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1882-1883 Special Printings (205C-211D)
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
284 () 205C image1882, 5¢ gray brown, Special Printing (Scott 205C), without gum as issued, a magnificent stamp in luxuriant color with sharp lines and near-perfect centering, Extremely Fine, one to dress up even the most elegant collection, ex Neinken, "Southern Cross", Weisman, Lyons and McKinney. Siegel Census #205C-UNC-12, with 1994 A.P.S. (submitted by Mortimer Neinken himself), 1991 P.F., 1993 P.S.E., and 2008 P.F. certificates, the last graded XF 90.
SMQ XF 90; $95,000.

Post Office records indicate 2,463 examples of the 5¢ Special Printing were sold, but research by William E. Mooz, published in a February 1992
Chronicle article, provides strong evidence that the majority of "Special Printings" sold were actually from supplies of the regularly issued stamp. The actual Special Printings came from a small supply sent to the Third Assistant Post Master General before the regular issue was available. An exceedingly rare stamp. (Image) (Image2) (Image3) (Image4) (Image5)

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Scott $50,000
Estimate $50,000-75,000

SOLD for $37,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
285 () 211D image1883, 4¢ deep blue green, Special Printing (Scott 211D), without gum as issued, flawlessly sound with magnificent color and proof-like detail, as perfectly fresh and well-centered as they come, Extremely Fine, Siegel Census #211D-UNC-14, a Top of the Pop, one of just two stamps at this grade (and one of only four graded) in PSE's Population Report and one of the rarest of all the special printings, ex Caspary, with photocopy of 1957 P.F. certificate, plus original 1989 P.F. and 2015 P.S.E. certificates, the last graded XF 90.
SMQ XF 90; $100,000.

Post Office records indicate that a mere 26 examples of this Special Printing were sold. The Philatelic Foundation has certified 25 examples, of which five have small faults.

This stamp comes from the block of four (position 1) sold in the legendary Alfred H. Caspary sale.
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Scott $47,500
Estimate $60,000-80,000

SOLD for $45,000.00
Will close during Public Auction

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