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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.
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8c Trans-Mississippi (289). Original gum, rich color and detailed impression, mathematically perfect centering with wide margins
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS STUNNING ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 8-CENT TRANS-MISSISSIPPI ISSUE HAS BEEN GRADED GEM 100 BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE ONLY EXAMPLE TO ACHIEVE THIS GRADE, WHICH IS THE HIGHEST AWARDED TO DATE.
With 2009 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, Gem 100; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $1,450.00 as 98). This is the highest grade awarded to date and the only example to achieve this grade. One other, in Mint N.H. condition, has also been awarded this grade.
8c Trans-Mississippi (289). Original gum, lightly hinged, rich color and proof-like impression, Jumbo margins and essentially perfect centering, Extremely Fine Gem, Jumbo margins are seldom found on the 8c Trans-Mississippi, with 2013 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98 Jumbo; SMQ $1,150.00 as 98, unpriced in any higher grade), only one hinged stamp has been graded higher and no others share this grade
8c Trans-Mississippi (289). Original gum, lightly hinged, intense shade and impression, gorgeous centering with wide margins, Extremely Fine Gem, a phenomenal stamp, with 2013 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, Superb 98; SMQ $1,150.00), this is the highest grade awarded and only two others share it, this is the first we have offered at this grade
8c Trans-Mississippi (289). Original gum, lightly hinged, with bottom plate no. 609 selvage, exceptionally wide margins for this difficult Trans-Mississippi value, nearly perfectly centered, rich color and crisp impression, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2005 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, XF-Superb 95; SMQ $590.00), one of only six in this grade with just one higher (at 98)
8c Trans-Mississippi (289). Original gum, with bottom plate no. 609 selvage, very lightly hinged, remarkably wide margins for this value and perfectly centered, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2005 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $550.00)