Sale 1240 — United States Stamps

Sale Date — Tuesday-Wednesday, 20-21 July, 2021

Category — Officials including Special Printings

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
589
og
Sale 1240, Lot 589, Officials including Special Printings10c Executive (O14). Original gum, h.r. at top, vivid color, Very Fine

1,200
550
590
og
Sale 1240, Lot 590, Officials including Special Printings10c Executive (O14). Original gum, lightly hinged, deep shade, tiny natural carbon specks at bottom, Very Fine, with 1999 and 2021 P.F. certificates, only the latter mentioning the carbon specks

1,200
550
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591
bl
Sale 1240, Lot 591, Officials including Special Printings24c Interior (O22). Used block of four, vivid color, attractive margins and centering, lightly cancelled by purple Star in Circle fancy cancel and duplex 1879 datestamp, scissors-separated perfs at bottom but intact, fresh and Very Fine, an extremely rare used block of this issue, Power Search located only one other and it has faults and a smudged cancel, with 2017 P.F. certificate

2,000
475
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592
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Sale 1240, Lot 592, Officials including Special Printings90c Navy (O45). Original gum, rich color, well-centered, tiny perf hole repair at top left, appears Extremely Fine, with 2021 P.S.A.G. certificate

1,050
325
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593
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Sale 1240, Lot 593, Officials including Special Printings$2.00 State (O68). Original gum, h.r., rich colors, Very Fine, with 1999 P.F. certificate

1,800
800
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594
 
Sale 1240, Lot 594, Officials including Special Printings30c Treasury, Soft Paper (O112). Beautifully centered with wide margins, deep rich color, bold cancels, Extremely Fine, a very rare stamp in this exceptional used condition, since last offering this stamp in 2008 this is still the only sound and centered example we have encountered, it is probably the finest used example known, ex "Tahoe", with 2003 and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $850.00), no other used examples are graded by P.S.E. -- probably because there is no point in grading a faulty stamp -- we do not know the basis of the SMQ value, but the last two times we have offered this stamp it realized $1,600 and $2,700 hammer

425
800
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595
S
Sale 1240, Lot 595, Officials including Special Printings1c-30c Agriculture, Specimen Ovpt. (O1S-O9S). Complete set, without gum as issued, bright colors, attractive margins and centering, 6c with couple light creases, fresh and Fine set, of the 3c to 30c values a range of 352 to 390 each were sold

2,887
1,700
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596
S
Sale 1240, Lot 596, Officials including Special Printings1c-90c Interior, Specimen Ovpt. (O15S-O24S). Complete set, without gum as issued, a few small perf flaws but largely intact, some small faults, 1c, 2c and 90c each with deep thin that shows thru when on a black background (2c with small hole)

FINE-VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE COMPLETE SET OF THE INTERIOR DEPARTMENT SPECIAL PRINTING.

Of the 3c to 90c values, between 75 and 88 were sold, making the Interior Department set the second rarest of the 1c-90c Special Printings.

Sale 1240, Lot 596, Officials including Special Printings
Image 2
20,200
3,250
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597
S
Sale 1240, Lot 597, Officials including Special Printings24c Interior, Specimen Ovpt. (O22S). Without gum as issued, brilliant color, Fine, only 77 issued

2,500
1,100
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598
S
Sale 1240, Lot 598, Officials including Special Printings1c-90c Justice, Specimen Ovpt. (O25S-O34S). Complete set, without gum as issued, some perf flaws from scissors-separation, 12c and 15c with small thin, 90c with trivial small crease

FINE-VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A SCARCE COMPLETE SET OF THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS SPECIAL PRINTING.

The sold quantities of the 3c-90c denominations in this set range from from 150-178

Sale 1240, Lot 598, Officials including Special Printings
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10,087
2,300
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599
S
Sale 1240, Lot 599, Officials including Special Printings1c-90c Justice, Specimen Ovpt. (O25S-O34S). Complete set, without gum as issued, rich colors on bright paper, some short or frayed perfs and a few with scissors-separation trimmed perfs on one side, including 10c, 12c and 90c

OVERALL FINE. A SCARCE COMPLETE SET OF THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS SPECIAL PRINTING.

The sold quantities of the 3c-90c denominations in this set range from from 150-178.

10,087
2,000
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600
S
Sale 1240, Lot 600, Officials including Special Printings24c Justice, Specimen Ovpt. (O32S). Without gum as issued, deep color, Very Fine, only 150 issued, with 2004 P.F. certificate

1,250
750
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601
S
Sale 1240, Lot 601, Officials including Special Printings1c-90c Navy, Specimen Ovpt. (O35S-O45S). Without gum as issued, scissors-separated perfs results in some straight edges or perf flaws, a couple values with small thin

FINE-VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE COMPLETE SET OF THE NAVY DEPARTMENT SPECIAL PRINTING.

Other than the 1c, 2c and 7c values, the Navy Department is very scarce, with sales of the 90c value limiting the possible number of sets to 102. Power Search lists only two other complete sets offered by our firm

Sale 1240, Lot 601, Officials including Special Printings
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14,660
2,500
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602
S
Sale 1240, Lot 602, Officials including Special Printings7c Navy, Specimen Ovpt. (O39S). Without gum as issued, beautiful rich color on bright paper, Extremely Fine, only 501 sold

550
425
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603
S
Sale 1240, Lot 603, Officials including Special Printings7c Navy, Specimen Ovpt. (O39S). Without gum as issued, crisp impression, Very Fine and choice, only 501 sold, ex Inman, with 2016 P.F. certificate

550
350
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604
S
Sale 1240, Lot 604, Officials including Special Printings30c Navy, Specimen Ovpt. (O44S). Without gum as issued, rich color, Fine, only 104 sold

1,750
450
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605
S
Sale 1240, Lot 605, Officials including Special Printings1c-90c Post Office, Specimen Ovpt. (O47S-O56S). Complete set, without gum as issued, some scissors-separated perfs causing perf flaws, 15c defective, 2c and 90c with tiny thin spot

FINE APPEARANCE. 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 complete set Official Special Printings.

Sale 1240, Lot 605, Officials including Special Printings
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12,570
2,500
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606
S
Sale 1240, Lot 606, Officials including Special Printings1c-90c State, Specimen Ovpt. (O57S-O67S). Complete set, without gum as issued, rich colors, a number are well-centered, a couple tiny flaws and 3c, 15c and 24c with one side of scissors-trimmed perfs, overall Fine-Very Fine set

4,287
700
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607
S
Sale 1240, Lot 607, Officials including Special Printings1c-90c State, Specimen Ovpt. (O57S-O67S). Complete set, without gum as issued, some values with perf flaws, though others have fully intact perfs, rich color, some small faults, Fine-Very Fine appearance

4,287
750
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608
S
Sale 1240, Lot 608, Officials including Special Printings$2.00 State, "Specimen" Overprint (O68S). Without gum as issued, margins to touched at left, a couple of letters in overprint slightly rubbed, P.F. certificate states reperfed at right and bottom, we agree that it is reperfed but differ on which sides

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). Ex Golden. With 2015 P.F. certificate. Scott value $19,000.00

E. 2,000-3,000
3,500
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609
S
Sale 1240, Lot 609, Officials including Special Printings1c-90c Treasury, Specimen Ovpt. (O72S-O82S). Without gum as issued, rich colors, scissors-separated perfs cause a few minor perf flaws and straight edge on 7c value

FINE-VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARELY OFFERED COMPLETE SET OF THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT SPECIAL PRINTING. THIS IS THE RAREST SET OF THE "CENTS" VALUES AMONG THE DEPARTMENTAL SPECIAL PRINTINGS.

Only 72 of the 90c were sold, and 74 to 99 of the other values (excluding the 1c, 2c and 7c) were sold, making the Treasury Department Special Printing the rarest of the 1c to 90c sets.

Sale 1240, Lot 609, Officials including Special Printings
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14,330
4,250
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610
S
Sale 1240, Lot 610, Officials including Special Printings10c Treasury, Specimen Ovpt. (O77S). Without gum as issued, intense shade and detailed impression, Fine, only 82 sold

1,600
800
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611
S
Sale 1240, Lot 611, Officials including Special Printings1c-90c War, Specimen Ovpt. (O83S-O93S). Complete set, without gum as issued, typical perf flaws from scissors-separation, 2c and 3c with straight edge

FINE-VERY FINE. AN RARE 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.

Sale 1240, Lot 611, Officials including Special Printings
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11,785
1,900
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612
S
Sale 1240, Lot 612, Officials including Special Printings10c War, Specimen Ovpt. (O88S). Without gum as issued, radiant color, Fine, only 119 sold

1,400
450
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613
S
Officials, 1875 Special Printings (O2S/O84S). Balance of 43 stamps on stock sheets, range of issues with some duplication, highlights include Agriculture Nos. O7S and O9S, two sets Executive plus extras, Justice O32S, Navy O39S, State O59S and O62S, War O84S, others, a few small faults to be expected but overall a fresh and Fine-Very Fine balance, Scott value approximately $5,000.00

E. 1,000-1,500
1,200
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