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    1895 $5 Wide Margin Educational Face Essay Superb Gem New. This Proof last surfaced at our January 1999 FUN auction. Since that time another updated edition of U.S. Essay, Proof and Specimen Notes by Gene Hessler has been printed, and this particular proof is not mentioned in Mr. Hessler's latest work. It most resembles Hessler SCE12 as the upper counters lack the extra ornamentation, but the dove in the Proof presented here is much darker than the dove pictured in SCE12. In 1999 we speculated that this may be a unique Proof, and almost eight years later with the materials we now have at hand, we believe that this is certainly the case. Also, the rest of the description in 1999 still rings true today, "this is the finest quality Federal Proof we have ever seen. It's printed on india paper with borders that exceed 1/4 inch all the way around. That paper is impeccably mounted by its corner tips to a slightly larger pure white card. Federal Proofs are extremely rare and under-appreciated and it is most unusual when a pristine example such as this is found." The back of the card stock shows a pair of areas used for mounting, but nonetheless this item will certainly make its way into an advanced collection tonight.

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    September, 2006
    13th-15th Wednesday-Friday
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