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Price History for Scott 244 in OGnh 90 Grade

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244
$4
16
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Sale#/
Date
Lot#/
Grade
95
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2015-06-25
2015 Rarities of the World
3133
PSE 95
nh
Sale Number 1106, Lot Number 3133, Columbian Issue$4.00 Columbian (244), $4.00 Columbian (244)$4.00 Columbian (244). Mint N.H., stunning color on bright paper, gorgeous centering with wide balanced margins, long and full perforations

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN ABSOLUTELY STUNNING MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE $4.00 COLUMBIAN, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED.

With 2014 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $75,000.00). This is the highest grade awarded and only three others share this desirable grade.

7,000
40,000
2012-06-26
2012 Rarities of the World
188°
PSE 95
nh
Sale Number 1025, Lot Number 188, Columbian Issue$4.00 Columbian (244), $4.00 Columbian (244)$4.00 Columbian (244). Mint N.H., brilliant color as fresh as the day it was printed, bright paper, gorgeous centering with wide balanced margins, long and full perforations

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN ABSOLUTELY STUNNING MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE $4.00 COLUMBIAN, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED TO DATE.

With 2012 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $51,500.00). This is the highest grade awarded to date and only two others share this desirable grade. As another indication of rarity, this is the first time we have offered a Mint N.H. stamp in this grade.

7,250
62,500
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Sale#/
Date
Lot#/
Grade
90
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2019-03-14
United States Stamps
1848
PSE 90
nh
Sale Number 1197, Lot Number 1848, 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 230-245)$4.00 Columbian (244), $4.00 Columbian (244)$4.00 Columbian (244). Mint N.H., brilliant color and detailed impression, gorgeous centering with wide and balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A PHENOMENAL MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE $4.00 COLUMBIAN ISSUE, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED XF 90 BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS A DIFFICULT ISSUE TO FIND IN SUCH A HIGH GRADE.

The $4.00 Columbian depicts the two central figures in the story of Columbus -- Queen Isabella and Columbus himself. The portrait of Isabella is said to be based on a painting in Madrid, but its origins have been lost to history. The portrait of Columbus is based on a painting by the artist Lorenzo Lotto (c. 1480-1556). This portrait of Columbus was painted in 1512 as a commission from Domenico Malpiero, a Venetian senator and historian, and was executed shortly after the death of Columbus in 1504. It is one of the earliest portraits of Columbus (none is known to have been painted in his lifetime). This image was also used for several stamps of Chile.

With 2015 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $16,000.00). Only five have graded higher (all at 95) and only five others share this grade. In our opinion, this magnificent stamp, graded XF 90 strictly "by the numbers," is the equal of the $4.00 Columbian stamps graded XF-Superb 95.

7,000
19,000
2016-04-07
The Hanover Collection of Superb-Quality U.S. Stamps-Part One
135°
PSE 90
nh
Sale Number 1122, Lot Number 135, 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 230-245)$4.00 Columbian (244), $4.00 Columbian (244)$4.00 Columbian (244). Mint N.H. with plate letters "C C" in bottom selvage, deep rich Crimson Lake shade and proof-like impression, beautifully centered with wide and well-proportioned margins, post-office fresh

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A MAGNIFICENT MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE $4.00 COLUMBIAN ISSUE. THIS IS ARGUABLY THE FINEST EXAMPLE IN EXISTENCE. A SUPERB STAMP IN EVERY RESPECT -- COLOR, IMPRESSION, FRESHNESS OF PAPER AND GUM AND CENTERING.

The P.S.E. Population Report lists ten Mint N.H. $4.00 Columbian stamps above the grade of 85 (nine No. 244 and one No. 244a) in grades of XF 90 (four) or XF-Superb 95 (five, one is 244a). Although this stamp did not attain a 95 grade, in our opinion it is a peer of, if not better than, the higher-graded examples. We justify our opinion with three reasons: first, its beautifully-preserved intense color is the desirable rich Crimson Lake shade; second, the paper and gum are fresh and bright, without any of the toning that often affects the Crimson Lake stamps (No. 244a is characteristically brighter); and, third, the "C C" plate selvage is unique to this example, which adds a dimension of rarity and significance lacking in the other 90 and 95 stamps.

This $4.00 Columbian is legendary among knowledgeable collectors and dealers, and its appearance in the marketplace has always established a new benchmark value for the issue. For the collector attempting to assemble the finest set of Mint Never-Hinged Columbian stamps in existence, the $4.00 is a major obstacle to completion. This extraordinary example will become the keystone to perfection.

Ex "Scarsdale". With 2000 P.F. certificate. With 1991, 1998 and 2004 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $16,000.00).

7,000
21,000
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2015-10-27
United States Stamps
151°
PSE 90
nh
Sale Number 1111, Lot Number 151, 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 230-245)$4.00 Columbian (244), $4.00 Columbian (244)$4.00 Columbian (244). Mint N.H., brilliant color and detailed impression, gorgeous centering with wide and balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A PHENOMENAL MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE $4.00 COLUMBIAN ISSUE, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED XF 90 BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS A DIFFICULT ISSUE TO FIND IN SUCH A HIGH GRADE.

The $4.00 Columbian depicts the two central figures in the story of Columbus -- Queen Isabella and Columbus himself. The portrait of Isabella is said to be based on a painting in Madrid, but its origins have been lost to history. The portrait of Columbus is based on a painting by the artist Lorenzo Lotto (c. 1480-1556). This portrait of Columbus was painted in 1512 as a commission from Domenico Malpiero, a Venetian senator and historian, and was executed shortly after the death of Columbus in 1504. It is one of the earliest portraits of Columbus (none is known to have been painted in his lifetime). This image was also used for several stamps of Chile.

P.S.E. Encapsulated (XF 90; SMQ $17,000.00). Only four have graded higher (all at 95) and only four others share this grade. In our opinion, this magnificent stamp, graded XF 90 strictly "by the numbers," is the equal of the $4.00 Columbian stamps graded XF-Superb 95.

7,000
16,500
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2010-12-08
Siegel Sale 1000
1143
PSE 90
nh
Sale Number 1000, Lot Number 1143, 1893 Columbian Issue (Dollar Values)$4.00 Columbian (244), $4.00 Columbian (244)$4.00 Columbian (244). Mint N.H., vibrant color on post-office fresh paper, gorgeous centering with wide and balanced margins, long and full perforations all around

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STUNNING MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE $4.00 COLUMBIAN ISSUE, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED XF 90 BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS A DIFFICULT ISSUE TO FIND IN SUCH A HIGH GRADE.

With 2009 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $23,000.00). Only three have graded higher to date (all at 95) and only four others share this grade.

7,250
8,000
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2006-04-21
The Scarsdale Collection, Part 1
21
PSE 90
nh
Sale Number 910, Lot Number 21, 1893 Columbian Issue$4.00 Columbian (244), $4.00 Columbian (244)$4.00 Columbian (244). Mint N.H. with plate letters "C C" in bottom selvage, deep rich Crimson Lake shade and proof-like impression, beautifully centered with wide and well-proportioned margins, post-office fresh

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A MAGNIFICENT MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE $4.00 COLUMBIAN ISSUE. THIS IS ARGUABLY THE FINEST EXAMPLE IN EXISTENCE. A SUPERB STAMP IN EVERY RESPECT -- COLOR, IMPRESSION, FRESHNESS OF PAPER AND GUM AND CENTERING.

The P.S.E. Population Report lists six Mint N.H. $4.00 Columbian stamps (five No. 244 and one No. 244a) in grades of XF 90 (three) or XF-Superb 95 (three). Although this stamp did not attain a 95 rating, in our opinion it is a peer of, if not better than, the higher-graded examples. We justify our opinion with three reasons: first, its beautifully-preserved intense color is the desirable rich Crimson Lake shade; second, the paper and gum are fresh and bright, without any of the toning that often affects the Crimson Lake stamps (No. 244a is characteristically brighter); and, third, the "C C" plate selvage is unique to this example, which adds a dimension of rarity and significance lacking in the other 90 and 95 stamps.

This $4.00 Columbian is legendary among knowledgeable collectors and dealers, and its appearance in the marketplace has always established a new benchmark value for the issue. For the collector attempting to assemble the finest set of Mint Never-Hinged Columbian stamps in existence, the $4.00 is a major obstacle to completion. This extraordinary example will become the keystone to perfection.

With 2000 P.F. certificate. With 1991, 1998 and 2004 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $21,800.00).

8,000
60,000
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Sale#/
Date
Lot#/
Grade
85
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2008-05-08
The Jay Hoffman Collection of United States Stamps
238
PSE 85
nh
Sale Number 956, Lot Number 238, Columbian Issue$4.00 Columbian (244), $4.00 Columbian (244)$4.00 Columbian (244). Mint N.H., radiant color on bright paper, choice centering, long and full perforations

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A BEAUTIFUL MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE $4.00 COLUMBIAN.

With 2005 P.S.E. certificate (VF-XF 85; SMQ $14,000.00)

8,500
11,500
Sale#/
Date
Lot#/
Grade
70
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2016-11-09
U.S. and Possessions, featuring The Weinberg Inventory
625
PSE 70
nh
Sale Number 1140, Lot Number 625, $1.00-$5.00 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 241-245)$4.00 Columbian (244), $4.00 Columbian (244)$4.00 Columbian (244). Mint N.H., brilliant color on bright white paper

FRESH AND FINE MINT NEVER-HINGED $4.00 COLUMBIAN.

With 2014 P.S.E. certificate (F 70; SMQ $3,750.00)

7,000
2,200
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