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

Sale Date — Thursday, 26 March, 2015

Category — Navy Department

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
569
S
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 569, Navy Department1c-90c Navy, Specimen Ovpt. (O35S-O45S), 1c-90c Navy, Specimen Ovpt. (O35S-O45S)1c-90c Navy, Specimen Ovpt. (O35S-O45S). Without gum as issued, incl. two each of 1c and 2c, brilliant colors, few perfs scissors-separated causing some s.e., few small faults

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.

11,970
4,250
570
S
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 570, Navy Department1c-2c Navy, Specimen Ovpt. (O35S-O36S), 1c-2c Navy, Specimen Ovpt. (O35S-O36S)1c-2c Navy, Specimen Ovpt. (O35S-O36S). Without gum as issued, rich colors on bright paper, better centering than normally seen, Very Fine-Extremely Fine

110
100
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571
S
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 571, Navy Department3c Navy, Specimen Ovpt. (O37S), 3c Navy, Specimen Ovpt. (O37S)3c Navy, Specimen Ovpt. (O37S). Without gum as issued, brilliant color, fresh and Very Fine, scarce in sound condition, only 126 sold

1,400
2,400
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572
S
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 572, Navy Department6c Navy, Specimen Ovpt. (O38S), 6c Navy, Specimen Ovpt. (O38S)6c Navy, Specimen Ovpt. (O38S). Without gum as issued, brilliant color, perfs scissors-separated but intact, well-balanced margins, Extremely Fine, only 116 sold

1,400
5,750
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573
S
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 573, Navy Department7c Navy, Specimen Ovpt. (O39S), 7c Navy, Specimen Ovpt. (O39S)7c Navy, Specimen Ovpt. (O39S). Without gum as issued, rich color, fresh and Very Fine

550
200
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574
S
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 574, Navy Department10c Navy, Specimen Ovpt. (O40S), 10c Navy, Specimen Ovpt. (O40S)10c Navy, Specimen Ovpt. (O40S). Without gum as issued, bright color, perfs scissors-separated but intact, single short perf at top, still Very Fine, only 112 sold

1,400
1,900
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575
S
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 575, Navy Department12c Navy, Specimen Ovpt. (O41S), 12c Navy, Specimen Ovpt. (O41S)12c Navy, Specimen Ovpt. (O41S). Without gum as issued, radiant color, fresh and Fine, only 107 sold

1,400
2,400
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576
S
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 576, Navy Department15c Navy, Specimen Ovpt. (O42S), 15c Navy, Specimen Ovpt. (O42S)15c Navy, Specimen Ovpt. (O42S). Without gum as issued, deep shade on bright paper, unusually wide margins, few short perfs at lower right, otherwise Very Fine, only 107 sold

1,400
400
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577
S
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 577, Navy Department24c Navy, Specimen Ovpt. (O43S), 24c Navy, Specimen Ovpt. (O43S)24c Navy, Specimen Ovpt. (O43S). Without gum as issued, intense color and detailed impression on bright paper, Very Fine example of this scarce Specimen overprint, only 106 sold

1,400
1,700
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578
S
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 578, Navy Department30c Navy, Specimen Ovpt. (O44S), 30c Navy, Specimen Ovpt. (O44S)30c Navy, Specimen Ovpt. (O44S). Without gum as issued, radiant color, tiny thin speck, Very Fine appearance, blue "A.R." backstamp, only 104 sold

1,400
1,500
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579
S
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 579, Navy Department90c Navy, Specimen Ovpt. (O45S), 90c Navy, Specimen Ovpt. (O45S)90c Navy, Specimen Ovpt. (O45S). Without gum as issued, rich color, fresh and Very Fine, this is the scarcest value of the Navy Department Special Printing, only 102 sold

1,400
850
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580
Sbl
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 580, Navy Department2c Navy, Specimen Ovpt. (O36S), 2c Navy, Specimen Ovpt. (O36S)2c Navy, Specimen Ovpt. (O36S). Block of four, without gum as issued, rich color on bright paper, Very Fine-Extremely Fine multiple

750
500
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581
Sbl
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 581, Navy Department2c Navy, Specimen Ovpt. (O36S), 2c Navy, Specimen Ovpt. (O36S)2c Navy, Specimen Ovpt. (O36S). Block of four, without gum as issued, rich color, top stamps faint toned spot, Fine-Very Fine appearance

750
225
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582
Sbl
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 582, Navy Department7c Navy, Specimen Ovpt. (O39S), 7c Navy, Specimen Ovpt. (O39S)7c Navy, Specimen Ovpt. (O39S). Block of four, without gum as issued, radiant color, top left stamp light corner crease at top left

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 7-CENT NAVY DEPARTMENT SPECIAL PRINTING.

Only 501 sold. Very few blocks are known.

5,000
3,250
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583
Sbl
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 583, Navy Department1c Navy, "Sepcimen" Error (O35Sa), 1c Navy, "Sepcimen" Error (O35Sa)1c Navy, "Sepcimen" Error (O35Sa). Positions 11-20/21-30/31-40, block of 30, without gum as issued, Position 21 the "Sepcimen" error, others normal, with left selvage and natural s.e. at right, some toned spots

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

4,455
3,250
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584
S
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 584, Navy Department2c Navy, "Sepcimen" Error (O36Sa), 2c Navy, "Sepcimen" Error (O36Sa)2c Navy, "Sepcimen" Error (O36Sa). Without gum as issued, bright color, faint pressed-out horizontal crease, tiny thin speck at bottom

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.

3,250
2,400
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