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rtvstamps
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29 Feb 2012
11:27:18pm
Hello friends!

This time I want to share with you another of my favorite covers in my Collection. GB #3 plate 23 - Cross of Manchester sent to Preston - Jan/24/1843. It looks like a bisect piece, but we know that in these days the minimun shipping fee was 1 penny. This cover is very curious and interesting for me. I hope you like it.

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01 Mar 2012
08:33:38am
re: GB - Curious Cover...

I personally would not consider this a bisect. I think it is just very poorly cut. Like you said there is no rate for the 1/2p. Most bisects are higher value stamps cut half to make up a certain rate when there is a shortage of stamps at the post office to make up that rate. The post office needs to approve the use of a bisect or people would be cutting stamps in half all the time. If it were a 2p cut in half to make up the 1p rate, that would make more sense.

Nice cover though.

Bob

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rtvstamps
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01 Mar 2012
09:53:40am
re: GB - Curious Cover...

Thanks for your kind comments friend!. Well, I really not said that is a bisect piece, I said: " It looks like a bisect piece, but we know that in these days the minimun shipping fee was 1 penny. ". The use of the 1/2p was authorized for 1870 with the first stamp of 1 1/2p. I like me because the cancellation is covering the blank place too.

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13 May 2012
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re: GB - Curious Cover...

The chances are that it was a re-used stamp with a corner cancel cut off. It probably never should have been accepted for postage due to the rules to avoid just such postal fraud.

I have seen covers that were paid by cutting two stamps with a razorblade, cutting the postmark off each of them and putting them back together on the envelope. If you put two stamps on top of each other, and cut through both of them at once, it is possible to get an almost perfect match of the designs. One has to look closely to see the joint line. -- However, not a recommended practice! In Canada, you might have the RCMP knocking on your door!

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