Price History for US Scott 263 in OG 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
263
$5
48
1
0
4
1
2
0
0
0
1
0
1
4
1
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
263
5
OGph
-
-
-
-
-
$1,300
-
$2,000
-
$3,000
-
$4,500
$5,100
$6,000
-
$8,150
$10,500
$13,000
$16,000
$21,000
-
$47,500
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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
100
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2012-11-28
The Merlin Collection of Superb United States Stamps
245
PSE 100
og
Sale 1034, Lot 245, 1894 Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)$5.00 Dark Green (263). Original gum, lightly hinged, deep rich color and proof-like impression on post-office fresh paper, perfectly centered with wide margins

EXTREMELY FINE FINE GEM. THIS STUNNING ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1894 $5.00 UNWATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE HAS BEEN GRADED GEM 100 BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED AND THE ONLY EXAMPLE TO ACHIEVE IT.

The 1894 Unwatermarked issue was the first U.S. postage issue to be printed by the Bureau of Engraving & Printing, after the contract with American Bank Note Co. expired. The first stamps printed by the Bureau are notoriously difficult to find well-centered, as production was marred by initial problems as they geared up to meet the needs of the public for stamps. The designs through the $1.00 repeated the 1890 ABN Co. issue, with the addition of corner triangles to distinguish the printings. The use of the same designs is another indication of the time pressure that may have caused some of the initial production problems. Perhaps the two most difficult denominations to find in superb condition are the $1.00 Type II (Scott 261A), and the $5.00.

With 2009 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, Gem 100; unpriced above the grade of 98, SMQ $20,900.00 as 98). This is the highest grade awarded and no others share it. Collectors waiting for a Mint N.H. example in higher grades will have a very long wait -- the highest grade awarded thus far to a Mint N.H. copy is 80.

4,500
10,500
Sale#/
Date
Lot#/
Grade
98
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2022-03-02
The John B. Field Collection of Superb United States Stamps
1187
PSE 98
og
Sale 1251, Lot 1187, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)$5.00 Dark Green (263). Original gum, lightly hinged, deep rich color and proof-like impression on post-office fresh paper, perfectly centered with wide margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS STUNNING ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1894 $5.00 UNWATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE IS GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E.

The 1894 Unwatermarked issue was the first U.S. postage issue to be printed by the Bureau of Engraving & Printing, after the contract with American Bank Note Co. expired. The first stamps printed by the Bureau are notoriously difficult to find well-centered, as production was marred by initial problems as they geared up to meet the needs of the public for stamps. The designs through the $1.00 were kept the same from the 1890 ABN Co. issue, with the addition of corner triangles to distinguish the printings. The use of the same designs is another indication of the time pressure that may have caused some of the initial production problems. Perhaps the two most difficult denominations to find in superb condition are the $1.00 Type II (Scott 261A), and the $5.00.

With 2009 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, Superb 98; SMQ $21,000.00). Only four others share this grade and only one grades higher. Collectors waiting for a Mint N.H. example in higher grades will have a very long wait -- the highest grade awarded thus far to a Mint N.H. copy is 80.

4,000
18,000
2021-11-16
United States Stamps, featuring the Sacramento Collection
1554
PSE 98
og
Sale 1245, Lot 1554, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)$5.00 Dark Green (263). Original gum, lightly hinged, gorgeous deep color and proof-like impression, perfectly centered with wide margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STUNNING ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1894 $5.00 UNWATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE, GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E.

The 1894 Unwatermarked issue was the first U.S. postage issue to be printed by the Bureau of Engraving & Printing, after the contract with American Bank Note Co. expired. The first stamps printed by the Bureau are notoriously difficult to find well-centered, as production was marred by initial problems as they geared up to meet the needs of the public for stamps. The designs through the $1.00 were kept the same from the 1890 ABN Co. issue, with the addition of corner triangles to distinguish the printings. The use of the same designs is another indication of the time pressure that may have caused some of the initial production problems. The $5.00 is one of the two or three most difficult denominations to find in superb condition.

With 2004 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (OGph, Superb 98; SMQ $21,000.00). Only four others share this grade and only one grades higher (at 100). Collectors waiting for a Mint N.H. example in higher grades will have a very long wait -- the highest grade awarded thus far to a Mint N.H. copy is VF 80.

4,000
14,000
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2012-06-26
2012 Rarities of the World
195
PSE 98
og
Sale 1025, Lot 195, 1894-98 Bureau Issue thru Trans-Mississippi Issue$5.00 Dark Green (263). Original gum, lightly hinged, deep rich color and proof-like impression on post-office fresh paper, perfectly centered with wide margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS STUNNING ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1894 $5.00 UNWATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E.

The 1894 Unwatermarked issue was the first U.S. postage issue to be printed by the Bureau of Engraving & Printing, after the contract with American Bank Note Co. expired. The first stamps printed by the Bureau are notoriously difficult to find well-centered, as production was marred by initial problems as they geared up to meet the needs of the public for stamps. The designs through the $1.00 were kept the same from the 1890 ABN Co. issue, with the addition of corner triangles to distinguish the printings. The use of the same designs is another indication of the time pressure that may have caused some of the initial production problems. Perhaps the two most difficult denominations to find in superb condition are the $1.00 Type II (Scott 261A), and the $5.00.

With 2009 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, Superb 98; SMQ $20,900.00). Only three others share this grade and only one has graded higher to date. Collectors waiting for a Mint N.H. example in higher grades will have a very long wait -- the highest grade awarded thus far to a Mint N.H. copy is 80.

4,500
17,500
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2009-06-13
2009 Rarities of the World
166°
PSE 98
og
Sale 973, Lot 166, 1894-98 Bureau Issues$5.00 Dark Green (263). Original gum, lightly hinged, deep rich color and proof-like impression on post-office fresh paper, perfectly centered with wide margins

EXTREMELY FINE FINE GEM. THIS STUNNING ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1894 $5.00 UNWATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E.

The 1894 Unwatermarked issue was the first U.S. postage issue to be printed by the Bureau of Engraving & Printing, after the contract with American Bank Note Co. expired. The first stamps printed by the Bureau are notoriously difficult to find well-centered, as production was marred by initial problems as they geared up to meet the needs of the public for stamps. The designs were kept the same from the 1890 ABN Co. issue, with the addition of corner triangles to distinguish the printings. The use of the same designs is another indication of the time pressure that may have caused some of the initial production problems. Perhaps the two most difficult denominations to find in superb condition are the $1.00 Type II (Scott 261A), and the $5.00.

With 2009 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, Superb 98; SMQ $29,000.00). Only three others share this grade and only one has graded higher to date. Collectors waiting for a Mint N.H. example in higher grades will have a very long wait -- the highest grade awarded thus far to a Mint N.H. copy is 80.

5,000
17,500
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Sale#/
Date
Lot#/
Grade
90
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2012-03-01
United States Stamps
593
PSE 90
og
Sale 1019, Lot 593, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)$5.00 Dark Green (263). Original gum, lightly hinged, most recent of four certificates notes "sweated", gorgeous rich color and detailed impression, choice centering with wide and balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING EXAMPLE OF THE 1894 $5.00 UNWATERMARKED FIRST BUREAU ISSUE.

The 1894 Unwatermarked Issue was the first set of U.S. postage stamps to be printed by the Bureau of Engraving & Printing, after the contract with American Bank Note Co. expired. The first stamps printed by the Bureau are notoriously difficult to find well-centered, as production was marred by initial problems as they geared up to meet the needs of the public for stamps. Perhaps the two most difficult denominations to find in superb condition are the $1.00 Type II (Scott 261A), and the $5.00.

With 1987, 1988 and 2007 P.F. certificates (XF 90). With 2007 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $8,100.00). Only seven have graded higher to date in the P.S.E. Population Report

4,500
5,500
2006-11-14
The Scarsdale Collection, Part 3
90
PSE 90
og
Sale 924, Lot 90, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue$5.00 Dark Green (263). Original gum, lightly hinged, deep rich color, detailed impression, remarkably choice centering with wide and balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN OUTSTANDING EXAMPLE OF THE 1894 $5.00 UNWATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE. A BEAUTIFUL STAMP, OF WHICH A MERE 25,000 WERE ISSUED.

As noted for the $2.00, the 1894 Unwatermarked issue was the first U.S. postage issue to be printed by the Bureau of Engraving & Printing, after the contract with American Bank Note Co. expired. The first stamps printed by the Bureau are notoriously difficult to find well-centered, as production was marred by initial problems as they geared up to meet the needs of the public for stamps. The designs were kept the same from the 1890 ABN Co. issue, with the addition of corner triangles to distinguish the printings. The use of the same designs is another indication of the time pressure that may have caused some of the initial production problems. Perhaps the two most difficult denominations to find in superb condition are the $1.00 Type II (Scott 261A), and the $5.00.

Ex Saadi and Zoellner. With 1988 and 1989 P.F. certificates. With 2004 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $11,200.00)

5,000
12,000
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Sale#/
Date
Lot#/
Grade
85
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2015-12-16
United States Stamps and Possessions
3262°
PSE 85
og
Sale 1116, Lot 3262, 1894-98 Bureau Issues (Scott 246-278)$5.00 Dark Green (263). Original gum, well-centered, deep rich color on bright paper

FRESH AND VERY FINE SOUND ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE $5.00 1894 UNWATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE.

With 2013 P.S.E. certificate (OGh, VF 80; SMQ $4,500.00)

4,500
2,900
Sale#/
Date
Lot#/
Grade
80
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2015-10-27
United States Stamps
180
PSE 80
og
Sale 1111, Lot 180, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)$5.00 Dark Green (263). Original gum, lightly hinged, brilliant color, well-proportioned margins

VERY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1894 $5.00 UNWATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE.

With 2013 P.S.E. certificate (VF 80; SMQ $4,500.00)

4,500
3,250
Sale#/
Date
Lot#/
Grade
75
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2021-07-20
United States Stamps
322
PSE 75
og
Sale 1240, Lot 322, 1894-97 Bureau Issues (Scott 246-284)$5.00 Dark Green (263). Original gum, lightly hinged, rich color and detailed impression

VERY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1894 $5.00 UNWATERKARKED BUREAU ISSUE.

With 2006 and 2021 P.S.E. certificates (OGph, F-VF 75; SMQ $3,000.00)

4,000
3,500
Sale#/
Date
Lot#/
Grade
70
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2020-10-19
Outstanding United States Stamps and Gold Coins
2964
PSE 70
og
Sale 1227, Lot 2964, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 246-263)$5.00 Dark Green (263). Original gum, lightly hinged, rich color, fresh and Fine, with 2015 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, F 70; SMQ $2,000.00)

4,000
1,100