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Posted 11/21/2019   11:02 am  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add wert to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I have had this item for a couple of years...Should I remove it to test the perforation to see if it is a.....

554
554a
583
595
599a
606
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660

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Posted 11/21/2019   11:53 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add eligies to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
If your perf gauge has an outside scale you should be able to determine the perfs okay. The cover is not of any significant value but the setting does present a nice aesthetic presentation with the foil replica. I have the Unitrade scale which I use for on-cover stamps & it works quite well. The encapsulation of the stamp may pose some issues in the removal as I have separated several similar items & you need dexterity, keen eye, steady hand & a VERY sharp cutting device (Xacto type)
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Posted 11/21/2019   12:03 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Trainwreck to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
If you don't have a gauge with an outside scale, you can always determine the perfs the way our ancestors did: count the perfs in a 2 cm distance.

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The paper gauges on Stamp Smarter can be quickly printed and trimmed to match up to perfs like this http://stampsmarter.com/learning/Fo...rfGauge.html
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Posted 11/21/2019   1:42 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add hy-brasil to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Scott 660 has an overprint, so it's not that.

It's not going to be any rarity. Thousands of these covers were made, and all stamps for them were sourced from specialist suppliers of wholesale quantities of stamps. Miller's Mint used to and may still buy and supply full sheets, but the bigger outfit (name escapes me at this time) was the one who largely drove the market. The latter is long gone or reduced in a major way. That largely explains why the market for US sheets of the last 50 years is so poor today, and why stamps like the mint certified public accounting one (#2361) are relatively expensive, being sold on in the thousands for a CPA convention mailing well after the time of issue.
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Posted 11/21/2019   2:00 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Coastwatcher to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I use a Stanley Gibbons Instanta perforation gauge to check the perfs of stamps on cover and it should work in your situation also. It is clear and perfect for this type of testing. I believe that Unitrade also offers a clear perf gauge and others probably do as well.
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Posted 11/21/2019   4:10 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add chasa to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
ask yourself, why would the cover maker use anything other than the MOST common variety of the 2 cent stamp - no reason to measure this one
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Posted 11/21/2019   8:08 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add wert to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks guys..Will leave it alone...Your right, probably a 25 cent stamp.

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