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    Very Rare Five Cent Large Ayer's

    HB-34 EP-63a Scott-16a Reed-AS03LG 5¢ Ayer's Sarsaparilla Large Ayer's Extremely Fine.
    Numerical grade: 80case.85stamp.70mica. = 235

    Another far scarcer encasement that is overlooked in most references. This piece, which was in the June 2004 Western Collection had no mention of its rarity in the catalog, and the Hodder-Bowers book prices it as a common issue. Dunham had one, and it was noted in that catalog as rare. Perl and Lilly were both missing this type. Reed is aware of its rarity, calling it an R-9 (two to four known), and his 104-year auction survey supports that, with only twelve auction appearances. This piece, which Frederick Mayer acquired in the June 2004 Stack's Western Collection sale, is a gorgeous Extremely Fine. The case is a natural medium-golden brown, without a hint of a flaw. The stamp is very fresh and well centered, the mica has a few minor crazes at its outer edges but is very substantially clear. At least one other bidder appreciated the rarity of this piece in that sale, as Mr. Mayer was pushed past the $2000 mark.
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    Auction Dates
    September, 2007
    26th-28th Wednesday-Friday
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