Price History for US Scott 278 in OGnh 85 Grade
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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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EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN INCOMPARABLE MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE $5.00 1895 WATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE. THIS STAMP HAS BEEN AWARDED THE GRADE OF SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. -- BY FAR THE HIGHEST GRADE TO DATE. A REMARKABLE STAMP THAT WOULD BE NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE TO IMPROVE UPON.
The $5.00 watermarked Bureau issue is an exceedingly rare stamp in sound, well-centered Mint N.H. condition. We have offered only four singles plus a plate number and imprint strip of three since keeping computerized records. This stamp is without question the finest Mint N.H. example extant.
With 1994 P.F. certificate for a strip of three, with 1995 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98). This is the highest graded example in the P.S.E. Population Report. The next highest grade for a Mint N.H. stamp is 85
EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1895 $5.00 WATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE.
With 1997 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (VF-XF 85; SMQ $9,200.00). Only two have graded higher to date.
EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE $5.00 1895 WATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE.
With 2006 P.S.E. certificate (VF-XF 85; SMQ $11,500.00). This is the highest grade awarded to date to a Mint N.H. stamp (only four have received this grade)
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. AN EXCEPTIONALLY RARE WIDE TOP MINT NEVER-HINGED IMPRINT AND PLATE NUMBER STRIP OF THREE OF THE $5.00 1895 WATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE. THIS IS THE ONLY EXAMPLE WE HAVE OFFERED IN AT LEAST 30 YEARS.
A Power Search review reveals how rare Scott 278 is as a Mint N.H. imprint and plate number strip. The only examples we have offered since 1993 were a bottom strip of three (small crease, Sale 1227, lot 2997) and a narrow top strip of three with h.r. in selvage (Sale 920, lot 157). This wide top Mint N.H. strip, in sound and centered condition is in a class by itself. It is also an excellent alternative to a plate block, of which only one exists (and catalogues $200,000.00).
With 2013 P.S.E. certificate (VF 80; unpriced in SMQ). Scott does not list a Mint N.H. imprint and plate number strip. Scott value for three Mint N.H. singles is $18,750.00, which does not remotely convey the rarity of this piece