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[*] posted on 7/25/2010 at 07:28
Scott 249a - different sizes


I have two 7-rub stamps from the first USSR issue with the same perforation 12 (Scott 249a) that appear to be of different sizes - between the perforations; designs are of the same size. The smaller stamp fits unto the larger one like a larger one (imperf or with perforation 13) has been re-perforated. What is it - a benign size fluctuation, or a forgery or none of the above? Any opinion would be appreciated.

The stamps are of slightly different color and the smaller one has what appears an expert mark on back (capital letter "E").


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[*] posted on 7/25/2010 at 20:09


Their perforations are different ....
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[*] posted on 7/25/2010 at 23:40


You're quite right, RSFSR - the smaller stamp is neither 12, nor 13. Actually, I couldn't measure it at all - using my perforation gauge with tolerance I couldn't find any fit. Looks, like it's a fake irregular perforation - the detail below shows that the perforations were not torn off a sheet, but rather cut with a razor or other sharp instrument. And may be the whole stamp is a forgery.



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