Price History for Scott 293 in Used 90 Grade

Scott No.
Den.
Cond.
Tot.
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40
50
60
70
70J
75
75J
80
80J
85
85J
90
90J
95
95J
98
98J
100
100J
293
$2
62
2
1
4
1
7
1
8
0
2
0
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9
1
0
0
1
0
0
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SMQ US
Scott No.
Den.
Cond.
10
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40
50
60
70
70J
75
75J
80
80J
85
85J
90
90J
95
95J
98
98J
100
100J
293
2
Used
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$350
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$550
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$750
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$1,100
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$1,500
$1,900
$3,000
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$8,750
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Sale#/
Date
Lot#/
Grade
95
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2021-02-09
The James P. Myerson Collection of Superb United States Stamps
212
PSE 95
 
Sale 1231, Lot 212, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)$2.00 Trans-Mississippi (293). Intense color as fresh as the day it was printed, bright paper, unusually choice centering for this difficult issue with well-balanced margins, unobtrusive strike of circular datestamp cancel leaves entire design clearly visible

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THE $2.00 TRANS-MISSISSIPPI ISSUE IS EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO OBTAIN IN SUCH SUPERB CONDITION. THIS REMARKABLE STAMP, WITH GORGEOUS COLOR, CHOICE CENTERING, UNOBTRUSIVE CANCEL AND OVERALL FRESHNESS, IS WITHOUT QUESTION ONE OF THE FINEST IN EXISTENCE.

The design of the $2.00 Trans-Mississippi depicts the Eads bridge, which spans the Mississippi River at St. Louis. The original engraving was used on the admission ticket to the Republican Convention of 1896, which nominated William McKinley as candidate for president. The stamp, issued during the McKinley administration, illustrates the natural boundary between East and West and so was appropriate for the Trans-Mississippi issue.

All of the $2.00 Trans-Mississippi stamps were printed in a single day's run on June 3, 1898. The $2.00 was printed in sheets that have narrower spacing between the horizontal rows than between the vertical columns. For this reason, it is extremely difficult to obtain stamps with top and bottom margins that equal the sides. This stamp essentially achieves that unnatural effect, which could only occur when the horizontal perforations were applied in such a way that the holes impinged on the space allocated to the rows above and below.

Brookman notes "the $2.00 is not easy to obtain well-centered as many of these stamps seem to be perforated close to the top and its color is such that it cancels rather badly. This combination makes fine used copies difficult to obtain. I consider it more difficult to obtain in choice used condition than any of the high values of the Columbian issue."

Ex Rubin, "Natalee Grace" and Helton. With 1997 and 2009 P.F. certificates. With 2009 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $8,750.00). Only one grades higher (at 98, we have never offered it) and five others share this desirable grade.

1,050
7,500
2020-06-30
2020 Rarities of the World
185
PSE 95
 
Sale 1224, Lot 185, Trans-Mississippi Issue$2.00 Trans-Mississippi (293). Intense color on fresh paper, beautiful centering with wide and well-proportioned margins, New York registry cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THE $2.00 TRANS-MISSISSIPPI ISSUE IS EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO OBTAIN IN SUCH SUPERB CONDITION. THIS GORGEOUS STAMP IS GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E.

All of the $2.00 Trans-Mississippi stamps were printed in a single day's run on June 3, 1898. The $2.00 was printed in sheets that have narrower spacing between the horizontal rows than between the vertical columns. For this reason, it is extremely difficult to obtain stamps with top and bottom margins that equal the sides. This stamp essentially achieves that unnatural effect, which could only occur when the horizontal perforations were applied in such a way that the holes impinged on the space allocated to the rows above and below.

Brookman notes "the $2.00 is not easy to obtain well-centered as many of these stamps seem to be perforated close to the top and its color is such that it cancels rather badly. This combination makes fine used copies difficult to obtain. I consider it more difficult to obtain in choice used condition than any of the high values of the Columbian issue."

With 1998 P.F. and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $8,750.00). Only one grades higher (at 98) and five others share this desirable grade.

1,050
4,750
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2018-03-07
The J. R. Helton, Jr. Collection of Used United States Stamps
137
PSE 95
 
Sale 1174, Lot 137, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)$2.00 Trans-Mississippi (293). Intense color as fresh as the day it was printed, bright paper, unusually choice centering for this difficult issue with well-balanced margins, unobtrusive strike of circular datestamp cancel leaves entire design clearly visible

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THE $2.00 TRANS-MISSISSIPPI ISSUE IS EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO OBTAIN IN SUCH SUPERB CONDITION. THIS REMARKABLE STAMP, WITH GORGEOUS COLOR, CHOICE CENTERING, UNOBTRUSIVE CANCEL AND OVERALL FRESHNESS, IS WITHOUT QUESTION ONE OF THE FINEST IN EXISTENCE.

The design of the $2.00 Trans-Mississippi depicts the Eads bridge, which spans the Mississippi River at St. Louis. The original engraving was used on the admission ticket to the Republican Convention of 1896, which nominated William McKinley as candidate for president. The stamp, issued during the McKinley Administration, illustrates the natural boundary between East and West and so was appropriate for the Trans-Mississippi issue.

All of the $2.00 Trans-Mississippi stamps were printed in a single day's run on June 3, 1898. The $2.00 was printed in sheets that have narrower spacing between the horizontal rows than between the vertical columns. For this reason, it is extremely difficult to obtain stamps with top and bottom margins that equal the sides. This stamp essentially achieves that unnatural effect, which could only occur when the horizontal perforations were applied in such a way that the holes impinged on the space allocated to the rows above and below.

Brookman notes "the $2.00 is not easy to obtain well-centered as many of these stamps seem to be perforated close to the top and its color is such that it cancels rather badly. This combination makes fine used copies difficult to obtain. I consider it more difficult to obtain in choice used condition than any of the high values of the Columbian issue."

Ex Rubin and "Natalee Grace". With 1997 and 2009 P.F. certificates. With 2009 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $8,750.00). This is the highest grade awarded and only five others shares this grade.

1,050
8,500
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2015-09-29
The Robert Bowman Collection of Superb U.S. Stamps
138
PSE 95
 
Sale 1108, Lot 138, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 289-293)$2.00 Trans-Mississippi (293). Warm shade on crisp paper, gorgeous centering with wide and balanced margins, neat strike of New York registry oval cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A PHENOMENAL EXAMPLE OF THE $2.00 TRANS-MISSISSIPPI ISSUE, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95, WHICH IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED. THE $2.00 TRANS-MISSISSIPPI ISSUE IS EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO OBTAIN IN SUCH SUPERB CONDITION.

The design of the $2.00 Trans-Mississippi depicts the Eads bridge, which spans the Mississippi River at St. Louis. The original engraving was used on the admission ticket to the Republican Convention of 1896, which nominated William McKinley as candidate for president. The stamp, issued during the McKinley Administration, illustrates the natural boundary between East and West and so was appropriate for the Trans-Mississippi issue.

All of the $2.00 Trans-Mississippi stamps were printed in a single day's run on June 3, 1898. The $2.00 was printed in sheets that have narrower spacing between the horizontal rows than between the vertical columns. For this reason, it is extremely difficult to obtain stamps with top and bottom margins that equal the sides. This stamp essentially achieves that unnatural effect, which could only occur when the horizontal perforations were applied in such a way that the holes impinged on the space allocated to the rows above and below.

Brookman notes "the $2.00 is not easy to obtain well-centered as many of these stamps seem to be perforated close to the top and its color is such that it cancels rather badly. This combination makes fine used copies difficult to obtain. I consider it more difficult to obtain in choice used condition than any of the high values of the Columbian issue."

With 1986 and 2000 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $8,750.00). This is the highest grade awarded and only four others share this grade.

1,100
7,500
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2012-10-23
The Nick Kirke Collection of Gem-Quality Used U.S. Stamps
3420
PSE 95
 
Sale 1032, Lot 3420, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)$2.00 Trans-Mississippi (293). Intense color on fresh paper, beautiful centering with wide and well-proportioned margins, New York registry cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THE $2.00 TRANS-MISSISSIPPI ISSUE IS EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO OBTAIN IN SUCH SUPERB CONDITION. THIS GORGEOUS STAMP HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E.

The design of the $2.00 Trans-Mississippi depicts the Eads bridge, which spans the Mississippi River at St. Louis. The original engraving was used on the admission ticket to the Republican Convention of 1896, which nominated William McKinley as candidate for president. The stamp, issued during the McKinley Administration, illustrates the natural boundary between East and West and so was appropriate for the Trans-Mississippi issue.

All of the $2.00 Trans-Mississippi stamps were printed in a single day's run on June 3, 1898. The $2.00 was printed in sheets that have narrower spacing between the horizontal rows than between the vertical columns. For this reason, it is extremely difficult to obtain stamps with top and bottom margins that equal the sides. This stamp essentially achieves that unnatural effect, which could only occur when the horizontal perforations were applied in such a way that the holes impinged on the space allocated to the rows above and below.

Brookman notes "the $2.00 is not easy to obtain well-centered as many of these stamps seem to be perforated close to the top and its color is such that it cancels rather badly. This combination makes fine used copies difficult to obtain. I consider it more difficult to obtain in choice used condition than any of the high values of the Columbian issue."

With 1998 P.F. and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $8,500.00). This is the highest grade awarded and only four others share this grade.

1,100
7,500
Back to Top
2012-09-19
The Natalee Grace Collection of Used U.S. Stamps, Part Two
167
PSE 95
 
Sale 1027, Lot 167, Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)$2.00 Trans-Mississippi (293). Intense color as fresh as the day it was printed, bright paper, unusually choice centering for this difficult issue with well-balanced margins, unobtrusive strike of circular datestamp cancel leaves entire design clearly visible

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THE $2.00 TRANS-MISSISSIPPI ISSUE IS EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO OBTAIN IN SUCH SUPERB CONDITION. THIS REMARKABLE STAMP, WITH GORGEOUS COLOR, CHOICE CENTERING, UNOBTRUSIVE CANCEL AND OVERALL FRESHNESS, IS WITHOUT QUESTION ONE OF THE FINEST IN EXISTENCE.

The design of the $2.00 Trans-Mississippi depicts the Eads bridge, which spans the Mississippi River at St. Louis. The original engraving was used on the admission ticket to the Republican Convention of 1896, which nominated McKinley as candidate for president. The stamp, issued during the McKinley Administration, illustrates the natural boundary between East and West and so was appropriate for the Trans-Mississippi issue.

All of the $2.00 Trans-Mississippi stamps were printed in a single day's run on June 3, 1898. The $2.00 was printed in sheets that have narrower spacing between the horizontal rows than between the vertical columns. For this reason, it is extremely difficult to obtain stamps with top and bottom margins that equal the sides. This stamp essentially achieves that unnatural effect, which could only occur when the horizontal perforations were applied in such a way that the holes impinged on the space allocated to the rows above and below.

Brookman notes "the $2.00 is not easy to obtain well-centered as many of these stamps seem to be perforated close to the top and its color is such that it cancels rather badly. This combination makes fine used copies difficult to obtain. I consider it more difficult to obtain in choice used condition than any of the high values of the Columbian issue."

Ex Rubin. With 1997 and 2009 P.F. certificates. With 2009 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $8,500.00). This is the highest grade awarded to date and only one other shares this grade.

1,100
6,000
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Sale#/
Date
Lot#/
Grade
90
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2019-05-01
Gem-Quality United States Stamps
1400
PSE 90
 
Sale 1199, Lot 1400, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)$2.00 Trans-Mississippi (293). Choice centering and margins, detailed impression on fresh paper, corner strike of circular datestamp cancel leaves entire design clearly visible

FRESH AND EXTREMELY FINE USED EXAMPLE OF THE $2.00 TRANS-MISSISSIPPI ISSUE WITH A VIGNETTE-FREE CANCEL.

With 2003 P.F. and 2006 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $2,500.00). Only six grade higher (all at 95) -- in our opinion, this stamp deserves a grade of XF-Superb 95

1,050
3,000
2018-11-14
United States Stamps including Confederate States and Hawaii
368
PSE 90
 
Sale 1192, Lot 368, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)$2.00 Trans-Mississippi (293). Crisp impression, faint cancel at right leaves entire design clearly visible, choice centering with well-proportioned margins

EXTREMELY FINE USED EXAMPLE OF THE $2.00 TRANS-MISSISSIPPI ISSUE.

With 1998 and 2016 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $2,500.00). Only six have graded higher (all at 95)

1,050
2,000
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2018-11-14
United States Stamps including Confederate States and Hawaii
367
PSE 90
 
Sale 1192, Lot 367, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)$2.00 Trans-Mississippi (293). Rich color, detailed impression, choice centering for this difficult issue, neat registry oval cancels

EXTREMELY FINE USED EXAMPLE OF THE $2.00 TRANS-MISSISSIPPI ISSUE.

With 2017 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $2,500.00). Only six have graded higher (all at 95)

1,050
1,000
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2011-03-08
United States Stamps
2571
PSE 90
 
Sale 1007, Lot 2571, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (50c thru $2.00, Scott 291-293)$2.00 Trans-Mississippi (293). Brilliant color and precisely balanced margins, light strike of just the rim and two letters of a circular datestamp, trace of guideline at top

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE $2.00 TRANS-MISSISSIPPI ISSUE. THIS STAMP IS EXCEEDINGLY RARE WITH CHOICE CENTERING AND A LIGHT CANCEL.

While the top value of the Trans-Mississippi Issue is occasionally found well-centered, it invariably has a heavy cancel. This sound example with a light cancel is a true condition rarity.

With 2010 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $2,300.00). This likely would have been graded 95 without the trace of the guideline at top, which is, of course, a completely natural occurrence and does not detract from the beauty of this stamp

1,100
3,250
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Sale#/
Date
Lot#/
Grade
80
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2015-07-28
United States Stamps
401
PSE 80
 
Sale 1107, Lot 401, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)$2.00 Trans-Mississippi (293). Essentially perfect centering, rich color, light cancel leaves entire design clearly visible, tiny thin spot, Extremely Fine appearance, with 2014 P.S.E. certificate (VF 80, apparent centering XF-Superb 95; SMQ $1,100.00 as 80), an outstanding stamp despite the tiny flaw

1,100
600