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Price History for Scott 523 in Used 95J Grade

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70J
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95J
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98J
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100J
523
$2
51
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Sale#/
Date
Lot#/
Grade
98J
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2015-02-23
The Curtis Collection: U.S. 20th Century and Air Post
486
PSE 98J
 
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 486, 1917-18 Double Line Wmk and Bi-Color Issues (Scott 519-524)$2.00 Orange Red & Black (523), $2.00 Orange Red & Black (523)$2.00 Orange Red & Black (523). Deep rich colors and detailed impressions, bright paper, phenomenal centering with Jumbo margins, unobtrusive strike of oval registry cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE $2.00 ORANGE RED & BLACK 1918 FRANKLIN ISSUE. THIS MAY WELL BE THE FINEST IN EXISTENCE -- IT HAS BEEN AWARDED THE GRADE OF SUPERB 98 JUMBO BY P.S.E., WHICH IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED TO DATE. IT IS THE ONLY EXAMPLE TO ACHIEVE THIS GRADE.

The $2.00 and $5.00 1918 Issue are the first bi-colored dollar-denominated postage stamps issued by the United States. Both were released just three months after the famous 1918 24c Inverted Jenny, but the early printings were issued in small quantities, since stocks of the earlier $2.00 and $5.00 issues (Scott 479 and 480) were still on hand.

According to Johl, the $2.00 Orange Red & Black was a color error on the part of the Bureau of Engraving & Printing. The official description and order for the bi-color stamps specified "Red and Black" for the $2.00. When subsequent printings appeared in 1920 and philatelists brought the matter to the attention of the Bureau, they were told "this stamp has always been this color" (Johl, p. 306). From studies of Bureau and Post Office records, it is clear that the originally-intended color was not issued until November 1920 (Scott 547), and that the earlier Orange Red stamps were mistakes.

Ex Natalee Grace. With 1995 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $1,750.00 as 98). This is the highest grade awarded and the only example to achieve this grade.

250
2,100
2012-09-20
The Natalee Grace Collection of Used U.S. Stamps, Part Three
442
PSE 98J
 
Sale Number 1028, Lot Number 442, 1917 Perf 11 Single-Line Watermark Issue, 1918-20 Issues (Scott 519-524)$2.00 Orange Red & Black (523), $2.00 Orange Red & Black (523)$2.00 Orange Red & Black (523). Deep rich colors and detailed impressions, bright paper, phenomenal centering with Jumbo margins, unobtrusive strike of oval registry cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE $2.00 ORANGE RED & BLACK 1918 FRANKLIN ISSUE. THIS MAY WELL BE THE FINEST IN EXISTENCE -- IT HAS BEEN AWARDED THE GRADE OF SUPERB 98 JUMBO BY P.S.E., WHICH IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED TO DATE. IT IS THE ONLY EXAMPLE TO ACHIEVE THIS GRADE.

The $2.00 and $5.00 1918 Issue are the first bi-colored dollar-denominated postage stamps issued by the United States. Both were released just three months after the famous 1918 24c Inverted Jenny, but the early printings were issued in small quantities, since stocks of the earlier $2.00 and $5.00 issues (Scott 479 and 480) were still on hand.

According to Johl, the $2.00 Orange Red & Black was a color error on the part of the Bureau of Engraving & Printing. The official description and order for the bi-color stamps specified "Red and Black" for the $2.00. When subsequent printings appeared in 1920 and philatelists brought the matter to the attention of the Bureau, they were told "this stamp has always been this color" (Johl, p. 306). From studies of Bureau and Post Office records, it is clear that the originally-intended color was not issued until November 1920 (Scott 547), and that the earlier Orange Red stamps were mistakes.

With 1995 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $1,700.00 as 98). This is the highest grade awarded to date and the only example to achieve this grade.

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Sale#/
Date
Lot#/
Grade
98
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2012-10-23
The Nick Kirke Collection of Gem-Quality Used U.S. Stamps
3608
PSE 98
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3608, 1917-18 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 483-524)$2.00 Orange Red & Black (523), $2.00 Orange Red & Black (523)$2.00 Orange Red & Black (523). Exceptional centering with Jumbo margins, deep rich colors, unobtrusive strike of oval registry cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE $2.00 ORANGE RED & BLACK 1918 FRANKLIN ISSUE.

The $2.00 and $5.00 1918 Issue are the first bi-colored dollar-denominated postage stamps issued by the United States. Both were released just three months after the famous 1918 24c Inverted Jenny, but the early printings were issued in small quantities, since stocks of the earlier $2.00 and $5.00 issues (Scott 479 and 480) were still on hand.

According to Johl, the $2.00 Orange Red & Black was a color error on the part of the Bureau of Engraving & Printing. The official description and order for the bi-color stamps specified "Red and Black" for the $2.00. When subsequent printings appeared in 1920 and philatelists brought the matter to the attention of the Bureau, they were told "this stamp has always been this color" (Johl, p. 306). From studies of Bureau and Post Office records, it is clear that the originally-intended color was not issued until November 1920 (Scott 547), and that the earlier Orange Red stamps were mistakes.

With 2005 P.F. and 2004 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $1,700.00). Only one has graded higher (at 98J) and this is the only example to achieve this grade

250
1,400
Sale#/
Date
Lot#/
Grade
95J
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2019-05-01
Gem-Quality United States Stamps
1519
PSE 95J
 
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1519, 1917-20 Issues (Scott 519-547)$2.00 Orange Red & Black (523), $2.00 Orange Red & Black (523)$2.00 Orange Red & Black (523). Brilliant colors and detailed impressions, outstanding centering with Jumbo margins, light 1925 circular datestamp cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2001 P.F. and 2006 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $1,100.00), only two grade higher and two others share this grade

240
800
2012-12-10
United States and Foreign Stamps and Covers
2101
PSE 95J
 
Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2101, 1914-22 Issues (Scott 446-550)$2.00 Orange Red & Black (523), $2.00 Orange Red & Black (523)$2.00 Orange Red & Black (523). Brilliant colors and crisp impressions, beautiful centering with Jumbo margins, neat strikes of Detroit Mich. registry oval cancels, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2012 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $880.00 as 95, $1,700.00 as 98), only two have graded higher and only two share this grade

250
950
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Sale#/
Date
Lot#/
Grade
95
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2018-03-07
The J. R. Helton, Jr. Collection of Used United States Stamps
218
PSE 95
 
Sale Number 1174, Lot Number 218, 1917-22 Issues (Scott 498-544)$2.00 Orange Red & Black (523), $2.00 Orange Red & Black (523)$2.00 Orange Red & Black (523). Bright colors, unusual vignette shift to the right, face-free cancel, choice centering, Extremely Fine, with 2004 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $850.00), only five have graded higher

240
375
2011-06-21
United States Stamps & Postal History, Foreign
780
PSE 95
 
Sale Number 1011, Lot Number 780, 1917-20 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 493-547)$2.00 Orange Red & Black (523), $2.00 Orange Red & Black (523)$2.00 Orange Red & Black (523). Bright colors, interesting vignette shift to the right, face-free cancel, choice centering, Extremely Fine, with 2004 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $880.00), only four have graded higher to date

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425
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2010-04-06
United States Stamps
940
PSE 95
 
Sale Number 984, Lot Number 940, 1917-19 Issues (Scott 481-524)$2.00 Orange Red & Black (523), $2.00 Orange Red & Black (523)$2.00 Orange Red & Black (523). Fabulous centering and strong colors, oval registry cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $880.00)

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650
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2009-12-16
United States Stamps
5914
PSE 95
 
Sale Number 982, Lot Number 5914, 1917-19 Issues (Scott 481-524)$2.00 Orange Red & Black (523), $2.00 Orange Red & Black (523)$2.00 Orange Red & Black (523). Intense colors and impressions, face-free cancel at bottom, choice centering with wide margins, fresh and Extremely Fine, a beautiful stamp, with 2004 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $880.00), only four have graded higher to date

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325
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2008-09-24
United States Stamps
2797
PSE 95
 
Sale Number 962, Lot Number 2797, 1912-23 Issues (Scott 405-524)$2.00 Orange Red & Black (523), $2.00 Orange Red & Black (523)$2.00 Orange Red & Black (523). Intense colors and impressions, face-free cancel at bottom, choice centering with wide margins, fresh and Extremely Fine, a beautiful stamp, with 2004 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $1,100.00), only three have graded higher to date

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600
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2008-06-23
United States Stamps
2980
PSE 95
 
Sale Number 959, Lot Number 2980, 1917-19 Issues (Scott 481-524)$2.00 Orange Red & Black (523), $2.00 Orange Red & Black (523)$2.00 Orange Red & Black (523). Fabulous centering and strong colors, oval registry cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $1,000.00)

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700
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2007-11-12
United States Stamps
1157
PSE 95
 
Sale Number 946, Lot Number 1157, 1917-19 Issues (Scott 481-524)$2.00 Orange Red & Black (523), $2.00 Orange Red & Black (523)$2.00 Orange Red & Black (523). Neatly cancelled, rich colors, essentially perfectly centered, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2007 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $1,000.00), this is one of two used examples in this grade, there are only three graded higher

250
1,400
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Sale#/
Date
Lot#/
Grade
90J
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2015-02-23
The Curtis Collection: U.S. 20th Century and Air Post
487
PSE 90J
 
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 487, 1917-18 Double Line Wmk and Bi-Color Issues (Scott 519-524)$2.00 Orange Red & Black (523), $2.00 Orange Red & Black (523)$2.00 Orange Red & Black (523). Jumbo margins, fresh colors, three clearly-struck registry double ovals, Extremely Fine, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90 Jumbo; SMQ $400.00 as 90, $850.00 as 95)

250
400
2012-06-27
United States Stamps and Postal History, CSA, General Foreign
1450
PSE 90J
 
Sale Number 1026, Lot Number 1450, 1912-22 Issues, continued (Scott 498f-547)$2.00 Orange Red & Black (523), $2.00 Orange Red & Black (523)$2.00 Orange Red & Black (523). Bright colors, Jumbo margins, bold strike of Philadelphia registry oval cancel, Extremely Fine, with 1992 P.F. and 2012 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90 Jumbo; SMQ $390.00 as 90, $880.00 as 95)

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500
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2008-06-23
United States Stamps
2981
PSE 90J
 
Sale Number 959, Lot Number 2981, 1917-19 Issues (Scott 481-524)$2.00 Orange Red & Black (523), $2.00 Orange Red & Black (523)$2.00 Orange Red & Black (523). Jumbo margins, fresh colors, three clearly-struck registry double ovals, Extremely Fine, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90 Jumbo; SMQ $490.00 as 90, $1,000.00 as 95)

250
425
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Sale#/
Date
Lot#/
Grade
85
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2007-02-27
United States Stamps
2635
PSE 85
 
Sale Number 930, Lot Number 2635, 1917-19 Issues (Scott 481-524)$2.00 Orange Red & Black (523), $2.00 Orange Red & Black (523)$2.00 Orange Red & Black (523). Uncommonly wide margins, strong color, part of Los Angeles oval cancel (nearly face-free), Extremely Fine, with 2006 P.S.E. certificate (VF-XF 85; SMQ $310.00)

240
350
Sale#/
Date
Lot#/
Grade
80
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2014-09-16
United States Stamps
575
PSE 80
 
Sale Number 1078, Lot Number 575, 1912-23 Washington-Franklin Issues, cont.$2.00 Orange Red & Black (523), $2.00 Orange Red & Black (523)$2.00 Orange Red & Black (523). Rich colors, registry oval cancel, Very Fine, with 2014 P.S.E. certificate (VF 80; SMQ $250.00)

250
250
2008-09-24
United States Stamps
2798
PSE 80
 
Sale Number 962, Lot Number 2798, 1912-23 Issues (Scott 405-524)$2.00 Orange Red & Black (523), $2.00 Orange Red & Black (523)$2.00 Orange Red & Black (523). Rich colors, neat strike of registry oval cancel, Very Fine and choice, with 2004 P.S.E. certificate (VF 80; SMQ $245.00)

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