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    Rare Perforated 14 Fr. 1310a - PMG 55

    Fr. 1310a 50c First Issue PMG About Uncirculated 55. Perforated 14 refers to the number of perforations per 20 millimeters of edge length. The normal perforations, on all other First Issue Fractional notes, are slightly larger: perf. 12, or 12 perforations per 20 millimeters of edge length. The generally accepted history of these smaller perforated notes is that they were produced from two sheets by dealer Harlan P. Smith circa 1890. Although there is no documentary evidence, there is considerable circumstantial evidence that Smith perforated these sheets himself. As this variety was listed by Blake, Valentine, Limpert and Rothert as genuine, it remains highly desirable and collectable in spite of its possible private perforation. We have handled nine of these Fr. 1310a's in our 50+ sales, including an About New vertical pair in the Friedberg Sale. We have handled well over half of the 1310a's in existence, and this is one of the nicer ones, in spite of its technical AU grade. It's from the upper left corner--one of the only two sheets produced with wide selvage outside of the perforations at the top and left. PMG has graded only this and one other.

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    April, 2008
    16th-18th Wednesday-Friday
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