In my first Stamp Community post earlier this month, I shared scanned images in this thread of a "broken hat" type that hadn't been mentioned. I don't collect US stamps, but enjoy researching and sharing information on those that I inherited
nearly 20 years ago. While I was researching that unusual "broken hat" copy with the "shadow," I also created this ordinary "broken hat" example for comparison purposes. That was before I found Partime's "broken hat" progression images in this thread here at Stamp Community. Once I joined Stamp Community and posted my "shadow" example, I no longer needed the close-up of this other example.
However, in this other example, I noticed an obvious difference with the flag immediately above the broken hat. At the bottom edge of the flag is a nearly square box with relatively heavy lines and a dot in the center. That design differs from any of the other 231s I have scanned. I've got 37 scanned here and this portion of that flag is visible in 21 of those. The flag design in 20 of those examples matches the design in most of Partime's "broken hat" close-ups. This one example is different.
I am not familiar with the other numerous varieties that have been mentioned and don't collect these, but I am curious and wanted to share this in case other members might have an interest. Is this one of those varieties? Or, is this too insignificant to even qualify as a variety?