Three things to keep in mind when looking at the above results (unsolds are not included):
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EXTREMELY FINE GEM PAIR. A SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM HORIZONTAL PAIR OF THE 12-CENT 1851 ISSUE WITH COLOSSAL MARGINS AND EXTRAORDINARY FRESHNESS.
As this pair amply demonstrates, the spacing between stamps on the plate is very narrow. Most examples (unused and used) have either narrow margins or are cutting into the framelines. This pair, with full original gum and with such large margins, is a remarkable rarity.
2000 P.F. certificate no longer accompanies. With 2012 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, Superb 98 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ as a pair, SMQ $65,000.00 as a single). Scott Retail for a pair is $17,500.00
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 12-CENT 1851 ISSUE WHICH HAS RECEIVED THE GRADE OF XF-SUPERB 95 FROM P.S.E. AN EXCEEDINGLY DIFFICULT STAMP TO FIND WITH SUCH LARGE MARGINS AND IN SOUND ORIGINAL-GUM CONDITION.
The 12c 1851 plate was laid down with very little room between stamps -- just barely one millimeter, to be exact. For this reason, collectors have a difficult time finding stamps with large margins all around. The original-gum example offered here, with its unusually wide margins on all sides, is a true condition rarity.
Ex Scarsdale. With 1994 P.F. and 2006 P.S.E. certificates (OGph, XF-Superb 95; SMQ $20,600.00). This is one of only two original gum stamps graded 95, with none higher.
EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 12-CENT 1851 ISSUE. AN EXCEEDINGLY DIFFICULT ISSUE TO OBTAIN IN SUCH CHOICE CONDITION.
The 12c 1851 plate was laid down with very little room between stamps -- just barely one millimeter, to be exact. For this reason, collectors have a difficult time finding stamps with large margins all around. The original-gum example offered here is a true condition rarity.
Small red and blue backstamps. With 1999 P.F. and 2013 P.S.E. certificates (OGph, XF 90; SMQ $12,500.00). Only three have graded higher and two others share this grade.