Sale 1017 — United States Stamps
Sale Date — Tuesday-Thursday, 13-15 December, 2011
Category — 1912-15 Issues (Scott 405-460)
EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE MINT NEVER-HINGED JOINT LINE PAIR OF THE 1915 2-CENT TYPE I VERTICAL COIL. AN OUTSTANDING RARITY.
Type I rotary press stamps were produced using the same master dies as had been used for flat plate printings. However, due to the curve of the plate to fit the rotary press, the impressions lacked some of the details of the flat plate printings. New dies were made with strengthened lines, resulting in the Type II stamps. After plate wear was noticed, further strengthening was necessary, resulting in the Type III stamps. Scott 449 was not produced until almost a year and a half after the Type I horizontal coil, Scott 453. Due to the unpopularity of vertical coils, this Type I stamp was in production for only a short period of time before being discontinued.
This issue is very difficult to find as a Mint N.H. joint line pair. The last we offered was in our Whitman sale in 2009.
With 1973 and 2005 P.F. certificates as joint line strip of three.