AN EXTREMELY FINE EXAMPLE OF THIS MAJOR 20TH CENTURY RARITY. AMONG THE FINEST, IF NOT THE FINEST, OF THE KNOWN USED COPIES.
A small quantity of 1-cent Rotary Press stamps were perforated 11 in 1923, using remainder sheets from the earlier printings that were normally perforated in 10 guage or 11/10 compound guage. Scott 544 is a vertical rotary press stamp - that is, the plate was wrapped around the cylinder from head to foot, producing a design that is slightly narrower in width and taller in height than its horizontal rotary press counterpart. Its existence as a perf-11 variety was discovered in 1936, and the stamp received its Scott Catalog listing in 1938. Since that time, approximately 100 examples of Scott 544 have been identified. Most of the recorded copies are off center or have been damaged - the result of poor production standards and mis-handling. This stamp, discovered in 1986, is extraordinary in terms of its freshness, centering, and fullness of the perforations. It is also unusually cancelled by a handstruck town datestamp, rather than the typical machine cancel of the period.
A rarity in any condition and virtually peerless in this choice quality. With 1987 P.F. certificate