Suspect Scott #500 Used Single (2/18/17).
This issue is sometimes faked and can be made from a #499 by altering the Type I design to resemble the Type Ia design or a #482 by adding fake perforations on all four sides as well as altering the Type I design to resemble the Type Ia design, can be confused with #499 Type I and any of the offset printed issues. Catalogue value is $240.00
The printing on the suspect looks flat so foil was used to determine if the suspect is offset printed or intaglio printed.
As can be seen there is no evidence of raised lines in the suspect, therefore the suspect is an offset printed issue. Now to figure out what design type the suspect is.
The suspect is not a Type IV (reference at left, suspect at right) the toga button is not
The suspect is not Type Va – the dot in the nose is not missing:
The suspect is not Type VI – the left “2” center line is thin but complete:
The suspect is Type VII – there are four rows of three dots in the upper lip and there are numerous extra dots in the top of the head:
Conclusion: In my opinion: the suspect is a #528B with a natural straight edge at the right.
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