Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Baden 1862 - 1865 Error ?
12:08 pm cdt
I've discovered an interesting stamp in a 1935 Scott
International Junior Edition.
The denomination is
missing beneath the vignette.
It appears to be mint
hinged Baden, 30 Kreuzer deep orange, Scott #25 (A3)
I've ruled out Scott #13 (A2) because
the background of the vignette is clear (A3) rather than the shaded illustration number (A2).
The hinge is still attached to the original gum at this time, although I may remove it later.
inverted, negative resolution, below, doesn't reveal any missing print in the denomination frame at 300dpi.
Here's the detail of
the lower denomination frame at 300 dpi.
This stamp is perf
11, as opposed to the catalog's perf 10 listing for Baden, Scott #25
it possible that it's a Cinderella or label using the Baden stamp design ?
Is it a known error
For the next few weeks I'll
be talking about the first day covers of ArtCraft along with everything else.
ArtCraft closed it's doors recently after
76 years of making philatelic history.
I'm predicting a sudden, salubrious escalation in the value of the ArtCraft
cachet, all ArtCraft first day covers and ArtCraft portrait cards.
Including those connected to the Postal Commemorative Society.
Their departure signals the end of an extraordinarily
crucial, very important, highly significant and exceedingly meaningful period in philately.
A mournful signal which
will be heard around the world and lamented throughout the multitude of collectors.
Leo and Sam August treasured their
associations with the world's greatest philatelists.
Leo's contributions to our hobby were significant enough to earn
the coveted Luft Award and a place in the American Philatelic Society Hall of Fame.
ArtCraft has well-earned it's place
in the great chronological record in the history of philately.
Their raised ink, line-engraved intaglio printed cachets
are the among the most aesthetic in the world.
ArtCraft cachets are not just beautiful.
They are works of art that showcase the wonders of
the world and illuminate the powers of human creativity and ingenuity.
The Coober Pedy Cover
One of the World's Great Philatelic Rarities
Could this become la pièce
de résistance de toute la modern Australian philatélie ?
Coober Pedy is a town in northern South Australia. The town is sometimes referred to as the "opal
capital of the world" because of the quantity of precious opals that are mined there. Coober Pedy is renowned for its
below-ground residences,called "dugouts", which are built in this fashion due to the scorching daytime heat.
The name "Coober Pedy" comes from the local Aboriginal term kupa-piti, which means "white man's hole".
Opal was found in Coober Pedy on 1 February 1915; since then the town has been supplying most of the world's gem-quality
opal. Coober Pedy today relies as much on tourism as the opal mining industry to provide the community with employment
and sustainability. Coober Pedy has over 70 opal fields and is the largest opal mining area in the world.
Pedy - no village, no buildings, no roads, just desert, mountains dotted with boulders. A bizarre lunar landscape, but
for opal seekers is the most exciting place on earth, where again every day is the true challenge, happiness and luck just
a shovel width apart and where life is defined by two words: winners and losers. Coober Pedy, grab your hat, throw it
into the air and where it lands start digging !