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Sale 1217 — United States Stamps

Sale Date — Tuesday, 3 March, 2020

Category — Officials

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1267
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Sale Number 1217, Lot Number 1267, Officials24c Interior (O22), 24c Interior (O22)24c Interior (O22). Horizontal block of six, vivid color, light purple double-circle datestamp cancels, bottom center stamp light vertical crease visible when drying, some perf separations including reinforced at left, Very Fine, an attractive and very rare used block, we have offered only two others since keeping computerized records and they were both blocks of four, Scott Retail as block of four and two singles

2,040
700
1268
og
Sale Number 1217, Lot Number 1268, Officials30c Justice (O33), 30c Justice (O33)30c Justice (O33). Disturbed original gum, pretty pastel color, three extra wide margins, Fine, with 1985 P.F. certificate as "original gum"

1,300
425
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1269
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Sale Number 1217, Lot Number 1269, Officials90c Justice (O34), 90c Justice (O34)90c Justice (O34). Disturbed original gum, bright color, Fine, with 1992 P.F. certificate as "original gum"

1,800
525
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1270
 
Sale Number 1217, Lot Number 1270, Officials$2.00 State (O68), $2.00 State (O68)$2.00 State (O68). Rich colors, bold cork cancel, light creasing along right edge and short perf at bottom, appears Very Fine, scarce in used condition

3,000
325
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1271
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Sale Number 1217, Lot Number 1271, Officials$10.00 State (O70), $10.00 State (O70)$10.00 State (O70). Original gum, rich colors, attractive margins and centering, completely sound

VERY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE $10.00 STATE DEPARTMENT ISSUE.

Ex Curtis. With 2003 and 2007 P.F. certificates (VF 80)

4,500
3,250
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1272
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Sale Number 1217, Lot Number 1272, Officials$20.00 State (O71), $20.00 State (O71)$20.00 State (O71). With part imprint bottom selvage, original gum, h.r., bright colors, crisp impressions

VERY FINE PART-IMPRINT ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE $20.00 STATE DEPARTMENT ISSUE.

Very desirable with the part imprint, which was normally removed when the sheets were separated

5,000
3,250
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1273
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Sale Number 1217, Lot Number 1273, Officials$20.00 State (O71), $20.00 State (O71)$20.00 State (O71). Unused (no gum), bright color, couple small thin spots, otherwise Very Fine

2,250
450
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1274
 
Sale Number 1217, Lot Number 1274, Officials$20.00 State (O71), $20.00 State (O71)$20.00 State (O71). Crisp impressions, unobtrusive magenta horizontal lines cancel at top and bottom, Very Fine, scarce

5,500
550
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1275
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Sale Number 1217, Lot Number 1275, Officials10c War (O88), 10c War (O88)10c War (O88). Block of 30, essentially all Mint N.H., just a couple with slight climatic gum disturbance or small gum skips, deep rich color, attractive centering and margins, pos. 7 small tear at top, pos. 21 small pencil mark on face, Fine-Very Fine, a scarce and choice large multiple of this issue, Scott Retail as Mint N.H. singles

9,000
1,100
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1276
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Sale Number 1217, Lot Number 1276, Officials1c Agriculture, Soft Paper (O94), 1c Agriculture, Soft Paper (O94)1c Agriculture, Soft Paper (O94). Without gum as issued, bright color, faults including filled thin and slight ink staining at top, otherwise Fine, this issue nearly always comes with faults, sometimes severe, this is collectible example which is missing from many advanced collections

5,500
375
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1277
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Sale Number 1217, Lot Number 1277, Officials24c Interior, Soft Paper (O103), 24c Interior, Soft Paper (O103)24c Interior, Soft Paper (O103). Disturbed original gum, three wide margins, small thin spots, otherwise Very Fine, a presentable example of this scarce stamp, ex Curtis, with 2000 P.F. certificate

4,500
700
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1278
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Sale Number 1217, Lot Number 1278, Officials90c Treasury, Soft Paper (O113), 90c Treasury, Soft Paper (O113)90c Treasury, Soft Paper (O113). Disturbed original gum, rich color, attractive margins and centering, tiny blue ink mark at right, appears Fine, a scarce stamp few of which exist in sound original gum condition, this is a very presentable example, with 2009 P.S.E. certificate

10,000
2,600
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1279
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Sale Number 1217, Lot Number 1279, Officials90c Treasury, Soft Paper (O113), 90c Treasury, Soft Paper (O113)90c Treasury, Soft Paper (O113). Unused (regummed) over small faults, rich color, Very Fine appearance, with 2017 P.F. certificate, Scott Retail as no gum

3,250
375
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1280
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Sale Number 1217, Lot Number 1280, Officials90c Treasury, Soft Paper (O113), 90c Treasury, Soft Paper (O113)90c Treasury, Soft Paper (O113). Unused (regummed), rich color, couple tiny thin spots, appears Fine, a collectible example of this scarce stamp, which is nearly always faulty and off-center, ex Curtis, with 2001 P.F. certificate

3,250
250
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1281
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Sale Number 1217, Lot Number 1281, Officials2c War, Soft Paper (O115), 2c War, Soft Paper (O115)2c War, Soft Paper (O115). Mint N.H. bottom imprint and plate no. 35 block of 20, comprising the two bottom rows of the pane, unusually choice centering, light natural diagonal gum crease thru right block of six, Very Fine and choice, seldom found well-centered, Scott Retail as plate block of 12 and eight singles

565
225
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1282
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Sale Number 1217, Lot Number 1282, Officials3c War, Soft Paper (O116), 3c War, Soft Paper (O116)3c War, Soft Paper (O116). Mint N.H. bottom imprint and plate no. 32 block of 20, comprising the two bottom rows of the pane, unusually choice centering, bottom selvage trimmed at a slight angle but all marginal markings are complete, Very Fine, Scott Retail as plate block of 12 and eight singles

565
225
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1283
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Sale Number 1217, Lot Number 1283, Officials12c War, Soft Paper (O119), 12c War, Soft Paper (O119)12c War, Soft Paper (O119). Mint N.H. block of 40, rich color, a number of stamps well-centered, a couple have slight offset on gum and the bottom row is largely separated, still Fine with some Very Fine, Scott Retail as Mint N.H. singles

5,600
550
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1284
S
Sale Number 1217, Lot Number 1284, Officials24c Justice, Specimen Ovpt. (O32S), 24c Justice, Specimen Ovpt. (O32S)24c Justice, Specimen Ovpt. (O32S). Without gum as issued, radiant color on bright paper, Fine, only 150 sold, with 2015 P.F. certificate

1,250
425
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1285
S
Sale Number 1217, Lot Number 1285, Officials3c Navy, Specimen Ovpt. (O37S), 3c Navy, Specimen Ovpt. (O37S)3c Navy, Specimen Ovpt. (O37S). Without gum as issued, radiant color, attractive margins and centering, Very Fine, scarce in this choice condition, only 126 sold, with 2018 P.F. certificate

1,750
1,100
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1286
S
Sale Number 1217, Lot Number 1286, Officials12c Post Office, Specimen Ovpt. (O52S), 12c Post Office, Specimen Ovpt. (O52S)12c Post Office, Specimen Ovpt. (O52S). Without gum as issued, detailed impression, well-proportioned margins, Very Fine, only 93 sold, with 2015 P.S.E. certificate

1,600
550
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1287
S
Sale Number 1217, Lot Number 1287, Officials15c Post Office, Specimen Ovpt. (O53S), 15c Post Office, Specimen Ovpt. (O53S)15c Post Office, Specimen Ovpt. (O53S). Without gum as issued, detailed impression, perfs scissors-separated but intact, Very Fine, only 82 sold, with 1990 and 2016 P.F. certificates

1,600
900
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1288
S
Sale Number 1217, Lot Number 1288, Officials$2.00 State, Specimen Ovpt. (O68S), $2.00 State, Specimen Ovpt. (O68S)$2.00 State, Specimen Ovpt. (O68S). Without gum as issued, bright color, tiny thin speck at bottom left

FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE EXAMPLE OF THE $2.00 STATE DEPARTMENT SPECIAL PRINTING. ONLY 32 WERE SOLD.

In March 1875 the Post Office Department initiated a program to make reproductions, reprints, re-issues and special printings of all past and present issues available for purchase at face value through the office of the Third Assistant Postmaster General in Washington, D.C. The official announcement stated in part "The official stamps cannot be used except for the official business of the particular Department for which provided... All of the specimens will be ungummed; and the official stamps will have printed across the face the word 'Specimen,' in small type."

Of the 32 sold, Markovits estimated that approximately 20 are known (Bennett sale). Ex Lietzow, Sheriff, Lewenthal and Price. Illustrated in Combs. With 2018 P.F. certificate

19,000
0
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1289
S
Sale Number 1217, Lot Number 1289, Officials24c War, Specimen Ovpt. (O91S), 24c War, Specimen Ovpt. (O91S)24c War, Specimen Ovpt. (O91S). Without gum as issued, rich color, three wide margins, short perf at left, appears Fine, only 106 sold, ex Inman, with 2016 P.F. certificate

1,400
325
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