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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$2.00 Dark Blue (277a). Precise centering, proof-like impression on bright white paper, deep rich color easily discernible from the standard Blue, neat registry oval cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a beautiful stamp, with 2002 P.F. and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $1,000.00), this is the highest grade awarded to the Dark Blue No. 277a and only three others share this grade (the next highest grade is a 50), this shade only comes on the watermarked issue
$2.00 Dark Blue (277a). Intense color and proof-like impression in the distinct Dark Blue color, bright paper, bold strikes of oval registry cancels nicely frame Madison's face, long and full perforations, Extremely Fine example of this desirable shade variety, with 1996 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $1,000.00), this is the highest grade awarded to date and only three others share this grade