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Eight Cents Scott #44

Ten Cents Scott #45

Fifty Cents Scott #47


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Eight Cents

Scott #44

The Major Re-entry

Position is not known, but a very wide-margined copy places it in the bottom row of the plate, positions 181-199 of 200.

Doubling is found in the bottom of the design, including the portait oval, in both 8's and in and around ‘CENTS.’

This is the only re-entry known on this value.

^ Above stamp from the RETrimble Collection (Ex Jack Weatherwax)

^ From the RETrimble Collection ^

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Ten Cents

Scott #40

The (Major) Re-entry

Plate Position #89

While not at all of ‘major’ proportions, this has nevertheless been dubbed a ‘Major’ re-entry because it is the only one to occur on the 10¢ SQ. I strongly disagree with this practice, and would call it just a re-entry, or even a minor re-entry. There is doubling of the top frameline, seen above the ‘A PO,’ as well of the corner design elements.

 

^ From the RETrimble Collection ^


 

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Fifty Cents

Scott #47

The (Major) Re-entry

Plate Position #6

Like the 10¢ SQ above, the minor doublings of the top frameline of the 50¢ SQ has been labelled ‘Major’ over the years in catalogues. They are anything BUT Major! There was also some discrepancy about the plate position over the years. Some said it was position 6, while others said 5.

In Vol. 41, No. 5 of BNA Topics, George Arfken published the best work on the re-entries of this stamp to date. It shows that almost the entire top row of the sheet exhibits doubling of the top-centre framelines and illustrated them with line-drawings. This study also proved finally that the so-called 'major' is indeed from position #6. (This is found beneath the right half of the top imprint.) Along with doubling of the top-centre frameline, there is doubling of the upper right ornament and the portrait oval below 'A PO.' Position 6 also has a faint guideline through the left margin into the 'C' of CANADA.

 

 

I have attempted to plate this stamp and the others shown below from George's article.

^  The above plate piece confirming position 6, Courtesy of John Newman  ^

^ From the RETrimble Collection ^

Closeup of the upper frameline showing the doubling of the frameline as well as the ornamental balls on either side

Guideline from margin through the 'C' as described years ago by Hans Reiche

Another guideline on the right extending through the right margin from below the mid-point

Detail of UL corner ornament showing doubling

Detail of UR corner ornament showing doubling

^ From the RETrimble Collection ^

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Below I have reproduced the two tables from BNA TOPICS, Sept.-Oct. 1984, with the descriptions and line drawings from George Arfken's article, THE RE-ENTRIES OF THE 50¢ WIDOWED QUEEN, p.11-14. Also with the tables is a description from the same article regarding the guidelines that are visible on a number of the plate positions. This information is extremely helpful in distinguishing between similar positions.

 


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Fifty Cents

Scott #47

Re-entry

Plate Position #7

This stamp shows the nice, even doubling of both top-centre lines. It also has the faint central guideline at left-centre as described by Arfken above.

 

 

^ From the RETrimble Collection ^

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Fifty Cents

Scott #47

Re-entry

Plate Position #8

Here we see the faint remnants of a re-entry above the 'P' of POSTAGE, as mentioned in Arfken's text above. Note the small line of doubling in the back of the 'P' as well.

This stamp is the left of a pair in my collection, and with the unique nature of the re-entry, the plate position is pretty certain. This means the position of the following stamp, #9, is also certain.

 

^ From the RETrimble Collection ^

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Fifty Cents

Scott #47

Re-entry

Plate Position #9

Unfortunately, the black spot of cancel above the centre of 'PO' obliterates the tiny dot of colour in the broken inner line, as seen above in the diagram, but as mentioned above, this stamp is the right of a pair in which the left stamp has been clearly identified as position #8. This stamp also has the faint central guideline at right-centre, as described in the text above.

It is uncertain as to whether the mark in the 'T' of POSTAGE is constant.

 

 

^ From the RETrimble Collection ^

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Fifty Cents

Scott #47

Re-entry

Plate Position #2

This stamp shows clear doubling of the upper centre frameline.

There also appears to be a scratch through 'A PO.'

^ From the RETrimble Collection ^

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Fifty Cents

Scott #47

Re-entry

Plate Position Unknown #2

This is another uncertain position. The doubling is even wider than the so-called 'major' of #6, but there is no guideline visible.

^ From the RETrimble Collection ^

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Fifty Cents

Scott #47

Re-entry

Plate Position Unknown #3

This is another uncertain plate position.

 

 

NOTE:

Arfken also mentioned in his article that having examined the stamps from the lower rows of the plate, some positions do show a "slight doubling" of the top frame and "a broadening or smudging of the corner lines," but that NONE of them seem to have major re-entries. Considering the amount of doubling he does describe as 'major,' I would think that these re-entries with "slight doubling" on the rest of the plate must be VERY minor indeed.

Therefore, my three 'unknowns' here are likely from the top row of 'majors.'

^ From the RETrimble Collection ^

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Fifty Cents

Scott #47

Re-entry

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Fifty Cents

Scott #47

Re-entry

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Fifty Cents

Scott #47

Plate Position #10

The scan of this position was submitted by Glenn Archer to show that position #10 in the top row is sharp and not re-entered. This coincides with Arfken's chart, above. Glenn owns a pair that he had correctly determined to be pp9-10 and by comparing his pair to my pair of pp8-9, we were able to confirm that for him. This stamp, then, is shown for reference purposes only.

 

Courtesy of Glenn Archer

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Ralph E. Trimble

Specialist in BNA Re-entries
retrimble@rogers.com