Sale 1123 — The Rollin C. Huggins Jr. Collection of U.S. Officials

Sale Date — Friday, 8 April, 2016

Category — Offical Special Printings: Agriculture thru Interior

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
649
S
Sale 1123, Lot 649, Offical Special Printings: Agriculture thru Interior1c-30c Agriculture, Specimen Ovpt. (O1S-O9S). Complete set, without gum as issued, vibrant colors, 12c natural s.e. at left, a couple minor flaws (30c bit of margin soiling), Fine and attractive set, of the 3c to 30c values a range of 352 to 390 each were sold

2,887
1,000
650
Sbl
Sale 1123, Lot 650, Offical Special Printings: Agriculture thru Interior1c Agriculture, Specimen Ovpt. (O1S). Block of 20 in vertical format, without gum as issued, vivid color, nice centering and margins throughout, Very Fine, a pretty multiple, Scott Retail as blocks and singles

1,530
2,600
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651
S
Sale 1123, Lot 651, Offical Special Printings: Agriculture thru Interior1c Agriculture, "Sepcimen" Error (O1Sa). Without gum as issued, vivid color, well-centered, Very Fine, only approximately 20 are known, ex Lewenthal

2,500
1,900
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652
S
Sale 1123, Lot 652, Offical Special Printings: Agriculture thru Interior2c Agriculture, "Sepcimen" Error (O2Sa). Without gum as issued, radiant color, light horizontal bend or crease is visible in cross-lighting but does not flash while drying, appears Fine, rare with only approximately 10 known, curiously several are centered to lower right with a wide left margin, ex Lewenthal

3,000
750
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653
S
Sale 1123, Lot 653, Offical Special Printings: Agriculture thru Interior12c Agriculture, "Sepcimen" Error (O6Sa). Without gum as issued, vivid color, small slightly soiled thin spot at top left

FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 12-CENT AGRICULTURE "SEPCIMEN" ERROR. FEWER THAN FIVE ARE KNOWN.

Robert Markovits recorded only three examples of the 12c Agriculture "Sepcimen" error (2004 Bennett sale). There are probably one or two outside of his census, including one offered in our Sale 1017 that had a large stained repair. Only 379 of the 12c Agriculture Special Printing were sold, but it is not known how the stamps were taken from the sheets or if full sheets were exhausted before breaking a subsequent sheet. The famed Golden collection, sold by the Siegel Firm in 2015, did not have a copy.

12,500
12,000
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654
Sbl
Sale 1123, Lot 654, Offical Special Printings: Agriculture thru Interior1c Executive, Specimen Ovpt. (O10S). Bottom left corner imprint and plate no. 82 block of 14, plate no. 81 scored out below, without gum as issued, brilliant color, well-centered stamps nearly throughout

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A RARE AND OUTSTANDING IMPRINT AND PLATE NUMBER BLOCK OF 14 OF THE ONE-CENT EXECUTIVE WITH "SPECIMEN" OVERPRINT. A WONDERFUL SHOWPIECE.

After the plate number "81" was engraved on the 1c plate, it was realized that No. 81 had already been assigned to the 30c War plate. The number was scratched out and replaced with "82" above Position 7 and below Position 97.

18,000
17,000
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655
Sbl
Sale 1123, Lot 655, Offical Special Printings: Agriculture thru Interior1c Executive, Specimen Ovpt. (O10S). Block of 16 in vertical format with narrow left selvage, without gum as issued, rich color, well-centered, Very Fine, Scott Retail as blocks of four

1,400
2,900
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656
S
Sale 1123, Lot 656, Offical Special Printings: Agriculture thru Interior1c Executive on Soft Porous Paper, Specimen Ovpt. (O10xS). American Bank Note Co. printing, top imprint and plate no. 82 strip of ten with plate no. 81 etched out, without gum as issued, bright color, tiny hinge slivers reinforcing perfs but only preventively as there are few separations

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE TOP IMPRINT AND PLATE NUMBER STRIP OF TEN OF THE ONE-CENT EXECUTIVE SPECIAL PRINTING ON SOFT PAPER.

After the plate number "81" was engraved on the 1c plate, it was realized that No. 81 had already been assigned to the 30c War plate. The number was scratched out and replaced with "82" above Position 7 and below Position 97.

Imprint and plate number multiples are unlisted in Scott on soft paper. By way of comparison, Scott Retail for an imprint strip of seven on ribbed paper is $3,250.00 (versus $280.00 for seven singles). The soft paper printing is more than twice as scarce as the ribbed paper printing (4,652 soft paper sold versus 10,000 for ribbed paper). Therefore this complete top row, were it to be priced in Scott, should be at least $7,000.00

E. 4,000-5,000
5,000
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657
Sbl
Sale 1123, Lot 657, Offical Special Printings: Agriculture thru Interior1c Executive on Soft Porous Paper, Specimen Ovpt. (O10xS). American Bank Note Co. printing, horizontal block of 12, without gum as issued, vibrant color, well-centered nearly throughout, pos. 4 light horizontal crease, pos. 9 two small stain spots, Very Fine-Extremely Fine, reported by Mr. Huggins to be the largest known multiple, Scott Retail as three blocks of four

3,300
2,400
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658
S
Sale 1123, Lot 658, Offical Special Printings: Agriculture thru Interior3c Interior, Specimen Ovpt. (O17S). Without gum as issued, brilliant color, blunted perfs from scissors-trimming at top left and upper right, Fine and very scarce, only 88 sold

2,500
275
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659
S
Sale 1123, Lot 659, Offical Special Printings: Agriculture thru Interior6c Interior, Specimen Ovpt. (O18S). Without gum as issued, radiant color, perfs trimmed at bottom, Fine, very scarce, only 83 sold

2,500
250
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660
S
Sale 1123, Lot 660, Offical Special Printings: Agriculture thru Interior10c Interior, Specimen Ovpt. (O19S). Without gum as issued, brilliant color, wide margins and well-centered, Very Fine and choice, very scarce and seldom encountered in this quality, only 82 sold

2,500
4,250
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661
S
Sale 1123, Lot 661, Offical Special Printings: Agriculture thru Interior12c Interior, Specimen Ovpt. (O20S). Without gum as issued, vivid color, perfs slightly blunted at bottom from scissors-separation, Fine and very scarce, only 75 sold

2,500
300
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662
S
Sale 1123, Lot 662, Offical Special Printings: Agriculture thru Interior15c Interior, Specimen Ovpt. (O21S). Without gum as issued, intense shade and impression, perfs slightly blunted at upper right from scissors-separation, still Fine, very scarce, only 78 sold

2,500
300
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663
S
Sale 1123, Lot 663, Offical Special Printings: Agriculture thru Interior24c Interior, Specimen Ovpt. (O22S). Without gum as issued, radiant color, nicely centered with perfs complete on all sides, fresh and Very Fine example of this scarce Special Printing, only 77 sold

2,500
1,400
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664
S
Sale 1123, Lot 664, Offical Special Printings: Agriculture thru Interior30c Interior, Specimen Ovpt. (O23S). Without gum as issued, bright color, reperfed (on more than one side), Fine appearance, very scarce with only 75 sold

2,500
275
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665
S
Sale 1123, Lot 665, Offical Special Printings: Agriculture thru Interior90c Interior, Specimen Ovpt. (O24S). Without gum as issued, vibrant color, reperfed (on more than one side), Fine appearance, very scarce with only 75 sold, ex Crystal

2,500
500
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