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Price History for Scott 36B in Used 98 Grade

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70J
75
75J
80
80J
85
85J
90
90J
95
95J
98
98J
100
100J
36B
12c
77
0
5
5
2
4
1
1
0
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0
9
0
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Sale#/
Date
Lot#/
Grade
98
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2012-06-07
The Natalee Grace Collection of Used U.S. Stamps, Part One
82
PSE 98
 
Sale Number 1024, Lot Number 82, 12c-90c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 36-39)12c Black, Plate 3 (36B), 12c Black, Plate 3 (36B)12c Black, Plate 3 (36B). Perfectly centered with well-balanced margins, deep shade and proof-like impression nicely contrasted by face-free strike of red 3c credit datestamp

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS IS ONE OF THE FINEST EXAMPLES OF THE PERFORATED 12-CENT 1857 ISSUE FROM PLATE 3. THIS STAMP HAS BEEN AWARDED THE GRADE OF SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED TO DATE IN ANY CATEGORY, AND THE ONLY EXAMPLE TO ACHIEVE THIS GRADE.

The most recent scholarship regarding the Toppan, Carpenter, Casilear & Co. plates used to print the 12c 1851-57 Issue is clearly articulated by James A. Allen in "The 1851 Imperforate (Scott U.S. #17): Plating Updated and Additional New Findings" (The 1851 Issue of United States Stamps: a Sesquicentennial Retrospective, U.S. Philatelic Classics Society). Traditionally, the 12c plates are identified as Plate 1 (from which all imperforate and some perforated stamps were printed), Plate 2 (evidently never used) and Plate 3 (which produced stamps that were only regularly issued with perforations). It is highly probable that Plate "3" was the first one made in 1851, but it was put aside and not used until 1859.

Plate 3 stamps (Scott 36B) are characterized primarily by uneven or broken outer framelines of the design. The subjects on Plate 1, which produced Scott Nos. 17 and 36, have even framelines that were extensively recut. Plate 3 stamps with the centering and wide margins evident in this example are very scarce.

Ex Drucker. With 1982 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $5,500.00). This is the highest grade awarded to date and the only example to achieve this grade.

295
5,750
Sale#/
Date
Lot#/
Grade
95
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2019-05-01
Gem-Quality United States Stamps
1091
PSE 95
 
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1091, 5c-30c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 27-38)12c Black, Plate 3 (36B), 12c Black, Plate 3 (36B)12c Black, Plate 3 (36B). Intense shade and impression, unusually choice centering with wide and balanced margins, bold strike of circular datestamp and red transit cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 12-CENT 1860 ISSUE FROM PLATE 3, GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E.

Ex Merlin. With 2011 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $2,000.00). Only one has graded higher (at 98, offered in our "Natalee Grace" sale).

250
1,300
2018-03-07
The J. R. Helton, Jr. Collection of Used United States Stamps
30
PSE 95
 
Sale Number 1174, Lot Number 30, 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-39)12c Black, Plate 3 (36B), 12c Black, Plate 3 (36B)12c Black, Plate 3 (36B). Intense shade and proof-like impression, centrally-struck blue circular datestamp, unusually choice centering with wide and balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1859 12-CENT FROM PLATE 3 GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E.

Ex Bowman. With 1997 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $2,000.00). Only one has graded higher (at 98, offered in our Natalee Grace sale)

270
1,500
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2015-12-15
A European Connoisseur's Collection of U.S. Classic Issues
2183
PSE 95
 
Sale Number 1115, Lot Number 2183, 12c-24c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 36-37)12c Black, Plate 3 (36B), 12c Black, Plate 3 (36B)12c Black, Plate 3 (36B). Superbly centered, intense shade and impression providing the background for a vivid red grid cancel, wonderfully fresh

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THE PERFORATED 12-CENT STAMPS FROM PLATE 3 ARE EXCEEDINGLY DIFFICULT TO FIND IN HIGH-GRADE USED CONDITION. THIS SPECTACULAR STAMP WITH A RED CANCEL AND GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E. IS ONE OF THE MOST OUTSTANDING USED EXAMPLES WE HAVE ENCOUNTERED.

With 2015 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $2,000.00). There is only one graded higher (98) and ten others graded 95, but this is one of even fewer with a red cancel.

315
2,400
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2015-09-29
The Robert Bowman Collection of Superb U.S. Stamps
37
PSE 95
 
Sale Number 1108, Lot Number 37, 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-39)12c Black, Plate 3 (36B), 12c Black, Plate 3 (36B)12c Black, Plate 3 (36B). Intense shade and proof-like impression, centrally-struck blue circular datestamp, unusually choice centering with wide and balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 12-CENT 1860 ISSUE FROM PLATE 3, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E.

With 1997 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $2,000.00). Only one has graded higher (at 98, offered in our Natalee Grace sale)

285
1,500
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2014-11-05
The Curtis Collection: 1847-1901 Stamps and Covers
3170
PSE 95
 
Sale Number 1084, Lot Number 3170, 10c-90c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 31-39)12c Black, Plate 3 (36b), 12c Black, Plate 3 (36b)12c Black, Plate 3 (36b). Extra wide margins all around with perfs far from framelines, intense shade and impression which clearly shows double transfer at bottom, neat cancels leave design clearly visible

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 12-CENT 1860 ISSUE FROM PLATE 3, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E. THIS IS ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE WITH THE PROMINENT DOUBLE TRANSFER AT BOTTOM.

Ex Floyd, Tahoe and Kirke. With 1990 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $1,950.00 with no premium for the double transfer). Only one stamp has graded higher (at 98). Considering the extraordinary margin width -- almost unheard of in this issue -- and the centering and face-free cancel, we consider this a very strong 95, if not a 98.

275
3,250
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2012-11-28
The Merlin Collection of Superb United States Stamps
65
PSE 95
 
Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 65, 1857-60 Issue and 1875 Reprint (Scott 18-47)12c Black, Plate 3 (36B), 12c Black, Plate 3 (36B)12c Black, Plate 3 (36B). Intense shade and impression, unusually choice centering with wide and balanced margins, bold strike of circular datestamp and red transit cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 12-CENT 1860 ISSUE FROM PLATE 3, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E.

With 2011 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $1,950.00). Only one has graded higher (at 98, offered in our Natalee Grace sale).

295
1,400
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2012-10-23
The Nick Kirke Collection of Gem-Quality Used U.S. Stamps
3094
PSE 95
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3094, 5c-90c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 27-39)12c Black, Plate 3 (36b), 12c Black, Plate 3 (36b)12c Black, Plate 3 (36b). Extra wide margins all around with perfs far from framelines, intense shade and impression which clearly shows double transfer at bottom, neat cancels leave design clearly visible

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 12-CENT 1860 ISSUE FROM PLATE 3, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E. THIS IS ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE WITH THE PROMINENT DOUBLE TRANSFER AT BOTTOM.

Ex Floyd and Tahoe. With 1990 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $1,950.00 with no premium for the double transfer). Only one stamp has been graded higher (at 98). Considering the extraordinary margin width -- almost unheard of in this issue -- and the centering and face-free cancel, we consider this a very strong 95, if not a 98.

275
1,700
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2010-04-06
United States Stamps
194
PSE 95
 
Sale Number 984, Lot Number 194, 12c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 36-36B)12c Black, Plate 3 (36B), 12c Black, Plate 3 (36B)12c Black, Plate 3 (36B). Unusually choice centering for this difficult issue, detailed impression, long and full perforations all around, neat strike of grid cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 PERFORATED 12-CENT FROM PLATE 3.

With 1986 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $2,000.00). Only one has graded higher to date.

350
1,600
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2008-02-27
The Tahoe Collection of Superb Used U.S. Stamps
22
PSE 95
 
Sale Number 951, Lot Number 22, 1857-60 Issue12c Black, Plate 3 (36b), 12c Black, Plate 3 (36b)12c Black, Plate 3 (36b). Extra wide margins all around with perfs far from framelines, intense shade and impression which clearly shows double transfer at bottom, neat cancels leave design clearly visible

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 12-CENT 1860 ISSUE FROM PLATE 3, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E. THIS IS ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE WITH THE CLEAR DOUBLE TRANSFER AT BOTTOM.

Ex Floyd. With 1990 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $1,650.00 with no premium for the double transfer). This is the highest grade awarded to any 12c 1857-60 perforated stamp (Scott 36 or 36b). Only seven Plate 3 (Scott 36b) stamps graded 95 are reported in the P.S.E. Population Report. Considering the extraordinary margin width--almost unheard of in this issue--and the centering and face-free cancel, we consider this a very strong 95, if not a 98.

250
4,250
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2007-11-12
United States Stamps
293
PSE 95
 
Sale Number 946, Lot Number 293, 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-39)12c Black, Plate 3 (36b), 12c Black, Plate 3 (36b)12c Black, Plate 3 (36b). Essentially perfectly centered with margins clear of the design on all sides, black town circular datestamp and trace of a red one also, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2006 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $1,650.00), one of six used copies of No. 36b graded XF-Superb 95 by P.S.E. (none graded higher)

225
2,800
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Sale#/
Date
Lot#/
Grade
90J
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2010-04-06
United States Stamps
195
PSE 90J
 
Sale Number 984, Lot Number 195, 12c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 36-36B)12c Black, Plate 3, Double Frameline (36B var), 12c Black, Plate 3, Double Frameline (36B var)12c Black, Plate 3, Double Frameline (36B var). Clear second outer frameline at left, Jumbo margins and unusually choice centering, bold strike of blue Chicago circular datestamp, intense shade, Extremely Fine, a beautiful and striking example of this distinct variety, with 1987 A.P.S. and 2010 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90 Jumbo; SMQ $590.00 as 90, $2,000.00 as 95 for normal)

360
900
Sale#/
Date
Lot#/
Grade
90
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2012-12-10
United States and Foreign Stamps and Covers
1502
PSE 90
 
Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 1502, 3c-90c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 26-39)12c Black, Plate 3 (36B), 12c Black, Plate 3 (36B)12c Black, Plate 3 (36B). Detailed impression, well-proportioned margins, virtually face-free cancel, fresh and Extremely Fine, with 2012 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $700.00)

275
375
2012-03-01
United States Stamps
382
PSE 90
 
Sale Number 1019, Lot Number 382, 10c-90c 1857-60 Issue and 1875 Reprint (Scott 32-47)12c Black, Plate 3 (36B), 12c Black, Plate 3 (36B)12c Black, Plate 3 (36B). Wide margins and well-centered, intense shade nicely contrasted by red grid cancel, Extremely Fine, with 2007 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $700.00)

295
600
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2008-03-25
United States Stamps
262
PSE 90
 
Sale Number 953, Lot Number 262, 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-39)12c Black, Plate 3 (36b), 12c Black, Plate 3 (36b)12c Black, Plate 3 (36b). Nice margins and centered only barely into outer frame line at top, intense color, red grid cancels, Extremely Fine, with 1994 P.F. certificate for horizontal pair (left stamp) and 2004 P.S.E. certificate for this single (XF 90; SMQ $620.00)

235
1,200
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