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

Sale Date — Thursday, 26 March, 2015

Category — War Department

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
644
S
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 644, War Department1c-90c War, Specimen Ovpt. (O83S-O93S), 1c-90c War, Specimen Ovpt. (O83S-O93S)1c-90c War, Specimen Ovpt. (O83S-O93S). Complete set, without gum as issued, bright colors, few with small flaws

FINE-VERY FINE. AN ATTRACTIVE COMPLETE SET OF THE WAR DEPARTMENT SPECIAL PRINTING.

Other than the 1c, 2c and 7c values, between 104 and 119 copies of the War Department Special Printings were sold (the 30c has the smallest sale quantity). It ranks fifth in rarity, just after the Navy Department set.

11,585
3,500
645
S
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 645, War Department1c-90c War, Specimen Ovpt. (O83S-O93S), 1c-90c War, Specimen Ovpt. (O83S-O93S)1c-90c War, Specimen Ovpt. (O83S-O93S). Complete set, without gum as issued, 12c with bottom part imprint selvage, few small faults incl. 12c pulled perf at right

FINE-VERY FINE. AN ATTRACTIVE COMPLETE SET OF THE WAR DEPARTMENT SPECIAL PRINTING.

Other than the 1c, 2c and 7c values, between 104 and 119 copies of the War Department Special Printings were sold (the 30c has the smallest sale quantity). It ranks fifth in rarity, just after the Navy Department set.

11,585
2,900
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646
S
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 646, War Department1c-2c War, Specimen Ovpt. (O83S-O84S), 1c-2c War, Specimen Ovpt. (O83S-O84S)1c-2c War, Specimen Ovpt. (O83S-O84S). Without gum as issued, distinctly different shades, choice centering with wide and balanced margins, 1c light horizontal crease along top perfs (catalogues $35.00), Extremely Fine

160
100
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647
S
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 647, War Department3c War, Specimen Ovpt. (O85S), 3c War, Specimen Ovpt. (O85S)3c War, Specimen Ovpt. (O85S). Without gum as issued, radiant color, Very Fine and choice, only 118 sold

1,300
1,200
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648
S
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 648, War Department6c War, Specimen Ovpt. (O86S), 6c War, Specimen Ovpt. (O86S)6c War, Specimen Ovpt. (O86S). Without gum as issued, bright color, choice centering, fresh and Extremely Fine Gem, very scarce and possibly the finest extant, only 111 sold

1,300
2,000
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649
S
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 649, War Department7c War, Specimen Ovpt. (O87S), 7c War, Specimen Ovpt. (O87S)7c War, Specimen Ovpt. (O87S). Without gum as issued, brilliant color, well-proportioned margins, nibbed perf at left, still Very Fine and choice, 539 sold

425
300
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650
S
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 650, War Department10c War, Specimen Ovpt. (O88S), 10c War, Specimen Ovpt. (O88S)10c War, Specimen Ovpt. (O88S). Without gum as issued, detailed impression, well-balanced margins, nibbed perfs at left, still Extremely Fine, only 119 sold

1,400
1,100
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651
S
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 651, War Department12c War, Specimen Ovpt. (O89S), 12c War, Specimen Ovpt. (O89S)12c War, Specimen Ovpt. (O89S). Without gum as issued, rich color, small thin spot at top, Very Fine appearance, only 105 sold

1,400
1,300
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652
S
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 652, War Department15c War, Specimen Ovpt. (O90S), 15c War, Specimen Ovpt. (O90S)15c War, Specimen Ovpt. (O90S). Without gum as issued, bright color, wide margins, Very Fine and choice, only 105 sold, small blue backstamp

1,400
1,800
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653
S
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 653, War Department24c War, Specimen Ovpt. (O91S), 24c War, Specimen Ovpt. (O91S)24c War, Specimen Ovpt. (O91S). Without gum as issued, radiant color, well-balanced margins, Extremely Fine, a beautiful and rare stamp, only 106 sold, small blue backstamp

1,400
2,300
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654
S
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 654, War Department30c War, Specimen Ovpt. (O92S), 30c War, Specimen Ovpt. (O92S)30c War, Specimen Ovpt. (O92S). Without gum as issued, brilliant color, fresh and Very Fine, only 104 sold, small blue backstamp

1,400
1,300
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655
S
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 655, War Department90c War, Specimen Ovpt. (O93S), 90c War, Specimen Ovpt. (O93S)90c War, Specimen Ovpt. (O93S). Without gum as issued, brilliant color, faint horizontal crease at top, Very Fine appearance, only 106 sold

1,400
550
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656
Sbl
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 656, War Department1c War, Specimen Ovpt. (O83S), 1c War, Specimen Ovpt. (O83S)1c War, Specimen Ovpt. (O83S). Bottom imprint and plate no. 48 strip of six, without gum as issued, brilliant color, few minor perf separations at center sensibly reinforced, left stamp faint crease, small flaw in bottom left selvage, still Very Fine, an extremely rare imprint and plate number strip

E. 750-1,000
1,100
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657
Sbl
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 657, War Department1c War, Specimen Ovpt. (O83S), 1c War, Specimen Ovpt. (O83S)1c War, Specimen Ovpt. (O83S). Block of four, without gum as issued, bright color, Very Fine-Extremely Fine

375
300
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658
Sbl
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 658, War Department1c War, Specimen Ovpt. (O83S), 1c War, Specimen Ovpt. (O83S)1c War, Specimen Ovpt. (O83S). Block of eight with top plate no. 48 and part of imprint, without gum as issued, radiant color, well-balanced margins throughout, Very Fine-Extremely Fine, a scarce multiple with the plate number

E. 750-1,000
850
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659
Sbl
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 659, War Department2c War, Specimen Ovpt. (O84S), 2c War, Specimen Ovpt. (O84S)2c War, Specimen Ovpt. (O84S). Block of four, without gum as issued, rich color, top stamps light horizontal bend and few minor perf separations, Very Fine-Extremely Fine

1,400
650
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660
Sbl
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 660, War Department2c War, Specimen Ovpt. (O84S), 2c War, Specimen Ovpt. (O84S)2c War, Specimen Ovpt. (O84S). Block of four, without gum as issued, rich color, fresh and Very Fine

1,400
350
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661
Sbl
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 661, War Department7c War, Specimen Ovpt. (O87S), 7c War, Specimen Ovpt. (O87S)7c War, Specimen Ovpt. (O87S). Block of four, without gum as issued, bright color, fresh and Very Fine, an attractive and rare block

2,750
1,300
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662
Sbl
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 662, War Department7c War, Specimen Ovpt. (O87S), 7c War, Specimen Ovpt. (O87S)7c War, Specimen Ovpt. (O87S). Block of four, without gum as issued, bright shade, Fine-Very Fine and rare block

2,750
800
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663
S
Sale Number 1095, Lot Number 663, War Department2c War, "Sepcimen" Error (O84Sa), 2c War, "Sepcimen" Error (O84Sa)2c War, "Sepcimen" Error (O84Sa). Without gum as issued, bright color, single short perf at top

FINE CENTERING. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT WAR DEPARTMENT SPECIAL PRINTING WITH "SEPCIMEN" ERROR FROM THE LEFT PANE AND FULLY PERFORATED.

The 2c War Department Special Printing was made from printed sheets of 200 (Plate 35), which were divided into panes of 100 before overprinting. Position 21, the "Sepcimen" error, is found on stamps with and without a straight edge, depending on whether the underlying stamp was in the left or right pane (Position 21 Right has a straight edge at left). As rare as the 2c War "Sepcimen" error is in any form, this fully-perforated example is extremely rare and desirable.

3,250
3,250
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