Price History for Scott 20 in Used 85 Grade
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Three things to keep in mind when looking at the above results (unsolds are not included):
- It is important to look at the individual data points listed below. Price swings up may be due to varieties such as broken hat or other positives such as cancels. Price swings down may be due to factors such as faults on items that would have graded higher if they were sound, and may not be considered as desirable as a sound copy in this grade.
- When looking at multiple grades on the graph, grades with the same population numbers may show overlapping.
- At the time of an auction, the SMQ value has already been published and is available to bidders. Increases or decreases in SMQ value prior to the auction may affect the price realized.
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EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THE 1857 ONE-CENT TYPE II IS A SURPRISINGLY DIFFICULT STAMP TO FIND IN SUPERB USED CONDITION.
With 1980 P.F. and 2004 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $2,700.00). A review of the P.S.E. Population statistics for the 1c 1857 perforated types reveals a startling fact. For stamps in the grade of 95, Type I (Scott 18) has seven examples, the rare Type Ia (Scott 19) has two plus a 98J, Type III (Scott 21) has nine examples, Type IIIa (Scott 22) has twelve and Type IV (Scott 23) has three. Type II is regarded as the most common of the perforated 1c stamps prior to Scott 24, yet the P.S.E. Population statistics show only two used examples grading 95, with none higher -- this despite more submissions of used Type II's than any other 1c stamp except Type IIIa and the common Type V. Each of the other scarcer types, including Type Ia has more examples graded 95 or better.
EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 ONE-CENT TYPE II. ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE FROM TOP ROW OF PLATE 4.
This stamp is noteworthy for two important reasons. The first is that the top row of Plate 4, from which it originates, furnished the finest examples of Type II, with the full design at top (their counterparts from the bottom row are Type Ia stamps, displaying full bottom design). The second reason is that the Plate 4 was not evenly spaced to accommodate rows of perforations (see Neinken book, p. 279). This irregularity often resulted in perfs cutting into the designs of the top or bottom rows. The example offered here, showing the entire design, is a true condition rarity.
With 2006 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (both graded XF 90; SMQ $3,400.00). Only three have graded higher to date, but the Population Report does not distinguish between the rarity of position or plate.