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General Philatelic/Newcomer Cnr : 1/2 cent Ben precancels

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hayesherb
27 Jan 2017
03:05:15pm
I have heard of people collecting only 1/2 cent Ben Franklin precancels. Does anyone know how many 1/2 cent Ben precancels there are?
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27 Jan 2017
03:35:51pm
re: 1/2 cent Ben precancels

On the one hand One might feel the urge to say "Too Many."
On the other it would be an interesting topic with near endless possibilities.
The basic overprint was used in many towns and cities over a long enough time to generate many variations; upright, inverted, sideways either way and different formats. Just thumbing through my precancel album pages you can see where certain large cities have used multiple lettering arrangements and even different fonts.
I do not see any limit, other than one that is self imposed..

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hayesherb
27 Jan 2017
04:08:41pm
re: 1/2 cent Ben precancels

I find I am quickly up to about 60. If there are enough people who collect these, I wonder if there is an available list somewhere.

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Tom in Exton, PA
27 Jan 2017
04:19:47pm
re: 1/2 cent Ben precancels

There are two types of precancels.
Bureaus - Overprinted by USPOD centrally and sent to the named post office. These are very neat in appearance. There is a catalog and albums for bureaus.

Locals - As you can figure, these are cancelled by the local post office upon a customer's demand. I remember the precancel device being able to cancel multiple stamps at a time, but not a full sheet. These look like they were rubber stamped for the most part. There may be a guide as to what offices have been seen, but they were cancelled locally without any records so anything is possible.

Are you collecting the 1/2 cent Ben from BOTH the Prexies and Liberty Series? Or just one of those?

Precancels are fairly common and easy to acquire. I like the challenge of collecting them on cover. A bit harder!

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27 Jan 2017
05:02:22pm
re: 1/2 cent Ben precancels

The US Precancel Stamp Society sells Bureau catalogs and City and Town (local) catalogs. I own both catalogs but don't have time to count the number that are 1/2 Bens. Perhaps you could find something on the Society website or ask around.

http://www.precancels.com/

I know of one frequent contributor on the SCF stamp forum website is a pre-cancel society member and was unofficial promoter of said society at one point. If you posted the same question there you would likely get a more detailed response than I can give.

http://www.stampcommunity.org/

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HungaryForStamps
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27 Jan 2017
05:25:06pm
re: 1/2 cent Ben precancels

Actually if you are talking about the 1/2 cent Franklin Prexy, Scott 803, a similar question was posted in a PDF on the precancel website. The author had 8,300 such stamps and wonders how many more he need to be complete.

http://www.precancels.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Half-Cent-Prexy-Collection.pdf

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28 Jan 2017
10:27:48am
re: 1/2 cent Ben precancels

Tried to send an email to the email address shown on the page of the PDF you listed, but it came back as undeliverable.

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28 Jan 2017
01:12:01pm

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re: 1/2 cent Ben precancels

Can I say a "yuge" amount? had a comprehensive precancel catalog but it burnt up when my home burnt down in 2012. also burnt up my precancel collection and my desire to collect precancels. Had about 100 Steiner pages with stamps on them. Collecting precancels is Herculean task.

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hayesherb
30 Jan 2017
09:18:32am
re: 1/2 cent Ben precancels

I have a relatively complete (except for the high-dollar) bureau collection, but did not know if there was any commonly known number for the locals. I will sign up with the Precancel Stamp Society soon. I agree that precancels are daunting, but having finished the bureaus, I think I will continue.

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