Scarce “Coil Waste” Stamps Often Overlooked by Collectors
Due to poor centering and other minor defects, several coil stamp sheets were set aside in 1919 as “waste” to be destroyed. Some of them had been perforated vertically or horizontally, while others had not been perforated at all. Although these stamps were unsuitable for coils, they could be issued satisfactorily as sheet stamps.
To save money, which was still in short supply after the war, the Bureau decided to release these stamps in sheets. Numerous sheets of the 1¢ Green, 2¢ Carmine Rose, and 3¢ Violet had already been perforated 10 vertically. They were then perforated 11 horizontally and issued with 11x10 perforations.
Other sheets of the 1¢ stamps had been perforated 10 horizontally and were then perforated 11 vertically. Meanwhile, other sheets hadn’t been perforated at all. These 1¢ and 2¢ sheets were perforated with the current standard of 11x11 perforations measured the same as the current sheet stamps being issued. However, when compared, the “coil waste” issues are noticeably darker in color.
With this convenient offer, you’ll get nine 1919 coil waste stamps:
US #538 – 1919 1¢ Washington, green, perforated 11 x 10
US #539 – 1919 2¢ Washington, carmine rose, type II, perforated 11 x 10, quite scarce – Type II stamp identifying feature: there’s only one line in the curve of the ribbon (compared to three on the Type III stamp).
US #540 – 1919 2¢ Washington, carmine rose, type III, perforated 11 x 10 – Type III stamp identifying features: the left ribbon has two shading lines on the top fold, the second fold of the right ribbon; the bottom two strands of hair behind Washington’s ear extend past the vertical strands to their right; and the top-right laurel berry shows a distinct “V.”
US #541 – 1919 3¢ Washington, violet, type II, perforated 11 x 10 – Identifying features of the Type II stamp: the left ribbon has only one line on the top fold (Type III has two); and the strand of hair between the ear and cheek has a pronounced, curved outline on the bottom. Also, the shaded area above Washington’s eye pushes upwards and a line on the right-hand ribbon appears as three dashes. The shading lines in his hair and in the laurel leaves are often more pronounced than in Type I stamps, but less pronounced than Type III.
Issued in 1921, US #545 and 546 differ from the 1919 stamps in that they were created from coil waste stamps that hadn’t already received 10 gauge perforations, and were instead perforated 11 x 11. They were also issued in fewer numbers than before.
US #545 – 1921 1¢ Washington, green, perforated 11
US #546 – 1921 2¢ Washington, carmine rose, perforated 11
These scarce coil waste stamps document an interesting period in US stamp history. You’ll want them in your collection. Order now.