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United States/BOB & Other : Confederate States of America - Lost-Plate Reprints

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Linus
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09 Sep 2019
05:11:06pm
I found these 2 items at the local stamp shop in the plastic tub of bulk common stamps. I bought them to see if I could learn more about them. Here is the story that came with them:

Confederated States of America (Dietz #9A)
Ordered by the South from England during the Civil War,
the plate for a 2-cent John C. Calhoun issue was lost in
1862 when the blockade runner carrying it sunk off the
Louisiana coast. This printing was made when the plate
was discovered washed up on shore during the 1920's.

Has anyone ever heard of this story? I would like to find out additional details to learn, "the rest of the story." Please add to this post if you can.

Linus

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pigdoc
09 Sep 2019
07:53:28pm
re: Confederate States of America - Lost-Plate Reprints

I find it hard to believe that the detail in the engraving was preserved after 60-some years immersed in salt water. Weren't these plates made of steel?

-Paul

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musicman
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09 Sep 2019
08:07:33pm
re: Confederate States of America - Lost-Plate Reprints

Here is some info I found after a quick search;


http://www.jlkstamps.com/qa/qa6.htm

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musicman
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09 Sep 2019
08:32:23pm
re: Confederate States of America - Lost-Plate Reprints

Here is a story about a printing plate sent by ship, but it wasn't lost and it was a different stamp.


https://postalmuseum.si.edu/research/topical-reference-pages/the-civil-war/museum-acquires-rare-confederate-printing-plate.html

Maybe someone got their stories mixed up and embellished it???



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Linus
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09 Sep 2019
08:50:04pm
re: Confederate States of America - Lost-Plate Reprints

Thank you, Randy. Your links tell a much different story, and a plausible explanation for these "stamps." I thought somebody here on Stamporama would know.

My "story" came from the glassine envelope that contained these reprints, as scanned below. It did not make sense, as Paul stated in his post. I guess an embellished story sold more stamps,for more money, back in the day. Kind of shady, if you ask me. By the way, I bought these out of the nickel box, for a grand total of ten cents for the pair.

Linus

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