Price History for US Scott 204 in NGAI
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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. WITHOUT QUESTION THIS IS THE FINEST RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1880 AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY SOFT-PAPER SPECIAL PRINTING. ONLY 18 COPIES ARE RECORDED IN OUR CENSUS. ONE OF THE MOST OUTSTANDING STAMPS OF THE ENTIRE CLASSIC PERIOD.
The 5c 1880 Special Printing on soft paper is one of the most elusive of the Bank Note Special printings. Our census of Scott 204 is available at http://www.siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/204/204.pdf and records only 18 copies of this stamp, including one example in the Miller collection at The New York Public Library. About one-third of the known stamps have minor faults. Of the dozen sound examples available to collectors, this stamp has the widest margins and is in the most remarkable state of preservation of any.
Census No. 204-UNC-05. Ex Hetherington, Anderson, Floyd and Minervino. 1953, 1992 and 2001 P.F. certificates no longer accompany. With 2012 P.S.E. certificate (NGAI, Superb 98 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $610,000.00 as 98).