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Beacon Stamp Issue

5c Beacon on Rocky Mountains top plate block of eight

Scott Catalogue USA: C11
Description:

Top margin plate block of eight 5-cent air mail stamps; plate numbers 19546 (vignette) and 19551 (frame); letter F printed twice in vignette and frame colors; word TOP printed in vignette color.

When a plate was hardened, or “finished”, an “F” was punched to the left of the plate numbers on the right-hand side of the plate. The “F” was either 2mm or 2½mm high. The “F” was “punched” onto the plates, not engraved. When the plates wore, deeper impressions began to show a circle around the “F”.

Date:
1928
Medium:
paper; ink (carmine,blue)/ engraving; gummed
Dimensions:
Height x Width: 2 1/2 x 6 in. (6.35 x 15.24 cm)
Museum ID:
2005.2004.83.1-8
Place:
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

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