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

Sale Date — Thursday, 26 March, 2015

Category — Interior Department

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
533
S
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 533, Interior Department1c-90c Interior, Specimen Ovpt. (O15S-O24S), 1c-90c Interior, Specimen Ovpt. (O15S-O24S)1c-90c Interior, Specimen Ovpt. (O15S-O24S). Complete set, without gum as issued, several with perfs scissors-separated causing few short perfs, bright colors, few flaws

FINE-VERY FINE. A RARE COMPLETE SET OF THE INTERIOR DEPARTMENT SPECIAL PRINTING.

Of the 3c to 90c values, between 75 and 88 were sold, making the Interior Department set the second rarest of the 1c-90c Special Printings.

20,200
6,500
534
S
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 534, Interior Department1c-90c Interior, Specimen Ovpt. (O15S-O24S), 1c-90c Interior, Specimen Ovpt. (O15S-O24S)1c-90c Interior, Specimen Ovpt. (O15S-O24S). Complete set, without gum as issued, most with perfs scissors-separated but with most perfs intact, 3c s.e. at right, bright colors, few flaws

FINE-VERY FINE. A RARE COMPLETE SET OF THE INTERIOR DEPARTMENT SPECIAL PRINTING.

Of the 3c to 90c values, between 75 and 88 were sold, making the Interior Department set the second rarest of the 1c-90c Special Printings.

The 6c and 12c-90c with purple "FK" backstamps

20,200
5,500
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535
S
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 535, Interior Department1c-90c Interior, Specimen Ovpt. (O15S-O24S), 1c-90c Interior, Specimen Ovpt. (O15S-O24S)1c-90c Interior, Specimen Ovpt. (O15S-O24S). Complete set, without gum as issued, several with perfs scissors-separated causing some short perfs or s.e., bright colors, few flaws

FINE-VERY FINE. A RARE COMPLETE SET OF THE INTERIOR DEPARTMENT SPECIAL PRINTING.

Of the 3c to 90c values, between 75 and 88 were sold, making the Interior Department set the second rarest of the 1c-90c Special Printings.

20,200
3,500
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536
S
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 536, Interior Department1c-2c Interior, Specimen Ovpt. (O15S-O16S), 1c-2c Interior, Specimen Ovpt. (O15S-O16S)1c-2c Interior, Specimen Ovpt. (O15S-O16S). Without gum as issued, brilliant colors, 2c single short perf at right, still Extremely Fine

200
110
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537
S
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 537, Interior Department3c Interior, Specimen Ovpt. (O17S), 3c Interior, Specimen Ovpt. (O17S)3c Interior, Specimen Ovpt. (O17S). Without gum as issued, brilliant color, reperfed at right, appears Fine, very scarce, only 88 sold

2,500
700
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538
S
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 538, Interior Department6c Interior, Specimen Ovpt. (O18S), 6c Interior, Specimen Ovpt. (O18S)6c Interior, Specimen Ovpt. (O18S). Without gum as issued, radiant color, few short perfs at lower left, otherwise Fine, very scarce, only 83 sold

2,500
1,100
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539
S
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 539, Interior Department10c Interior, Specimen Ovpt. (O19S), 10c Interior, Specimen Ovpt. (O19S)10c Interior, Specimen Ovpt. (O19S). Without gum as issued, brilliant color, wide margins, Very Fine and choice, very scarce and seldom encountered in this quality, only 82 sold, small red backstamp

2,500
2,100
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540
S
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 540, Interior Department12c Interior, Specimen Ovpt. (O20S), 12c Interior, Specimen Ovpt. (O20S)12c Interior, Specimen Ovpt. (O20S). Without gum as issued, vibrant color, perfs scissors-separated but intact, Very Fine, very scarce, only 75 sold

2,500
650
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541
S
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 541, Interior Department15c Interior, Specimen Ovpt. (O21S), 15c Interior, Specimen Ovpt. (O21S)15c Interior, Specimen Ovpt. (O21S). Without gum as issued, intense shade and impression, few nibbed perfs, still Fine, very scarce, only 78 sold

2,500
650
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542
S
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 542, Interior Department24c Interior, Specimen Ovpt. (O22S), 24c Interior, Specimen Ovpt. (O22S)24c Interior, Specimen Ovpt. (O22S). Without gum as issued, radiant color, scissors-separated but perfs intact, fresh and Very Fine, certainly one of the finest examples of this very scarce Special Printing, only 77 sold

2,500
2,100
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543
S
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 543, Interior Department30c Interior, Specimen Ovpt. (O23S), 30c Interior, Specimen Ovpt. (O23S)30c Interior, Specimen Ovpt. (O23S). Without gum as issued, vibrant color, Very Fine and choice, one of the finest known examples of the very scarce 30c Interior Special Printing, only 75 sold

2,500
2,800
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544
S
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 544, Interior Department90c Interior, Specimen Ovpt. (O24S), 90c Interior, Specimen Ovpt. (O24S)90c Interior, Specimen Ovpt. (O24S). Without gum as issued, detailed impression, wide and balanced margins, few nibbed perfs, still Extremely Fine, very scarce, this is one of the most spectacular examples we have ever encountered, only 77 sold

2,500
4,250
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545
Sbl
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 545, Interior Department1c Interior, Specimen Ovpt. (O15S), 1c Interior, Specimen Ovpt. (O15S)1c Interior, Specimen Ovpt. (O15S). Block of four, without gum as issued, radiant color, well-balanced margins, Very Fine and choice

650
425
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546
Sbl
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 546, Interior Department1c Interior, Specimen Ovpt. (O15S), 1c Interior, Specimen Ovpt. (O15S)1c Interior, Specimen Ovpt. (O15S). Block of four, without gum as issued, radiant color, fresh and Fine

650
130
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547
Sbl
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 547, Interior Department1c Interior, Specimen Ovpt. (O15S), 1c Interior, Specimen Ovpt. (O15S)1c Interior, Specimen Ovpt. (O15S). Block of four, without gum as issued, brilliant color, Fine-Very Fine

650
180
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548
Sbl
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 548, Interior Department1c Interior, Specimen Ovpt. (O15S), 1c Interior, Specimen Ovpt. (O15S)1c Interior, Specimen Ovpt. (O15S). Block of 16, without gum as issued, natural s.e. at right, few light creases, Fine-Very Fine, an impressive multiple, Scott Retail as four blocks of four

2,600
1,600
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549
Sbl
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 549, Interior Department2c Interior, Specimen Ovpt. (O16S), 2c Interior, Specimen Ovpt. (O16S)2c Interior, Specimen Ovpt. (O16S). Block of four, without gum as issued, brilliant color, fresh and Very Fine, a scarce block

1,500
1,400
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550
Sbl
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 550, Interior Department2c Interior, Specimen Ovpt. (O16S), 2c Interior, Specimen Ovpt. (O16S)2c Interior, Specimen Ovpt. (O16S). Complete sheet of 100, without gum as issued, "Specimen" corrected spelling on Position 21, imprint and plate no. 45 selvage at top and bottom, s.e. at right, remarkably pristine condition except for a few perf separations and few light bends on some stamps at right

VERY FINE. A PHENOMENAL INTACT SHEET OF 100 OF THE 2-CENT INTERIOR SPECIAL PRINTING, SHOWING THE CORRECTED SPELLING OF THE "SEPCIMEN" ERROR. AN IMPORTANT SHOWPIECE AND ALSO THE LARGEST RECORDED MULTIPLE.

When production of the Officials Special Printings started, Position 21 of the "Specimen" overprint setting was misspelled "Sepcimen." This was subsequently noticed and corrected. 53 different "Sepcimen" errors are listed in Scott, and 39 denominations from various departments are not known with the variety.

The variety was first corrected during the printing of the 2c Interior. The existence of this pane is proof of this, because there was only one printing of 10,000 stamps (100 sheets), and two examples of Position 21 with the "Sepcimen" error are known.

Scott Retail as two plate blocks of twelve and nineteen blocks of four.

48,500
12,000
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