Three things to keep in mind when looking at the above results (unsolds are not included):
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.
When looking at multiple grades on the graph, grades with the same population numbers may show overlapping.
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2c Carmine Rose, Ty. III, Rotary (546). Almost perfect centering, radiant color, light totally face-free cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb used example of Scott 546 which has been graded XF-Superb 95 by P.S.E. -- this is the highest grade awarded, with 2011 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $880.00), this is the highest grade awarded and no others share this grade
2c Carmine Rose, Ty. III, Rotary (546). Intense shade and impression, neat cancel, choice centering for this difficult issue, Extremely Fine, a beautiful stamp, with 2018 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $350.00), only one has graded higher (at 95) and only one other shares this grade
2c Carmine Rose, Ty. III, Rotary (546). Vibrant color as fresh as the day it was printed, choice centering with balanced margins, face-free strike of registry oval cancel, fresh and Extremely Fine, according to Johl "most collectors and dealers entirely overlooked this variety and most of the stamps served their postal needs and were destroyed. Used copies are almost as scarce as the stamps in mint condition and well centered specimens quite hard to find", Armstrong also notes that the centering is normally exceptionally poor, since the sheets were manually fed into the flat plate perforator as opposed to machine fed into the rotary perforator, and the sheets had a natural tendency to curl, with 2009 P.S.E. certificate (VF-XF 85; SMQ $225.00), only two have graded higher to date and only three others share this grade