Hanover". With 1995 and 2002 P.F. and 2004 P.S.E. certificates (Gem 100; SMQ $5,500.00). The highest grade awarded and the only example to achieve it.

290
2,500
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681
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Sale 1231, Lot 681, Postage Due10c Bright Claret (J26). Mint N.H., brilliant color and detailed impression, perfectly centered with huge margins, Extremely Fine Gem, ex "Scarsdale" and "Hanover", with 2002 and 2003 P.F. certificates (the former as part of a pair), and with 2004 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $1,850.00), only one grades higher (at 98) and one other shares this desirable grade

500
1,400
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682
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Sale 1231, Lot 682, Postage Due30c Bright Claret (J27). Original gum, lightly hinged, bright color, fresh and Very Fine, with 1995 P.F. certificate

575
400
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683
nh
Sale 1231, Lot 683, Postage Due50c Bright Claret (J28). Mint N.H., lovely color and crisp impression, perfectly centered, long and full perforations

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1891 50-CENT BRIGHT CLARET POSTAGE DUE ISSUE.

Ex "Hanover". With 2005 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $4,000.00). The highest grade awarded and only four others share it.

1,750
3,500
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684
nh
Sale 1231, Lot 684, Postage Due2c Vermilion (J30). Mint N.H., deep rich color which may be the Deep Vermilion sub-shade (though not noted as such on accompanying certificates), bright paper, perfectly centered

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1894 2-CENT VERMILION ISSUE WITH STUNNING COLOR, BRIGHT PAPER AND PERFECT CENTERING.

Ex "Scarsdale" and "Hanover". With 1983, 1999 and 2007 P.F. certificates (XF-Superb 95). By way of comparison, the P.S.E. Population Report contains none at this grade and only one higher (at 95J)

1,900
3,500
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685
nh
Sale 1231, Lot 685, Postage Due2c Deep Claret (J32). Mint N.H., deep rich color and proof-like impression on bright paper, Jumbo margins, Extremely Fine Gem, a stamp of massive proportions, ex Whitman, with 2000 and 2012 P.F. certificates, 2008 P.S.E. certificate no longer accompanies (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $1,250.00), the highest grade awarded and shared by only two others

275
850
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686
nh
Sale 1231, Lot 686, Postage Due3c Deep Claret (J33). Mint N.H., intense color and proof-like impression in a deep shade, perfectly centered with balanced margins, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb example of this difficult issue, ex "Piedmont", with 1997 and 2001 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $1,500.00), only three grade higher (two at 95J, one at 98J)

675
1,900
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687
nh
Sale 1231, Lot 687, Postage Due5c Deep Claret (J34). Mint N.H., intense shade and impression, Very Fine and choice, with 1992 P.F. certificate

850
700
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688
nh
Sale 1231, Lot 688, Postage Due10c Deep Claret (J35). Mint N.H., lovely color on bright paper, wide margins, Very Fine and choice, with 2015 P.S.E. certificate (VF-XF 85; SMQ $1,300.00), the highest grade awarded to any Mint N.H. example and the first we have offered

1,000
1,300
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689
nh
Sale 1231, Lot 689, Postage Due30c Pale Rose (J36b). Mint N.H., radiant color, detailed impression, perfectly centered

EXTREMELY FINE GEM EXAMPLE OF THE 1895 30-CENT PALE ROSE POSTAGE DUE ISSUE, SCOTT J36b. THIS REMARKABLE STAMP IS GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS BY FAR THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED TO ANY SHADE OF THIS STAMP, AND IT IS THE ONLY EXAMPLE TO ACHIEVE THIS GRADE.

Ex "Hanover". With 2014 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $3,800.00). This is the highest grade awarded to any Mint N.H. shade (the highest J36 is 85, none graded for J36a). No others share this grade. We are mystified as to why SMQ only assigns roughly a 4x premium for 98 versus 80 -- normally the premium is much higher, especially with low Population Report numbers

1,100
2,900
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690
nh
Sale 1231, Lot 690, Postage Due1c Deep Claret (J38). Mint N.H. with wide top plate no. 246 selvage, beautiful centering, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2019 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95)

40
250
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691
nh
Sale 1231, Lot 691, Postage Due2c Deep Claret (J39). Mint N.H., brilliant color, perfectly centered with wide and balanced margins, Extremely Fine Gem, ex "Hanover", with 2004 and 2006 P.F. certificates (Superb 98)

40
350
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692
nh
Sale 1231, Lot 692, Postage Due5c Deep Claret (J41). Mint N.H., deep rich color and detailed impression, gorgeous centering, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2011 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $1,700.00), only one grades higher (at 98J, we have never offered it), five others share this grade, this is the first in this grade we have offered since 2006

280
1,400
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693
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Sale 1231, Lot 693, Postage Due10c Carmine (J42 var). Mint N.H., with bottom left corner selvage, bright color and detailed impression, Extremely Fine, with 2003 P.F. certificate

280
475
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694
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Sale 1231, Lot 694, Postage Due30c Deep Claret (J43). Original gum, rich color, wide margins, Very Fine and choice, with 2011 P.S.E. certificate (OGh, VF-XF 85; SMQ $675.00)

600
425
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695
nh
Sale 1231, Lot 695, Postage Due50c Deep Claret (J44). Mint N.H., intense shade and impression, almost perfect centering with wide margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 50-CENT CLARET 1897 POSTAGE DUE ISSUE. THIS BUREAU ISSUE IS ONE OF THE RAREST POSTAGE DUES IN ANY CHOICE GRADE.

Ex Whitman and "Hanover". With 1995 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $2,550.00). The highest grade awarded and no others share it

925
2,800
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696
nh
Sale 1231, Lot 696, Postage Due1c Deep Claret (J45). Mint N.H., intense shade and impression, gorgeous centering, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2012 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $440.00), the highest grade awarded and shared by no others

115
900
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697
nh
Sale 1231, Lot 697, Postage Due2c Deep Claret (J46). Mint N.H., brilliant color on bright paper, choice centering with wide and balanced margins, Extremely Fine Gem, ex "Scarsdale", 2004 P.F. certificate no longer accompanies, with 2012 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $425.00), the highest grade awarded to a Mint N.H. example and shared by no others

115
550
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698
nh
Sale 1231, Lot 698, Postage Due3c Deep Claret (J47). Mint N.H., rich color on bright paper, Jumbo margins, Extremely Fine, with 2013 P.F. certificate with top selvage (since removed)

1,500
1,100
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699
nh
Sale 1231, Lot 699, Postage Due5c Deep Claret (J48). Mint N.H., deep shade and detailed impression, perfectly centered with Jumbo margins, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2014 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98 Jumbo; SMQ $1,850.00), the highest grade awarded and shared by no others

275
2,300
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700
nh
Sale 1231, Lot 700, Postage Due10c Rose Carmine (J49a). Mint N.H., wide margins and incredibly well-centered for this difficult issue, vivid color on bright paper, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2009 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $800.00), the highest grade awarded to either J49 or J49a and shared by no others

280
800
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701
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Sale 1231, Lot 701, Postage Due50c Deep Claret (J50). Mint N.H., radiant color and detailed impression on post-office fresh paper, beautiful centering with wide and balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STUNNING MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1912 50-CENT BUREAU POSTAGE DUE ISSUE, GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E. -- THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED AND THE ONLY TO ACHIEVE IT.

Ex "Hanover". With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $7,500.00). The highest grade awarded and the only example to achieve this grade. The next highest grade is 90.

2,900
6,750
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702
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Sale 1231, Lot 702, Postage Due1c Carmine Lake (J52). Mint N.H., lovely color on bright paper, unusually choice centering, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2012 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $600.00), only one grades higher (at 95J) and none share this grade

220
650
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703
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Sale 1231, Lot 703, Postage Due2c Vermilion (J53b). Mint N.H., choice centering within wide margins, brilliantly fresh, Extremely Fine Gem, ex Curtis, with 2009 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $600.00), the highest grade awarded to any shade and shared by no others, the highest grade awarded to a J53 is 95 (one at that grade)

180
600
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704
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Sale 1231, Lot 704, Postage Due3c Carmine Lake (J54). Original gum, warm color, fresh, Very Fine and choice, with 1988 P.F. and 2018 P.S.A.G. certificates

1,050
800
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705
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Sale 1231, Lot 705, Postage Due10c Carmine Lake (J56). Mint N.H., radiant color on bright paper, perfectly centered with Jumbo margins, Extremely Fine Gem, with 1993 P.F. and 2010 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98 Jumbo; SMQ $1,350.00), the highest grade awarded and shared by no others

200
1,100
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706
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Sale 1231, Lot 706, Postage Due30c Carmine Lake (J57). Mint N.H., deep rich color and proof-like impression, perfectly centered with Jumbo margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STUNNING MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF J57, GRADED SUPERB 98 JUMBO BY P.S.E. -- THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED AND SHARED BY NO OTHERS.

With 2010 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98 Jumbo; SMQ $3,200.00). The highest grade awarded and shared by no others.

525
2,500
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707
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Sale 1231, Lot 707, Postage Due50c Carmine Lake (J58). Original gum, radiant color, choice centering for this difficult issue

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. THE 1914 50-CENT POSTAGE DUE WITH ORIGINAL GUM IS ONE OF THE RAREST OF ALL POSTAGE DUE STAMPS.

Scott No. J58 has the highest catalogue value of any regularly issued Postage Due stamp. Only the 1c-3c Special Printings, Scott Nos. J8-J10, catalogue higher. This stamp is the key to any meaningful collection of the Postage Due issues.

With 1980 and 2015 P.F. certificates (VF 80)

11,500
9,500
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708
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Sale 1231, Lot 708, Postage Due1c Rose (J59). Mint N.H., radiant color and crisp impression, unusually choice centering for this difficult issue

EXTREMELY FINE GEM MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1916 ONE-CENT PERF 10 UNWATERMARKED POSTAGE DUE ISSUE. THIS IS ONE OF THE FINEST EXAMPLES IN EXISTENCE.

The Perf 10 stamps were printed on unwatermarked paper for a brief time. Well-centered original-gum examples are exceedingly rare. We have offered only six other Mint N.H. examples in the past 25 years, and this is arguably the finest.

With 2015 P.F. certificate (XF 90). By way of comparison, P.S.E. has not graded any Mint N.H. examples.

9,000
8,500
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709
nh
Sale 1231, Lot 709, Postage Due2c Rose (J60). Mint N.H., brilliant color on post-office fresh paper, perfectly centered with wide margins all around, long and full perforations

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STUNNING MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1916 2-CENT ROSE PERF 10 UNWATERMARKED POSTAGE DUE ISSUE. THE ONLY EXAMPLE TO ACHIEVE THE GRADE OF SUPERB 98, WHICH IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED. THIS STAMP IS LIKELY THE FINEST IN EXISTENCE.

The unwatermarked Perf 10 Postage Due stamps (Scott J59 and J60) were only in production for a short period of time before being replaced by the Perf 11 stamps.

Ex "Scarsdale", Dr. Killien and "Hanover". With 2002 P.F. and 2006 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $3,300.00). The highest grade awarded and shared by no others.

625
2,800
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710
nh
Sale 1231, Lot 710, Postage Due5c Carmine (J64). Mint N.H. with bottom plate no. 19470 selvage, radiant color, perfectly centered with Jumbo margins, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2015 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98 Jumbo; SMQ $700.00), the highest grade awarded and shared by no others

32
550
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711
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Sale 1231, Lot 711, Postage Due30c Deep Claret (J66a). Mint N.H., brilliant color, choice centering with Jumbo margins, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2000 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $675.00), the highest grade awarded and shared by three others, by way of comparison the highest grade for J66 is a single example also graded 95J

220
425
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712
nh
Sale 1231, Lot 712, Postage Due50c Carmine Rose (J67). Mint N.H., brilliant color, wide and balanced margins, Very Fine and choice, with 1999 P.S.E. certificate, the highest graded example is a 90

325
500
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713
nh
Sale 1231, Lot 713, Postage Due10c Carmine (J74). Mint N.H., brilliant color, perfectly centered, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2018 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $550.00), the highest grade awarded and the only to achieve it

95
800
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714
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Sale 1231, Lot 714, Postage Due30c Carmine (J75). Mint N.H., deep rich color on bright paper, wide margins with mathematically perfect centering

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS REMARKABLE MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1930 30-CENT POSTAGE DUE ISSUE IS GRADED GEM 100 -- THE ONLY EXAMPLE TO ACHIEVE THIS PERFECT GRADE.

Ex Whitman and "Hanover". With 1993 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (Gem 100; SMQ $2,300.00). The highest grade awarded and the only example to achieve it.

275
1,700
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715
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Sale 1231, Lot 715, Postage Due$1.00 Scarlet (J77a). Mint N.H., brilliant color on bright paper, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2013 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $475.00), only one grades higher (at 98J) and one other shares this grade, for the main shade, the highest awarded to a J77 is a single example graded 98

55
400
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716
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Sale 1231, Lot 716, Postage Due$5.00 Scarlet (J78a). Mint N.H., bright shade, perfect centering, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2011 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $525.00), the highest grade awarded and shared by no others, for the main shade, J78, the highest grade awarded is a 90

70
375
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