Suspect Scott #83
I bought this stamp on EBay for approximately $12.00 as a suspect fake with the goal of getting it off of the market and doing a proper analysis on it. The Scott #83 is a very expensive stamp if real with a catalogue value of $1100 used and is known to be faked out of 406 certificates issued by the Philatelic Foundation one was determined to have a counterfeit grill.
The suspect has a 16 X 20 grill that is 12.25mm X 15mm, points down on the face. The Scott #83 (C Grill) has a 16 to 17 X 18 to 21 grill that is 12.75mm X 15mm, points up on the face. Note: all measurements are from point hole to point hole. Right off the bat there is a glaring problem with the suspect the points are down on the face whereas on a C Grill the points are up on the face otherwise this would have been a candidate for expertizing. There isnt any other grill that even comes close to matching this grill pattern.
Conclusion: the suspect is not a #83 but a #65 with a counterfeit C Grill applied.
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