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    Ten Cent G.G. Evans - A Classic and Likely Unique Rarity

    HB-119 EP-113 Scott-87 10¢ G.G. Evans Choice Extremely Fine.
    Numerical grade: 80case.65stamp.80mica. = 225
    Unique to our best knowledge, and one of the key pieces in Frederick Mayer's incomparable Encased Postage collection. Reed's auction-census data show only four appearances in his 104-year survey period, and he comments in his rarity chart that there are two known. This piece was lot 374 from the 1967 sale of the Lilly Collection (sale price: $380), and at that time it became part of the Western Collection, where it remained until Stack's June 2004 sale. At that sale, it was Lot 491. In the Stack's auction description, Reed's quote of two known is also mentioned but is questioned. The Hodder-Bowers reference states, "Presently only one example is known, which was last sold publicly in September of 1967 during the auction by Robert Siegel Galleries of Josiah K. Lilly's collection. It now resides in a noted western collection." If a second example exists, we have no idea where it might be. This piece is gorgeous. The case has claims to the About New grade and is flawless. The mica is also free of the normally seen flaws, but it does have some minor circulation-caused marks on its surface. The decently centered stamp has retained most of its color, but there is a small age spot above Washington's left eye. Mr. Mayer paid $7187.50 for this piece in June of 2004, on a much weaker market.
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    Auction Dates
    September, 2007
    26th-28th Wednesday-Friday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 2
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