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Posted 06/29/2017   08:42 am  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add Mizar to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Here's a 24 cent Washington that I'm having trouble identifying. It's very thin, but very sound! It's actually translucent. The problem is the color...it's green! If it was a standard gray, no problem, but it's not. Any ideas?




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Posted 06/29/2017   08:49 am  Show Profile Check 51studebaker's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add 51studebaker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
grey minus lilac = green
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Posted 06/29/2017   09:17 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add revcollector to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
It's a color changeling. This sometimes happens to the $2.50 Inland first issue as well.
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Posted 06/29/2017   09:22 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Mizar to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Don, that's part of my dilemma. The only references to its translucence are to 70eTC which is Dark Violet and 70c, which is violet. Hmm. That leaves 70d, which is grayish lilac and is notably thin. You said gray-lilac minus lilac = green. So, could the stamp be a 70d? It's the only description that seems to fit. What do you think?
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Your stamp is an unnatural shade. Its original color, whatever it was is now immaterial, as it can not be returned to that color. The 24¢ 1861 is very susceptible to interaction with atmospheric pollutants, sunlight and chemicals. The two stamps illustrated here are poor examples of Scott 70c (left) and 70d (right). Both have been certified by The Philatelic Foundation as the noted colors.
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The lilacs/purple inks can be quite fugitive; without the stamp in hand it is hard to say. As a color changeling value is somewhat diminished, other condition issues lower it more. Have you checked closely for a grill?
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Posted 06/29/2017   10:24 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Mizar to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Don, yes, I checked for a grill. My loupes revealed no grill, nor remnants of a grill.
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I collect these.

Translucent paper will indicate and early shade... probably one of the Violets or a Steel Blue, but the stamp is badly oxidised so determining exactly what it was will be rather difficult if not impossible.

Without seeing it in person I could not say but it was probably a Steel Blue.
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