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Lot 1992

Agriculture Dept., 1873, 1¢ yellow (Scott O1), o.g., never hinged, remarkably fresh, vibrant color, excellent example, Very Fine, so much prettier than the grade indicates, with 2018 P.F. certificate graded VF 80.
SMQ VF 80.
Scott $650.
Estimate $500 - 600.
Realized $950.
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Lot 1993

Agriculture Dept., 1873, 2¢ yellow (Scott O2), o.g., never hinged, fresh and attractive example, Fine to Very Fine, with 2018 P.F. certificate.
Scott $575.
Estimate $450 - 550.
Realized $400.
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Lot 1994

Agriculture Dept., 1873, 2¢ yellow (Scott O2), o.g., hinged, luminous rich color and impression, fresh and bright, large margins all around, Extremely Fine, with 2019 P.S.A.G. certificate.
Scott $275.
Estimate $350 - 500.
Realized $425.
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Lot 1995

Agriculture Dept., 1873, 3¢ yellow (Scott O3), o.g., never hinged, fresh, nice color and impression, attractive example, Fine to Very Fine.
Scott $475.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Realized $200.
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Lot 1996

Agriculture Dept., 1873, 6¢ yellow (Scott O4), o.g., never hinged, fresh and bright, attractive example of this difficult stamp, almost Very Fine, with 2018 P.F. certificate.
Scott $575.
Estimate $400 - 600.
Realized $350.
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Lot 1997

Agriculture Dept., 1873, 12¢ yellow (Scott O6), o.g., never hinged, exceptionally fresh, deep rich color and impression, a lovely stamp, Fine to Very Fine, with 2018 P.F. certificate.
Scott $950.
Estimate $750 - 1,000.
Realized $850.
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Lot 1998

Agriculture Dept., 1873, 24¢ yellow (Scott O8), o.g., never hinged, particularly fresh, deep rich color and sharp impression, a attractive example, Fine to Very Fine, with 2018 P.F. certificate.
Scott $950.
Estimate $750 - 1,000.
Realized $750.
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Lot 1999

Executive Dept., 1873, 1¢ carmine (Scott O10), o.g., never hinged, remarkably fresh, brilliant color, razor sharp impression, from a new find in original post office envelope, almost Very Fine, only certified never hinged example, likely unique, a true condition rarity, with 2018 P.F. certificate.
Scott $2,250.
Estimate $2,500 - 3,500.
Realized $3,250.
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Lot 2000

Executive Dept., 1873, 2¢ carmine (Scott O11), o.g., never hinged, remarkably fresh, brilliant color, razor sharp impression, from a new find in original post office envelope, Fine to Very Fine, only certified never hinged known, likely unique, with 2018 P.F. certificate.
Scott $1,250.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,200.
Realized $1,200.
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Lot 2001

Interior Dept., 1873, 1¢ vermilion (Scott O15), o.g., never hinged, remarkably fresh, vivid color, beautifully balanced margins with incredibly wide sides, an outstanding example of this official, Extremely Fine, with 2019 P.F. certificate for pair from which this came.
Scott $170.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Realized $275.
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Lot 2002

Justice Dept., 1873, 10¢ purple (Scott O29), o.g., never hinged, incredibly fresh, rich color, prooflike impression, magnificent example, Very Fine, only certified never hinged example, likely unique, with 2018 P.F. certificate.
Scott $700.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
Realized $1,300.
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Lot 2003

Justice Dept., 1873, 15¢ purple (Scott O31), o.g., never hinged, remarkably fresh, rich color, prooflike impression, magnificent example, Very Fine, only one other certified never hinged by the Philatelic Foundation, with 2018 P.F. certificate.
Scott $1,100.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
Realized $1,400.
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Lot 2004

Navy Dept., 1873, 7¢ ultramarine (Scott O39), small part o.g., nice color, lovely example, Very Fine, with 2001 P.F. certificate.
Scott $650.
Estimate $350 - 500.
Realized $350.
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Lot 2005

State Dept., 1873, 7¢ dark green (Scott O61), o.g., hinge remnants, fresh, fantastic color, large even margins all around, an outstanding example, Extremely Fine to Superb, not priced in SMQ above 90, with 2019 P.S.A.G. certificate graded XF-SUP 95.
SMQ XF-SUP 95; $675 for 90.
Scott $290.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,200.
Realized $1,000.
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Lot 2006

State Dept., 1873, 10¢ dark green (Scott O62), o.g., lightly hinged, fresh, striking rich dark green, nicely balanced large margins, attractive example, Very Fine to Extremely Fine, with 2019 P.S.A.G. certificate graded VF-XF 85.
SMQ VF-XF 85; $325.
Scott $230.
Estimate $300 - 350.
Realized $350.
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Lot 2007
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State Dept., 1873, $2 green & black (Scott O68), "6" or "9" in oval grid cancel, scarce stamp, nice colors and sharp impression; two tiny edge tears, otherwise Fine.
Scott $3,000.
Estimate $500 - 750.
Realized $300.
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Lot 2008

War Dept., 1873, 3¢ rose (Scott O85), o.g., never hinged, remarkably fresh and vibrant for this, an exceptionally attractive example, Very Fine, with 2019 P.S.A.G. certificate.
Scott $600.
Estimate $500 - 600.
Realized $550.
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Lot 2009

War Dept., 1873, 15¢ rose (Scott O90), o.g., never hinged, large margins and vivid color; remarkably fresh and choice, Very Fine, with 2018 P.F. certificate.
Scott $190.
Estimate $250 - 350.
Realized $225.
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Lot 2010
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Agriculture Dept., 1875 Special Printing, 2¢ yellow, overprinted "Sepcimen" (error) (Scott O2SDa), without gum as issued, bright color; faint bend and small corner perf crease, otherwise Fine to Very Fine, only 8-10 are known, signed Calves.
Scott $3,000.
Estimate $750 - 1,000.
Realized $400.
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Lot 2011
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Agriculture Dept., 1875 Special Printing, 6¢ yellow, overprinted "Specimen" (Scott O4SD), without gum as issued, fresh and bright, large margins, Very Fine, only 373 sold, with 2019 P.S.A.G. certificate graded VF 80.
Scott $400.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Realized $375.
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Lot 2012
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Agriculture Dept., 1875 Special Printing, 12¢ yellow, overprinted "Specimen" (Scott O6SD), without gum as issued, fresh and bright, Fine to Very Fine, scarce, only 379 sold, with 2019 P.F. certificate.
Scott $400.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Realized $450.
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Lot 2013
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Interior Dept., 1875 Special Printing, 6¢ vermilion, overprinted "Specimen" (Scott O18SD), without gum as issued, bright and well centered, scissor-blunted perfs top & bottom, as is often the case; small thin spot, Very Fine appearance, only 83 examples were sold.
Scott $2,500.
Estimate $750 - 1,000.
Realized $500.
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Lot 2014
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Interior Dept., 1875 Special Printing, 10¢ vermilion, overprinted "Specimen" (Scott O19SD), without gum as issued, fresh and bright, solid perforations, excellent for this difficult issue, Very Fine, only 82 sold, with 2019 P.F. certificate.
Scott $2,500.
Estimate $2,000 - 3,000.
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Lot 2015
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Interior Dept., 1875 Special Printing, 24¢ vermilion, overprinted "Specimen" (Scott O22SD), without gum as issued, fresh and nicely centered, some typical scissor-blunted perfs, especially at the right (probably reperforated), Fine to Very Fine, only 77 examples were sold.
Scott $2,500.
Estimate $750 - 1,000.
Realized $450.
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Lot 2016
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Interior Dept., 1875 Special Printing, 30¢ vermilion, overprinted "Specimen" (Scott O23SD), without gum as issued, fresh and well centered, some typical scissor-blunted perfs, especially at the top (probably reperforated), otherwise Very Fine, only 75 examples were sold.
Scott $2,500.
Estimate $750 - 1,000.
Realized $450.
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Lot 2017
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Interior Dept., 1875 Special Printing, 90¢ vermilion, overprinted "Specimen" (Scott O24SD), without gum as issued, nicely centered with brilliant color; reperforated, Fine to Very Fine appearance, only 77 examples were sold.
Scott $2,500.
Estimate $600 - 800.
Realized $425.
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Lot 2018
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Justice Dept., 1875 Special Printing, 3¢ purple, overprinted "Specimen" (Scott O27SD), without gum as issued, fresh and bright, scarce; perforations scissors trimmed on three sides, as was often the case, Fine, only 178 sold, with 2019 P.F. certificate.
Scott $1,250.
Estimate $400 - 600.
Unsold
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Lot 2019
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Justice Dept., 1875 Special Printing, 15¢ purple, overprinted "Specimen" (Scott O31SD), without gum as issued, fresh and bright, well centered example; perforations scissors cut, Very Fine, only 157 sold, with 2019 P.F. certificate.
Scott $1,250.
Estimate $600 - 800.
Realized $450.
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Lot 2020
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Justice Dept., 1875 Special Printing, 90¢ purple, overprinted "Specimen" (Scott O34SD), without gum as issued, remarkably fresh and bright; reperforated at the right, Fine to Very Fine appearance, only 152 sold.
Scott $1,250.
Estimate $400 - 600.
Realized $300.
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Lot 2021
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Navy Dept., 1875 Special Printing, 1¢ ultramarine, overprinted "Sepcimen" (error) (Scott O35SDa), without gum as issued, rare and desirable error; tiny thin spot and rounded corner at lower left, Very Good to Fine, with 2019 P.F. certificate.
Scott $2,750.
Estimate $600 - 800.
Unsold
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Lot 2022
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Navy Dept., 1875 Special Printing, 2¢ ultramarine, overprinted "Sepcimen" (error) (Scott O36SDa), without gum as issued, nice appearance, rare error; faint horizontal crease and small faults, Fine, very few reported to exist, with a maximum of 18 recorded panes, exceedingly rare, realized $2760 at Golden sale, with 2019 P.F. certificate.
Scott $4,500.
Estimate $2,000 - 2,500.
Unsold
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Lot 2023
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Navy Dept., 1875 Special Printing, 10¢ ultramarine, overprinted "Specimen" (Scott O40SD), without gum as issued, fresh and sharp, very difficult Navy issue; scissor cut perfs with some cut away at top left, still Very Fine, only 112 sold, with 2019 P.F. certificate.
Scott $1,400.
Estimate $750 - 1,000.
Realized $500.
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Lot 2024
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Navy Dept., 1875 Special Printing, 15¢ ultramarine, overprinted "Specimen" (Scott O42SD), without gum as issued, fresh, deep rich color; reperforated at bottom, Fine, only 107 sold.
Scott $1,400.
Estimate $500 - 750.
Realized $450.
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Lot 2025
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Navy Dept., 1875 Special Printing, 90¢ ultramarine, overprinted "Specimen" (Scott O45SD), without gum as issued, fresh and bright, excellent appealing example of this scarce stamp, Fine to Very Fine, only 102 sold, with 2019 P.F. certificate.
Scott $1,400.
Estimate $750 - 1,000.
Realized $750.
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Lot 2026
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Post Office Dept., 1875 Special Printing, 6¢ black, overprinted "Specimen" (Scott O50SD), without gum as issued, fresh, well centered with large margins, an excellent example of this scarce official SPECIMEN, Very Fine to Extremely Fine, only 87 sold, with 2019 P.F. certificate graded VF-XF 85.
SMQ VF-XF 85; $2,050 in Scott guide.
Scott $1,600.
Estimate $1,750 - 2,000.
Realized $2,100.
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Lot 2027
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Post Office Dept., 1875 Special Printing, 10¢ black, overprinted "Specimen" (Scott O51SD), without gum as issued, well centered with enormous margins all around, an incredible example of this difficult stamp, scott value for normal 85 is $1325, for 90 is $2200, Very Fine to Extremely Fine Jumbo, only 177 sold, with 2012 P.S.E. certificate graded VF-XF 85J and 2010 P.F. certificate.
Scott $1,100.
Estimate $1,800 - 2,400.
Realized $1,600.
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Lot 2028
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Post Office Dept., 1875 Special Printing, 24¢ black, overprinted "Specimen" (Scott O54SD), without gum as issued, fresh and attractive, scarce item; some scissors blunted perforations, 3mm horizontal scissors cut in margin at bottom right, Fine to Very Fine appearance, only 84 sold, with 2019 P.F. certificate.
Scott $1,600.
Estimate $500 - 750.
Realized $475.
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Lot 2029
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Treasury Dept., 1875 Special Printing, 7¢ dark brown, overprinted "Specimen" (Scott O76SD), without gum as issued, fresh and nicely centered; faint horizontal bend, Fine to Very Fine, only 198 sold.
Scott $950.
Estimate $350 - 500.
Realized $400.
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Lot 2030
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Treasury Dept., 1875 Special Printing, 15¢ dark brown, overprinted "Specimen" (Scott O79SD), without gum as issued, fresh, deep rich color, well centered for this scarce stamp; slightly blunted perfs from scissors seperation as often, still Very Fine, only 75 sold.
Scott $1,600.
Estimate $600 - 800.
Realized $450.
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Lot 2031
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Treasury Dept., 1875 Special Printing, 90¢ dark brown, overprinted "Specimen" (Scott O82SD), without gum as issued, fresh and quite well centered with a wide natural straight edge at the right, Very Fine, only 72 sold.
Scott $1,600.
Estimate $750 - 1,000.
Realized $500.
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Lot 2032
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War Dept., 1875 Special Printing, 3¢ deep rose, overprinted "Specimen" (Scott O85SD), without gum as issued, fresh and attractive, scarce SPECIMEN, Fine to Very Fine, only 118 sold.
Scott $1,300.
Estimate $750 - 1,000.
Realized $750.
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Lot 2033
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War Dept., 1875 Special Printing, 6¢ deep rose, overprinted "Specimen" (Scott O86SD), without gum as issued, fresh and attractive, scarce, Very Fine, only 111 sold, with 2019 P.F. certificate.
Scott $1,300.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
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Lot 2034
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War Dept., 1875 Special Printing, 12¢ deep rose, overprinted "Specimen" (Scott O89SD), without gum as issued, fresh and bright, excellent color, well centered, Very Fine, only 105 sold, with 2019 P.F. certificate.
Scott $1,400.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
Realized $800.
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Lot 2035
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Justice Dept., 1875 Special Printing, 6¢ purple, overprinted "Specimen" (Scott O28SD), without gum as issued, bright pastel color; scissor trimmed perforations at top and left (as often), otherwise Very Fine, only 163 sold, with 2018 P.F. certificate.
Scott $1,250.
Estimate $400 - 600.
Realized $400.
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Lot 2036
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War Dept., 1875 Special Printing, 30¢ deep rose, overprinted "Specimen" (Scott O92SD), without gum as issued, fresh, nice color, well centered for these, scarce, Very Fine, only 104 sold, with 2019 P.F. certificate.
Scott $1,400.
Estimate $1,200 - 1,800.
Unsold
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Lot 2037
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War Dept., 1875 Special Printing, 90¢ deep rose, overprinted "Specimen" (Scott O93SD), without gum as issued, fresh, nice color, scarce, Fine to Very Fine, only 106 sold, with 2019 P.F. certificate.
Scott $1,400.
Estimate $800 - 1,200.
Unsold
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Lot 2038

Agriculture Dept., 1879, 3¢ yellow (Scott O95), o.g., never hinged, incredibly fresh and bright, attractive example of this very difficult stamp, Fine to Very Fine, with 2016 P.F. certificate.
Scott $1,250.
Estimate $600 - 800.
Realized $600.
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Lot 2039
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Agriculture Dept., 1879, 3¢ yellow (Scott O95), right margin block of 4, o.g., left stamps never hinged / right stamps previously hinged, seldom seen multiple of the soft paper issue; breathtaking fresh color, Fine, with 2016 P.F. certificate.
Scott $3,600.
Estimate $750 - 1,000.
Realized $650.
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Lot 2040

Justice Dept., 1879, 6¢ bluish purple (Scott O107), o.g., hinged, fresh, rich color, large to huge margins, Very Fine and attractive Jumbo, with 2019 P.S.E. certificate graded VF 80J.
SMQ VF 80J; $495 for normal 80.
Estimate $600 - 800.
Realized $475.
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Lot 2041

Post Office Seal, Pomona, California handstamped Provisional, violet "OFFICIALY SEALED/ U.S.P.O. POMONA CAL" on a small piece with a partial c.d.s.; minor faults, Fine to Very Fine and rare.
Estimate $200 - 300.
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