As far as I can tell, only one version of the Non Profit Bird Coil Stamp was issued on 02/11/2011 in both 3K and 10K coils with only one printer involved (APU). The stamp has been assigned Scott #4495.
My question is that the illustration shown in the latest edition of USA Philatelic (top example shown below) versus the actual stamp (bottom example shown below) which I received on a recent piece of mail, differs in both the perforations and the location of the year "2011" in the upper left hand corner of the stamp:
Is this just an error in the USPS illustration of the stamp as it appears in USA Philatelic or is there yet another variety of this stamp that I am not aware of?
The stamp on the left is a mint stamp on backing paper as I ordered from USPS SFS; the stamp on the right is on a piece of Non Profit Org. mail I received today.
While the image is pretty much the same, there is a slightly different color hue to the stamps (the mint stamp on left is slightly lighter.)
However, the most obvious thing I see is the date "2011" in the upper left corner. There is a distinct difference in the typeface used, most noticeably in the "2" and the "0" as being slightly different.
Does anyone else see this? Is this a known variety? Does it have to do with the stamp coming from the 3K or 10K coil? I've also heard there was a second plate number used for the stamp...could this be representative of the two different stamps?
Let me just clarify that the P1111 stamp was a MNH still on original backing paper that I had in my stockbook. The P2222 was just received today on a mailing that happened to be on a grayish colored envelope. So P1111 is post office fresh; P2222 has seen postal use.
By the way, some of the print quality issues may be attributed to my old printer/scanner. I have a new one sitting here that I'm going to install, but I'm waiting to use up all of the ink in the old one first.