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Scott #11 - 8 ½¢ Green

 


Surprisingly, there appear to be only three items of interest on the entire sheet of 100 of this stamp. Argenti does list 13 constant plate varieties, but no mention is made of the first item, nor is the second item recognized for what it really is. The only thing Argenti mentions about the latter is the tiny mark in the 'I' of EIGHT. The third is a newly plated misplaced entry.

   

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Nova Scotia

Scott #11

Misplaced Upper Left Imprint

Here the imprint was started a full 3.0mm to the left, partially erased, and re-entered. This appears on every upper left corner imprint piece I have seen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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^ From the RETrimble Collection ^


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Nova Scotia

Scott #11

Misplaced Entry

Position 92

A Quandry!

On the front page of the Canadian Re-entry Study Group of BNAPS Newsletter #73, Sept.-Oct. 1997 was a drawing of a major misplaced entry that was discovered on a proof sheet owned by John Jamieson of Saskatoon Stamp Centre. It identified the misplaced entry as being a full 2mm shift to the right, with the curved line of the portrait oval being seen in the blank space between designs. See the two diagrams shown to the right, one with arrows pointing out the main features. It was found in position #92 in the bottom row, just above the lower left Imprint.

Now, if you look at the stamp shown below the diagrams, you may think that I have finally found one! Well, so did I at first!

A look at the 50X scans below the full stamp scan shows the main details and they all appear to match pp92.

And NOW for the catch...

Notice in the diagrams that the imprint below pp92 is pretty well centred below the stamp. Now, if you look down at the very bottom right corner selvedge of my stamp, you will see just the 'A' and part of the 'm' of the imprint. That is correct...This virtually identical misplaced entry must have occurred TWICE, and in the bottom row at that! (***See UPDATE below.)

As Agent Maxwell Smart would have said, "Missed it by THAT much!"

(Side Note: Did you notice that the imprint in the diagram shows a misplaced entry there too?)

***UPDATE: (March '10)

Well, I'm not sure HOW they came up with the diagram above showing the imprint directly below pp92, but as you can see by scrolling down, I have recently acquired a corner imprint block of 6 that does indeed show this misplaced entry in pp92. HOWEVER, the imprint in question (complete with being misplaced and re-entered itself) is actually underneath pp93! There is a close-up of that below, as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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^ Courtesy of the Canadian Re-entry Study Group of BNAPS Newsletter #73, Sept.-Oct. 1997 ^

^ The RETrimble Collection ^

^ From my new corner block of 6, showing the full arc of the misplaced entry in the right margin ^

Note the arc on the right, matching the curve of the portrait oval line.

Note the faint arc through the 'A'

Here is the continuation of the portrait oval arc within the vertical lines above the 'EN' CENTS

This one shows the faint blurry continuation of the portrait oval arc on the neck above the '& 1/2'

And finally, we even have the small mark in the 'I of EIGHT as seen on the diagram.

Below is a lower left corner imprint block of 6 showing the misplaced entry in pp92, the second stamp in the bottom row.

If you look closely at pp92 above (bottom row, second from left) you can see the misplaced arc of the right side of the central design. But the imprint is below pp93!

This is a close-up of the imprint, showing misplaced details in the 'B' of Bank, above the 't' of Note, above the period after the 'o' of Co, and in the 'e' of New. These match the details seen in the diagram at the top.

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Nova Scotia

Scott #11

Misplaced Entry (Dropped Roll)

Position 34 & 44

This is another lovely misplaced entry I managed to track down. Several years ago I began to accumulate a number of copies of this stamp with odd dashes in the bottom margin, along with copies with similar markings in the upper margin, depending on the centering (alignment of the perforations).

Placing the two types one above the other, it finally dawned on me that they must have occurred together on the plate. This theory was proven correct when I finally found them in a vertical pair.

I also noticed markings in the lower stamp on the face, nose, forehead and left-centre above the guideline. See the horizontal pair below to compare a normal stamp to the one with the extra markings.

The final piece of the puzzle fell into place with the acquisition of an imprint block of 8 showing the pair in the extreme right vertical pair. Based on the location of the imprint relative to the stamps, I was able to determine the specific plate positions as #'s 34 & 44.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The vertical pair showing clear signs of a misplaced entry caused by a dropped transfer roll in between the two stamps.

Note the faint vertical marks in the white oval below the 'S' of SCOTIA, as well as an angled line at left-centre crossing the portrait oval just above the faint horizontal guideline.

There are also markings on the forehead, nose and temple.

Below is the same pair, but with the colour removed to emphasize the marks.

Below is a scan of a horizontal pair so you can see which marks should and should not be present.

And finally, the imprint block of 8 showing the pair as the extreme right vertical pair.

Comparing the location of the imprint to a photograph of a full sheet allowed me to determine the exact plate position.

^ From the RETrimble Collection ^


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Ralph E. Trimble

Specialist in BNA Re-entries
retrimble@rogers.com