Sale 941 — The John F. Odeneal Collection of Superb Mint U.S. Stamps
Sale Date — Wednesday, 3 October, 2007
Category — 1893 Columbian Issue
VERY FINE. A RARE MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE $5.00 COLUMBIAN.
We surveyed dozens of auction catalogues, searching for Mint Never-Hinged examples of the $5.00 Columbian. We found no more than ten single stamps, some from auctions dating back 40 years, and there is no guarantee that all of the stamps previously described as Mint N.H. would pass the test today. The rarity of the $5.00 Columbian in Mint N.H. condition is easily explained. For more than a century, collectors have proudly hinged this highest value of the Columbian set in their albums, and the vast majority of stamps have not escaped the hinge. Only the break-up of blocks, which rarely contain Mint N.H. stamps, has provided the few Extremely Fine Mint N.H. $5.00 Columbian stamps extant today.
With 1990 and 2007 P.F. certificates