Why were numerals punched out on this 1893 Columbian stamp?
U.S. Stamp Notes – By John M. Hotchner
One of the stranger things I have seen recently is the 1893 2¢ Columbian stamp (Scott 231) pictured here.
It may not be obvious until you look at the stamp for a moment, but the numerals of value in the upper corners have been punched out.
What possibly could be the purpose of doing this? The stamp does have a light cancellation. Any guesses or reports of similar items from Linn’s readers are welcome. Email me your thoughts.
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