1923 2¢ Harding #613
2¢ Black on sheet waste
See note below - Rotary Press - Perf. 11 - Scott #613 - 1923
(Only 40 in existance)
Value with a certificate
No postmark with gum (MH): $16,000-$19,000
Full perfect gum, no postmark, no trace of stamp hinge mark (MNH): No sales recorded
Apparently, BEP and US POD records are not
clear on why the 613 was produced. It is assumed that it was produced by
otary sheet waste and run through a flat plate perforation machine at a perf of 11, but this is not clearly documented.
The 612 (rotary, perf 10) was produced in a quantity of 99,950,300 . It would seem the stamp was very popular
and they wanted to get out as many as they could resulting in the perf 11 Scott #613. How many were produced is not clear.
The #613 is listed in Scott with italics and is much more rare than the 612. No unused versions exist.
Given the proposed production method, it is highly unlikely that there were that many produced.
The #613 was likely produced out of the 99,950,300 quantity of printed rotary stamps, just perforated differently
>References: Scott Specialized
Catalog of US Stamps and Covers, 2000
Linn's United States Stamps 1922-26 (1997) Chapters 14 and 15
Submitted by Robert W. Smith APS