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Peru, Pacific Steam Navigation Company Genuine« Back


1857 Peru #1, Genuine

(1.) Thick blued wove paper (approximately .0049" average, this stamp has gum). (2.) The serifs at the back of the "P" touch the 3rd vertical line of the background, counting from the left. The shadow of the "P" ends at the 16th line. (3.) The dot after the "P" from its left side to the shadow on its right side is situated between the 12th and 16th lines from the left. (4.) The curve at the back of the "S" at the upper part of the stamp touches the 15th line from the right, and the shadow at the right of this top part of the "S" ends between the 5th and 6th lines from the right. (5.) The serifs at the left vertical stroke of the "N" touch the 2nd line from the left. The shadow of the "N" extends almost to the 13th line from the left. (6.) The "C" and the dot after it are situated between the 2nd and 16th lines from the right. (7.) The 2 solid lines around the perimeter of the oval are close together (about .1 mm apart). (8.) There are 49 "chain links" around the perimeter of the oval including one partially hidden by the "1" of the fraction for "1/2 oz.". (9.) Exp: Behr cert. Notes: do. Ref: Earee.