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ATA Chapter #94
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76. Different perforations on stamps of the same design: The use of random pieces of perforating equipment to complete printed stamps has a long and honorable history. After all, the printer usually cares only that the stamps are finished and salable. How that happens is the problem of the technicians. As an example, the American Banknote Co. prepared three different versions of the 1979 John Paul Jones stamp (perfs 12x12,11x12 and 11x11), and didn't think to tell the Postal Service. There are about 35 U.S. issues that exist with two or more different perforations but don't receive separate major catalog recognition. Most have no premium, but the John Paul Jones perf 12 by 12 and a few others have significant value.



Type 76: The top stamp (Scott 2723A) has 22 horizontal perforations, whereas the bottom stamp (Scott 2723) has 20.


Type 76: The 1979 John Paul Jones stamp was issued with three different perforation measurements. Above are shown copies with perforations, from left to right, 12x12 (Scott 1789B), 11x12 (Scott 1789) and 11x11 (Scott 1789A). The 12x12 is rare with under 150 reported examples.

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