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Posted 07/16/2017   6:07 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add dlambert1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Several Hungary issues in the 1920s were punched with three holes in the shape of an equilateral triangle. Scott Specialized Y2011 makes note of these, but does not say why they were so punched.

A search of the forum using the above title yielded no results.

Anyone know why these issues were punched?

Thanks in advance
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Posted 07/16/2017   6:39 pm  Show Profile Check GeoffHa's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add GeoffHa to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
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Hello. Gibbons says that, from 26/2/1921-1/10/1924, the two central rows of sheets of certain stamps were so perforated "to defeat speculation". It further notes (this is an old catalogue, but things probably haven't changed) that the perforated stamps are worth about three times the prices of normal issues.

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Wasn't this for post office stamp stock remainders that were sold at a discount and they were punched this way so that the stamps could not be used for postage on mail?
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There is an earlier thread about these stamps here:

http://goscf.com/t/29722





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The holes were punch to reduce speculation and hoarding of stamps . They wanted the stamps used for postage .
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The theory was that dealers/collectors did not want stamps with holes punched in them. They had to purchase intact, unpunched stamps (in full panes or quarter panes) at the philatelic sales counter at a 10% surcharge (20% for postage due stamps).

Here's an excerpt from Mr. Leslie Ettre's article published by The Perfins Club:



For most of the issues punched, the two middle rows had the three holes, however, the Harvesting Wheat stamps had the two middle columns punched (again, credit to Mr. Ettre):



Regards, Robert
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Posted 07/20/2017   12:40 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add dlambert1 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks to all for the info and the links. Now I have an idea of "why" and some links for continued reference.

Donald
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