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    HB-207 EP-90 5¢ Sands' Ale Extremely Fine. Sands' Ale is one of the rarest of the merchants. Only two denominations definitively exist--this 5¢ and the rarer 10¢. The 12¢, 24¢, and 30¢ have historic auction appearances, but none have proven genuine. The 5¢ piece is considered by Reed to be a R-8 indicating five to ten known. We believe the census to be eight--several of which are rather low grade. This piece has a medium-brass XF case, a beautifully centered fully bright stamp, and a mica that is essentially clear in spite of some minor crazes and separations. The case exhibits some minor dents in several places. Were this a rare denomination piece, we would be a bit suspicious, but as the most common variety of this rare merchant, we are convinced that it's simply the result of circulation.

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    September, 2008
    17th-21st Wednesday-Sunday
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