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    Likely Unique Five Cent Steinfeld

    HB-222 EP-93 Scott-166 Reed-ST05 5¢ S. Steinfeld About New.
    Numerical grade: 85case.80stamp.75mica. = 240
    Fred Reed considers this Five Cent Steinfeld as an R-9, with a question mark, indicating possibly two known. If there is a second, we are unaware of it. Dunham, Perl and Lilly all lacked this variety. Mr. Mayer was never able to obtain a Five Cent Steinfeld until the June '04 sale of the Western Collection. This piece was headed there as "Possibly Unique," with the statement, "We have no records of another, and have thought it was unique since 1989, although we note that Fred Reed hedges his R-9 rating with a question mark. Whether it is unique or not, it is clear that none has been sold publicly in many years." We agree with that description. We have neither seen nor heard of a second example, and we believe that this piece is unique. On top of its extreme rarity, it boasts very high grade. The case is a lovely AU, with an olive-gold color and original golden highlights behind the letters. The stamp is beautifully fresh but centered a hair to the left. The mica is fully clear, but it has a very short crack at the top center and a minor disturbance at the lower left.
    From The Frederick Mayer Collection

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    Auction Dates
    September, 2007
    26th-28th Wednesday-Friday
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