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

Sale Date — Thursday, 26 March, 2015

Category — State Department

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
607
S
Sale 1095, Lot 607, State Department1c-90c State, Specimen Ovpt. (O57S-O67S). Complete for the "Cents" values, without gum as issued, bright colors, nice margins and centering, a couple with slight hinge stain on back or h.r., 6c couple tiny thins

FINE-VERY FINE SET OF THE ONE-CENT TO 90-CENT STATE DEPARTMENT SPECIAL PRINTING.

The 90c value has the lowest sold quantity of the "Cents" State Department Special Printing set, at 245. Each of the stamps in this set was selected for centering, appearance and freshness.

4,252
1,900
608
S
Sale 1095, Lot 608, State Department1c-90c State, Specimen Ovpt. (O57S-O67S). Complete for the "Cents" values, without gum as issued, fresh colors, a few minor perf flaws and a couple sides reperfed, Fine-Very Fine appearance

4,252
850
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609
S
Sale 1095, Lot 609, State Department1c-7c State, Specimen Ovpt. (O57S-O61S). Without gum as issued, 2c with couple tiny perf flaws, Fine group

752
160
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610
S
Sale 1095, Lot 610, State Department2c State, Specimen Ovpt., Double Transfer (O57S). Position 98 with bottom sheet margin, showing major double transfer in the letters at bottom, without gum as issued, rich color, Fine and rare, this and the example offered in the part sheet in lot 619 are the only examples located with Power Search, unlisted in Scott but noted in Combs booklet

E. 300-400
650
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611
S
Sale 1095, Lot 611, State Department$2.00 State, "Specimen" Overprint (O68S). Without gum as issued, deep rich colors, attractive centering with perfs well clear of design all around

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE SOUND EXAMPLE OF THE $2.00 STATE DEPARTMENT SPECIAL PRINTING. ONLY 32 WERE SOLD.

Of the 32 sold, Markovits estimated that approximately 20 are known (Bennett sale). With 1969 Friedl certificate

25,000
35,000
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612
S
Sale 1095, Lot 612, State Department$2.00 State, "Specimen" Overprint (O68S). Without gum as issued, bright colors and paper, wide margins clear of design all around, natural straw fiber inclusion

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE SOUND EXAMPLE OF THE $2.00 STATE DEPARTMENT SPECIAL PRINTING. ONLY 32 WERE SOLD.

Of the 32 sold, Markovits estimated that approximately 20 are known (Bennett sale).

25,000
15,000
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613
S
Sale 1095, Lot 613, State Department$2.00 State, "Specimen" Overprint (O68S). Without gum as issued, margins to touched at left, a couple of letters in overprint slightly rubbed

FINE CENTERING. AN AFFORDABLE AND ATTRACTIVE EXAMPLE OF THE $2.00 STATE DEPARTMENT SPECIAL PRINTING. ONLY 32 WERE SOLD.

Of the 32 sold, Markovits estimated that approximately 20 are known (Bennett sale). With 1969 Friedl certificate

25,000
6,250
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614
Sbl
Sale 1095, Lot 614, State Department1c State, Specimen Ovpt., Horizontally Ribbed Paper (O57Sb). 2nd Printing, block of four, without gum as issued, choice centering throughout, bright color, couple slightly nibbed perfs at right, still Extremely Fine

425
325
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615
Sbl
Sale 1095, Lot 615, State Department1c State, Specimen Ovpt., Horizontally Ribbed Paper (O57Sb). 2nd Printing, block of four, without gum as issued, fresh color, slightly nibbed perf at right as often seen, Fine-Very Fine appearance

425
150
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616
Sbl
Sale 1095, Lot 616, State Department1c State, Specimen Ovpt., Horizontally Ribbed Paper (O57Sb). 2nd Printing, block of four, without gum as issued, vivid color, wide margins and attractive centering, Fine-Very Fine

425
160
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617
Sbl
Sale 1095, Lot 617, State Department2c State, Specimen Ovpt. (O58S). Block of four, without gum as issued, well-centered with balanced margins, fresh color and paper, tiny perf tip crease at bottom right, still Very Fine and choice block

850
600
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618
Sbl
Sale 1095, Lot 618, State Department2c State, Specimen Ovpt. (O58S). Block of four, without gum as issued, well-proportioned margins, few minor perf separations at top, Very Fine and choice block

850
450
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619
Sbl
Sale 1095, Lot 619, State Department2c State, Specimen Ovpt. (O58S). Positions 31-32/81-82, 53-57/93-97, 78-80/98-100, part sheet of 46 from rejoined vertical blocks of 12, 25 and 9, without gum as issued, bottom with part imprint and plate no. 59 as well as the Position 98 major double transfer, most stamps with perfs at least clear of design, some toning between perfs in a few places and some minor perf separations as would be expected in such a multiple

FINE-VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE PART IMPRINT AND PLATE NUMBER MULTIPLE OF THE 2-CENT STATE DEPARTMENT SPECIAL PRINTING. ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE SHOWING THE MAJOR DOUBLE TRANSFER IN POSITION 98.

All the State Department issues below the dollar denominations were printed from sheets of 100 stamps. Position 98 on the 2c plate contains one of the most pronounced double transfers of any Official issue. Combining it with a multiple which also shows the part imprint and plate number makes this one of the most outstanding Official Special Printing items extant.

Scott Retail as blocks and singles without regard to the premium positions or double transfer

8,550
5,500
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620
Sbl
Sale 1095, Lot 620, State Department7c State, Specimen Ovpt. (O61Sa). Block of four, without gum as issued, bright color, fresh and Fine, a scarce block

1,500
1,400
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621
S
Sale 1095, Lot 621, State Department1c State, "Sepcimen" Error (O57Sa). Without gum as issued, deep rich color on bright paper, Fine and attractive, ex Stephen Brown with his hinge and pencil code still affixed

1,900
750
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622
S
Sale 1095, Lot 622, State Department1c State, "Sepcimen" Error (O57Sa). Without gum as issued, deep color, balanced margins, light hinge stain at top on back barely shows thru, otherwise Extremely Fine

1,900
500
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623
S
Sale 1095, Lot 623, State Department1c State, "Sepcimen" Error (O57Sa). Without gum as issued, rich color, faint horizontal crease and single short perf at left, appears Fine

1,900
500
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624
S
Sale 1095, Lot 624, State Department2c State, "Sepcimen" Error (O58Sa). Without gum as issued, rich color, trivial faint corner crease at bottom left

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A VERY SCARCE EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT STATE DEPARTMENT SPECIAL PRINTING WITH "SEPCIMEN" ERROR.

Although the sold quantity of 5,145 (52 sheets) would suggest a fairly plentiful supply of the "Sepcimen" error, Markovits estimated only 7 to 10 extant, which may or may not include two copies in the Miller collection (on extended loan by The New York Public Library to the Smithsonian National Postal Museum).

2,500
1,000
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625
S
Sale 1095, Lot 625, State Department2c State, "Sepcimen" Error (O58Sa). Without gum as issued, balanced margins three sides, perfs touched at top where there is a tiny bit of soiling, still Fine and rare, Markovits estimated only 7 to 10 extant, which may or may not include two copies in the Miller collection (on extended loan by The New York Public Library to the Smithsonian National Postal Museum).

2,500
750
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626
S
Sale 1095, Lot 626, State Department3c State, "Sepcimen" Error (O59Sa). Without gum as issued, distinctive shade, outstanding margins and centering -- very unusual for this rare issue as many Official Special Printings come with scissors-separated perfs -- just a hint of toning in bottom perfs at right

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 3-CENT STATE DEPARTMENT "SEPCIMEN" ERROR. ONLY APPROXIMATELY FIVE EXAMPLES ARE KNOWN.

Only 793 of the 3c State Department Special Printing were sold, which indicates no more than eight "Sepcimen" errors were sold. Only five recorded were by Markovits (2004 Bennett sale). There is one in the Miller collection (on extended loan by The New York Public Library to the Smithsonian National Postal Museum). We are aware of five privately-owned examples: the Lewenthal, Combs, Sheriff, Markovits and Golden copies. This is the first example to appear in our auctions since we offered the ex-Markovits copy in 2005, which has a straight edge from scissors-separations.

6,000
7,000
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627
S
Sale 1095, Lot 627, State Department7c State, "Sepcimen" Error (O61Sa). Without gum as issued, rich color, nice margins with perfs clear of design all around

FINE AND RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 7-CENT STATE DEPARTMENT "SEPCIMEN" ERROR. FEWER THAN SEVEN ARE KNOWN.

This is the only example we have offered in more than 20 years of auctions and Rarities sales since 1964. Markovits recorded only five known (2004 Bennett sale). There is one in the Miller collection (on extended loan by The New York Public Library to the Smithsonian National Postal Museum). We are aware of only three privately-owned examples: the Lewenthal/Sheriff, Markovits and Golden copies, although other collections no doubt contain a few more examples.

With 1985 P.F. certificate

8,250
9,000
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