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Month: January 2016

Finally harpooned one of my white whales!

Finally harpooned one of my white whales!

When I first started collecting U.S. revenues about 15 years ago, I neglected to follow some sage advice from my coin collecting days: “Buy the keys first!” What this means is that if you have the ability, buy the key dates or key pieces first… the rarest or highest catalog values FIRST. Most people, myself included, do the exact opposite, starting with the most common, cheapest, and/or easiest to find material. It’s the exact WRONG way to go about building…

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New revenue error discovery?

New revenue error discovery?

Scott #R184-189 were issued in 1900, open-numeral surcharges on gray stamp depicting an allegorical commerce statue. In 1902, a similar series was issued (R190-R194), but on green stamps and the surcharge was filled with an ornamental design. Apparently along the way they had some production issues and used the wrong surcharge on the wrong stamp, resulting in the green stamp being overprinted with the 1900 surcharge. This is listed as Scott R191a. There also was a variant with the surcharge…

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