VERY FINE AND CHOICE PAIR OF THE RARE 1908 ONE-CENT VERTICAL COIL, SCOTT 316. OUR CENSUS RECORDS ONLY TWELVE PAIRS AND ONE SINGLE. THIS IS ONE OF THE FINEST PAIRS IN EXISTENCE.
According to Johl, these first government coils were an experiment, and collectors and dealers were generally unaware of their existence. Regular sheets of 400 were printed and then perforated in only one direction. They were then cut into strips of 20. The strips were then pasted together to form rolls.
It is unknown exactly how many of these experimental coils were produced (one paste-up pair is known). They were superseded less than a year later by the Washington-Franklin issue coils, the first of which were issued on December 29, 1908.
Our census of Scott 316, which is available at our website at http://siegelauctions.com/enc/census/316.pdf records nine pairs, three line pairs (one of which is rejoined) and an unused single, for a total of 25 stamps. None are known used.
Census No. 316-OG-PR-01. Ex Engel as part of a strip of three, ex "Connoisseur" (McNall) and Zoellner as a pair. With 1961 P.F. certificate as the strip and 1992 P.F. certificate as a pair