Suspect Scott #534 Used Single (7/3/17).
The imperforate, offset printed, Scott #534Type Va is not faked but can be confused with the #532 Type IV, the #533 Type V, #534A Type VI and the #534B Type VII.
A foil test verifies that the suspect is an offset printed issue.
First to look at is the toga button. The Type IV has a distinctive design resembling . The following pictures show the distinctive feature on the left and the same feature on the suspect on the right.
The next feature to look at is the Type Va nose dots. There are seven rows of dots in Washington’s nose and the fifth row of dots down from the top only has four dots instead of the usual five.
The next feature to look at is the “2” at the left of CENTS.
The center line of the suspect’s left “2” is weak like the Type IV, V and Va design.
Conclusion: In my opinion the suspect is a Type Va design but I decline opinion as to the suspect being a true imperforate issue due to insufficient margins.
The imperforate offset printed issues are best collected as margin/plate number singles, pairs or multiples.
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