Suspect Scott #461
This is a pricy stamp - $150.00 catalog value and is faked a lot. This stamp can be made by adding perforations to a #409. According to Experts Book "This can be a difficult stamp to authenticate. Most fakes fall into one of two categories, very bad or very good.".
More often than not the Scott #499 (Type I unwatermarked) is confused for a Scott #461 (Type I single line watermarked). The first thing to check would be if there is a watermark present or not.
In conclusion: There are four possible outcomes -
I'm going to say that the suspect stamp is a #499 with a paper defect that resembles a watermark.
I'll be sending this stamp out to the A.P.S. for expertizing and should expect it back by late September.
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