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Sale 745

The William S. Langs Stock, Part 1:
U.S. and Possessions Stamps


Officials and Official Seals




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Lot 1514

Agriculture Dept., 1873, 12¢ yellow (Scott O6), o.g., lightly hinged, in pastel color with near-perfect centering on pristine paper, Extremely Fine, with 2009 P.S.E. certificate graded XF 90.
SMQ XF 90; $1,050.
Scott $450.
Estimate $750 - 1,000.
Realized $650.
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Lot 1515

Interior Dept., 1873, 1¢ vermilion (Scott O15), bottom margin plate number 52 block of 20, o.g., never hinged, the plate of 12 fresh and sound, position 91 showing the short transfer variety; bottom right selvage missing, positions 90 & 100 stained, Fine.
Scott $3,550+.
Estimate $750 - 1,000.
Realized $800.
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Lot 1516

Navy Dept., 1873, 2¢ ultramarine (Scott O36), o.g., never hinged, a simply stunning stamp, with luxuriant color, razor-sharp detail, and mathematical centering on pristine paper; slightly carmelized gum mentioned for accuracy, Extremely Fine to Superb, batten down the hatches—we expect lively bidding.
Scott $350.
Estimate $500 - 750.
Realized $350.
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Lot 1517

Navy Dept., 1873, 2¢ ultramarine (Scott O36), horizontal right margin block of 10, disturbed o.g. (but no hint of hingeing), clean with "mark twain" color and meticulous detail; diagonal crease across positions 4-5, Fine, a handsome multiple.
Scott $1,600.
Estimate $500 - 750.
Realized $375.
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Lot 1518

Post Office Dept., 1873, 2¢ black, double impression (Scott O48a), o.g., a striking doubling, otherwise clean on fresh paper, Fine+, fewer than ten known, ex Markowitz, with photocopy of 1984 P.F. certificate for original vertical pair, this position 1.
Scott $1,000.
Estimate $500 - 750.
Realized $1,800.
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Lot 1519

State Dept., 1873, 12¢ dark green (Scott O63), o.g., hinged, with incredibly deep color, the design sculptural in its presentation; paper fresh and clean with outstanding centering; reperforated, not mentioned on accompanying certificate, Extremely Fine, with 2002 P.F. certificate.
Scott $310.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Realized $300.
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Lot 1520

State Dept., 1873, 24¢ dark green (Scott O65), o.g., hinged, a big stamp with clean paper, the design crisply printed in rich, deep color, Very Fine, with 1990 P.F. certificate.
Scott $525.
Estimate $400 - 600.
Realized $425.
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Lot 1521

State Dept., 1873, 90¢ dark green (Scott O67), o.g., in luxuriant color on fresh white paper; natural inclusion at Adam's apple not mentioned on accompanying certificate, Fine to Very Fine, with 1992 P.S.E. certificate.
Scott $1,050.
Estimate $350 - 500.
Realized $550.
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Lot 1522
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State Dept., 1873, $2 scarlet & black, "Atlanta" trial color plate proof on card (Scott O68TC4a), stunningly bright and fresh with solid margins surrounding, Very Fine.
Scott $1,000.
Estimate $500 - 750.
Realized $375.
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Lot 1523
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State Dept., 1873, $2 brown & black, "Atlanta" trial color plate proof on card (Scott O68TC4c), Very Fine, only 10 known, with 2013 A.P.S. certificate.
Scott $1,000.
Estimate $500 - 750.
Realized $425.
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Lot 1524
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State Dept., 1873, $2 green & black (Scott O68), fresh with immaculate colors, small manuscript "X" cancel; lightly penciled note on reverse, Fine+, the cleanest used example you'll see for some time, with 2019 P.S.E. certificate.
Scott $3,000.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
Realized $600.
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Lot 1525
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State Dept., 1873, $2 green & black (Scott O68), clean with deep colors and a light black cancel; reperforated at right, otherwise Fine to Very Fine, with 2020 Crowe certificate.
Scott $3,000.
Estimate $500 - 750.
Realized $750.
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Lot 1526
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State Dept., 1873, $5 scarlet & black, "Atlanta" trial color plate proof on card (Scott O69TC4a), a sumptuous Seward with strong colors and detail; fresh and sound, Very Fine.
Scott $1,000.
Estimate $500 - 750.
Realized $450.
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Lot 1527
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State Dept., 1873, $5 blue & brown, "Atlanta" trial color plate proof on card (Scott O69TC4f), Very Fine, with 2013 A.P.S. certificate.
Scott $1,000.
Estimate $500 - 750.
Realized $450.
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Lot 1528
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State Dept., 1873, $5 green & black (Scott O69), in solid color with a light if extensive cancel; thin; reperforated at right, Very Fine appearance.
Scott $13,000.
Estimate $1,500 - 2,000.
Realized $2,000.
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Lot 1529
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State Dept., 1873, $10 green & black, plate proof on India (Scott O70P3), block of 4 with imprints at top and bottom, large multiple with multiple margin markings; a few tiny hinge thins at edges, Extremely Fine.
Scott $475.
Estimate $400 - 600.
Realized $550.
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Lot 1530
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State Dept., 1873, $20 green & black (Scott O71), regummed, amazingly bright with vibrant colors and razor-sharp printing; small thin in "E" of "STATE" not mentioned on accompanying certificate, Very Fine appearance, a pretty stamp, with 2015 A.P.S. certificate.
Scott $2,250.
Estimate $500 - 750.
Realized $800.
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Lot 1531

State Dept., 1873, $20 green & black (Scott O71), left margin block of 4 with imprint, o.g., tiny traces of album offset, a gorgeous edge-of-pane positional, with crisp printing and vibrant colors, full imprint in black at top, partial imprint in green at bottom; parallel red magenta horizontal lines across each stamp (a form of Specimen overprint) have been mostly removed, Very Fine, an amazing survivor, only a few blocks exist.
Scott $27,000.
Estimate $10,000 - 15,000.
Realized $5,000.
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Lot 1532

Treasury Dept., 1873, 7¢ brown (Scott O76), horizontal block of 12, o.g., never hinged, one or two lightly kissed by a hinge, immaculately printed in color as luxuriant as Stanton's beard; paper fresh with all perforations intact, Fine.
Scott $6,000+.
Estimate $750 - 1,000.
Realized $800.
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Lot 1533

Treasury Dept., 1873, 90¢ brown (Scott O82), block of 4, o.g., hinge remnants, sharp looking item, with great color and detail on fresh paper; hinge reinforcing vertical perforations, lower left stamp with a tiny pinhole and the top right stamp with two small tears in the top left corner, attractive Very Fine appearance, a pretty multiple, with 2020 Crowe certificate.
Scott $2,400.
Estimate $500 - 750.
Realized $425.
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Lot 1534

War Dept., 1873, 2¢ rose (Scott O84), horizontal block of 8, disturbed o.g., cleanly printed in soft color, Fine, an uncommon large multiple.
Scott $1,920.
Estimate $400 - 600.
Realized $350.
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Lot 1535

War Dept., 1873, 24¢ rose (Scott O91), top margin imprint strip of 4, o.g., never hinged, from top left of sheet; fresh, stamps particularly tall and large, Very Fine, nice positional piece from the big and tall section, with 2014 P.S.A.G. certificate.
Scott $760 as singles.
Estimate $500 - 750.
Realized $700.
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Lot 1536
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Interior Dept., 1875 Special Printing, 30¢ vermilion, overprinted "Specimen" (Scott O23SD), without gum as issued, in succulent color and clean detail with sharp overprint; paper fault upper left, scissor separted, Fine, only 75 sold.
Scott $2,500.
Estimate $400 - 600.
Realized $500.
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Lot 1537
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Interior Dept., 1875 Special Printing, 90¢ vermilion, overprinted "Specimen" (Scott O24SD), without gum as issued, crisp with radiant color; scissors-cut perforations as often, Fine to Very Fine, only 75 sold.
Scott $2,500.
Estimate $400 - 600.
Realized $475.
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Lot 1538
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Justice Dept., 1875 Special Printing, 90¢ purple, overprinted "Specimen" (Scott O34SD), without gum as issued, in clean color on fresh paper, slight second kiss print of overprint; scissors-cut (or -blunted) perforations as usual; penciled notations on reverse bottom and inkmarks (shows to front), Very Fine appearance, only 152 sold.
Scott $1,250.
Estimate $400 - 600.
Realized $325.
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Lot 1539
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Navy Dept., 1875 Special Printing, 3¢ ultramarine, overprinted "Specimen" (Scott O37SD), without gum as issued, in clean color with sharp detail; paper snow-white; reperforated, Fine to Very Fine+, only 126 sold.
Scott $1,400.
Estimate $350 - 500.
Realized $450.
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Lot 1540
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Navy Dept., 1875 Special Printing, 7¢ ultramarine, overprinted "Specimen" (Scott O39SD), without gum as issued, fresh and bright with exceptional detail and centering; small thin, Very Fine+.
Scott $550.
Estimate $250 - 350.
Realized $160.
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Lot 1541
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Navy Dept., 1875 Special Printing, 10¢ ultramarine, overprinted "Specimen" (Scott O40SD), without gum as issued, in strong color on fresh, bright paper; scissors-blunted perforations at bottom; a couple spots of light toning, Fine to Very Fine, only 112 sold.
Scott $1,400.
Estimate $350 - 500.
Realized $425.
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Lot 1542
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Navy Dept., 1875 Special Printing, 15¢ ultramarine, overprinted "Specimen" (Scott O42SD), without gum as issued, with sound color and sharp impression; scissor separated with one shorter perf along top, Very Fine, only 107 sold.
Scott $1,400.
Estimate $400 - 600.
Realized $600.
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Lot 1543
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Navy Dept., 1875 Special Printing, 30¢ ultramarine, overprinted "Specimen" (Scott O44SD), without gum as issued, solid color and sharp detail; toning removed, small thin, Fine to Very Fine, 104 sold.
Scott $1,400.
Estimate $400 - 600.
Realized $400.
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Lot 1544
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State Dept., 1875 Special Printing, 1¢ bluish green, overprinted "Sepcimen" (error) (Scott O57SDa), without gum as issued, richly hued on pristine paper, Fine+, with 1998 A.P.S. certificate.
Scott $1,900.
Estimate $500 - 750.
Realized $800.
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Lot 1545
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State Dept., 1875 Special Printing, $2 green & black, overprinted "Specimen" (Scott O68SD), without gum as issued, with proof-like colors in perfect register; two thins, a short vertical crease at top, and toned spots, Fine to Very Fine appearance, only 32 issued, with 2004 P.S.E. certificate.
Scott $25,000.
Estimate $3,000 - 4,000.
Realized $4,250.
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Lot 1546
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Treasury Dept., 1875 Special Printing, 24¢ dark brown, overprinted "Specimen" (Scott O80SD), without gum as issued, with intense color and three-dimensional detail; shorter perfs and small thin below "ECI" of "SPECIMEN", otherwise Fine, only 99 sold.
Scott $1,600.
Estimate $400 - 600.
Realized $350.
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Lot 1547
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Agriculture Dept., 1879, 1¢ yellow (Scott O94), without gum as issued, in deep color on fresh paper, Fine, with 2018 P.F. certificate.
Scott $5,500.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
Realized $1,300.
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Lot 1548

Treasury Dept., 1879, 10¢ brown (Scott O111), right margin block of 4, o.g., never hinged, with immense color and strong detail; paper clean; top stamps with a light horizontal crease in the bottom margin, Very Fine, with 2004 P.F. certificate.
Scott $2,300.
Estimate $500 - 750.
Realized $1,000.
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Lot 1549

Treasury Dept., 1879, 30¢ brown (Scott O112), o.g., previously hinged, with strong color and crisp detail, Fine, with 2016 P.F. certificate.
Scott $2,400.
Estimate $500 - 750.
Realized $650.
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Lot 1550

Treasury Dept., 1879, 90¢ brown (Scott O113), o.g., previously hinged, light impression with clean detail; numerous facial scuffs and thins, Fine to Very Fine appearance, with 2002 P.S.E. certificate.
Scott $9,000.
Estimate $750 - 1,000.
Realized $800.
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Lot 1551
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Postal Savings Official, 1910, 2¢-$1 set, small die proof (Scott O121P2-O123P2), Very Fine.
Scott $1,100.
Estimate $800 - 1,200.
Realized $650.
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Lot 1552
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Postal Savings Official, 1911, 50¢ dark green (Scott O122), full wide top margin plate number 5614 block of 6 with imprint and star, expertly regummed, Post Office fresh with intense color and pristine paper, Fine to Very Fine+.
Scott $2,400.
Estimate $750 - 1,000.
Realized $450.
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Lot 1553

Postal Savings Official, 1911, $1 ultramarine (Scott O123), block of 4, o.g., never hinged (pencil mark on gum), lovely color and crisp detail; horizontal center line; reperforated, Fine.
Scott $1,800.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Realized $375.
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Lot 1554
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Postal Savings Official, 1911, $1 ultramarine (Scott O123), bottom margin plate number 5615 block of 6 with imprint and star, with rich color and crystal-clear impression; paper fresh; hinged at positions 1, 3 & 5, Very Fine, a pretty plate.
Scott $2,400.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
Realized $1,000.
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Lot 1555
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Postal Savings Official, 1910, 2¢ black (Scott O125), block of 4, o.g., lightly hinged at top, never hinged at bottom, stunning block with crisp color and proof-like printing, all beautifully centered, Extremely Fine, each stamp a beauty.
Scott $260.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Realized $350.
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Lot 1556

Postal Savings Official, 1911, 10¢ carmine (Scott O126), block of 4, o.g., never hinged, great-looking block, its razor-sharp impression making the sanguine color pulse, Very Fine to Extremely Fine, one to get your heart racing, with photocopy of 2015 P.F. certificate for original block of ten.
Scott $200.
Estimate $350 - 500.
Realized $475.
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Lot 1557

Official Mail, 1983, 20¢ coil, imperf (Scott O135a), pair, o.g., never hinged, fresh with outstanding margins; blue fades towards bottom with poor impression, otherwise Very Fine, fewer than 25 pairs reported.
Scott $1,000.
Estimate $350 - 500.
Realized $180.
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Lot 1558

Official Mail, 1988, 25¢ coil, imperf (Scott O141a), pair, o.g., never hinged, immaculate, Very Fine, 40-50 pairs reported.
Scott $1,000.
Estimate $500 - 750.
Realized $425.
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Lot 1559

Official Seal - Registry, 1872, green, printed on both sides, back inverted (Scott OXF1e), o.g., barest trace of hinge (appears never hinged), bright and clean, the face wonderfully sharp, the back clear, Very Fine, with 2002 P.F. certificate stating "never hinged".
Scott $400.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Realized $425.
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Lot 1560
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Official Seal, 1879, brown, plate on india (Scott OX1P2), block of 4, Very Fine to Extremely Fine.
Scott $650.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Realized $300.
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Lot 1561

Official Seal, 1907, blue, printed on both sides (Scott OX13f), second impression printed below the gum, o.g., never hinged, crisply printed twice on fresh paper and gum; natural straight edge at bottom, Fine to Very Fine, unpriced in Scott, with 2015 P.S.A.G. certificate.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Realized $500.
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Lot 1562

Official Seal, 1907, blue, printed on both sides (Scott OX13f), block of 4, second impression printed below the gum, o.g., never hinged, quadruple the pleasure, Post Office fresh and completely sound; natural straight edge at bottom, Fine to Very Fine, unpriced in Scott.
Estimate $1,200 - 1,500.
Realized $2,000.
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Lot 1563

Official Seal - Typeset, black, rouletted 16½ at bottom (Scott LOX11h), complete sheet of 2, o.g., lightly hinged, both seals with dot; Post Office fresh with rouletting solid, Very Fine to Extremely Fine.
Scott $1,250.
Estimate $400 - 600.
Realized $375.
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