Price History for US Scott 278 in OGnh 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
278
$5
9
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
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
278
5
NH
-
-
-
-
-
$1,800
-
$3,000
-
$4,500
-
$7,000
-
$12,500
-
$21,500
-
$45,000
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$85,000
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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
98
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2009-04-14
The Alan B. Whitman Collection, Part Two: 1870-1901 Issues
337
PSE 98
nh
Sale 968A, Lot 337, 1895-98 Watermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 264-278)$5.00 Dark Green (278). Mint N.H. with plate no. 85 at bottom, deep rich color and sharp proof-like impression on fresh paper, perfect centering with long full perfs all around

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

7,500
65,000
Sale#/
Date
Lot#/
Grade
85
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2012-10-25
The Cloudrest Collection of United States Stamps
4158
PSE 85
nh
Sale 1033, Lot 4158, 1894-98 Bureau Issues (Scott 249-283)$5.00 Dark Green (278). Mint N.H. with part imprint selvage at bottom, deep rich color and proof-like impression on bright paper, well-balanced margins

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.

6,250
13,000
2007-06-16
2007 Rarities of the World
200°
PSE 85
nh
Sale 937, Lot 200, 1894-98 Bureau Issue$5.00 Dark Green (278). Mint N.H., deep rich color and proof-like impression on bright paper, choice centering with well-balanced margins

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)

6,750
11,000
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Sale#/
Date
Lot#/
Grade
80
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2021-06-24
2021 Rarities of the World
575°
PSE 80
nh
Sale 1239, Lot 575, 1894-95 Issue thru 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue$5.00 Dark Green (278). Mint N.H. wide top imprint and plate no. 85 strip of three, deep rich color and sharp proof-like impression, well-centered and completely sound

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

E. 20,000-30,000
20,000