Canal Zone Inverted Center Mystery

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Canal Zone Inverted Center Mystery

Postby Roy » Mon Feb 24, 2014 2:37 am

I recently purchased my first Canal Zone inverted center, Scott #39e, and it’s shown below. It’s obviously an invert from a booklet pane of six, lower right position. But, it seems that all examples of Scott #39 with an inverted center are catalogued as Scott #39e regardless if they are from a sheet with full selvage and perforated all around, or not (as with booklet pane examples).

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Isn’t this impossible?

Unless I am mistaken, Scott #39 was printed by the American Bank Note Company using a standard 400 subject plate. The vast majority of 39e inverted center errors likely come from one single plate of 400 subjects, perforated on all four sides and found as either singles or multiples, with or without some selvage.

I believe the booklet pane version of Scott #39 was prepared using the standard 180 subject plate, and examples of the 39e inverted center errors which have a flat left or right border, or a flat left or right border and a flat bottom border come from this single plate of 180 subjects. This being the case (which is assuming I am correct), that would mean that the rarity of the booklet pane inverts of Scott #39 can be considerably narrowed down to a census of:

30 total booklet panes of six stamps, 180 total comprising of:

60 total subjects with a flat left edge

60 total subjects with a flat right edge

30 total subjects with a flat left edge and bottom

30 total subjects with a flat right edge and bottom

Illustrated below is a single booklet pane of #39 with a normal center. Try as I have I cannot locate any known complete booklet pane of six, nor can I find any lesser number multiple.

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And then I can illustrate two other booklet pane inverts found in two past auction archives, one with a flat left edge, the other with a flat right edge.

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It seems to me that a further expansion of Scott’s cataloguing of these popular Canal Zone inverts is in order. Any thoughts or input will be greatly appreciated.
Roy
 
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Re: Canal Zone Inverted Center Mystery

Postby invertedcenter » Mon Feb 24, 2014 9:23 pm

Roy,
I love this invert. It was the first one I bought! I am not that familiar with the case of the 39e, but you make an excellent issue about it.
Take a look at the Balner auction http://www.stampauctioncentral.com/f/f524.cfm He had numerous inverts like yours and also a booklet pane of six. They list it as 39f.
Check also Cunliffe https://stampauctionnetwork.com/f/f11411.cfm#40 Also check Mahendra http://www.cherrystoneauctions.com/_auc ... OSSESSIONS
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Re: Canal Zone Inverted Center Mystery

Postby Roy » Tue Feb 25, 2014 1:28 am

Joe, that booklet pane (lot 469) from the Balner sale is indeed Scott 39f…a “handmade” booklet pane of six and originating from a normal sheet of 400 stamps. I’m thinking that my invert comes from 39c, a “normal” booklet pane of six, refer lots 155-157 in this sale:

http://www.harmerschau.com/cgilocal/chap_auc.php?site=2&lang=1&sale=88&chapter=10&page=1

Also refer lots number 3940 and 3942 in this Kelleher sale:

http://db.kelleherauctions.com/php/chap_auc.php?site=1&lang=1&sale=639&chapter=205&page=1

Both of the “handmade” booklet panes, either 39f or 39g have all around perforations (as they were taken from normal sheets.

It’s confusing, to be sure!
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Re: Canal Zone Inverted Center Mystery

Postby invertedcenter » Fri Feb 28, 2014 12:16 am

Yes it is but it looks like you are right.
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