FINE-VERY FINE. A RARE COMPLETE SET OF THE NAVY DEPARTMENT SPECIAL PRINTING.
Other than the 1c, 2c and 7c values, the Navy Department is very scarce, with sales of the 90c value limiting the possible number of sets to 102.
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 7-CENT NAVY DEPARTMENT SPECIAL PRINTING.
Only 501 sold. Very few blocks are known.
VERY FINE CENTERING AND A WONDERFUL LARGE BLOCK OF THE ONE-CENT NAVY SPECIAL PRINTING, CONTAINING THE "SEPCIMEN" SPELLING ERROR.
Scott Retail as the variety, four blocks of four and thirteen singles
FINE CENTERING. AN EXTREMELY RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT NAVY DEPARTMENT "SEPCIMEN" ERROR.
Although the sold quantity would suggest a fair number of "Sepcimen" errors were sold (1,748 stamps, or 18 sheets), the 2c Navy "Sepcimen" is very rare. In addition to the single offered here, we located two copies in the Miller collection (on extended loan by The New York Public Library to the Smithsonian National Postal Museum), one in the Sheriff sale (Siegel Sale 752, lot 495, stamp trimmed at top), and one in the Lewenthal collection (light toning). The Markovits collection was missing this error. Therefore, of the five copies known to us, only three are available to collectors. Combs also observed its rarity and commented that "there should be some more copies around some place" (page 39) -- apparently not.