Suspect Scott #322, Used Single.
The Scott #322 is a ridiculously rare and expensive stamp with a catalogue value of $6,000 unused and no value listed for unused. The Philatelic Foundation has issued only 83 certificates, all on unused stamps, of which 25 are for singles, 46 are for pairs, 2 are for strips of three, 2 judged as fakes, one opinion was withdrawn and 11 had multiple opinions. The #322 is known only known as a Type II and can be faked from #319F by trimming the perforations off of the top and/or bottom edges, from #320H imperforate horizontal coils by adding counterfeit perforations to the left and right edges and from 319Fh booklet stamps by trimming the perforations from the top and adding counterfeit perforations on the right and left edges though this is rarely done. Forgetting about the rarity and expense of this stamp, how would one go about proving that this is a fake? First thing to check is what type design the suspect is.
Since the suspect is a Type I stamp there is no possibility that it could ever be a #322 because all of the known #322’s are Type II.
The watermark appears to be part of an “S” at the top and the stem of an inverted “P” at the bottom that reads horizontal which eliminates the possibility of the suspect being from a booklet single.
The top edge is rough and a little wavy but is parallel with the frame. The bottom edge is smooth and is also parallel with the frame.
Conclusion: In my opinion the suspect is a #319 single with trimmed off perforations at the top and bottom edges.
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