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I have a U.S. Postage 5 cent NEWSPAPER AND PERIODICALS . 2" by 4" . Looks like a big stamp. There is one on ebay but mine has perforations. Can you help with information on this 1863 5 cent postage? Thank you, Robert Green

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Robert,

You are describing a 19th century large format newspaper issue.  There were four different versions of the 5 denomination issued between 1865 and 1881: PR1, PR4, PR5 and PR8.  Fault-free, eye-appealing examples of each range in value between $225 and $750.  It takes an experienced philatelist to detect the differences between the issues, and to detect a forgery.  The large format newspaper stamps are very often faked, and with the exception of proofs, all of them were perforated.

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I am a collector of United States postage stamps, and also a stamp dealer. I`m a member of the American Philatelic Society (APS). My principle area of interest and expertise is in United States Stamps.

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I've been selling stamps on the internet since early 1996. I maintain a stamp web page that concentrates on mint US stamps issued generally between 1890 and 2009. I'm an active seller on ebay.com since 1996, under the user id "mleon". You can find my web page at http://www.forwardedge.com/usmints.html

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I have a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, 1984.

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