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Lot #149

1880 Special Printing of the 1879 Issue

1880 5c deep blue, unused without gum as issued, well centered with wide margins on all sides, fresh color, v.f. One of the rarest Special Printings, with 1950 and 2019 Philatelic Foundation Certificates. Siegel Census records only 18 examples of this Special Printing, including one copy in the Miller collection at The New York Public Library. About one third have minor faults. This is No. 204-UNC-16 in the Census, not seen since 1950 and certainly among the finest recorded. Comparable copies have realized $190,000 (Wingate Collection, Siegel Auctions, 2018) and $170,000 (Hall Collection, Siegel Auctions, 2015)
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Catalog #204
Catalog Value $240,000

Price Realized
$150,000.00

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