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Re-Post! #518B Please Help With ID

 
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Posted 08/17/2018   4:08 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add sharons25 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I posted pictures on the 14th of August but they were fuzzy I am re-posting today and hoping someone can help me to determine if indeed this is #518b with a set off on the back.



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Posted 08/17/2018   6:23 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add ggreve to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
It looks like a $1 Franklin Head Perf 12 Scott number 423, but it has 518 written on the back.

The 518 variety is Perf 11, yours looks like Perf 12.

518 has no watermark.
423 has a double-line watermark.

You can check the watermark if you want to be sure.


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Posted 08/17/2018   10:34 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add No1philatelist to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I have to ask the following question as I don't understand what I see. When I look at the back of the stamp and it has an offset print image and someone marks the number I can read it. Why are the numbers on this backward? Is this image reflected in a mirror or what?
Thanks 518 - 815

Should have said setoff rather than offset. My bad.
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Edited by No1philatelist - 08/17/2018 11:06 pm
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Posted 08/17/2018   10:50 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Petert4522 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
We call this set-off. Back when the stamps were printed the still damp sheets ere stacked on top of one another and voila - we hae a mirror print ( more or less ) of the front. The OP's stamp has a very clear case of set-off

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Posted 08/17/2018   10:59 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add No1philatelist to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Ok. I understand the mirror print during printing process, but the handwritten numbers are wrote backwards. ?
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The 518 is written upside down. Rotate the stamp 180 degrees and read it easily
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Posted 08/17/2018   11:13 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add No1philatelist to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thank you John. Not used to my world being turned upside down!
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Posted 08/18/2018   12:47 am  Show Profile Check cfrphoto's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add cfrphoto to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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Unfortunately there is no conclusive way to determine from a fuzzy photo. The only real way to determine is to compare it side by side with known examples.


The stamp pictured in the original post is perf 11, with the bottom perforations trimmed off.

Find a scanner and scan the possible 518b and a couple of 518 stamps in the same scan. a 518b will appear to be brown compared to normal 518 examples. Note that two 518b deep brown shades are said to exist.

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Edited by cfrphoto - 08/18/2018 12:55 am
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