Three things to keep in mind when looking at the above results (unsolds are not included):
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.
When looking at multiple grades on the graph, grades with the same population numbers may show overlapping.
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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5c Chocolate (270). Intense color on bright paper, neat strike of registry oval cancel, mathematically perfect centering, Extremely Fine Gem, an outstanding stamp, with 2012 P.S.A.G. and 2019 P.S.E. certificates (Gem 100; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98J, SMQ $1,275.00 as 98J)., this is the highest grade awarded and the only example to achieve it
5c Chocolate (270). Exceptional centering with unusually wide margins, bold color and sharp impression, light face-free cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2013 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $900.00), only one example has graded higher (at 98J)
5c Chocolate (270). Unusually choice centering with wide and balanced margins, rich color and proof-like impression, neat strike of circular datestamp cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb stamp in every respect, ex Dauer, with 2010 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $880.00), only one example has graded higher (at 98J) and this is one of only two graded 98
5c Chocolate (270). Unusually choice centering with wide and balanced margins, rich color and proof-like impression, neat strike of circular datestamp, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb stamp in every respect, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $540.00), this is the highest grade awarded to date and the only example to achieve this grade