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oliver_black

19 Apr 2012
09:57:56pm
Would someone please tell me the purpose of the multi-colored "S3333333" on what I believe is a Scott #3796 Image Not Found796

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19 Apr 2012
10:02:06pm
re: About plate numbers on coil stamps

There are ten different stamps in the coil strip that use seven different colors in different combinations. Each of the colors in the plate number are used on the ten stamps.

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20 Apr 2012
09:37:10am
re: About plate numbers on coil stamps

Michael is correct, but I might add a bit more. This is callled a "Plate number" and because it's on a coil stamp, a "plate number coil" or "PNC". Like all plate numbers on coil AND sheet stamps, it once was (no longer is, sorry to say) used to indicate which printing plate made that sheet of stamps. Once upon a time, based on the PN, one could identify which plate and which press was used to print a stamp. Each of those different numbers in that PN refers to a different color plate used to print one of the colors on the stamp.

One of our members, Saleem, is an avid PNC collector and can tell you an immense amount about them in general or any one in particular. Tom Harley had also had an immense collection. I don't know if we have any other PNC collectors.

David

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oliver_black

20 Apr 2012
12:00:22pm
re: About plate numbers on coil stamps

Thanks for the information.

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20 Apr 2012
12:09:36pm
re: About plate numbers on coil stamps

While the plate numbers today are worthless as to which plate was used to print the stamp, they sometimes are useful to help identify the company that printed the stamp, making identification easier without needing to look at those microscopic micro-printings.

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20 Apr 2012
03:33:31pm
re: About plate numbers on coil stamps

Michael is correct again. And, to take this one step further, I always try to obtain any WFs with PN, because that PN provides proof of just which one it is without having to do perfs, watermarks, etc. A copy of Durland handy provides Scott numbers corresponding to the plate numbers.

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oliver_black

19 Apr 2012
09:57:56pm

Would someone please tell me the purpose of the multi-colored "S3333333" on what I believe is a Scott #3796 Image Not Found796

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michael78651

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19 Apr 2012
10:02:06pm

re: About plate numbers on coil stamps

There are ten different stamps in the coil strip that use seven different colors in different combinations. Each of the colors in the plate number are used on the ten stamps.

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"Author: Seasons of Fantasies and Dreams, The Whitechapel Fog"

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Editor, Seal News; contributor, JuicyHeads
20 Apr 2012
09:37:10am

re: About plate numbers on coil stamps

Michael is correct, but I might add a bit more. This is callled a "Plate number" and because it's on a coil stamp, a "plate number coil" or "PNC". Like all plate numbers on coil AND sheet stamps, it once was (no longer is, sorry to say) used to indicate which printing plate made that sheet of stamps. Once upon a time, based on the PN, one could identify which plate and which press was used to print a stamp. Each of those different numbers in that PN refers to a different color plate used to print one of the colors on the stamp.

One of our members, Saleem, is an avid PNC collector and can tell you an immense amount about them in general or any one in particular. Tom Harley had also had an immense collection. I don't know if we have any other PNC collectors.

David

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oliver_black

20 Apr 2012
12:00:22pm

re: About plate numbers on coil stamps

Thanks for the information.

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michael78651

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20 Apr 2012
12:09:36pm

re: About plate numbers on coil stamps

While the plate numbers today are worthless as to which plate was used to print the stamp, they sometimes are useful to help identify the company that printed the stamp, making identification easier without needing to look at those microscopic micro-printings.

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"Author: Seasons of Fantasies and Dreams, The Whitechapel Fog"

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amsd

Editor, Seal News; contributor, JuicyHeads
20 Apr 2012
03:33:31pm

re: About plate numbers on coil stamps

Michael is correct again. And, to take this one step further, I always try to obtain any WFs with PN, because that PN provides proof of just which one it is without having to do perfs, watermarks, etc. A copy of Durland handy provides Scott numbers corresponding to the plate numbers.

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"Save the USPS, buy stamps; save the hobby, use commemoratives"

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