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

Sale Date — Thursday, 26 March, 2015

Category — Treasury Department

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
643
Sbl
Sale 1095, Lot 643, Treasury Department2c Treasury, Specimen Ovpt. (O73S). Complete pane of 100, the left half of the printed sheet of 200, including imprint and plate no. 42 selvage at top and bottom, guide arrows at top and bottom right, selvage at left and natural s.e. at right, without gum as issued, few stamps at top right faint crease (looks more like a bend).

FINE-VERY FINE. THIS PHENOMENAL COMPLETE PANE OF 100 OF THE 2-CENT TREASURY SPECIAL PRINTING, WITH IMPRINTS AND PLATE NUMBERS AT TOP AND BOTTOM, IS SURELY UNIQUE. THIS PANE CONTAINS ALMOST A THIRD OF THE KNOWN SUPPLY OF THIS ISSUE. A PHENOMENAL RARITY AND ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE GOLDEN COLLECTION.

Official records indicate that 10,000 2c Treasury Department Special Printings were delivered (100 panes of 100). The Official Special Printings were offered as complete sets by Department (1c-90c). Specific stamps could be ordered, provided the minimum face value was $2. The State Department dollar values were offered individually with no restrictions.

In common with other Special Printings, Reprints and Re-Issues (for example Scott 102-111), the sale of these issues was discontinued on July 15, 1884. Official sales figures indicate only 309 of the 2c Treasury were sold. The remaining stock of 9,691 on hand was counted and destroyed on July 23 of that same year under closely monitored conditions.

Position 21, the "Sepcimen" error in early production, was corrected during the printing of the 2c Interior. It does not appear on the Treasury Special Printings.

This pane of 100 represents almost one-third of the 309 2c Treasury Special Printings sold (three panes). We are unaware of any other plate blocks. The one known 7c Treasury Special Printing plate block is contained in a half-sheet of 50 -- the Scott Catalogue values the plate block of 14 in this multiple at $30,000.00.

This pane of 100 has a total Scott Retail value of $106,250.00 as 25 blocks of four. If one counts 17 blocks of four at $72,250.00 plus two plate blocks of 14 at the equivalent of the 7c, then this would catalogue $132,250.00

E. 20,000-30,000
37,500