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Sale 769 — The Honolulu Advertiser Collection

Sale Date — Tuesday, 7 November, 1995

Category — 1896 Officials

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
3659°
P
Sale Number 769, Lot Number 3659, 1896 Officials1896, 2c Green, Large Die Proof on India (O1P1), 1896, 2c Green, Large Die Proof on India (O1P1)1896, 2c Green, Large Die Proof on India (O1P1). 81 x 95mm die sunk on 105 x 139mm card, with imprint only, Very Fine

300
625
3660°
P
Sale Number 769, Lot Number 3660, 1896 Officials1896, 5c Black Brown, Large Die Proof on India (O2P1, O2P1 var), 1896, 5c Black Brown, Large Die Proof on India (O2P1, O2P1 var)1896, 5c Black Brown, Large Die Proof on India (O2P1, O2P1 var). Two, first is 77 x 92mm, with die no. and imprint, latter 82 x 100 mm, without die no. and imprint, each die sunk on approx. 100 x 138mm card, small mount marks on back, Very Fine

600
1,300
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3661°
P
Sale Number 769, Lot Number 3661, 1896 Officials1896, 6c Deep Ultramarine, Large Die Proof on India (O3P1), 1896, 6c Deep Ultramarine, Large Die Proof on India (O3P1)1896, 6c Deep Ultramarine, Large Die Proof on India (O3P1). 61 x 75mm die sunk on 97 x 133 card, with die no. and imprint, few natural paper inclusion outside of design, still Very Fine

300
600
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3662°
P
Sale Number 769, Lot Number 3662, 1896 Officials1896, 10c Bright Rose, Large Die Proof on India (O4P1), 1896, 10c Bright Rose, Large Die Proof on India (O4P1)1896, 10c Bright Rose, Large Die Proof on India (O4P1). 60 x 75mm die sunk on 112 x 153mm card, with die no. and imprint, Very Fine

300
600
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3663°
P
Sale Number 769, Lot Number 3663, 1896 Officials1896, 25c Gray Violet, Large Die Proof on India (O6P1), 1896, 25c Gray Violet, Large Die Proof on India (O6P1)1896, 25c Gray Violet, Large Die Proof on India (O6P1). 61 x 75mm die sunk on 107 x 151mm card, with die no. and imprint, a few minor toning specks, far from design, still Very Fine

300
600
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3664°
P
2c-25c Officials, Plate Proofs on India (O1P3-O6P3). Margins all around, 12c small faults, 25c toning spots, otherwise Very Fine set

900
1,250
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3665°
P
1896, 2c-25c Officials, Plate Proofs on India (01P3-O6P3). Horizontal pairs, margins all around, Very Fine set, ex Atherton

1,800
1,500
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3666°
P
1896, 2c-25c Officials, Plate Proofs on Card (O1P4-O6P4). Horizontal pairs, large margins, few toning specks, h.r. and pencil marks on back, 6c creased, 12c thinned, otherwise Very Fine set

E. 400-500
675
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3667°
S
Sale Number 769, Lot Number 3667, 1896 Officials1896, 2c-25c Officials, Specimen Ovpts. (O1S-O6S), 1896, 2c-25c Officials, Specimen Ovpts. (O1S-O6S)1896, 2c-25c Officials, Specimen Ovpts. (O1S-O6S). Handstamp overprint, Samuel Ty. NA2, applied by Natal post office upon receipt from UPU, without gum as always, Fine-Very Fine set, with B.P.A. certificate

E. 750-1,000
600
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3668°
og
1896, 2c-25c Officials (O1-O6). O.g., h.r., minute thin in 25c, otherwise Very Fine set

210
160
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3669°
og
1896, 2c-25c Officials (O1-O6). O.g., h.r., dealer's handstamp on back on three stamps, tiny thin on 2c, otherwise Fine-Very Fine set

210
0
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3670°
ogbl
1896, 2c-25c Officials (O1-O6). Blocks, o.g., h.r., three stamps with small thins, 25c some perf tip toning, otherwise Very Fine

990
0
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3671°
nhbl
1896, 2c-25c Officials (O1-O6). Complete mint sheets of 50, 5c with some minor offset on gum, 25c gum skip in one horizontal row and three stamps with tiny toned spot, Fine-Very Fine

12,000
11,000
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3672°
 
1896, 2c-25c Officials (O1-O6). Two used sets, one cancelled to order, other postally used, small faults, Fine-Very Fine appearance

412
575
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3673°
c
Sale Number 769, Lot Number 3673, 1896 Officials1896, 2c Green (O1), 1896, 2c Green (O1)1896, 2c Green (O1). Tied by partial Honolulu squared circle on newspaper wrapper to the Hawaiian Legation, Washington, purple "Foreign Office Honolulu, H.I., May 22, 1897" rimmed double-circle ds, Hawaiian Gazette corner card, stamp with three nibbed perfs at left, otherwise Very Fine, very scarce

E. 250-350
575
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3674°
c
Sale Number 769, Lot Number 3674, 1896 Officials1896, 2c Green (O1), 1896, 2c Green (O1)1896, 2c Green (O1). Tied by Honolulu squared circle on large part of newspaper wrapper with corner card of the Hawaiian Gazette Co. and strike of purple "Foreign Office Honolulu, H.I." double-circle with rim; small faults not affecting stamp, Fine and scarce usage

E. 100-150
170
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3675°
c
Sale Number 769, Lot Number 3675, 1896 Officials1896, 5c Blackish Brown (O2), 1896, 5c Blackish Brown (O2)1896, 5c Blackish Brown (O2). Placed over U.S. 3c Green entire to Greensburg, Pa. and canceled with light strike of "Honolulu, H.I. Ju. 25, 1898" duplex with second full strike at left, red "Soldier's Letter" handstamp. Before these stamps became obsolete, the Foreign Office provided stamps and stationery free to soldiers wishing to write home. Placing the stamp over the U.S. 2c may have been a commentary on annexation. A report in the Pacific Commercial Advertiser indicated that some soldiers' mail carried this note: "Foreign postage paid by citizens of Honolulu. American stamps will be good only when you annex Hawaii." Some toning (mostly on back) and in perf tips, Fine, very scarce usage

E. 400-500
500
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3676°
c
Sale Number 769, Lot Number 3676, 1896 Officials1896, 5c Blackish Brown (O2), 1896, 5c Blackish Brown (O2)1896, 5c Blackish Brown (O2). Tied by "Honolulu, H.I. Jun. 28, 1898" duplex on cover to San Francisco, c.c. of the "First Reg't Colorado Inft. U.S. Volunteers" and sent by a Col. Hale aboard the steamship China in Honolulu Harbor, ms. "Please forward collect. Have no Hawaiian Stamps" with the 5c affixed later in good samaritan fashion by the Foreign Office, Fine and rare

E. 400-500
800
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3677°
c
Sale Number 769, Lot Number 3677, 1896 Officials1896, 5c Deep Ultramarine (O3, two), 1896, 5c Deep Ultramarine (O3, two)1896, 5c Deep Ultramarine (O3, two). Used with 1894 10c Yellow Green (77) and tied together by red "Honolulu Hawaii May 4, 1897" double-circle ds on registered cover to England showing a 2c overpayment, matching red registry markings, corner card, "On Hawaiian Government Service/Department of Foreign Affairs./Sec'y Postal Bureau" (last line is purple handstamp which is repeated on back), London and Ipswich postmarks, 10c additionally canceled by blue crayon stroke, Very Fine, rare and attractive usage

E. 500-750
2,100
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3678°
c
Sale Number 769, Lot Number 3678, 1896 Officials1896, 10c Rose (O4), 1896, 10c Rose (O4)1896, 10c Rose (O4). Tied by partly struck "Honolulu, H.I. Jun. 28, 1898" duplex on double-rate cover to Denver, Colorado, ms. corner card of Col. Irving Hole, reverse with printed blue seal of Officers' Club, National Guard of Hawaii, cover with small stains at bottom, Fine and rare

E. 500-750
400
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3679°
c
Sale Number 769, Lot Number 3679, 1896 Officials1896, 10c Bright Rose (O4), 1896, 10c Bright Rose (O4)1896, 10c Bright Rose (O4). Tied by "Honolulu H.I. Aug. 3, 1898" duplex on double-rate cover to Hall, Iowa and readdressed, corner card of YMCA, opened bit roughly at left, Fine, very rare usage, mailed only a few days before they were withdrawn from use (Annnexation Day, Aug. 12, 1898)

E. 500-750
450
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3680°
c
Sale Number 769, Lot Number 3680, 1896 Officials1896, 25c Grayish Violet (O6), 1896, 25c Grayish Violet (O6)1896, 25c Grayish Violet (O6). Used with 5c Blackish Brown (O2) on large gray cloth-lined envelope from the Department of Foreign Affairs to Hon. Francis Hatch, Hawaiian Minister in Washington, paying six times the 5c UPU rate, "Honolulu, H.I. Apr. 22, 1898" duplex struck several times, San Francisco and Washington postmarks on reverse, imprint at top, "ON HAWAIIAN GOVERNMENT SERVICE"; 25c with few perfs at bottom scissor trimmed and 5c with light diagonal crease, cover with minor scattered toned spots

BELIEVED TO BE THE ONLY SURVIVING 25-CENT OFFICIAL ON COVER

When use of this issue was discontinued on August 12, 1898, nearly half the original printing of 10,000 was still on hand, with many of those sold going directly to dealers and collectors (later, stamps were canceled to order to prevent their unauthorized use). Despite the numerous philatelic mailings of later Hawaiian issues, the Officials appear to have been neglected. This, combined with the small printings and light use of the high values in a very narrow time frame, accounts for the rarity of the 12c and 25c Officials. The existence of the 25c stamp on a full commercial cover is nearly miraculous - a showpiece and one of the under-rated rarities of Hawaiian philately

E. 2,000-2,500
5,250
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