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    HB-91 EP-71 Scott-61 Reed-CL05 5¢ Arthur M. Claflin Choice About New.
    Numerical grade: 85case.85stamp.70mica. = 240
    A wonderful example that was previously Lot 451 from the Stack's June 2004 Western Collection sale. The case is a gorgeous About New with about 60% of its silvering remaining. The stamp is beautifully centered and fully fresh. The mica, although it is crystal clear in direct light, has two flaws: a minor craze at the lower right and a somewhat larger craze and crack running from the top into Jefferson's hair. Reed considers this 5¢ Claflin as an R-9, meaning two to four known. His auction census shows twelve appearances in 104 years. The Hodder-Bowers book states that there are two or three known, and we know of only this piece and one other. Whether the count is two or three, this is likely to be the only buying opportunity for a Five Cent Claflin for years to come. Frederick Mayer paid $14,950 for this piece over three years ago, and we anticipate that number's being easily eclipsed this evening.
    From The Frederick Mayer Collection

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    Auction Dates
    September, 2007
    26th-28th Wednesday-Friday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 1
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