Sale 1034 — The Merlin Collection of Superb United States Stamps

Sale Date — Wednesday-Thursday, 28-29 November, 2012

Category — 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 230-245)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
209
nh
Sale 1034, Lot 209, 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 230-245)2c Columbian, Broken Hat (231). Mint N.H., deep rich color and proof-like impression, perfectly centered with Jumbo margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STUNNING MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT COLUMBIAN WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 JUMBO BY P.S.E.

With 1990 P.F. and 2010 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98 Jumbo; the Broken Hat variety is listed but unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 95, SMQ $750.00 as 95. SMQ assigns a 2.4-times premium to the variety in the grade of 95. SMQ for a normal Scott 231 without the variety is $1,425.00 in the grade of 98. If the same premium applies to the scarcer 98 grade then this would catalogue $3,420.00). This is likely the highest grade awarded to the variety -- the Population Report does not separate the variety and three have graded higher (two of which we offered and did not have the variety).

150
2,100