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The "Sixth-and-a-Half" Bureau Series of 1962

Sheet, booklet and coil issues

In 1961 and 1962, the Post Office began planning a new definitive series at the request of the Kennedy Administration. The new designs were to constitute a break from the Eisenhower Administration's Liberty Series.

The 5 definitive was originally planned to feature Gen. John J. Pershing. A last-minute change was made, and essays were prepared with Pershing on a 1 definitive. As finally produced, the 8 Pershing stamp was "sandwiched" into the ongoing Liberty Series. Modern philatelic research indicates this stamp belongs more properly in what is sometimes referred to as the "Sixth and a Half" Bureau Series.

 

Regular issues

Scott 1209, 1 Jackson, untagged, plate number 27779

Scott 1209a, 1 Jackson, tagged, plate number 28062. The tagging is faintly visible in the selvage.

Scott 1213, 5 Washington untagged, plate number 27554

Scott 1213b, 5 Washington, tagged, plate number 27517. The tagging is clearly visible in the selvage.

Scott 1214, 8 Pershing, originally numbered 1042A with the Liberty Series, plate number 27076

 

Precancels

Scott 1209 var, 1¢ Jackson untagged precancel, plate number 27460

Scott 1209a var, 1¢ Jackson tagged precancel, plate number 27779

Scott 1214 var, 8¢ Pershing precancel, plate number 27076 UR

 

Booklet pane issues

Scott 1213a, 5¢ single from untagged booklet pane, plate number 28084

Scott 1213a, 5¢ single from untagged booklet pane, plate number 27351, slogan 1

Scott 1213a, 5¢ single from untagged booklet pane, plate number 27546, slogan 2

Scott 1213a, 5¢ single from untagged booklet pane, plate number 27546, slogan 3

Scott 1213c, 5¢ single from tagged booklet pane, plate number 28905

Scott 1213c, 5¢ single from tagged booklet pane, plate number 28513, slogan 3

 

Coil issues

Scott 1225, 1 Jackson coil, untagged, plate number 27775

Scott 1229, 5 Washington coil, untagged, plate number 28197

 

Errors, Freaks and Oddities

Scott 1213 var, 5¢, inking error, plate number 27307

Scott 1213 var, 5¢ misperfed and miscut, plate number 27478

Scott 1213a var, 5¢ from miscut untagged booklet pane, plate number 28905

 

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This page last updated May 13, 2018.