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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5c Black Brown (76a). Deep rich color in the Black Brown shade, detailed impression, choice centering with Jumbo margins, bold strike of quartered cork cancel, Extremely Fine Gem example of this difficult shade, ex Kirke, with 2003 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90 Jumbo; SMQ $1,850.00)
5c Black Brown (76a). Deep rich color in the Black Brown shade, detailed impression showing every nuance of the engraving, neat strike of blue target cancel, choice centering with wide and balanced margins for this difficult issue
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STUNNING USED EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1863 ISSUE IN THE BLACK BROWN SHADE.
Ex Scarsdale. With 2003 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $1,075.00). Only two have graded higher
5c Black Brown (76a). Handsome centering with choice margins clear of design all around, intense color, proof-like impression, unobtrusively cancelled by two tiny bits of target rings, Extremely Fine, scarce shade, with 2003 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $900.00)