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Posted 12/11/2019   9:03 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add Stampy667734 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I am looking at George Washington 3 cent, but I can not find anything about how to determine the Scott # for this particular stamp. I have scanned the image in 600 DPI. There is so many varieties that I tried looking into it all but its confusing me.

I am also wondering if the stamp is a fake? because the paper almost feels too smooth. The stamp is not yellow at the back either for its age.




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Posted 12/11/2019   9:28 pm  Show Profile Check 51studebaker's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add 51studebaker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Welcome.
A good place to start is here http://stampsmarter.com/1847usa/ide...nkNotes.html
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Posted 12/11/2019   11:19 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Stampy667734 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thank you! I couldn't find this page while I was using there site..
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Posted 12/11/2019   11:24 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Stampy667734 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I can't look at the "Secret Mark" as mentioned here.

http://stampsmarter.com/1847usa/187...Note03c.html

Any suggestion? My stamp is covering this area with the cancelled symbol.
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Posted 12/12/2019   12:11 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add JLLebbert to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Actually the shading on the 3-cent secret mark is probably heavy enough to be noticed if it were present. I personally don't see it. Moreover, the heavy shading would basically wipe out the white outline on the bottom side of the upper ribbon tail. I think I see at least a hint of the white on both sides of the ribbon on your stamp.
So assume there is no secret mark.
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Posted 12/12/2019   10:32 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add DrewM to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
When you're mystified about which variety you have, it's generally safest to assume that it's the most common variety. Why? Because they're "most common" and therefore most likely to end up in your hands. Other varities with 'secret marks,' grills, and so forth, you may never come across. Yours is apparently a common 19th century green 3 U.S. stamp with a torn/missing right top corner and a second unfortunate alteration, that straight edge on the left side. To most collectors, those would lower the value. But the very neat bullseye cancel is appealing.
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Posted 12/13/2019   12:36 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Mrita75 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
wow.
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