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How To Tell A Precancel Stamp?

 
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Posted 02/08/2019   4:02 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add mooselaab to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
How do you tell the difference between a regular issue and the same that is a precancel?
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Posted 02/08/2019   4:56 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Petert4522 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Well, that is easy - the word precancel is self-explaining. A precancel is a stamp that is canceled when bought from the post office. The reason? Labor saving. Usually these stamps are used by mass mailers.
The most common precancel used in the US are probably the two parallel lines with or without writing in-between but in the last twenty or so years we have gone to stamps with the service inscribed. These are not precanceled in the stricter sense of the word but do not exist without the inscription

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Posted 02/09/2019   10:58 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add ClassicPhilatelist to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Mooselaab,
For some examples, just go to Google and enter "US Precanceled Stamps", then click on "Images" at the top of the page, and it will show you a boat load of what they look like. Once you're familiar with that, it won't be a problem for you to recognize them.
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Posted 02/09/2019   12:05 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add uboatnut to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Also, a mint precancelled stamp will still have the original undisturbed gum, just like a mint regular stamp. If the gum is missing or disturbed, the stamp has been postally used.
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Posted 02/10/2019   12:40 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add ClassicPhilatelist to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
If it's "precanceled" it's no longer considered "Mint". It is treated as a cancelled stamp for Scott values...
It just happens to be a cancelled stamp with OG.
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