Sale 731

Lot 1418

1908, 5¢ blue, experimental coil, perf 12 horizontally (Scott 317), vertical pair, o.g., hinged, rich color, sharp impression, large balanced margins, splendid example of this quite difficult coil pair, Very Fine, a condition rarity of an exceedingly rare coil pair, only three pairs graded according to the PSE population report, with 2019 P.F. certificate graded VF 80.
Scott $15,000.
Estimate $15,000 - 20,000

According to Max Johl, the first government coils were an experiment, and most collectors and dealers were unaware of their existence. Regularly prepared sheets of 400 were printed and then perforated in only one direction, being cut into strips of 20. The strips were then assembled by hand into rolls. Due to these factors, centering was generally to one side leaving very few high quality examples.

Realized $13,500

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