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    Five Cent Ellis McAlpin & Co. - Very Likely the Finest Known

    HB-112 EP-76 Scott-80 Reed-EM05 5¢ Ellis McAlpin & Company Extremely Fine.
    Numerical grade: 80case.75stamp.70mica. = 225
    The Five Cent Ellis McAlpin is listed by Reed as an R-8 (five to ten known), which is very likely accurate. The Hodder-Bowers book states, "We know of only four 5¢ pieces, one of which is permanently impounded in the Western Reserve Historical Society." The Stack's June 2004 sale had two pieces, one of which was highly polished, and the other unpolished but lacquered. Their rarity opinion was, "Very Rare: there may be only five or six surviving." This piece, which was previously Lot 1023 of the Perl Collection, and prior to that, Lot 337 of the Lilly Collection, is very likely the finest known. The case has about 50% of its original silvering remaining, the mica is clear, with just a touch of minor crazing at the outer edges and the stamp has lost only a bit of its original color. A very important rarity.
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