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    Extremely Rare Claflin Ten Cent

    HB-92 EP-108a Reed-CL10 10¢ Arthur M. Claflin Extremely Fine.
    Although a "case" can be made for one or two other merchants, this cataloger has always considered the Claflin pieces to be the rarest of the series. This piece was acquired by Mr. Kelly for $7475 from the Stack's June 2004 sale of the Western Collection. It is one of only two confirmed examples, with a reported third piece in the collection of the Western Reserve Historical Society. Interestingly, Reed's auction-census data show only three appearances in his 1891 through 1994 census period, a number that usually indicates a unique piece. Of the two known examples, the Mayer piece had the best mica, and this piece has the better stamp and case. The case, in fact, is flawless, with considerable claim to the About New grade. The stamp is well centered and quite bright, but the mica unfortunately has a break at the top of Washington's head that exposes a portion of the stamp.
    From The Honorable William H. Kelly Collection

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    January, 2012
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