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    Ten Cent L.C. Hopkins - The Finest of Three Known

    HB-146 EP-117a Scott-105 Reed-HO10 10¢ L.C. Hopkins & Co. Choice Extremely Fine.
    Numerical grade: 80case.85stamp.85mica. = 250
    A wonderful combination of rarity and quality. This benchmark collection has two of the three known pieces. This one is the finer of the two. The case is a lovely natural medium brass color, with silver behind nearly all the letters. The stamp is very nicely centered and beautifully fresh, and the mica is exceptional, with no cracks or crazes whatsoever. The Reed auction survey census shows only eleven auction appearances of Ten Cent Hopkins pieces. When reappearances over the century-plus period are considered, that number is very consistent with the three known survivors. Interestingly, all three are solid, problem free examples. This piece has a slight edge over the western-collection example, which according to Stack's had "lightly laminated" mica and a "somewhat toned down" stamp. Even Mr. Mayer's duplicate, the third of the three quality wise, is in outstanding condition.
    From The Frederick Mayer Collection

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    September, 2007
    26th-28th Wednesday-Friday
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