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Sale 1095 — The Golden Collection of U.S. Official Special Printings

Sale Date — Thursday, 26 March, 2015

Category — Agriculture Department

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
502
S
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 502, Agriculture Department1c-30c Agriculture, Specimen Ovpt. (O1S-O9S), 1c-30c Agriculture, Specimen Ovpt. (O1S-O9S)1c-30c Agriculture, Specimen Ovpt. (O1S-O9S). Complete set, without gum as issued, vibrant colors, attractive margins and centering with only a couple minor flaws (2c light crease), Fine, a very attractive set, of the 3c to 30c values a range of 352 to 390 each were sold

2,187
800
503
S
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 503, Agriculture Department1c-24c Agriculture, Specimen Ovpt. (O1S/O8S), 1c-24c Agriculture, Specimen Ovpt. (O1S/O8S)1c-24c Agriculture, Specimen Ovpt. (O1S/O8S). Three 1c, two 2c, single 3c, 12c, 15c and 24c, without gum as issued, vivid colors, 24c with minor hinge stain on back, Fine-Very Fine, the values from 3c up are scarce (as few as 352 24c were sold)

1,807
500
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504
S
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 504, Agriculture Department10c-30c Agriculture, Specimen Ovpt. (O5S-O9S), 10c-30c Agriculture, Specimen Ovpt. (O5S-O9S)10c-30c Agriculture, Specimen Ovpt. (O5S-O9S). Set of the five highest values, without gum as issued, bright colors on fresh paper, Fine-Very Fine, a choice set, 352 to 390 of each sold

2,000
900
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505
S
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 505, Agriculture Department3c Agriculture, Specimen Ovpt. (O3S), 3c Agriculture, Specimen Ovpt. (O3S)3c Agriculture, Specimen Ovpt. (O3S). Without gum as issued, vivid color, wide margins and well-centered, Extremely Fine, an unusually choice example of the 3c Agriculture Special Printing, only 389 sold

400
500
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506
S
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 506, Agriculture Department6c Agriculture, Specimen Ovpt. (O4S), 6c Agriculture, Specimen Ovpt. (O4S)6c Agriculture, Specimen Ovpt. (O4S). Without gum as issued, outstanding margins and centering, vivid color on fresh paper, Extremely Fine, a beautiful stamp and rare in this condition, only 373 sold

400
800
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507
S
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 507, Agriculture Department6c Agriculture, Specimen Ovpt. (O4S), 6c Agriculture, Specimen Ovpt. (O4S)6c Agriculture, Specimen Ovpt. (O4S). Without gum as issued, Jumbo margins and well-centered, fiery color, Very Fine and choice, only 373 sold

400
550
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508
S
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 508, Agriculture Department10c Agriculture, Specimen Ovpt. (O5S), 10c Agriculture, Specimen Ovpt. (O5S)10c Agriculture, Specimen Ovpt. (O5S). Without gum as issued, outstanding centering, fresh color, Extremely Fine example of this challenging issue, only 390 sold

400
375
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509
S
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 509, Agriculture Department30c Agriculture, Specimen Ovpt. (O9S), 30c Agriculture, Specimen Ovpt. (O9S)30c Agriculture, Specimen Ovpt. (O9S). Without gum as issued, balanced margins, vivid color, Very Fine and choice, only 354 sold

400
275
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510
S
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 510, Agriculture Department1c Official Special Printings, Specimen Ovpt., Horizontally Ribbed Paper (O1Sb/O57Sb), 1c Official Special Printings, Specimen Ovpt., Horizontally Ribbed Paper (O1Sb/O57Sb)1c Official Special Printings, Specimen Ovpt., Horizontally Ribbed Paper (O1Sb/O57Sb). Group of nine 1c stamps from the 2nd Printing, two each of Agriculture (O1Sb), Executive (O10Sa), Justice incl. a part imprint pair (O25Sb) and State (O57Sb), without gum as issued, all but one Agriculture and Justice single with at least clear margins, couple small flaws incl. indentations in one of the stamps in the Justice pair, overall Fine group, Scott Retail without regard to the part imprint

330
200
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511
S
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 511, Agriculture Department1c Official Special Printings, Specimen Ovpt., Horizontally Ribbed Paper, Small Dotted "i" (O1Sc, O10Sb, O57Sc), 1c Official Special Printings, Specimen Ovpt., Horizontally Ribbed Paper, Small Dotted "i" (O1Sc, O10Sb, O57Sc)1c Official Special Printings, Specimen Ovpt., Horizontally Ribbed Paper, Small Dotted "i" (O1Sc, O10Sb, O57Sc). Group of four 1c stamps from the 2nd Printing, two Agriculture (O1Sc), singles of Executive (O10Sb) and State (O57Sc), without gum as issued, Fine and scarce, these varieties come only from the 2nd Printing on ribbed paper

1,950
750
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512
S
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 512, Agriculture Department1c Agriculture, Specimen Ovpt., Horizontally Ribbed Paper (O1Sb), 1c Agriculture, Specimen Ovpt., Horizontally Ribbed Paper (O1Sb)1c Agriculture, Specimen Ovpt., Horizontally Ribbed Paper (O1Sb). 2nd Printing, bottom left corner imprint and plate no. 65 strip of six, without gum as issued, vibrant color, Fine-Very Fine, a lovely and scarce imprint and plate number multiple

E. 500-750
900
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513
S
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 513, Agriculture Department1c Agriculture, Specimen Ovpt., Horizontally Ribbed Paper (O1Sb), 1c Agriculture, Specimen Ovpt., Horizontally Ribbed Paper (O1Sb)1c Agriculture, Specimen Ovpt., Horizontally Ribbed Paper (O1Sb). 2nd Printing, top selvage strip of five with most of imprint (missing only "C") and plate no. 65, without gum as issued, each portion of selvage with extra vertical perforations, gorgeous color, Fine-Very Fine

E. 400-500
650
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514
S
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 514, Agriculture Department1c Agriculture, Specimen Ovpt., Horizontally Ribbed Paper (O1Sb), 1c Agriculture, Specimen Ovpt., Horizontally Ribbed Paper (O1Sb)1c Agriculture, Specimen Ovpt., Horizontally Ribbed Paper (O1Sb). 2nd Printing, block of nine, without gum as issued, fresh color, centered to bottom, Fine, Scott Retail as block of four and five singles

612
650
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515
S
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 515, Agriculture Department1c Agriculture, Specimen Ovpt., Horizontally Ribbed Paper, Small Dotted "i" (O1Sc), 1c Agriculture, Specimen Ovpt., Horizontally Ribbed Paper, Small Dotted "i" (O1Sc)1c Agriculture, Specimen Ovpt., Horizontally Ribbed Paper, Small Dotted "i" (O1Sc). 2nd Printing, block of four, the variety in the top right stamp, without gum as issued, top pair horizontal crease near top, otherwise Fine-Very Fine, Scott Retail as singles

612
325
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516
S
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 516, Agriculture Department1c-2c Agriculture, Specimen Ovpt. (O1Sb-O2S), 1c-2c Agriculture, Specimen Ovpt. (O1Sb-O2S)1c-2c Agriculture, Specimen Ovpt. (O1Sb-O2S). Blocks of four, 1c ribbed paper (2nd Printing), without gum as issued, vivid colors, 1c Fine, 2c with tiny margin tear at bottom left and small toned spot on back of same stamp, Very Fine appearance, scarce blocks

1,050
650
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517
Sbl
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 517, Agriculture Department1c Agriculture, Specimen Ovpt. and "Sepcimen" Error (OS1, O1Sa), 1c Agriculture, Specimen Ovpt. and "Sepcimen" Error (OS1, O1Sa)1c Agriculture, Specimen Ovpt. and "Sepcimen" Error (OS1, O1Sa). Block of 90, comprising the full sheet less the top row, the error in Position 21 (left stamp in second row of this block), without gum as issued, selvage at left, imprint and plate no. 65 at bottom, natural s.e. at right, bright color, outstanding centering nearly throughout, a few lightly toned perfs including at the bottom of the error stamp, slight soiling bottom left stamp, some minor reinforced perf separations at edges

FINE-VERY FINE. THE LARGEST RECORDED MULTIPLE OF THE ONE-CENT AGRICULTURE SPECIAL PRINTING ON HARD PAPER WITH THE "SEPCIMEN" ERROR IN POSITION 21.

All nine denominations of the Agriculture Issue were printed from plates of 100 subjects. 10,000 of the 1c Special Printing were sold from the 1st Printing. Multiples from the 1st Printing showing the "Sepcimen" error are very rare. This is believed to be the largest extant. The Lewenthal collection contained a complete sheet of 100 on ribbed paper from the 2nd Printing without the "Sepcimen" error.

Ex Senator Ernest R. Ackerman (noted in Combs booklet, page 16). Scott Retail $9,572.50 as blocks of four and singles, without regard to the imprint and plate number

E. 4,000-5,000
6,000
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518
S
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 518, Agriculture Department1c Agriculture, "Sepcimen" Error (O1Sa), 1c Agriculture, "Sepcimen" Error (O1Sa)1c Agriculture, "Sepcimen" Error (O1Sa). Without gum as issued, well-centered, faint hinge stain on back shows very slightly on face, otherwise Very Fine, only approximately 20 are known

2,500
800
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519
S
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 519, Agriculture Department1c Agriculture, "Sepcimen" Error (O1Sa), 1c Agriculture, "Sepcimen" Error (O1Sa)1c Agriculture, "Sepcimen" Error (O1Sa). Without gum as issued, bright color, Fine, only approximately 20 are known

2,500
500
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520
S
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 520, Agriculture Department1c Agriculture, "Sepcimen" Error (O1Sa), 1c Agriculture, "Sepcimen" Error (O1Sa)1c Agriculture, "Sepcimen" Error (O1Sa). Without gum as issued, brilliant color, wide margins, tiny tear between perfs at bottom, tiny corner perf crease at top right, Very Fine appearance, scarce with approximately 20 known

2,500
375
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521
S
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 521, Agriculture Department2c Agriculture, "Sepcimen" Error (O2Sa), 2c Agriculture, "Sepcimen" Error (O2Sa)2c Agriculture, "Sepcimen" Error (O2Sa). Without gum as issued, radiant color, fresh and Fine, approximately 10 are known, curiously several are centered to lower right

3,000
2,400
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522
S
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 522, Agriculture Department15c Agriculture, "Sepcimen" Error (O7Sa), 15c Agriculture, "Sepcimen" Error (O7Sa)15c Agriculture, "Sepcimen" Error (O7Sa). Without gum as issued, deep rich color, attractive margins which are wide and balanced on three sides and well clear of the perfs at top

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 15-CENT AGRICULTURE "SEPCIMEN" ERROR. ONLY TWO OR THREE ARE KNOWN.

Robert Markovits recorded only two examples of the 15c Agriculture "Sepcimen" error (2004 Bennett sale), but it is not clear if his census included this stamp. Only 370 of the 15c Agriculture Special Printing were sold, but it is not known how the stamps were taken from the sheets or if full sheets were exhausted before breaking a subsequent sheet. The ex-Lewenthal and Markovits copy, last sold in a Siegel sale in 2005, is scissors-separated into the perfs at top. The stamp offered here is far superior in quality.

12,500
10,500
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523
S
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 523, Agriculture Department24c Agriculture, "Sepcimen" Error (O8Sa), 24c Agriculture, "Sepcimen" Error (O8Sa)24c Agriculture, "Sepcimen" Error (O8Sa). Without gum as issued, brilliant color, choice margins and centering, exceptionally fresh

VERY FINE. THIS IS THE FINEST OF ONLY THREE RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE 24-CENT AGRICULTURE "SEPCIMEN" ERROR.

Robert Markovits recorded only three examples of the 24c Agriculture "Sepcimen" error (2004 Bennett sale). Only 352 copies of the 24c Agriculture Special Printing were sold, but it is not known how the stamps were taken from the sheets or if full sheets were exhausted before breaking a subsequent sheet. The ex-Markovits copy, last sold in a Siegel sale in 2005, is faulty and scissors-separated into the perfs at top. The ex-Sheriff copy (Siegel Sale 752, lot 484) is not as well-centered as the example offered here.

12,500
11,000
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524
S
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 524, Agriculture Department30c Agriculture, "Sepcimen" Error (O9Sa), 30c Agriculture, "Sepcimen" Error (O9Sa)30c Agriculture, "Sepcimen" Error (O9Sa). Without gum as issued, vivid color, wonderfully well-centered with wide margins, bright and fresh

EXTREMELY FINE. THIS IS THE FINEST OF ONLY THREE RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE 30-CENT AGRICULTURE "SEPCIMEN" ERROR.

Robert Markovits recorded only three examples of the 30c Agriculture "Sepcimen" error (2004 Bennett sale). Only 354 copies of the 30c Agriculture Special Printing were sold, but it is not known how the stamps were taken from the sheets or if full sheets were exhausted before breaking a subsequent sheet. The ex-Sheriff and Markovits copy and the example sold in Siegel Sale 913 are not nearly as well-centered as the stamp offered here.

Ex Lewenthal and pictured in Combs booklet on page 36. Signed Bloch

13,500
29,000
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