VERY FINE AND CHOICE PAIR OF THE RARE 2-CENT TYPE II PERF 10 HORIZONTAL COIL ON UNWATERMARKED PAPER.
Unlike most other issues, the horizontal coil is actually scarcer than the vertical coil. It was in production for only a short period of time before being replaced by the Type III, Scott 492.
FINE APPEARANCE. AN INCREDIBLY RARE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 6-CENT 1917 ISSUE PERF 10 AT TOP. ONLY ONE OTHER UNUSED EXAMPLE IS RECORDED.
At some point during production of the 1917 Issue, one of the perforating wheels became defective. In the course of repairs part of one perforation wheel was inadvertently changed from Perf 11 to Perf 10. Based on the physical evidence of surviving copies, this was the nineteenth row of pins on the wheel.
Many examples of the Perf 10 on One Side rarities show transitional perfs from 10 to 11 or from 11 to 10. This is because the out-of-gauge perforation pins would frequently cross the span of more than one stamp, depending on where the wheel contacted the sheet.
The Perf 10 on One Side varieties span both the 1917 Washington-Franklin and 1922-23 Issues. It is interesting to note that, apart from the 2c, there is no duplication of denominations between the issues. This would seem to indicate that the improperly repaired wheel was in use for only a short period of time, as there was little overlap in production of the issues. Based on dates of issue of the basic stamps, this probably occurred early in 1923.
Our census of Scott 506a, available at our website at http://siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/506a/506a.pdf , contains 21 used and two unused examples.
Census No. 506a-OG-02. With 1979 P.F. certificate
FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT TYPE Va VERTICAL PAIR IMPERFORATE BETWEEN.
This is the first example we have offered since 2000 and that pair had a faint crease. Datz notes this error is "rare".
Ex Stollnitz. With 1976 P.F. certificate