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Posted 11/21/2019   8:21 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add Bailey500 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I'd like some help with identification, condition and value of this stamp. Thank you.

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Posted 11/21/2019   8:49 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rod222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Not an expert. Poor scan.
I have mine as Sc#54 1880
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I think the 1875 issue on cream paper also is another possibility. That has a numeral 10 on the back. If you soak off the paper hinge on the back, we'll be able to tell which one it is.
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My gut says that underneath the paper hinge you will find a thin spot, but no numeral 10. I'm really curious to find out!
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Posted 11/22/2019   4:17 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Bailey500 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
No 10 on back.
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Posted 11/22/2019   4:23 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add hy-brasil to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Then it's definitely the 1880 issue then as rod described, and a color variety as orange yellow or yellow.

rmatossian, you never know until you look. There were no stamp hinges being made for many years after the first stamps came out, and people improvised with stamp selvage and gummed paper labels. I'm guessing that stamps stuck down with glue were mostly tossed by succeeding generations of collectors.
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Edited by hy-brasil - 11/22/2019 4:28 pm
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Thanks HB,
so what excludes Sc#12, 12a or 12c ? or Sc#19 a-c?
Due to "Greenish" ?
I wasn't game to make a call.


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I took Bailey's answer as Number 10 on back, not No Number 10 on back.
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Edited by rod222 - 11/22/2019 4:30 pm
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Otherwise, it's basically not being on greenish paper, yes. That's pretty evident almost always. Even from the scan, this looks like the usual cream paper of those later issues. The shading lines along the back of the neck and around the chin cover relatively big areas, typical of later issues. I know every reference says "coarse impression" but that's just relative to the the extremely finely done first issues.

Then it often comes down to a slog of comparing print characteristics. I basically go backwards by eliminating the ones that it can't be and work through the rest. The 1L can drive you nuts. My reference is from the Stamp Specialist book series, with the blue book having an excellent article by Robert O. Truman on the Large Hermes Heads, with B/W photos. There's also:
http://bigblue1840-1940.blogspot.co...s-heads.html
Plus IDs here on SCF have been very good. As always, a picture is worth a thousand words.
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Edited by hy-brasil - 11/22/2019 5:05 pm
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