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Price History for Scott 30A in Used 100 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
30A
5c
115
9
2
12
2
5
7
4
0
4
0
13
1
1
2
1
0
0
SMQ
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
30A (type II)
Used
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$95
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$145
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$200
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$300
$375
$475
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$825
$1,500
$2,800
$5,500
$9,000
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$20,700
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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.
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Sale#/
Date
Lot#/
Grade
100
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2012-06-07
The Natalee Grace Collection of Used U.S. Stamps, Part One
74
PSE 100
 
Sale Number 1024, Lot Number 74, 5c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 27-30A)5c Brown, Ty. II (30A), 5c Brown, Ty. II (30A)5c Brown, Ty. II (30A). A remarkable stamp with mathematically perfect centering and incredibly wide margins on all four sides -- almost unheard-of on the 5c Type II -- deep rich color and proof-like impression, vivid "paint" red grid cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS IS WITHOUT QUESTION THE FINEST USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 5-CENT TYPE II. A STUNNING STAMP IN EVERY RESPECT -- LONG AND FULL PERFORATIONS, ENORMOUS MARGINS, PERFECT CENTERING AND A BEAUTIFUL COLORED CANCEL. THIS STAMP HAS BEEN GRADED GEM 100 BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED TO DATE AND THE ONLY EXAMPLE TO ACHIEVE THIS GRADE. THIS IS ALSO THE ONLY STAMP OF THE ENTIRE 1857-60 ISSUE TO BE AWARDED THE GRADE OF GEM 100.

This offering of the only P.S.E.-graded Gem 100 stamp of the entire 1857-60 Issue gives us an opportunity to explain why such a stamp is so rare and extraordinary. We will begin with the historical background of perforated stamps in the United States and then delve into the specifics of 5c perforated stamp production.

The use of postage stamps in the U.S. doubled in the two years after enactment of the 1855-56 laws mandating compulsory prepayment and use of stamps. Postmaster General James Campbell anticipated that such high-volume use would render the act of cutting stamps apart with scissors inconvenient. In response to seeing examples of British stamps, which had been perforated on an Archer machine since 1854, the Post Office Department requested that Toppan Carpenter investigate and report on the means used to perforate stamps in Great Britain.

Toppan Carpenter officials solicited advice from friendly competitors, the English firm of Perkins Bacon, who printed stamps for the British government. Perkins Bacon was at odds with Henry Archer and referred Toppan Carpenter to another manufacturer, Bemrose and Sons. In October 1855 both Toppan Carpenter and Perkins Bacon placed orders for two Bemrose rouletting machines at once, benefiting from a price reduction. In March 1856 Toppan Carpenter received its Bemrose machine, but was forced to convert it from a rouletting device to a round-hole perforator, which proved to be difficult and time-consuming (Perkins Bacon never succeeded in converting its own machine).

Toppan Carpenter soon realized that the spacing between stamps in the 1851-56 sheets was not wide enough to accommodate perforations. To create more space, Toppan Carpenter trimmed the transfer reliefs to reduce the width and/or height of the printed designs. New plates were made from the modified reliefs. The 5c design required only moderate trimming at top and bottom, and the vertical rows were spaced far enough apart to leave room for the gauge-15 perforation holes. As multiples demonstrate, there is approximately twice as much space between the vertical columns of stamps as there is between the horizontal rows. The imbalance in spacing produced stamps with margins that are almost always wider at the sides than at top and bottom, even if the rows of perforations were placed at the equidistant point between stamps. Only when the horizontal perforations are unusually wide apart (with balanced margins on all sides) is it possible to achieve a numerically perfect grade of 100.

Therefore, the statistical odds against a Gem 100 example of the 5c Type II perforated issue are enormous even at the point of conception. Once that rare child is born, it must survive distribution and use, dormancy while awaiting discovery and entry into the philatelic market, and finally years of collector handling. The stamp offered here made that journey and stands alone as proof that it is indeed possible for an 1857-60 Perforated Issue stamp to achieve Gem 100 status.

Ex Dr. Morris. With 1991 and 1997 P.F. certificates and 2009 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $8,900.00 as 98). This is the highest grade awarded to date and the only example to achieve this grade. It is also the only stamp of the entire 1857-60 Issue to be awarded the grade of Gem 100 in any condition (NH, OG or Used).

295
18,000
Sale#/
Date
Lot#/
Grade
98
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2015-09-29
The Robert Bowman Collection of Superb U.S. Stamps
32
PSE 98
 
Sale Number 1108, Lot Number 32, 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-39)5c Brown, Ty. II (30A), 5c Brown, Ty. II (30A)5c Brown, Ty. II (30A). Rich color and remarkable impression showing every detail of the lathework and design, nicely complemented by a vivid "paint" red grid cancel, gorgeous centering with perfectly balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A PHENOMENAL USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 5-CENT BROWN TYPE II, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E.

With 1980 and 1998 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $9,000.00). Only one has graded higher (at 100, offered in our Natalee Grace sale where it realized $18,000 hammer), and no others share this desirable grade.

320
14,500
Sale#/
Date
Lot#/
Grade
95
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2019-05-01
Gem-Quality United States Stamps
1080
PSE 95
 
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1080, 5c-30c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 27-38)5c Brown, Ty. II (30A), 5c Brown, Ty. II (30A)5c Brown, Ty. II (30A). Incredibly wide margins, dark "chocolate" color and clear impression, neat Charleston S.C. circular datestamp

EXTREMELY FINE GEM EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 5-CENT TYPE II.

Ex Merlin. With 1999 and 2004 P.F. and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $2,800.00). Only three have graded higher -- one each at 95J (we have never offered it), 98 (ex Bowman, realized $14,500) and 100 (ex "Natalee Grace", realized $18,000). This is the first in this grade we have offered since 2012.

280
1,600
2012-12-10
United States and Foreign Stamps and Covers
1486
PSE 95
 
Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 1486, 3c-90c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 26-39)5c Brown, Ty. II (30A), 5c Brown, Ty. II (30A)5c Brown, Ty. II (30A). Exceptional centering with wide margins, rich color and clear impression, "socked-on-the-nose" large Boston "Paid" grid cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 5-CENT TYPE II.

With 2012 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $2,700.00). Only three have been graded higher

275
1,500
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2012-11-28
The Merlin Collection of Superb United States Stamps
58
PSE 95
 
Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 58, 1857-60 Issue and 1875 Reprint (Scott 18-47)5c Brown, Ty. II (30A), 5c Brown, Ty. II (30A)5c Brown, Ty. II (30A). Incredibly wide margins, dark "chocolate" color and clear impression, neat Charleston S.C. circular datestamp

EXTREMELY FINE GEM EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 5-CENT TYPE II.

With 1999, 2004 P.F. and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $2,700.00). Only three have graded higher.

275
1,700
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2012-10-23
The Nick Kirke Collection of Gem-Quality Used U.S. Stamps
3083
PSE 95
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3083, 5c-90c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 27-39)5c Brown, Ty. II (30A), 5c Brown, Ty. II (30A)5c Brown, Ty. II (30A). Choice margins and centering, rich color and detailed impression, light strike of red grid cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2002 P.F., 1996 and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $2,700.00).

295
1,600
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2009-09-29
United States Stamps
1236
PSE 95
 
Sale Number 976, Lot Number 1236, 5c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 27-30A)5c Brown, Ty. II (30A), 5c Brown, Ty. II (30A)5c Brown, Ty. II (30A). Pretty color and detailed impression, gorgeous centering, neat strike of New Orleans circular datestamp

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1860 5-CENT BROWN TYPE II.

Ex Gore. With 2009 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $2,950.00). Only two have graded higher to date: one at 98 and one at 100 that we recently submitted for a client.

325
1,700
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2008-03-25
United States Stamps
230
PSE 95
 
Sale Number 953, Lot Number 230, 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-39)5c Brown, Ty. II (30A), 5c Brown, Ty. II (30A)5c Brown, Ty. II (30A). Incredibly wide margins, dark "chocolate" color and clear impression, neat Charleston S.C. circular datestamp, Extremely Fine Gem, with 1999 and 2004 P.F. and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $1,850.00)

325
1,600
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Sale#/
Date
Lot#/
Grade
90
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2020-04-08
The Edward Morton Collection of Outstanding Quality U.S. Stamps
119
PSE 90
 
Sale Number 1219, Lot Number 119, 5c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 27-30A)5c Brown, Ty. II (30A), 5c Brown, Ty. II (30A)5c Brown, Ty. II (30A). Beautifully centered, neat red grid cancel, rich color and very fresh, Extremely Fine, an unusually choice example of this challenging issue, ex "European Connoisseur", with 2015 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $825.00)

355
600
2015-12-15
A European Connoisseur's Collection of U.S. Classic Issues
2168
PSE 90
 
Sale Number 1115, Lot Number 2168, 5c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 28b-30A)5c Brown, Ty. II (30A), 5c Brown, Ty. II (30A)5c Brown, Ty. II (30A). Beautifully centered, neat red grid cancel, rich color and very fresh, Extremely Fine, an unusually choice example of this challenging issue, with 2015 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $750.00)

375
1,200
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2013-11-19
United States Stamps
3442
PSE 90
 
Sale Number 1061, Lot Number 3442, 3c-90c 1857-60 Issue and 1875 Reprint (Scott 25-40)5c Brown, Ty. II (30A), 5c Brown, Ty. II (30A)5c Brown, Ty. II (30A). Rich color nicely complemented by blue target cancels, wide and well-proportioned margins, Extremely Fine, with 2013 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $700.00)

305
700
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2013-03-26
United States Stamps
1248
PSE 90
 
Sale Number 1040, Lot Number 1248, 5c-10c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 27-35)5c Brown, Ty. II (30A), 5c Brown, Ty. II (30A)5c Brown, Ty. II (30A). Dark shade nicely complemented by red circular datestamp, well-proportioned margins, fresh and Extremely Fine, a stamp with great visual appeal, with 2013 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $700.00)

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450
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2010-04-06
United States Stamps
166
PSE 90
 
Sale Number 984, Lot Number 166, 3c-5c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 25-30A)5c Brown, Ty. II (30A), 5c Brown, Ty. II (30A)5c Brown, Ty. II (30A). Exceptionally well centered with wide side margins, rich color, bold red grid cancels, Extremely Fine, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $800.00)

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575
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2009-06-23
United States Stamps
1197
PSE 90
 
Sale Number 975, Lot Number 1197, 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-39)5c Brown, Ty. II (30A), 5c Brown, Ty. II (30A)5c Brown, Ty. II (30A). Well-centered with wide side margins, rich color, red grid cancel, Extremely Fine, with 2005 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $890.00)

345
425
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2008-12-16
Important and Superb United States Stamps
4136
PSE 90
 
Sale Number 967, Lot Number 4136, 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-39)5c Brown, Ty. II (30A), 5c Brown, Ty. II (30A)5c Brown, Ty. II (30A). Exceptionally well centered with wide side margins, rich color, bold red grid cancels, Extremely Fine, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $890.00)

345
600
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2008-09-24
United States Stamps
2282
PSE 90
 
Sale Number 962, Lot Number 2282, 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-39)5c Brown, Ty. II (30A), 5c Brown, Ty. II (30A)5c Brown, Ty. II (30A). Choice margins and centering, wonderful deep rich color, bold dark blue rimless grid cancel, Extremely Fine, with 1982 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $860.00)

325
500
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2008-09-24
United States Stamps
2281
PSE 90
 
Sale Number 962, Lot Number 2281, 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-39)5c Brown, Ty. II (30A), 5c Brown, Ty. II (30A)5c Brown, Ty. II (30A). Handsome margins clear of the design all around, marvelous intense color with clear impression, neat face-free rimless grid cancel, Extremely Fine, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $860.00)

325
700
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2008-03-25
United States Stamps
231
PSE 90
 
Sale Number 953, Lot Number 231, 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-39)5c Brown, Ty. II (30A), 5c Brown, Ty. II (30A)5c Brown, Ty. II (30A). Choice centering with well-proportioned margins, deep rich color, bold strike of grid cancel, Extremely Fine, a pretty stamp, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $820.00)

325
550
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Sale#/
Date
Lot#/
Grade
85
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2008-12-16
Important and Superb United States Stamps
4137
PSE 85
 
Sale Number 967, Lot Number 4137, 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-39)5c Brown, Ty. II (30A), 5c Brown, Ty. II (30A)5c Brown, Ty. II (30A). Unusually well centered with wide side margins, deep rich "Chocolate" shade complemented by a neat red grid cancel, Extremely Fine, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (VF-XF 85; SMQ $540.00)

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400
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