Price History for US Scott 245 in Used 98 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
245
$5
97
3
5
13
3
6
1
2
0
1
9
2
14
3
1
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
245
5
Used
-
-
-
-
-
$375
-
$600
-
$900
$1,050
$1,350
$1,500
$1,750
$2,500
$3,400
$5,500
$8,000
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$13,500
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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
2016-11-09
U.S. and Possessions, featuring The Weinberg Inventory
638°
PSE 98
 
Sale 1140, Lot 638, $1.00-$5.00 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 241-245)$5.00 Columbian (245). Perfectly centered with wide margins approaching Jumbo proportions, intense shade and proof-like impression, neat registry cancel leaves design completely visible

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A TRULY STUNNING USED EXAMPLE OF THE $5.00 COLUMBIAN WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED TO ANY USED DOLLAR VALUE COLUMBIAN.

The dollar-value Columbians are extremely difficult to obtain in superb used condition. Of the five different dollar denominations, a total of eight copies have been graded 98 and none have been graded higher (four $2.00 and two each of the $3.00 and $5.00). None of the $1.00 or $4.00 stamps have graded 98. The $5.00 denomination was not designed to pay any actual postage rate, and collectors protested the high cost. Only 21,844 were sold, and a small percentage of those were used, either on philatelic covers or on heavy registered parcels. The stamps on parcels or registered mail were frequently heavily cancelled, and the large package wrappers were susceptible to damage. The stamp offered here is a notable exception. It is lightly cancelled for a registered use, the paper is fresh and bright and it is perfectly centered. It is a true condition rarity.

With 2016 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $13,500.00). Only one other used stamp shares this grade, from our 2012 sale of the Natalee Grace collection.

1,400
10,500
2012-09-19
The Natalee Grace Collection of Used U.S. Stamps, Part Two
130
PSE 98
 
Sale 1027, Lot 130, Columbian Issue (Scott 230-245)$5.00 Columbian (245). Perfectly centered with unusually wide margins, intense shade and proof-like impression, long and full perforations all around, unobtrusive cancel at upper right

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A PHENOMENALLY BEAUTIFUL USED EXAMPLE OF THE $5.00 COLUMBIAN. THIS STUNNING STAMP HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED TO DATE AND THE ONLY EXAMPLE TO ACHIEVE THIS GRADE.

The dollar-value Columbians are extremely difficult to obtain in superb used condition. For the five denominations a total of seven copies have graded 98 and none have graded higher, as illustrated in the chart below. None has graded 98 for the $1.00 and $4.00, and this is the only $5.00 to receive this grade. The denomination was not designed to pay any actual postage rate, and collectors protested the high cost. Only 21,844 were sold, and only a small percentage of those were used, either on philatelic covers or on heavy registered parcels. The stamps on parcels or registered mail were frequently heavily cancelled, and the large package wrappers were susceptible to damage. The stamp offered here is a notable exception. It is lightly cancelled, the paper is fresh and bright, the impression and shade and beautiful, and it is perfectly centered. It is truly a condition rarity.

With 1988 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ does not price this in the grade of 98, SMQ $6,850.00 as 95). This is the highest grade awarded to date and the only example to achieve this grade.

1,400
11,500
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Sale#/
Date
Lot#/
Grade
95
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2021-02-09
The James P. Myerson Collection of Superb United States Stamps
187
PSE 95
 
Sale 1231, Lot 187, 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 230-245)$5.00 Columbian (245). Exceptional centering with wide and balanced margins, intense shade on bright paper, face-free target cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN OUTSTANDING USED EXAMPLE OF THE $5.00 COLUMBIAN, GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY BOTH THE P.F. AND P.S.E.

The dollar-value Columbians are extremely difficult to obtain in superb used condition. None of the denominations were issued to pay any actual postage rate, and collectors protested the high cost. Only 21,844 of the $5.00 were sold, and a small percentage of those were used, either on philatelic covers or on heavy registered parcels. The stamps on parcels or registered mail were frequently heavily cancelled, and the large package wrappers were susceptible to damage. The stamp offered here is a notable exception. It has a face-free cancel and beautifully balanced margins.

With 2014 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $6,750.00). Only one grades higher (at 98).

1,175
4,250
2020-04-08
The Edward Morton Collection of Outstanding Quality U.S. Stamps
442
PSE 95
 
Sale 1219, Lot 442, 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 230-245)$5.00 Columbian (245). Exceptional centering with wide and balanced margins, intense shade on bright paper, face-free target cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN OUSTANDING USED EXAMPLE OF THE $5.00 COLUMBIAN, GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E.

The dollar-value Columbians are extremely difficult to obtain in superb used condition. None of the denominations were issued to pay any actual postage rate, and collectors protested the high cost. Only 21,844 of the $5.00 were sold, and a small percentage of those were used, either on philatelic covers or on heavy registered parcels. The stamps on parcels or registered mail were frequently heavily cancelled, and the large package wrappers were susceptible to damage. The stamp offered here is a notable exception. It has a face-free cancel and beautifully balanced margins.

With 1980 P.F., 2003 and 2015 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $6,750.00). Only two examples grade higher (both 98, one ex "Natalee Grace" and the other offered in Sale 1140, Lot 638).

1,150
3,750
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2018-06-27
2018 Rarities of the World
72
PSE 95
 
Sale 1185, Lot 72, Columbian Issue, 1894-98 Bureau Issue$5.00 Columbian (245). Exceptional centering with wide and balanced margins, intense shade and razor-sharp impression, light face-free target cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE $5.00 COLUMBIAN, WHICH IS GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E.

The dollar-value Columbians are extremely difficult to obtain in superb used condition. None of the denominations were issued to pay any actual postage rate, and collectors protested the high cost. Only 21,844 of the $5.00 were sold, and a small percentage of those were used, either on philatelic covers or on heavy registered parcels. The stamps on parcels or registered mail were frequently heavily cancelled, and the large package wrappers were susceptible to damage. The stamp offered here is a notable exception. It is lightly cancelled and has balanced margins.

With 2010 and 2013 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $6,750.00). Only two examples have graded higher (both 98, one ex "Natalee Grace" and the other offered in Siegel Sale 1140, Lot 638).

1,150
4,250
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2018-03-27
United States and Possessions
2281
PSE 95
 
Sale 1179, Lot 2281, $1.00-$5.00 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 241-245)$5.00 Columbian (245). Remarkably well-centered with balanced margins, bold color and proof-like impression, lightly cancelled

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A HANDSOME USED EXAMPLE OF THE $5.00 COLUMBIAN, WHICH IS GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E.

The dollar-value Columbians are extremely difficult to obtain in superb used condition. This denomination was not designed to pay any actual postage rate, and collectors protested the high cost. Only 21,844 were sold, and only a small percentage of those were used, either on philatelic covers or on heavy registered parcels. The stamps on parcels or registered mail were frequently heavily cancelled, and the large package wrappers were susceptible to damage. The stamp offered here is a notable exception. It is lightly cancelled and has balanced margins.

P.S.E. Encapsulated (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $6,750.00). Only two examples grade higher (both 98, one ex "Natalee Grace" and the other offered in Siegel Sale 1140, Lot 638).

1,150
5,000
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2018-03-07
The J. R. Helton, Jr. Collection of Used United States Stamps
105
PSE 95
 
Sale 1174, Lot 105, $1.00-$5.00 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 241-245)$5.00 Columbian (245). Precise centering with unusually wide margins, intense shade and proof-like impression, neat circular datestamp cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SPECTACULAR USED EXAMPLE OF THE $5.00 COLUMBIAN FEATURING EXCEPTIONAL CENTERING, A NEAT CANCEL AND OVERALL FRESHNESS.

The dollar-value Columbians are extremely difficult to obtain in superb used condition. This denomination was not designed to pay any actual postage rate, and collectors protested the high cost. Only 21,844 of the $5.00 were sold, and only a small percentage of those were used, either on philatelic covers or on heavy registered parcels. The stamps on parcels or registered mail were frequently heavily cancelled, and the large package wrappers were susceptible to damage. The stamp offered here is a notable exception. It is attractively cancelled and has balanced margins.

With 2009 and 2016 P.F. certificates. With 2009 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $6,750.00). Only two examples have graded higher (both 98, one ex "Natalee Grace" and the other offered in Siegel Sale 1140, Lot 638).

1,150
4,250
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2018-03-07
The J. R. Helton, Jr. Collection of Used United States Stamps
104
PSE 95
 
Sale 1174, Lot 104, $1.00-$5.00 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 241-245)$5.00 Columbian (245). Choice centering with wide margins, intense shade and proof-like impression, neat strike of New York 1894 circular datestamp

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A BEAUTIFUL USED EXAMPLE OF THE $5.00 COLUMBIAN COMBINING CENTERING, FRESHNESS AND AN ATTRACTIVE CANCEL.

The dollar-value Columbians are extremely difficult to obtain in superb used condition. This denomination was not designed to pay any actual postage rate, and collectors protested the high cost. Only 21,844 of the $5.00 were sold, and only a small percentage of those were used, either on philatelic covers or on heavy registered parcels. The stamps on parcels or registered mail were frequently heavily cancelled, and the large package wrappers were susceptible to damage. The stamp offered here is a notable exception. It is attractively cancelled and has balanced margins.

Ex Kirke. With 2000 and 2005 P.F. certificates. With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $6,750.00). Only two examples have graded higher, offered in the "Natalee Grace" collection (Siegel Sale 1027, lot 130) and Siegel Sale 1140, Lot 638

1,150
6,250
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2012-10-23
The Nick Kirke Collection of Gem-Quality Used U.S. Stamps
3361
PSE 95
 
Sale 1032, Lot 3361, 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 230-245)$5.00 Columbian (245). Choice centering with wide margins, intense shade and proof-like impression, neat strike of New York 1894 circular datestamp

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A BEAUTIFUL USED EXAMPLE OF THE $5.00 COLUMBIAN COMBINING CENTERING, FRESHNESS AND AN ATTRACTIVE CANCEL.

The dollar-value Columbians are extremely difficult to obtain in superb used condition. This denomination was not designed to pay any actual postage rate, and collectors protested the high cost. Only 21,844 were sold, and only a small percentage of those were used, either on philatelic covers or on heavy registered parcels. The stamps on parcels or registered mail were frequently heavily cancelled, and the large package wrappers were susceptible to damage. The stamp offered here is a notable exception. It is attractively cancelled and has balanced margins.

With 2000 and 2005 P.F. certificates. With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $6,500.00). Only one example has graded higher, offered in the Natalie Grace collection (Siegel Sale 1027, lot 130)

1,400
6,000
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Sale#/
Date
Lot#/
Grade
90
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2021-12-14
United States Stamps
393
PSE 90
 
Sale 1247, Lot 393, 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 230-245)$5.00 Black, Columbian (245). Crisp impression, wide and balanced margins, neat strike of circular datestamp cancel

EXTREMELY FINE USED EXAMPLE OF THE $5.00 COLUMBIAN.

With 2021 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $2,850.00)

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
245
$5
97
3
5
13
3
6
1
2
0
1
9
2
14
2
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
245
5
Used
-
-
-
-
-
$375
-
$600
-
$900
$1,050
$1,350
$1,500
$1,750
$2,275
$2,850
-
$6,750
-
$13,500
-
-
-
P.S.E. Population Report and SMQ as of December 13th, 2021
1,200
1,700
2018-06-27
2018 Rarities of the World
73°
PSE 90
 
Sale 1185, Lot 73, Columbian Issue, 1894-98 Bureau Issue$5.00 Columbian (245). Wide margins and particularly well-centered, bold color and sharp impression, neat New Bedford Mass. circular datestamp cancel

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL USED EXAMPLE OF THE $5.00 COLUMBIAN ISSUE.

With 2018 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $2,850.00)

1,150
2,050
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2018-03-07
The J. R. Helton, Jr. Collection of Used United States Stamps
106
PSE 90
 
Sale 1174, Lot 106, $1.00-$5.00 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 241-245)$5.00 Columbian (245). Exceptionally wide margins and well-centered, bold color and sharp impression, uncharacteristically light circular datestamp cancel

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL USED EXAMPLE OF THE $5.00 COLUMBIAN ISSUE.

With 2014 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $2,850.00)

1,150
2,300
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2012-12-10
United States and Foreign Stamps and Covers
1862
PSE 90
 
Sale 1037, Lot 1862, 1893 Columbian Issue, 50c thru $5.00 (Scott 240-245)$5.00 Columbian (245). Intense shade and impression on bright paper, New York oval registry cancel

EXTREMELY FINE USED EXAMPLE OF THE $5.00 COLUMBIAN ISSUE.

With 2012 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $2,750.00)

1,350
1,400
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2008-03-25
United States Stamps
772
PSE 90
 
Sale 953, Lot 772, 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 230-245)$5.00 Columbian (245). Intense shade and impression on bright paper, gorgeous centering with well-balanced margins, unobtrusive strike of target cancel at top right

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL USED EXAMPLE OF THE $5.00 COLUMBIAN ISSUE.

With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $3,100.00). Only six have graded higher to date and only five others share this grade.

1,500
3,750
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2008-03-25
United States Stamps
771
PSE 90
 
Sale 953, Lot 771, 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 230-245)$5.00 Columbian (245). Exceptionally wide margins and near-perfect centering, fabulous intense color on bright white paper with clear impression

EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF THE MOST ATTRACTIVE USED $5.00 COLUMBIAN STAMPS WE HAVE SEEN.

With 1992 P.F. and 2003 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $3,100.00). Only six have graded higher to date and only five others share this grade.

1,500
3,750
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Sale#/
Date
Lot#/
Grade
85J
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2021-11-09
The Arthur S. Przybyl Collection of United States, Confederate States and Hawaii
347
PSE 85J
 
Sale 1244, Lot 347, 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 230-245)$5.00 Columbian (245). Beautifully centered with Jumbo margins, deep dark color on fresh paper, bold cancel still leaves design clearly visible

EXTREMELY FINE. A MASSIVE USED $5.00 COLUMBIAN. RARE WITH SUCH HUGE MARGINS.

Ex "Tahoe". With 2004 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (VF-XF 85 Jumbo; SMQ $2,275.00)

1,175
1,400
Sale#/
Date
Lot#/
Grade
75
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2016-07-26
United States and Possessions
385
PSE 75
 
Sale 1133, Lot 385, 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 230-245)$5.00 Columbian (245). Crisp impression, light registry oval cancel, unpunched perf at bottom left, Very Fine, with 2016 P.S.E. certificate (F-VF 75; SMQ $875.00)

1,200
750