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    Rare Friedberg 1310a: Perforated 14

    Fr. 1310a Milton 1R50.3d 50¢ First Issue Perforated 14 Choice New. 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 seven of these Fr. 1310a's in our 40 sales, including an About New vertical pair in the Friedberg Sale. The most recent example was a Choice New in January of 2001 which realized $4180. This piece is in typical grade for these: fully uncirculated and well perforated, but not terribly bright. As with all known 1310a's, the back is off center to the left. This piece was previously lot 224 of our January 1994 Wayne Liechty sale.

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    Auction Dates
    May, 2005
    5th-7th Thursday-Saturday
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