EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A MAGNIFICENT MINT NEVER-HINGED GUIDE LINE PAIR OF THE 3-CENT COIL, SCOTT 445, GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED.
The Perf 10 coils were issued as a middle ground between the previous Per 12 coils, which separated too easily and the Perf 8-1/2 coils, which were too difficult to separate. The Perf 10 Scott 445, printed by flat plate method, has an earliest known date of use of August 13, 1915. The rotary press coils followed shortly thereafter, with the 3c horizontal rotary coil issued in February 1916 (Scott 456). With a relatively short period of use, choice examples of Scott 445 are difficult to find. When you add Mint N.H. gum and the guide line pair format, the degree of difficulty increases exponentially. This superb Mint N.H. guide line pair is easily among the few finest known.
With 2003 and 2006 P.F. certificates (Superb 98). With 2016 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $15,000.00). This is the highest grade awarded and it is shared by only one other (offered in our 2010 Rarities sale, realized $22,000 hammer)