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5c Blue (304). Mathematically precise centering with Jumbo margins, brilliant color on fresh paper, neat wavy-line machine cancel
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS STUNNING USED EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1902 ISSUE HAS BEEN AWARDED THE ULTIMATE GRADE OF GEM 100 JUMBO BY P.S.E.
With 2011 P.F. and P.S.E. certificates (Gem 100 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $700.00 as 98). This is the highest grade possible on the grading chart and it is shared by only one other
5c Blue (304). Mathematically precise centering with Jumbo margins, brilliant color on post-office fresh paper, neat wavy-line machine cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, easily one of the finest used copies of this issue in existence, with 2011 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $700.00 as 98), this is the highest grade possible on the grading chart and only one other shares this grade
5c Blue (304). Mathematically perfect centering with wide margins, deep rich color on fresh paper, Extremely Fine Gem, a stunning stamp, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, Gem 100; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $365.00 as 98), this is the only example of the 5 1902 Issue to achieve this perfect grade in any condition (Mint N.H., hinged or used)
5c Blue (304). Wide margins and precise centering, vibrant color on bright white paper beautifully complemented by a purple registry cancel, fresh and crisp, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2011 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $700.00), only three share this grade and only two have graded higher (including the 100J in the previous lot), however the purple cancel makes this a particularly desirable stamp among the handful of superb graded examples extant