Sunday, July 09, 2006

1875 reproductions

In the July 10 edition of Linn's Stamp News, Henry Gitner writes in his popular "Tip of the Week" sidebar to his regular "Stamp Market Tips" column, "I believe the 10-cent black Washington stamp (Scott 4) is partcularly undervalued in the Scott catalog at $925."

According to Gitner in 1875, the U.S. Post Office Department produced reproductions of the first U.S. postage stamps which were released in 1847. Issued without gum they were not valid for postage because the originals were demonitized in in 1851.

"Because the imitiations were without postal validity, many collectors have spurned them," says Gitner.

To learn how to identify the 1847 issue vs. the 1875 reproductions, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM