Suspect Scott #350
This is a case of the stupid faker. This stamp is supposed to be a Scott #350 a perf 12 horizontal coil with a catalog value of $140.00
The first thing I did was put a perf gauge to it and was not too surprised when it gauged out at exactly 11, #350 should be perf 12 (11.9). The next thing I did was dip it in watermark fluid and found no hint of a watermark - #350 has a double line watermark. The width measures a correct 21.5mm wide at the top and an ever so slightly narrow 21.0mm wide at the bottom. The left edge appears to be a natural straight edge but the right edge looks like it was trimmed with a dull pair of scissors - it is ragged and wavy with no hint of perf divots.
In conclusion this is a Scott #503 with a natural straight edge on the left that had it's right side perfs trimmed off.
I can't for the life of me figure out why someone would use a Scott #503 to try a fake a #350? Maybe it was done to make a quick buck off of an unsuspecting collector or a piece of practice work before taking a #334 and trimming it down the sides but who knows what goes through the mind of a forger.
Reference material used: The Expert's Book. A practical guide to the authentication of United States stamps. By Paul W. Schmid
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