1911 3¢ Horizontal Coil #389
3¢ - Deep violet
"The Orangeburg Coil"
Flat Plate - Perf. 12 Vertically - Single line USPS wmk
Scott #389 - 1911
Used examples of can be found at the edge of bulky envelopes used to mail
samples from Bell & Co. in Orangeburg, NY. Most have wavy line cancels.
Most examples have small faults
Only two unused singles and six used pairs are available to collectors
VALUE FOR PAIRS
Used: No sales recorded
No postmark with gum (MH): No sales recorded
Full perfect gum, no postmark, no trace of stamp hinge mark (MNH): $230,000-$330,000
Add 70% if the pair has a line between the stamps (Line Pair)
VALUE FOR SINGLES
No postmark with gum (MH): $32,500-$52,500
Full perfect gum, no postmark, no trace of stamp hinge mark (MNH): No sales recorded
A rare cover with #389
Bell & Co were the makers of stomach medicines. An example of their product is shown above. The company did a mass mailing to doctors and ordered the
3c coil stamp for the purpose. As it happens this was the one and only time the post office issued the 3c coil, hence making the stamps on the Bell and Co's
envelopes very desirable to own. As the contents of the envelope was promoational material almost all doctors did what you and I would do with junk mail,
it went straight into the trash can. Making the surviving covers ever more rare and valuable.