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

Sale Date — Thursday, 26 March, 2015

Category — Justice Department

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
551
S
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 551, Justice Department1c-90c Justice, Specimen Ovpt. (O25S-O34S), 1c-90c Justice, Specimen Ovpt. (O25S-O34S)1c-90c Justice, Specimen Ovpt. (O25S-O34S). Complete set, without gum as issued, each stamp with attractive centering and margins clear of perfs on all sides, bright colors, 3c single nibbed perf

FINE-VERY FINE. A CHOICE COMPLETE SET OF THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT SPECIAL PRINTING.

Sold quantities of the 3c to 90c Justice Department Special Printing range from 150 to 178. Complete sets are scarce and invariably contain at least a few stamps with scissors-trimmed perfs. This set, without any trimmed stamps, is exceptional

10,087
4,000
552
S
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 552, Justice Department1c-90c Justice, Specimen Ovpt. (O25S-O34S), 1c-90c Justice, Specimen Ovpt. (O25S-O34S)1c-90c Justice, Specimen Ovpt. (O25S-O34S). Complete set, without gum as issued, each decent centering and margins throughout, only the 24c scissors-separated but with intact perfs, fresh colors, 3c light horizontal crease

FINE. A BEAUTIFUL COMPLETE SET OF THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT SPECIAL PRINTINGS.

Sold quantities of the 3c to 90c Justice Department Special Printing range from 150 to 178. Complete sets are scarce and invariably contain at least a few stamps with scissors-trimmed perfs. This set, without any stamps cut into the perfs, is desirable.

10,087
2,600
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553
S
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 553, Justice Department1c, 2c, 30c Justice, Specimen Ovpt. (O25S, O26S, O33S), 1c, 2c, 30c Justice, Specimen Ovpt. (O25S, O26S, O33S)1c, 2c, 30c Justice, Specimen Ovpt. (O25S, O26S, O33S). Without gum as issued, rich colors, 2c faint diagonal bend, Fine-Very Fine

1,337
300
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554
S
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 554, Justice Department3c Justice, Specimen Ovpt. (O27S), 3c Justice, Specimen Ovpt. (O27S)3c Justice, Specimen Ovpt. (O27S). Without gum as issued, wide margins at top and bottom, rich color, Very Fine, only 178 sold

1,250
425
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555
S
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 555, Justice Department6c Justice, Specimen Ovpt. (O28S), 6c Justice, Specimen Ovpt. (O28S)6c Justice, Specimen Ovpt. (O28S). Without gum as issued, incredibly well-centered, scissors-separated at sides but with full perforations, beautiful color, fresh and Extremely Fine, scarce with such choice centering, only 163 sold

1,250
1,700
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556
S
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 556, Justice Department10c Justice, Specimen Ovpt. (O29S), 10c Justice, Specimen Ovpt. (O29S)10c Justice, Specimen Ovpt. (O29S). Without gum as issued, exceptional centering and margins, wonderful depth of color, Extremely Fine, a beautiful stamp, only 163 sold, tiny purple "FK" backstamp

1,250
2,100
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557
S
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 557, Justice Department12c Justice, Specimen Ovpt. (O30S), 12c Justice, Specimen Ovpt. (O30S)12c Justice, Specimen Ovpt. (O30S). Without gum as issued, rich color, well-centered, Very Fine, only 154 sold, tiny purple "FK" backstamp

1,250
1,200
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558
S
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 558, Justice Department15c Justice, Specimen Ovpt. (O31S), 15c Justice, Specimen Ovpt. (O31S)15c Justice, Specimen Ovpt. (O31S). Without gum as issued, essentially perfect centering, fresh color and paper, Extremely Fine, wonderful quality for this issue, only 157 sold

1,250
2,000
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559
S
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 559, Justice Department24c Justice, Specimen Ovpt. (O32S), 24c Justice, Specimen Ovpt. (O32S)24c Justice, Specimen Ovpt. (O32S). Without gum as issued, deep shade, choice balanced margins, Extremely Fine, a scarce stamp, especially in this quality, only 150 sold

1,250
3,750
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560
S
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 560, Justice Department30c Justice, Specimen Ovpt. (O33S), 30c Justice, Specimen Ovpt. (O33S)30c Justice, Specimen Ovpt. (O33S). Without gum as issued, deep rich color, Very Fine and scarce, only 150 sold

1,250
750
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561
S
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 561, Justice Department90c Justice, Specimen Ovpt. (O34S), 90c Justice, Specimen Ovpt. (O34S)90c Justice, Specimen Ovpt. (O34S). Without gum as issued, balanced margins, rich color, few nibbed perfs at right, still Extremely Fine, only 152 sold

1,250
1,200
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562
Sbl
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 562, Justice Department1c-2c Justice, Specimen Ovpt. (O25S-O26S), 1c-2c Justice, Specimen Ovpt. (O25S-O26S)1c-2c Justice, Specimen Ovpt. (O25S-O26S). Blocks of four, without gum as issued, rich colors, both with attractive margins and centering, 1c natural pre-printing paper fold at bottom, Very Fine

1,000
850
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563
Sbl
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 563, Justice Department1c Justice, Specimen Ovpt., Horizontally Ribbed Paper (O25Sb), 1c Justice, Specimen Ovpt., Horizontally Ribbed Paper (O25Sb)1c Justice, Specimen Ovpt., Horizontally Ribbed Paper (O25Sb). 2nd Printing, block of four, without gum as issued, well-balanced margins, Very Fine

550
250
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564
S
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 564, Justice Department1c Justice, "Sepcimen" Error (O25Sa), 1c Justice, "Sepcimen" Error (O25Sa)1c Justice, "Sepcimen" Error (O25Sa). Without gum as issued, extra wide margins, faint hinge glue stain is not very evident on front, otherwise Very Fine

1,900
1,300
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565
S
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 565, Justice Department1c Justice, "Sepcimen" Error (O25Sa), 1c Justice, "Sepcimen" Error (O25Sa)1c Justice, "Sepcimen" Error (O25Sa). Without gum as issued, wide margins and choice centering, faint hinge glue stain is not very evident on front, pulled perf at left, otherwise Very Fine

1,900
800
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566
S
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 566, Justice Department1c Justice, "Sepcimen" Error (O25Sa), 1c Justice, "Sepcimen" Error (O25Sa)1c Justice, "Sepcimen" Error (O25Sa). Without gum as issued, balanced margins, just a hint of toning, a few short perfs, otherwise Very Fine

1,900
375
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567
S
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 567, Justice Department1c Justice, "Sepcimen" Error (O25Sa), 1c Justice, "Sepcimen" Error (O25Sa)1c Justice, "Sepcimen" Error (O25Sa). Without gum as issued, manuscript writing (old but not postal in origin), light horizontal crease and overall toning, otherwise Very Fine, Scott Retail as normal

1,900
250
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568
S
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 568, Justice Department2c Justice, "Sepcimen" Error (O26Sa), 2c Justice, "Sepcimen" Error (O26Sa)2c Justice, "Sepcimen" Error (O26Sa). Without gum as issued, well-centered, deep rich color, couple barely nibbed perfs at top

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A WELL-CENTERED AND FRESH EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 2-CENT JUSTICE DEPARTMENT SPECIAL PRINTING WITH "SEPCIMEN" ERROR.

Although the volume of sales of the 2c Justice Special Printing (3,395) indicates that stamps from 34 sheets were sold, including 34 "Sepcimen" errors, we actually do not know how sheets were separated or if an entire sheet was sold before the next sequential sheet. The rarity of the 2c Justice "Sepcimen" error -- with perhaps six or seven examples known -- does not accord with the quantity of stamps sold. Combs was perplexed by its rarity (see page 38) and wondered if the error was corrected during the press run, as it was for the 2c Interior, based on the report of a sheet with Position 21 showing the corrected error.

2,500
3,500
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