Price History for US Scott 242 in Used 80 Grade

Scott No.
Den.
Cond.
Tot.
10
20
30
40
50
60
70
70J
75
75J
80
80J
85
85J
90
90J
95
95J
98
98J
100
100J
242
$2
112
0
4
8
3
10
3
6
0
8
0
1
1
0
0
0
0
SMQ US
Scott No.
Den.
Cond.
10
20
30
40
50
60
70
70J
75
75J
80
80J
85
85J
90
90J
95
95J
98
98J
100
100J
242
2
Used
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-
-
-
-
$175
-
$300
-
$425
-
$650
$700
$775
$1,000
$1,250
$2,000
$3,500
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$12,500
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  1. 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.
  2. When looking at multiple grades on the graph, grades with the same population numbers may show overlapping.
  3. 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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Sale#/
Date
Lot#/
Grade
98
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2022-04-06
United States Stamps
838°
PSE 98
 
Sale 1254, Lot 838, Columbian Issue$2.00 Brown Red, Columbian (242). Perfectly centered with wide and balanced margins, deep rich color on bright paper, neat strike of "New York Jan. 15 2:30 PM 94" circular datestamp, long and full perforations

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS STUNNING USED $2.00 COLUMBIAN IS GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. -- THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED.

The $2.00 is one of the most difficult of all dollar-value Columbians to obtain in such superb condition. With 2012 P.F. and P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $12,500.00).

675
8,500
2015-09-29
The Robert Bowman Collection of Superb U.S. Stamps
117
PSE 98
 
Sale 1108, Lot 117, 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 237-245)$2.00 Columbian (242). Intense color and proof-like impression on bright paper, gorgeous centering with unusually wide and balanced margins, Chicago World's Fair receiving datestamp used as a cancelling device after the close of the Exposition and dated Nov. 20, 1893

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS STUNNING USED EXAMPLE OF THE $2.00 COLUMBIAN ISSUE HAS BEEN AWARDED THE GRADE OF SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED.

The Columbian Exposition was open from May 1 to October 30, 1893, and the use of this exposition marking is very unusual. The $2.00 is one of the most difficult of all dollar-value Columbians to obtain in such superb condition.

With 1992 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $8,000.00). This is the highest grade awarded and only three others share it.

600
10,500
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2012-10-23
The Nick Kirke Collection of Gem-Quality Used U.S. Stamps
3354
PSE 98
 
Sale 1032, Lot 3354, 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 230-245)$2.00 Columbian (242). Perfectly centered with wide and balanced margins, deep rich color on bright paper, neat strike of "New York Jan. 15 2:30 PM 94" circular datestamp, long and full perforations

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS STUNNING USED EXAMPLE OF THE $2.00 COLUMBIAN ISSUE HAS BEEN AWARDED THE GRADE OF SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED.

The $2.00 is one of the most difficult of all dollar-value Columbians to obtain in such superb condition. With 2012 P.F. and P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $7,700.00). This is the highest grade awarded and one of only three to achieve this grade.

675
5,500
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2012-09-19
The Natalee Grace Collection of Used U.S. Stamps, Part Two
125
PSE 98
 
Sale 1027, Lot 125, Columbian Issue (Scott 230-245)$2.00 Columbian (242). Perfectly centered with wide and balanced margins, radiant color and crisp impression on bright paper, neat strike of circular datestamp at top

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS STUNNING STAMP HAS BEEN AWARDED THE GRADE OF SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED TO DATE AND ONE OF ONLY THREE TO ACHIEVE THIS GRADE.

Used examples of the $2.00 Columbian are difficult to find in high grades. The margins are never Jumbo, and are rarely wide. It is often found with a heavy cancel which obliterates part of the design. The stamp offered here is the exception -- the margins are wide and perfectly balanced, the color is beautiful, the perforations are long and even, and the cancel is well-placed and not too heavy. It is easily the finest we have ever encountered.

With 1994 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $7,700.00). This is the highest grade awarded to date and only two others have achieved this grade.

675
4,500
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2012-03-01
United States Stamps
568
PSE 98
 
Sale 1019, Lot 568, $1.00-$5.00 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 241-245)$2.00 Columbian (242). Perfectly centered with wide and balanced margins, deep rich color on bright paper, neat strike of "New York Jan. 15 2:30 PM 94" circular datestamp, long and full perforations

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS STUNNING USED EXAMPLE OF THE $2.00 COLUMBIAN ISSUE HAS BEEN AWARDED THE GRADE OF SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED TO DATE AND ONLY ONE OTHER HAS ACHIEVED THIS GRADE.

The $2.00 is one of the most difficult of all dollar-value Columbians to obtain in such superb condition. With 2012 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $7,700.00). This is the highest grade awarded to date and one of only two to achieve this grade. The other is currently part of the "Natalee Grace" Collection, available for collectors to view at the Exhibits section of our website.

675
7,000
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Sale#/
Date
Lot#/
Grade
95
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2022-05-17
The David W. Gorham Collection of Outstanding Used U.S. Stamps
936
PSE 95
 
Sale 1255, Lot 936, 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 230-245)$2.00 Brown Red, Columbian (242). Bold color on bright paper, unobtrusive cancel, wide and balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE $2.00 COLUMBIAN WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E.

With 2013 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $3,500.00). Only four grade higher (all at 98).

525
2,200
2021-11-16
United States Stamps, featuring the Sacramento Collection
1505°
PSE 95
 
Sale 1245, Lot 1505, 50c-$5.00 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 240-245)$2.00 Columbian (242). Gorgeous color on fresh paper, wide and balanced margins, remarkable face-free strike of duplex cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE $2.00 COLUMBIAN, WITH A CANCEL ALLOWING AN UNOBSCURED VIEW OF THE "COLUMBUS IN CHAINS" DESIGN.

With 2021 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $3,250.00). Only four used stamps grade higher (all at 98).

525
2,200
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2021-02-09
The James P. Myerson Collection of Superb United States Stamps
183
PSE 95
 
Sale 1231, Lot 183, 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 230-245)$2.00 Columbian (242). Bold color on fresh paper, wide and balanced margins, unobtrusive corner cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE $2.00 COLUMBIAN, GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E.

With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $3,250.00). Only four examples grade higher (all at 98).

525
2,500
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2020-04-08
The Edward Morton Collection of Outstanding Quality U.S. Stamps
437
PSE 95
 
Sale 1219, Lot 437, 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 230-245)$2.00 Columbian (242). Brilliant color and crisp impression, unusually wide and balanced margins, neat strike of purple New York registry oval cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STUNNING USED EXAMPLE OF THE $2.00 COLUMBIAN ISSUE.

With 2009 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $3,250.00). Only four grade higher

525
1,800
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2018-03-07
The J. R. Helton, Jr. Collection of Used United States Stamps
94
PSE 95
 
Sale 1174, Lot 94, $1.00-$5.00 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 241-245)$2.00 Columbian (242). Bold color on bright paper, unobtrusive cancel, wide and balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE $2.00 COLUMBIAN WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E.

With 2013 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $3,250.00). Only four examples grade higher (all at 98).

525
2,500
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2012-10-23
The Nick Kirke Collection of Gem-Quality Used U.S. Stamps
3355
PSE 95
 
Sale 1032, Lot 3355, 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 230-245)$2.00 Columbian (242). Radiant color on fresh paper, vignett-free light strike of target cancel leaves design fully visible, wide and balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A BEAUTIFUL USED EXAMPLE OF THE $2.00 COLUMBIAN WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E.

With 2003 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $3,300.00). Only three have graded higher (at 98)

675
1,800
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2011-03-08
United States Stamps
2441
PSE 95
 
Sale 1007, Lot 2441, 1893 Columbian Issue ($2.00 thru $5.00, Scott 242-245)$2.00 Columbian (242). Radiant color on bright paper, perfect strike of "New York May 13 3:30PM D" circular datestamp, wide and balanced margins, long and full perforations all around

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A PHENOMENAL USED EXAMPLE OF THE $2.00 COLUMBIAN WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E.

With 1990 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $3,400.00). Only two have graded higher to date (at 98) and only five others share this grade.

675
2,400
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2009-12-04
The Beverly Hills Collection of Outstanding United States Stamps
1071
PSE 95
 
Sale 978, Lot 1071, Columbian Issue$2.00 Columbian (242). Brilliant color and proof-like impression, gorgeous centering with wide and balanced margins all around, neat strikes of New York registry oval cancels

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A MAGNIFICENT USED EXAMPLE OF THE $2.00 COLUMBIAN ISSUE. THIS BEAUTIFUL STAMP HAS BEEN AWARDED THE GRADE OF XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E.

P.S.E. encapsulated (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $3,100.00). Only two have graded higher to date in the P.S.E. Population Report.

700
3,000
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2009-06-13
2009 Rarities of the World
158
PSE 95
 
Sale 973, Lot 158, Columbian Issue$2.00 Columbian (242). Brilliant color and crisp impression, unusually wide and balanced margins, neat strike of purple New York registry oval cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STUNNING USED EXAMPLE OF THE $2.00 COLUMBIAN ISSUE.

With 2009 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $3,800.00). Only two have graded higher to date and only five others share this grade.

650
4,000
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2008-02-27
The Tahoe Collection of Superb Used U.S. Stamps
80
PSE 95
 
Sale 951, Lot 80, Columbian Issue$2.00 Columbian (242). Brilliant color and proof-like impression, gorgeous centering with wide and balanced margins all around, neat strikes of New York registry oval cancels

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A MAGNIFICENT USED EXAMPLE OF THE $2.00 COLUMBIAN ISSUE. THIS BEAUTIFUL STAMP HAS BEEN AWARDED THE GRADE OF XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E., WHICH IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED TO DATE.

With 2007 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $3,500.00). This is the highest grade awarded to date, and only three others share this grade

600
6,000
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Sale#/
Date
Lot#/
Grade
90
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2018-03-07
The J. R. Helton, Jr. Collection of Used United States Stamps
95
PSE 90
 
Sale 1174, Lot 95, $1.00-$5.00 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 241-245)$2.00 Columbian (242). Crisp impression on fresh paper, light vignette-free cancel, well-proportioned margins, Extremely Fine, ex Kirke, with 1997, 2005 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $1,250.00)

525
1,000
2012-12-10
United States and Foreign Stamps and Covers
1845
PSE 90
 
Sale 1037, Lot 1845, 1893 Columbian Issue, 50c thru $5.00 (Scott 240-245)$2.00 Columbian (242). Crisp impression on bright paper, neat strike of duplex cancel, well-proportioned margins, fresh and Extremely Fine, with 2012 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $1,250.00)

650
550
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2011-06-21
United States Stamps & Postal History, Foreign
600
PSE 90
 
Sale 1011, Lot 600, 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 230-245)$2.00 Columbian (242). Deep shade on fresh white paper, beautiful centering with wide and balanced margins, two strikes of New York duplex cancel, single slightly shorter perf at upper right, still Extremely Fine, with 2002 P.F. and 2011 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $1,100.00)

675
550
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2009-09-29
United States Stamps
1705
PSE 90
 
Sale 976, Lot 1705, 1893 Columbian Issue ($2.00 thru $5.00, Scott 242-245)$2.00 Columbian (242). Wide and balanced margins, attractive color with bold New York oval registry cancel, Extremely Fine, with 2009 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $1,100.00)

650
750
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Sale#/
Date
Lot#/
Grade
85J
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2008-03-25
United States Stamps
747
PSE 85J
 
Sale 953, Lot 747, 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 230-245)$2.00 Columbian (242). Jumbo margins and attractively centered, deep color, neat double oval cancel, Extremely Fine, with 2007 P.S.E. certificate (VF-XF 85 Jumbo; SMQ $980.00 as 85, $1,400.00 as 95)

600
1,000
Sale#/
Date
Lot#/
Grade
85
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2011-10-12
Outstanding United States Stamps
1545
PSE 85
 
Sale 1014, Lot 1545, $1.00-$3.00 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 241-243)$2.00 Columbian (242). Rich color, neat New York oval registry cancel, Very Fine and choice, with 2011 P.S.E. certificate (VF-XF 85; SMQ $825.00)

675
600
Sale#/
Date
Lot#/
Grade
80
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2011-10-12
Outstanding United States Stamps
1546
PSE 80
 
Sale 1014, Lot 1546, $1.00-$3.00 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 241-243)$2.00 Columbian (242). Wonderful deep rich color, light Pennsylvania town circular datestamp, Very Fine, an unusually pretty example of this difficult value, with 2011 P.S.E. certificate (VF 80; SMQ $560.00)

675
600
2008-12-16
Important and Superb United States Stamps
4405
PSE 80
 
Sale 967, Lot 4405, 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 230-245)$2.00 Columbian (242). Well-centered, light registry oval cancel, Very Fine, with 1992 P.F. and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (VF 80; SMQ $700.00)

650
350
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