DescriptionHB-93 EP-144 Scott-63 Reed-CL12 12¢ Arthur M. Claflin Choice Extremely Fine.
Numerical grade: 75case.70stamp.75mica. = 220 A solid XF with a nice, natural golden brass color to the case, a stamp that has held most of its color and a clear mica with a touch of crazing at its outer edges. Mr. Mayer obtained this piece from the June 2004 Stack's sale. It realized $16,100, the second-most expensive piece in the sale. In that catalog it was called, "Extremely Rare: there may be only two of these known, but we have seen none offered for sale in recent memory and cannot offer a firmer estimate of rarity." Fred Reed did not assign a rarity rating, showing only five auction appearances over 104 years. Generally, the census for this piece is considered to be two: this example and the 1941 Dunham Collection example. However, many of the pieces in the Stack's 6/04 sale, where Mr. Mayer acquired this, were ex-Dunham. The photography in the Dunham sale was haphazard at best, and it is quite possible that this is the Dunham piece, even though it does not match the photo. Whether unique or one of two, this piece is one of the most significant items in this definitive collection, and it could easily reach or exceed...
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