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Posted 08/12/2014   06:50 am  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add Mike33 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Some recent pickups - they all look good to me just want another opinion

also can't decide whether the 5 cent Confed is a 6 or 7

thanks for any help

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Posted 08/12/2014   11:52 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add DuncanDoenitz to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I'm no expert but I've gathered up a few of these in recent years, so I'll take a few guesses...

Nice stamps by the way. The three CSA #11's certainly look good and should be easy to verify, just be sure they are intaglio (engraved) stamps - the ink will appear raised in oblique light. When the printing is weak like the one in the middle, it's typical of a Keatinge & Ball printing, inferior to the Archer & Daly examples, especially confirmed when the cross hatching behind the portrait becomes a solid mass.

The U.S.P.O. Despatch (probably #LO3?) should also be engraved.

The 5c CSA looks sharp enough to be a London print and the pale greenish blue color supports that conclusion too, so CSA #6.

-Duncan
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Posted 08/13/2014   05:42 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Mike33 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks Duncan

I was wondering about the solid mass behind the portrait of the middle 11 too

Also, the cut in the frame above the N in CENTS on the right stamp only goes part way through the frame while it goes all the way through on the other two of them - any thoughts on that?
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Posted 08/13/2014   07:55 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add DuncanDoenitz to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Regarding the gash above the "N" on CSA #11's, in theory they should all look alike. But I suppose that there must've been some bits of detail remaining on the master hub so that if it was transferred deeply enough, a little bit more detail still showed despite the damage. It's a nice little identification aid when looking at rough online images.

-Duncan
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Posted 08/13/2014   5:55 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add stallzer to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
They all look kosher to me.
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