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Posted 08/20/2019   8:41 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add Caronz32 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hello all, my grandmother just passed away and I found a collection of stamps, lots of stuff to go though but I found that this stamp is worth something I know nothing about stamps and how to judge if this is a real 1917 George Washington #519
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Posted 08/20/2019   8:55 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Philazilla to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Unlikely unless there are other known high-value stamps in the collection. You'll need to check the watermark to see if it is a 519 - will need to be a double line watermark. You can check yourself with some lighter fluid and a black dish, but if you don't have a lot of experience, you may not be able to tell definitively. . .I suggest you take it to a stamp club, show, or dealer and they can tell you pretty quickly. If you have interest in collecting, check this site to learn how to check for watermarks: http://www.stampsmarter.com/learnin...termark.html

You'll also need to double check the perforations, but the double line watermark is the distinguishing feature on a 519.
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Posted 08/20/2019   8:57 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Rhett to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
This is not the correct design type of a 519. A 519 has "TWO CENTS" in the denomination tablet, not "2 CENTS 2".
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Posted 08/20/2019   9:01 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Philazilla to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Yep - I should have caught that. . . definitely not a 519.
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Posted 08/20/2019   9:09 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add giltanis to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Stamp smarter(as Philazilla mentions above) has lots of tools to help you identify and understand stamps such as http://www.stampsmarter.com/feature...rank_ID.html

The series of stamps that your's belongs to is one of the more complex ones so you are right to be skeptical of the identity of many of them as marked in the album you have.
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