Can anyone explain, or has anyone seen, the mark on Washington's neck?
I did send this pair to the PF as a 496var. They certified it with this statement below.
This cert and a 496a, one of three, they also certed for me at the same time, had its image and text crossed. I am waiting for my corrected certs.
"JOINT LINE PAIR, RIGHT STAMP SCAR ON NECK.
AND WE ARE OF THE OPINION THAT
IT IS A GENUINE SCOTT 496, BUT DECLINE OPINION WITH RESPECT TO THE ORIGIN OF THE MARK ON WASHINGTON'S NECK, AND ATTRIBUTION AS A "SCAR", THE JOINT LINE PAIR WITH THE LEFT STAMP PREVIOUSLY HINGED ALONG THE PERFORATIONS AT LEFT, THE RIGHT STAMP NEVER HINGED. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *"