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

Sale Date — Thursday, 26 March, 2015

Category — Post Office Department

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
585
S
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 585, Post Office Department1c-90c Post Office, Specimen Ovpt. (O47S-O56S), 1c-90c Post Office, Specimen Ovpt. (O47S-O56S)1c-90c Post Office, Specimen Ovpt. (O47S-O56S). Complete set, without gum as issued, few scissors-separated but with virtually all perfs intact, couple tiny perf flaws of no great consequence

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

Only 81 of the 30c Post Office Special Printing were sold, which gives the Post Office set third-place ranking in rarity among the 1c to 90c Official Special Printings.

30c and 90c with small purple backstamps.

12,670
4,500
586
S
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 586, Post Office Department1c-90c Post Office, Specimen Ovpt. (O47S-O56S), 1c-90c Post Office, Specimen Ovpt. (O47S-O56S)1c-90c Post Office, Specimen Ovpt. (O47S-O56S). Complete set, without gum as issued, most scissors-separated, most perfs intact except 90c s.e. at top, couple tiny flaws of no great consequence

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

Only 81 of the 30c Post Office Special Printing were sold, which gives the Post Office set third-place ranking in rarity among the 1c to 90c Official Special Printings.

15c with purple backstamp.

12,670
3,000
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587
S
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 587, Post Office Department1c-2c Post Office, Specimen Ovpt. (O47S-O48S), 1c-2c Post Office, Specimen Ovpt. (O47S-O48S)1c-2c Post Office, Specimen Ovpt. (O47S-O48S). Without gum as issued, bright shades, fresh and Very Fine

370
550
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588
S
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 588, Post Office Department3c Post Office, Specimen Ovpt. (O49S), 3c Post Office, Specimen Ovpt. (O49S)3c Post Office, Specimen Ovpt. (O49S). Without gum as issued, crisp impression, Very Fine and choice, a scarce Special Printing, especially in this quality, only 91 sold

1,600
2,600
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589
S
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 589, Post Office Department6c Post Office, Specimen Ovpt. (O50S), 6c Post Office, Specimen Ovpt. (O50S)6c Post Office, Specimen Ovpt. (O50S). Without gum as issued, perfs scissors-separated but essentially intact, Extremely Fine, remarkably choice centering for this scarce Special Printing, only 87 sold

1,600
1,900
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590
S
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 590, Post Office Department10c Post Office, Specimen Ovpt. (O51S), 10c Post Office, Specimen Ovpt. (O51S)10c Post Office, Specimen Ovpt. (O51S). Without gum as issued, intense shade and impression, choice centering with wide and balanced margins, fresh and Extremely Fine, a beautiful stamp, one of the finest known examples, only 177 sold

1,100
2,700
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591
S
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 591, Post Office Department12c Post Office, Specimen Ovpt. (O52S), 12c Post Office, Specimen Ovpt. (O52S)12c Post Office, Specimen Ovpt. (O52S). Without gum as issued, deep shade and bright paper, wide margins, small thin spot at center, Very Fine and choice appearance, only 93 sold

1,600
1,700
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592
S
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 592, Post Office Department15c Post Office, Specimen Ovpt. (O53S), 15c Post Office, Specimen Ovpt. (O53S)15c Post Office, Specimen Ovpt. (O53S). Without gum as issued, gorgeous centering, fresh and bright, full perforations all around, Extremely Fine, probably the finest existing example of this scarce Official Special Printing, of which only 82 were sold

1,600
4,500
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593
S
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 593, Post Office Department15c Post Office, Specimen Ovpt. (O53S), 15c Post Office, Specimen Ovpt. (O53S)15c Post Office, Specimen Ovpt. (O53S). Without gum as issued, detailed impression, Fine, only 82 sold

1,600
1,100
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594
S
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 594, Post Office Department24c Post Office, Specimen Ovpt. (O54S), 24c Post Office, Specimen Ovpt. (O54S)24c Post Office, Specimen Ovpt. (O54S). Without gum as issued, wide margins, fresh and Very Fine, only 84 sold

1,600
2,200
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595
S
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 595, Post Office Department30c Post Office, Specimen Ovpt. (O55S), 30c Post Office, Specimen Ovpt. (O55S)30c Post Office, Specimen Ovpt. (O55S). Without gum as issued, deep shade, unusually wide margins, short perf at left, otherwise Very Fine, scarce, this value has the lowest sale quantity of the Post Office Department Special Printing with only 81 sold

1,600
2,000
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596
S
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 596, Post Office Department90c Post Office, Specimen Ovpt. (O56S), 90c Post Office, Specimen Ovpt. (O56S)90c Post Office, Specimen Ovpt. (O56S). Without gum as issued, crisp impression, wide and balanced margins, few nibbed perfs, still Very Fine and choice, only 82 sold

1,600
2,100
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597
Sbl
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 597, Post Office Department1c-2c Post Office, Specimen Ovpt. (O47S-O48S), 1c-2c Post Office, Specimen Ovpt. (O47S-O48S)1c-2c Post Office, Specimen Ovpt. (O47S-O48S). Blocks of four, without gum as issued, 1c faint crease along perfs at upper left, the 2c is especially nice (and catalogues $3,250.00), Fine-Very Fine, scarce blocks

3,725
2,500
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598
Sbl
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 598, Post Office Department1c Post Office, Specimen Ovpt. (O47S), 1c Post Office, Specimen Ovpt. (O47S)1c Post Office, Specimen Ovpt. (O47S). Block of four, without gum as issued, natural s.e. at right, Fine-Very Fine

475
160
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599
Sbl
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 599, Post Office Department2c Post Office, Specimen Ovpt. (O48S), 2c Post Office, Specimen Ovpt. (O48S)2c Post Office, Specimen Ovpt. (O48S). Block of six with nearly complete top imprint in selvage, without gum as issued, intact perfs at left, bright shade

FINE-VERY FINE. A VERY RARE BLOCK OF THE 2-CENT POST OFFICE SPECIAL PRINTING, SHOWING MOST OF THE IMPRINT AT TOP.

Scott Retail as block of four and two singles with no premium for the better position.

3,900
2,700
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600
S
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 600, Post Office Department1c Post Office, Specimen Ovpt., Inverted Ovpt. (O47Sb), 1c Post Office, Specimen Ovpt., Inverted Ovpt. (O47Sb)1c Post Office, Specimen Ovpt., Inverted Ovpt. (O47Sb). Without gum as issued, wide margins and well-centered

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. AN OUTSTANDING EXAMPLE OF THE RARE INVERTED "SPECIMEN" OVERPRINT ON THE ONE-CENT POST OFFICE SPECIAL PRINTING. THIS IS THE ONLY INVERT ERROR AMONG THE SPECIAL PRINTINGS.

Although the 1c Post Office stamps were printed from a 200-subject plate, the sheets were divided into panes of 100 before overprinting. Therefore, only 100 of the inverted "Specimen" overprints could have been produced, and we do not know how many were sold. Only a small fraction of the number printed has been located.

2,750
1,300
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601
S
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 601, Post Office Department1c Post Office, Specimen Ovpt., Inverted Ovpt. (O47Sb), 1c Post Office, Specimen Ovpt., Inverted Ovpt. (O47Sb)1c Post Office, Specimen Ovpt., Inverted Ovpt. (O47Sb). Without gum as issued, well-centered, detailed impression

VERY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE RARE INVERTED "SPECIMEN" OVERPRINT ON THE ONE-CENT POST OFFICE SPECIAL PRINTING. THIS IS THE ONLY INVERT ERROR AMONG THE SPECIAL PRINTINGS.

Although the 1c Post Office stamps were printed fro a 200-subject plate, the sheets were divided into panes of 100 before overprinting. Therefore, only 100 of the inverted "Specimen" overprints could have been produced, and we do not know how many were sold. Only a small fraction of the number printed has been located.

2,750
1,000
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602
S
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 602, Post Office Department1c Post Office, Specimen Ovpt., Inverted Ovpt. (O47Sb), 1c Post Office, Specimen Ovpt., Inverted Ovpt. (O47Sb)1c Post Office, Specimen Ovpt., Inverted Ovpt. (O47Sb). Without gum as issued, crisp impression, Fine, purple "H" backstamp, only one pane of 100 inverts was produced, far fewer examples have been reported

2,750
550
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603
S
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 603, Post Office Department1c Post Office, Specimen Ovpt., Inverted Ovpt. (O47Sb), 1c Post Office, Specimen Ovpt., Inverted Ovpt. (O47Sb)1c Post Office, Specimen Ovpt., Inverted Ovpt. (O47Sb). Without gum as issued, intense shade, Fine, only one pane of 100 inverts was produced, far fewer examples have been reported

2,750
550
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604
S
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 604, Post Office Department1c Post Office, "Sepcimen" Error (O47Sa), 1c Post Office, "Sepcimen" Error (O47Sa)1c Post Office, "Sepcimen" Error (O47Sa). Without gum as issued, intense shade, unusually fresh

FINE. A SOUND AND UNUSUALLY PRISTINE EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT "SEPCIMEN" ERROR.

With a sold quantity of 6,015, it is possible that 60 "Sepcimen" errors were released, but we do not know how the sheets were divided and sold, nor do we know if the entire print run had the error in Position 21. Reports of known examples are fewer than a dozen. This example is sound and much fresher than most we have seen.

2,750
2,400
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605
S
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 605, Post Office Department1c Post Office, "Sepcimen" Error (O47Sa), 1c Post Office, "Sepcimen" Error (O47Sa)1c Post Office, "Sepcimen" Error (O47Sa). Without gum as issued, intense shade

FINE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT "SEPCIMEN" ERROR.

With a sold quantity of 6,015, it is possible that 60 "Sepcimen" errors were released, but we do not know how the sheets were divided and sold, nor do we know if the entire print run had the error in Position 21. Reports of known examples are fewer than a dozen.

Ex Lewenthal and Kharash

2,750
2,300
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606
S
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 606, Post Office Department3c Post Office, "Sepcimen" Error (O49Sa), 3c Post Office, "Sepcimen" Error (O49Sa)3c Post Office, "Sepcimen" Error (O49Sa). Without gum as issued, scissors-separated but perforations are mostly intact except for a few at top

THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THE 3-CENT POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT SPECIAL PRINTING WITH "SEPCIMEN" ERROR. ONE OF THE GREAT RARITIES OF SPECIAL PRINTINGS.

Only 91 copies of the 3c Post Office Special Printing were sold. Assuming that one sheet was divided and sold before starting on the next sequential sheet (we do not know if that, in fact, was the practice), then no more than one 3c Post Office "Sepcimen" error (Position 21) was sold. According to Combs, the existence of a 3c Post Office "Sepcimen" was reported by Konwiser in 1925 (see page 40 of Combs booklet), but it was not listed in the Scott Catalogue until 1971, two years after it was certified by Herbert Bloch of the Friedl Expert Committee.

With 1969 Friedl certificate.

E. 15,000-20,000
35,000
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