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Posted 11/12/2019   12:21 am  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add Ericsavedfred to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hello I have a question having white dots on my stamp make it damaged. And what do I look for in determining where the damage came from.

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Posted 11/12/2019   02:23 am  Show Profile Check 51studebaker's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add 51studebaker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
This is called a 'perfin' and is not damage. The SCF Glossary defines 'perfin' as "Stamps perforated through the face with identifying initials, designs or holes in coded positions. Perfins are normally used by a business or government office to discourage pilferage or misuse of stamps by employees. Perfins may be either privately or officially produced."

While some collectors avoid 'perfins' other hobbyists seek them out, especially on cover like yours.
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Posted 11/12/2019   02:28 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add hy-brasil to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Perfins are quite common and there are thousands of different. Search on that term on SCF for other examples.

This one appears to read L A Co, which might be "Los Angeles County"; someone with more knowledge might be able to confirm or correct that.
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Edited by hy-brasil - 11/12/2019 02:29 am
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Posted 11/12/2019   02:31 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Ericsavedfred to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks you both very much and I will definitely go read all about prefin
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Edited by Ericsavedfred - 11/12/2019 02:32 am
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Examples of US PERFINs
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