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    HB-224? EP-159? Scott-168? Reed-ST12? 12¢ S. Steinfeld About New - May Not Be Authentic.
    Numerical grade: 60case.85stamp.75mica = 220
    While we're certainly suspicious enough of this piece to place it in this section, we're a bit more conflicted than on the two pieces above. The "wrap-around" section of the front, where it grips to the insert on the back, shows a considerable amount of tool marks. But there is no sign of crimping, and no scratches visible on the insert. If we were collectors, we certainly would reject this piece. But there is the possibility that it always was a 12¢. The excessive rarity of this denomination for this merchant adds considerable more weight to the suspicious nature of the piece. Fred Reed's century-plus auction census indicates seven appearances for this denomination. Value is often the best measure. Were this genuine beyond a doubt, it would be a $10,000 piece. As it is, this cataloger's best opinion of value is...
    From The Frederick Mayer Collection
    Lots 12775 and 12840 have been withdrawn from the sale. Mr. Mayer's agent believes that all encasements containing previously used stamps, proofs, or stamps not of the period to be alterations. At his request they have been removed and will be given to the Philatelic Foundation along with Lots 12970 through 12982.

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