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Price History for Scott 253 in OGnh 95 Grade

Scott No.
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Condition
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70
70J
75
75J
80
80J
85
85J
90
90J
95
95J
98
98J
100
100J
253
3c
45
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1
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1
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Sale#/
Date
Lot#/
Grade
98
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2019-05-01
Gem-Quality United States Stamps
1339
PSE 98
nh
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1339, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)3c Purple (253), 3c Purple (253)3c Purple (253). Mint N.H., brilliant color and proof-like impression showing every detail of the engraving, essentially perfectly centered with wide margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS IS THE FINEST EXAMPLE OF THE UNWATERMARKED 1894 3-CENT BUREAU ISSUE RECORDED. A SPECTACULAR STAMP IN EVERY RESPECT, GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E.

As collectors of the First Bureau Issue know, great difficulty was experienced in perforating the stamps, either due to poor equipment or improper operation. Choppy, ragged perfs and poor centering are so common on this issue that it is often possible to separate the 1894 unwatermarked stamps from the 1895 watermarked stamps by the appearance of the perforations alone. This example, with precise centering, wide margins and perfectly formed perforations, is a true condition rarity.

Ex "Scarsdale". 1997 P.F. certificate no longer accompanies. With 2012 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $10,000.00). This is the highest grade awarded to a Scott 253 in any condition (Mint N.H., hinged or used). It has been equaled by no others

360
15,000
2006-11-14
The Scarsdale Collection, Part 3
79
PSE 98
nh
Sale Number 924, Lot Number 79, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue3c Purple (253), 3c Purple (253)3c Purple (253). Mint N.H., brilliant color and detailed impression showing every detail of the engraving, bright paper as fresh as the day it was made, long and full perforations all around, perfectly centered with wide margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS IS WITHOUT QUESTION THE FINEST EXAMPLE OF THIS ISSUE WE HAVE EVER HANDLED. A SPECTACULAR STAMP IN EVERY RESPECT -- ITS PRISTINE GUM, WIDE MARGINS, FULL PERFORATIONS, BRIGHT COLOR AND GORGEOUS CENTERING MAKE THIS ONE OF OUR FAVORITE STAMPS IN THE SALE. THIS IS THE ONLY EXAMPLE TO ACHIEVE THE EXALTED P.S.E. GRADE OF SUPERB 98.

With 1997 P.F. and 2006 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $9,550.00)

375
15,000
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Sale#/
Date
Lot#/
Grade
95
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2017-09-19
The Clipper City Collection of Superb U.S. Stamps
188
PSE 95
nh
Sale Number 1163, Lot Number 188, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)3c Purple (253), 3c Purple (253)3c Purple (253). Mint N.H., deep rich color on bright paper, wonderfully well-centered

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1894 3-CENT UNWATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE.

With 2006 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $3,250.00). Only one has graded higher (at 98) and seven others share this grade

325
2,400
2013-12-17
The Golden Oak Collection of Superb United States
437
PSE 95
nh
Sale Number 1062, Lot Number 437, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)3c Purple (253), 3c Purple (253)3c Purple (253). Mint N.H., deep rich color on bright paper, choice centering, long and full perforations

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1894 3-CENT UNWATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE.

With 2004 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $3,400.00). Only one has graded higher (at 98) and seven others share this grade, a statistic that has not changed in over a year.

325
2,300
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2012-11-28
The Merlin Collection of Superb United States Stamps
233
PSE 95
nh
Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 233, 1894 Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)3c Purple (253), 3c Purple (253)3c Purple (253). Mint N.H., bright shade and paper, detailed impression, long and full perforations all around

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1894 3-CENT UNWATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE.

With 2011 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $3,400.00). Only one has graded higher (at 98) and seven others share this grade.

325
2,100
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2009-12-16
United States Stamps
5598°
PSE 95
nh
Sale Number 982, Lot Number 5598, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)3c Purple (253), 3c Purple (253)3c Purple (253). Mint N.H. with wide top part imprint selvage, rich color on bright white paper, essentially perfect centering, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb stamp in every respect, with 1999 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $3,250.00), only one example has graded higher to date (at 98, from our Scarsdale Sale 924)

325
2,000
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Sale#/
Date
Lot#/
Grade
90
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2019-07-23
United States Stamps and Confederate States
267
PSE 90
nh
Sale Number 1206, Lot Number 267, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)3c Purple (253), 3c Purple (253)3c Purple (253). Mint N.H., with right plate no. 47 selvage, outstanding centering, wide margins, rich color on fresh paper, Extremely Fine Gem, with 1982, 1999 P.F. and 2004 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $825.00)

360
650
2014-03-24
United States Stamps
1250
PSE 90
nh
Sale Number 1067, Lot Number 1250, 1894-98 Bureau Issues (Scott 247-284)3c Purple (253), 3c Purple (253)3c Purple (253). Mint N.H. with plate no. 91 selvage at top, rich color on bright paper, wide margins, Extremely Fine, with 2013 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $825.00)

325
550
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2010-04-06
United States Stamps
637
PSE 90
nh
Sale Number 984, Lot Number 637, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)3c Purple (253), 3c Purple (253)3c Purple (253). Mint N.H., brilliant color, choice centering, Extremely Fine, with 2010 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $800.00)

325
800
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2009-09-29
United States Stamps
1731
PSE 90
nh
Sale Number 976, Lot Number 1731, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)3c Purple (253), 3c Purple (253)3c Purple (253). Mint N.H. with wide top plate no. 103 selvage, rich color on bright white paper, choice centering, fresh and Extremely Fine, a beautiful stamp, with 1996 P.F. and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $890.00)

375
375
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2007-02-27
United States Stamps
2225
PSE 90
nh
Sale Number 930, Lot Number 2225, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)3c Purple (253), 3c Purple (253)3c Purple (253). Mint N.H., choice centering with enormous margins, radiant color, fresh and Extremely Fine, with 1994 P.F. and 2004 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $1,250.00)

375
950
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