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United States/Stamps : What is the explanation? I am really confused!

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virgilp
02 Dec 2017
01:36:24am

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Why Scott lists pairs for many stamps? Examples are abundant: 3622 and 3622 pair, 3630 and 3630 pair, etc. Why the pair is so special? Is there a difference between the stamps which make the pair?
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angore
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02 Dec 2017
06:34:26am
re: What is the explanation? I am really confused!

Scott will list coil stamps as singles and pairs since some people collect coils in pairs. Modern collectors seem less interested in pair. Older engraved coils had a line (plate gap) between two stamps and this was collected as a pair.

In your examples, 3622 is a coil but 3630 is not and they do not list a pair but other coils in the 37ยข such as 3632, 3632A have a listing for a pair.

I do not collect in pairs and do not know many that collect modern pairs. I would collect a single, a single with a plate number, or a plate number strip (group of 5 or more with the plate number on the center stamp).

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Tom in Exton, PA
02 Dec 2017
09:39:51am

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re: What is the explanation? I am really confused!

I like coil pairs or even strips. If I find a strip of 5 or 6, I keep them that way and put them in my collection.

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02 Dec 2017
11:59:07am
re: What is the explanation? I am really confused!

I also think the Scott National has pages for coil pairs.

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02 Dec 2017
02:07:09pm
re: What is the explanation? I am really confused!

In some cases, and this may not apply to US stamps, the the only way to absolutely differentiate between coils and regular stamps is by having a strip of stamps longer than the width of a sheet. Could this be where the practice of collecting coils in strips originated?
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