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Help Identifying Symbol, Is It A Pre Cancel Or?

 
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Posted 11/11/2022   01:42 am  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add Kacinicole17 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hello everyone. I am a beginner collector that started from inheriting a stamp collection. I have this one stamp unlike the rest and I have no idea what its considered or what it means. Is it a precancel? Or am I far off on my guess? I've attached a photo of front and back of stamp incase it helps seeing the front to identify it. The symbol made by punching holes in it is what Im curious about mainly but I greatly appreciate any help or info anyone has. Thank you!





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Posted 11/11/2022   02:02 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add NSK to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Such holes were often used as security device to prevent clerks selling stamps back to the post office. They are called 'perfins.'
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Posted 11/11/2022   02:42 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rod222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
PERFINS = PERForated INitials

I cannot locate your Perfin
Generally called a "Circle M"

One "circle M", is the Central Michigan College of Education
another is the State of Michigan in Lansing.

However the punctures do not match, the holes have to match count, and design
to identify the user.

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Edited by rod222 - 11/11/2022 03:05 am
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Posted 11/11/2022   08:51 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add John Becker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Listed as pattern "M12" in my (very outdated) 1979 edition of the Catalog of U.S. Perfins, used by the state of Montana. Note the partial cancel from Helena, MT.

Your stamp would originally have been perforated on all four sides, but has been badly damaged by trimming. It still serves a nice educational purpose here.
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Posted 11/11/2022   12:23 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Kacinicole17 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thank you all for your info. You've been very helpful. This definitely is one of the more damaged stamps but thought the M would have some sort of story or meaning. Now I know#128522;
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Posted 11/11/2022   4:41 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add jleb1979 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Welcome to the Forum, Kacinicole17.
Glad you've joined us.
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Posted 11/13/2022   8:21 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Kacinicole17 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thank you jleb1979. It seems like I finally found a decent place to join. Now maybe I can get somewhere or sell my collection to the right person#128522;
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