Yep, true, that one has only seen a few bowls thus far. A problem that will take time to recitfy.
It is a July 4th, 2003 special edition. Very nice pipe. Most of my pipes are in the 2002-2004 vintage as that was when I was most into pipes..
I don't know about the "nicest" so far. I'm partial to the 11B! So far, none of the students have complained when I put my freshly smoked sitter on the podium and then teach. In fact, a few of the students asked where to learn about pipe smoking!
ETA: You can kinda see the flag on the silver between the "P" and the bowl stamp.
One of my favorite combos. And yes, the 999 is the perfect size for travel. And the Univ. Flake a great tin for it.