Sale 1199 — Gem-Quality United States Stamps
Sale Date — Wednesday-Thursday, 1-2 May, 2019
Category — 5c-30c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 27-38)
5c Red Brown (28). Perfect centering with unusually wide and balanced margins, beautiful warm shade on bright paper, unobtrusive cancel
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STUNNING USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 5-CENT RED BROWN, GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED AND IT IS SHARED BY ONLY ONE OTHER. THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT ISSUES TO OBTAIN WITH SUCH WIDE MARGINS AND IN SUCH PRISTINE CONDITION.
Due to the narrow spacing between stamps on the plate, the perforations often touch or go into the outer portion of the design on one or more sides. The example offered here, with perfect centering and deep rich color, is a true condition rarity.
Ex Kirke. With 2000 P.F. and 2010 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $29,000.00). This is the highest grade awarded and only one other example has achieved this grade, a statistic that has not changed since 2010.