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I have about 30 envelopes with original letters from early 1860's with Washington 3 cent stamps. A few have 1857-1861 perforate but most have 1861-1862 Washington perforate rose and pink stamps. What is the value and should they be kept intact? Thanks, Mike

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Mike,

The 1857 and 1861 Washington three cent designs were used to produce more than a dozen different issues - some rare, and some common.  The differences between the rare and common stamps is subtle, and require direct examination for positive identification.  It would be better to keep the stamps affixed to the envelopes.

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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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