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Posted 05/18/2020   4:43 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add oldguy to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
This stamp appears to be a vertical coil with a 9 perf 19 x 21 mm Scotts #456(???) -- there is no 9 perf coil, so is this a bogus stamp?

Or have I just discovered a 'inverted Jenny'? =0)

Scotts warns of many fraudulently perforated stamps in the market place for this series..... what is your opinion?
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Posted 05/19/2020   3:08 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add RK1468 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Picture is a little fuzzy but both the top and bottom margins appear to have been trimmed rather crudely.
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Posted 05/19/2020   10:28 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add oldguy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
RK - my thought also, but I laid the top and bottom against a metal ruler straight edge and they are straight which surprised me because the top edge appears to have a dip in the middle.

I also laid it on top of another vertical coil of the same series and they match. My original guess was someone made a coil out of imperf, but why then cancel the stamp and why clip the edge. It appears to be a Type IV and there is nothing worth the effort to make a fraudulent stamp.

Thanks for your reply.
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Posted 05/20/2020   12:13 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add John Becker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Unless a better scan causes me to reconsider, I think your coil is genuine (one of the rotary types, not an offset). The true gauge is slightly less than 10 as you have found. I forget the exact number, but someone will soon provide it, no doubt. The catalog rounds off.

A hi-resolution scan is highly desired. But even with a fuzzy image, consider when the halves are cut and paired up. The slant of the cut matches, either front or back ...



Specifically, I think your coil was run through an automatic affixer of some brand, which typically cuts the coil near the perfs and often at a slight diagonal. See near the very end of this thread, the left example of the 2 cent stamps, which is cut very similar to yours:

http://goscf.com/t/69080

Many collectors would consider the slanted perf-cutting to be damage, but some see it as evidence of the clerical technology of the times.
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Posted 05/25/2020   11:37 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add oldguy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thank you John Becker.

I have looked at this stamp very closely and it appears to most likely Scotts 535 Imperforate Type IV that was perforated to run thru a Mulitpost dispenser as you suggest. Is this a realistic scenario?
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Posted 05/25/2020   12:06 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add John Becker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Your stamp has perforations, it cannot be one of the imperforate numbers. Type IV is also offset-printed, which your stamp is not. You missed that part of my post.

I believe your stamp is one of the normal government-produced coils of 445, 456, 493 494. A better scan would help. (i.e., help us help you, by posting a better scan.)
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