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I hope you can help me with identifying my "two cents"Washington stamp.
Size 18.5 x 22 mm Flat plate. Double watermark. Perf 12
Now i tried to identify which type it is.
Almost all things are pointing towards type 2.
For example 3 dashes on middle right ribbon.
The site tells that for flat plate NO type 2 are known.

Can you please help me?

Thank you,


Hi Maarten,
  Great question, these little buggers can be a real challenge.  So let's see what we can do.
  If your perf is 12, and double-line water mark, it can only be one of two stamps.  Either Scott 332 or Scott 358.  Looking at this photo, I would say it has to be a 332... as the 358 is printed on "Bluish Paper", this one is not.  These were issued between 1908 and 1909.
  I think also here, you're confusing the identification guide for "2 CENTS 2" under Washington's head with this earlier release of this stamp with "TWO CENTS" below his head.  The "type" in that case doesn't cross over.  The "2 CENTS 2" types were issued starting 1912.

Hope that helps clarify for you.

P.S. When you have time please do rate my response, I really value the feedback.  

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My expertise is in US, but I have a lot of exposure to worldwide, and with wide reference material, I will do what I can to answer questions about global stamps. In US I have extensive experience in all aspects (does include Administrative overprints for Cuba, China, Puerto Rico etc.). Also, Hawaii general issue and Revenue (pre-statehood). Of course still building knowledge but have been collecting since 1980. Air Mail is a favorite area, but not a limitation. Two specialty areas are Large Banknote issues, and Washington/Franklin identification. Strong experience in Carrier & Locals, Private Die (Also known as M&M for "Match & Medicine" but also includes some playing card and perfume stamp issues.) Recently have been building more back-of-book experience, especially around Official, Newspaper, Revenue and tax editions. Some covers, and cancellations, but not my strong suit. Another area I'm recently diving into. What I can't do: Anything non-US, as it's just not an area I focus on.


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