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71. Bisects: These are stamps that have been cut in half to use only part of their face value to mail a letter. While the great majority of them have no official standing, many have been used and accepted when the stamps of proper rate have not been available. If it can be shown that a bisect on cover was permitted by postal authorities, it can have significant value. Others have only curiosity value.


Type 71: An unofficial bisect (Scott C25) which pays the 3¢ first class rate. Probably slipped through the system without being noticed.


Type 71: Bisects were used in St. Paul, Minn., when the third-class rate was increased to 1-1/2¢ on April 15, 1925. Stamps were bisected by scissors or halved by perforators. The bisects were accepted by the local postmaster, but not authorized by Washington. The bisect used here is half of Scott 614.

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