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General Philatelic/Newcomer Cnr : Newbie with 2c Washingtons

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JGK62
23 Oct 2016
04:45:36pm
Hello all. I recently acquired an old private collection that had been in an attic for decades. Many of them are just stuffed in envelopes, some of these stuck together.
I'm trying to organize the collection but it's so overwhelming.

So... I decided to start with what I have most of, which are 2 cent Washingtons, in various designs, and learn as much as I can before moving on to the next stamp. Even then, there are so many variables.
I've been combing the Internet for days, and hope to find a Scotts book in the local library.

With that said, I'm going to attempt to upload some images with the hope of feedback from everyone's expert opinions.
Thanks in advance!

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TribalErnie
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23 Oct 2016
05:42:19pm
re: Newbie with 2c Washingtons

Hello JGK,
They're not stamps of great value and are, in fact, quite common. What I find neat about the group is that you've got some real variety there. You've got some precancels, CDS,large multiples and even a perfin or two. Thanks for sharing
Ernie

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23 Oct 2016
05:57:19pm
re: Newbie with 2c Washingtons

JGK62, Welcome to SOR! 2 cent Washingtons' is a rather large collecting field. They range from 1890-1932 with several different types and a great many sub-types. Differences can be any combination of the following. Different shades of Red, perforation sizes, coils (perf-less on two opposing sides), imperfs, watermarks, size of design, and different papers.

For the most part they are among the most common of U.S. stamps and have very little value, but on the other hand there are rarities that values in the hundreds of thousands. The rarities for the most part are next to impossible to find in mixed batches of stamps.

You can see most of the examples of two cent Washingtons on my website to give you and idea of what you are getting into. Here are the two URLS's that show these stamps:
http://mitch.seymourfamily.com/mward/collection/us/us.html
http://mitch.seymourfamily.com/mward/collection/us/20th/us20p1.html

You will need the following tools to properly identify these stamps. Stamp catalog (Scott is recommended) old ones are fine for this purpose and can be found for a few dollars with shipping being the main cost, see Ebay. Stamp tongs for handling stamps. Watermark fluid and tray for checking watermarks, Ronsonol lighter fluid can be used for this and is much cheaper than watermark fluid. Perforation gauge for checking perf sizes.
Stock book (preffered) or glassine envelopes or stock cards for storing stamps.

Hope this helps. If you have any specific questions after you get started don't hesitate in asking it can be a very confusing area to collect.


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seanpashby
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23 Oct 2016
08:17:38pm
re: Newbie with 2c Washingtons

As Antonius mentioned, there are a couple of this design that are of value in used condition. Most notably is 579(Rotary press Perf 11 X 10), and 595 (Rotary press Perf 11).

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24 Oct 2016
07:58:43am
re: Newbie with 2c Washingtons

you also have a nice joint line pair at the bottom of the first scan

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hayesherb
23 Jan 2017
11:49:17am
re: Newbie with 2c Washingtons

I am somewhat of a newbie, too. My impression is that starting with the 2C Washingtons is a little like wanting to get a job in a hospital and starting with Neurosurgery. At least when you get good at these, you will have conquered a lot of the newbie challenges. Even though the stamps shown here might not be worth much, there is a lot of variety and a meticulous study will be a grand education in generaly philately!

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hayesherb
23 Jan 2017
11:53:39am
re: Newbie with 2c Washingtons

I am curious how the three perf holes at the top border of the fourth stamp down, second over on the second image happened?

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seanpashby
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23 Jan 2017
04:05:04pm
re: Newbie with 2c Washingtons

Good eye for noticing that, I didn't until you mentioned it. My guess, without seeing a closer image, would be blind perfs, meaning the punches go all the way across but the....chads....did not get pushed out.

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Mike
23 Jan 2017
09:31:08pm
re: Newbie with 2c Washingtons

Could be those are similar to and/or related to the infamous "hanging chads" we had here in Florida a few years ago.
Mike

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