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Price History for Scott 260 in OGnh 85 Grade

Scott No.
Denom.
Condition
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50
60
70
70J
75
75J
80
80J
85
85J
90
90J
95
95J
98
98J
100
100J
260
50c
21
0
0
0
0
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1
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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.
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Sale#/
Date
Lot#/
Grade
98J
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2009-12-04
The Beverly Hills Collection of Outstanding United States Stamps
1079
PSE 98J
nh
Sale Number 978, Lot Number 1079, 1894-98 Bureau Issues50c Orange (260), 50c Orange (260)50c Orange (260). Mint N.H., perfectly framed with Jumbo margins, brilliant color and sharp impression

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS STAMP, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 JUMBO BY P.S.E., IS WITHOUT QUESTION THE FINEST EXAMPLE OF THE 50-CENT 1894 UNWATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE IN EXISTENCE.

The unwatermarked 1894 Issue was the Bureau of Engraving and Printing's first effort producing postage stamps. As collectors know only too well, the stamps are typically poorly centered with irregular perforations. Issued quantities of the higher values on unwatermarked paper were small -- only 175,330 of the 50c, compared to 244,110 of the 30c 1869 -- and collectors have hinged most of the supply in philatelic hands. This 50c stamp has margins and centering rarely seen on any copy, used or unused, and its Mint Never-Hinged condition elevates it to the top of its class.

In his three-volume work on 19th Century United States stamps, Lester G. Brookman wrote the following about the 50c 1894 Issue: "There are few, if any, of the 19th century U.S. stamps that are so difficult to find in superb used condition as is this stamp. The price for commercial copies of this stamp can well be multiplied by 10 and the buyer of a superb copy of this stamp at such a price can rejoice in the fact he has a bargain!" Brookman's comments apply equally to 50c stamps with original gum and actually understate the value of a Mint Never-Hinged example.

Ex Hewitt, Zoellner and Fox. 1998 P.F. certificate no longer accompanies. P.S.E. encapsulated (Superb 98 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, $31,700.00 as 98). This is the only stamp to have achieved this exalted grade in the P.S.E. Population Report. The next closest Mint N.H. examples are graded 95 (2). There are no other examples in any category graded above 95J.

1,600
16,500
Sale#/
Date
Lot#/
Grade
90
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2011-03-08
United States Stamps
2498
PSE 90
nh
Sale Number 1007, Lot Number 2498, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-262)50c Orange (260), 50c Orange (260)50c Orange (260). Mint N.H., exceptionally wide margins and choice centering, blazing orange color without any hint of oxidation

EXTREMELY FINE. A SPECTACULARLY FRESH MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1894 50-CENT UNWATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE.

With 2009 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $3,850.00)

1,600
4,500
2008-12-16
Important and Superb United States Stamps
4426
PSE 90
nh
Sale Number 967, Lot Number 4426, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)50c Orange (260), 50c Orange (260)50c Orange (260). Mint N.H., radiant color on bright paper, unusually choice centering with wide and balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1894 50-CENT UNWATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE.

With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $5,100.00). Surprisingly, this is the highest graded example of this issue we have offered to date (excluding the ex-Zoellner gem, which was not graded until after we last sold it). Only three have graded higher, and only three others share this grade.

1,900
3,500
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Sale#/
Date
Lot#/
Grade
85J
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2017-09-19
The Clipper City Collection of Superb U.S. Stamps
194
PSE 85J
nh
Sale Number 1163, Lot Number 194, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)50c Orange (260), 50c Orange (260)50c Orange (260). Mint N.H., beautiful wide margins and choice centering, pristine color, fresh and crisp, Extremely Fine, with 1982 P.F. and 2010 P.S.E. certificates (VF-XF 85 Jumbo; SMQ $2,800.00)

1,500
1,600
Sale#/
Date
Lot#/
Grade
85
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2013-11-19
United States Stamps
3749
PSE 85
nh
Sale Number 1061, Lot Number 3749, 1894-98 Bureau Issues (Scott 246-281)50c Orange (260), 50c Orange (260)50c Orange (260). Mint N.H., intense shade which is slightly oxidized (does not appear as such on accompanying certificate), Very Fine and choice, with 2009 P.S.E. certificate (VF-XF 85; SMQ $2,200.00)

1,500
1,200
2013-03-26
United States Stamps
1569
PSE 85
nh
Sale Number 1040, Lot Number 1569, 1894-95 Bureau Issues (Scott 246-278)50c Orange (260), 50c Orange (260)50c Orange (260). Mint N.H., well-balanced margins, some slight oxidation not mentioned on accompanying certificate, otherwise Very Fine, with 2004 P.F. and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (VF-XF 85; SMQ $2,200.00)

1,500
1,200
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2009-09-29
United States Stamps
1739
PSE 85
nh
Sale Number 976, Lot Number 1739, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)50c Orange (260), 50c Orange (260)50c Orange (260). Mint N.H., uncharacteristically choice centering, vivid bright color

EXTREMELY FINE MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1894 50-CENT UNWATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE. SURPRISINGLY DIFFICULT TO FIND IN SUCH CHOICE MINT NEVER-HINGED CONDITION.

With 2004 P.S.E. certificate (VF-XF 85; SMQ $2,400.00)

1,900
2,000
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2006-11-14
The Scarsdale Collection, Part 3
86
PSE 85
nh
Sale Number 924, Lot Number 86, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue50c Orange (260), 50c Orange (260)50c Orange (260). Mint N.H., deep rich color and detailed impression, choice centering for this most difficult issue

EXTREMELY FINE. A SCARCE SOUND AND CENTERED MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1894 50-CENT UNWATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE.

With 1995 P.F. certificate. With 2004 P.S.E. certificate (VF-XF 85; SMQ $3,200.00)

1,800
2,600
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2006-10-18
Superb Graded United States Stamps
570
PSE 85
nh
Sale Number 921, Lot Number 570, 1894-98 Bureau Issues50c Orange (260), 50c Orange (260)50c Orange (260). Mint N.H., uncharacteristically choice centering, vivid bright color

EXTREMELY FINE MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1894 50-CENT UNWATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE. SURPRISINGLY DIFFICULT TO FIND IN SUCH CHOICE MINT NEVER-HINGED CONDITION.

With 2004 P.S.E. certificate (VF-XF 85; SMQ $2,850.00)

1,500
2,600
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Sale#/
Date
Lot#/
Grade
60
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2012-03-01
United States Stamps
586
PSE 60
nh
Sale Number 1019, Lot Number 586, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)50c Orange (260), 50c Orange (260)50c Orange (260). Mint N.H., bright color, attractive centering, natural gum wrinkle at left center, otherwise Fine, with 2004 P.S.E. certificate (VG-F 60)

1,500
425
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