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The Edward Morton Collection of Outstanding Quality United States Stamps continued...

1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 230-245) continued...
Lot Sym. Lot Description  
432 nh Image30c Columbian (239). Mint N.H., lovely deep shade on bright paper, wide and balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A BEAUTIFUL MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 30-CENT COLUMBIAN ISSUE.

With 2003 P.F. and 2014 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $2,400.00) (Image)

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$ 675.00


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433 og Image50c Columbian (240). Original gum, single hinge mark, deep rich color and proof-like impression, Jumbo margins and essentially perfect centering

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STUNNING ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 50-CENT COLUMBIAN ISSUE, GRADED SUPERB 98 JUMBO BY P.S.E.

With 2017 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, Superb 98 Jumbo; SMQ $5,250.00). Only three original gum stamps grade higher (one hinged at 100J and one hinged and Mint N.H. at 100) and only two others shares this lofty grade (also hinged) (Image)

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$ 425.00


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434 og Image$1.00 Columbian (241). Original gum, lightly hinged, rich color, gorgeous centering with well-balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE $1.00 COLUMBIAN ISSUE.

The $1.00 is difficult to obtain in such superb condition; the margins are usually small. With 1995 P.F. and 2016 P.S.E. certificates (OGph, XF-Superb 95; SMQ $3,750.00). Only two grade higher (at 98), and for Mint N.H. none grade higher (Image)

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$ 1,000.00


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435   Image$1.00 Columbian (241). Brilliant color as fresh as the day it was printed, detailed impression, well-struck New York oval registry cancel, phenomenal centering with well-balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE $1.00 COLUMBIAN ISSUE, WHICH IS A VERY DIFFICULT STAMP TO OBTAIN IN SUCH OUTSTANDING CONDITION

Ex "Natalee Grace". With 1995 and 2012 P.F. certificates. With 2019 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $2,600.00). Only one grades higher (at 95J) (Image)

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$ 525.00


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436 og Image$2.00 Columbian (242). Original gum, lightly hinged, incredibly well-centered with choice margins, magnificent rich color and detailed impression

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN ABSOLUTELY STUNNING ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE $2.00 COLUMBIAN, GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E.

The $2.00 Columbian Issue is notorious for being one of the most difficult denominations to obtain with choice centering or with wide margins.

With 1991 P.F. and 2012 P.S.E. certificates (OGph, Superb 98; SMQ $9,250.00). Only one grades higher (at 100) and one other shares this grade. In the Mint N.H. category, only one has achieved this grade with none higher. (Image)

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$ 1,050.00


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437   Image$2.00 Columbian (242). Brilliant color and crisp impression, unusually wide and balanced margins, neat strike of purple New York registry oval cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STUNNING USED EXAMPLE OF THE $2.00 COLUMBIAN ISSUE.

With 2009 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $3,250.00). Only four grade higher (Image)

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$ 525.00


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438 og Image$3.00 Columbian (243). Original gum, hinge marks top half, perfectly centered with Jumbo margins, deep rich color and proof-like impression

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS STUNNING STAMP IS GRADED SUPERB 98 JUMBO BY P.S.E. -- THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED TO THE $3.00 COLUMBIAN AND THE ONLY EXAMPLE TO ACHIEVE THIS GRADE. A TRUE RARITY.

The $3.00 Columbian is one of the most difficult of the dollar values to obtain in such choice condition. Only 24,713 were issued, which is approximately half the number of the $1.00 and $2.00. The margins are generally narrow on this denomination. The stamp offered here is the exception to the rule. It is beautifully centered, and the color and paper are bright and fresh.

Ex Merlin. With 2019 P.F. and 2010 P.S.E. certificates (OGh, Superb 98 Jumbo; SMQ $11,500.00). This is the highest grade awarded and the only example to achieve it. The highest grade awarded to a Mint N.H. example is 95. (Image)

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$ 1,350.00


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439 og Image$4.00 Columbian (244). Original gum, lightly hinged, brilliant color, near mathematically perfect centering on fresh paper

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN EXCEPTIONALLY BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE $4.00 COLUMBIAN ISSUE, GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. THIS IS THE HIHGEST GRADE AWARDED IN ANY CONDITION CATEGORY.

The $4.00 Columbian, depicting "Isabella--Columbus," is based on an unknown portrait of Queen Isabella and a portrait of Columbus from a painting by Lorenzo Lotto. The vignette was engraved by Alfred Jones and the frame and lettering by George H. Seymour. 26,350 stamps were printed from Plate 107, and according to Luff 3,357 were destroyed.

With 2013 P.F. and 2013 P.S.E. certificates (OGph, Superb 98; SMQ $13,500.00). This is the highest grade awarded to a $4.00 Columbian in any condition category, and it is shared by only one other (offered in our 2010 Rarities sale). The highest Mint N.H. grade is 95 (Image)

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$ 2,000.00


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440   Image$4.00 Columbian (244). Intense shade on bright paper, outstanding centering with wide and balanced margins, unusually light registry oval cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SENSATIONAL USED EXAMPLE OF THE $4.00 COLUMBIAN, GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E. -- ONLY TWO GRADE HIGHER.

Ex Helton. With 2011 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $6,500.00). Only two grade higher (at 95J and 98). (Image)

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$ 950.00


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441 og Image$5.00 Columbian (245). Original gum, intense shade and proof-like impression, gorgeous centering with wide margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE $5.00 COLUMBIAN ISSUE.

With 2011 P.S.E. (OGph, XF-Superb 95; SMQ $6,500.00) and 2017 P.F. certificates (Image)

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$ 2,300.00


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442   Image$5.00 Columbian (245). Exceptional centering with wide and balanced margins, intense shade on bright paper, face-free target cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN OUSTANDING USED EXAMPLE OF THE $5.00 COLUMBIAN, GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E.

The dollar-value Columbians are extremely difficult to obtain in superb used condition. None of the denominations were issued to pay any actual postage rate, and collectors protested the high cost. Only 21,844 of the $5.00 were sold, and a small percentage of those were used, either on philatelic covers or on heavy registered parcels. The stamps on parcels or registered mail were frequently heavily cancelled, and the large package wrappers were susceptible to damage. The stamp offered here is a notable exception. It has a face-free cancel and beautifully balanced margins.

With 1980 P.F., 2003 and 2015 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $6,750.00). Only two examples grade higher (both 98, one ex "Natalee Grace" and the other offered in Sale 1140, Lot 638). (Image)

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$ 1,150.00


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