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United States/Stamps : Star next to plate block number?

 

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davefor

15 May 2013
05:48:36pm
Maybe you all know this but I can't find it anywhere. What does a star mean next to the plate block number? Thanks
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15 May 2013
08:35:47pm
re: Star next to plate block number?

There is more than one instance of a "star" being added to a plate number on US stamps.

To make my reply easier, I will assume you are referring to the 1922-1925 regular issue; let me know if otherwise.

The original plates used in that series were "narrow gauge" plates, referring to the distance from the center guideline (vertical/horizontal, depending on orientation of stamp) to the edge of the last stamp. In 1925, BEP experimented with plates with wider spacing, later referred to as "wide gauge" plates. Except for the earliest set of plates, later "wide gauge" plates were marked with the star. There are also varieties of the "star". These plates are also referred to as "star plates".

See, all my selvedge collecting wasn't a complete waste...

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15 May 2013
09:48:35pm
re: Star next to plate block number?

The star plates are briefly discussed in the Durland Plate Block catalog (see section on 1922-1925 Regular Issue). If you don't have a Durland, here is a link that also briefly discusses the star plates (see page 10 of the pdf):

http://www.americanstamphistory.com/downloads/07-Stamp-Exh-side-mark.pdf

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davefor

23 May 2013
05:22:12pm
re: Star next to plate block number?

Thanks to both of you

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23 May 2013
06:48:40pm
re: Star next to plate block number?

"Thanks to both of you"



I've become twins? Do I have a split personality that I don't know about?

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23 May 2013
06:51:19pm
re: Star next to plate block number?

Disregard pseudo-khj above. He is sarcastic and ill-mannered, and refuses to get an avatar. Don't know why I put up with him.

You are very welcome, davefor!

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davefor

15 May 2013
05:48:36pm

Maybe you all know this but I can't find it anywhere. What does a star mean next to the plate block number? Thanks

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khj

15 May 2013
08:35:47pm

re: Star next to plate block number?

There is more than one instance of a "star" being added to a plate number on US stamps.

To make my reply easier, I will assume you are referring to the 1922-1925 regular issue; let me know if otherwise.

The original plates used in that series were "narrow gauge" plates, referring to the distance from the center guideline (vertical/horizontal, depending on orientation of stamp) to the edge of the last stamp. In 1925, BEP experimented with plates with wider spacing, later referred to as "wide gauge" plates. Except for the earliest set of plates, later "wide gauge" plates were marked with the star. There are also varieties of the "star". These plates are also referred to as "star plates".

See, all my selvedge collecting wasn't a complete waste...

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khj

15 May 2013
09:48:35pm

re: Star next to plate block number?

The star plates are briefly discussed in the Durland Plate Block catalog (see section on 1922-1925 Regular Issue). If you don't have a Durland, here is a link that also briefly discusses the star plates (see page 10 of the pdf):

http://www.americanstamphistory.com/downloads/07-Stamp-Exh-side-mark.pdf

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davefor

23 May 2013
05:22:12pm

re: Star next to plate block number?

Thanks to both of you

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khj

23 May 2013
06:48:40pm

re: Star next to plate block number?

"Thanks to both of you"



I've become twins? Do I have a split personality that I don't know about?

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khj

23 May 2013
06:51:19pm

re: Star next to plate block number?

Disregard pseudo-khj above. He is sarcastic and ill-mannered, and refuses to get an avatar. Don't know why I put up with him.

You are very welcome, davefor!

Thumbs Up (the real) khj


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