Lot 979Agriculture Dept., 1873, 10¢ yellow, full o.g., large margins and intensely rich color, Very Fine; with 2016 P.F. certificate (Graded VF 80).
Scott No. O5 $525.
Lot 980Justice Dept., 1873, 2¢ purple, part disturbed o.g., large well balanced margins, vibrant color and detailed impression, Extremely Fine; with 2015 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. O26 $310.
Lot 981 SJustice Dept., 1875 Special Printing, 15¢ purple, overprinted "Specimen", without gum as issued, rich bright color, F.-V.F., scarce with only 157 sold; with 2015 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. O31SD $1,250.
Lot 982 SPost Office Dept., 1875 Special Printing, 1¢ black, overprinted "Specimen" inverted, without gum as issued, deep color, light age spotting, otherwise Very Fine, very rare as only one sheet of 100 was ever produced with very few of these have ever been seen, accompanied by normal for comparison.
Scott No. O47SDb $2,545.
Lot 983 SPost Office Dept., 1875 Special Printing, 12¢ black, overprinted "Specimen", well centered with intact perfs all around, without gum as issued, Very Fine, Only 93 Sold.
Scott No. O52SD $1,600.
Lot 984Post Office Dept., 1873, 15¢ black, cancelled by quartered cork duplexed with "Washington D.C. Feb 25" cds on Post Office Department, Third Assistant Postmaster General imprint envelope to Centreville N.J., pencil "Official Postage Blanks" docketing at left, F.-V.F. and rare 15¢ use at the quintuple-rate letter rate.
Scott No. O53; $5,000 Estimate $500 - 750.
ONE OF ONLY 6 RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE 15¢ POST OFFICE ON COVER.
Lot 985 SState Dept., 1875 Special Printing, 2¢ bluish green, overprinted "Sepcimen" (error), without gum as issued, wide margins, some faint corner creasing, otherwise F.-V.F., very rare with only a handful known.
Scott No. O58SDa $2,500.
Lot 986State Dept., 1873, 10¢ dark green, tied by bold "Washington D.C., Mar 6, 1883" duplex with fishtail numeral on blue Department of State, U.S.A. imprint linen-envelope to Alexandria, Egypt, reverse with red London (3.17) trnasit and Alexandria arrival cds; cover faulty and stained beyond repair, Fine, The only recorded official cover to Egypt..
Scott No. O62; $2,000 Estimate $200 - 300.
Lot 987State Dept., 1873, 24¢ dark green, slightly disturbed o.g., choice centering amid wide margins, deep color, Extremely Fine, choice so nice; with 2017 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. O65 $525.
Lot 988 STreasury Dept., 1875 Special Printing, 10¢ dark brown, overprinted "Specimen", deep rich color on bright paper; couple short perfs, without gum as issued, F.-V.F., Only 82 Sold.
Scott No. O77SD $1,600.