Lot 2256 o1920, 2¢ deep rose, type Ia, unwatermarked, imperf, wavy line machine cancel, showing Schermack type III perforations in right margin, margins to slightly in at left, rich distinctive deep rose color, Fine; with 1975 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 482A $65,000.
A HANDSOME EXAMPLE OF THE 1920 2¢ TYPE IA IMPERFORATE WITH SCHERMACK TYPE III PRIVATE PERFORATIONS.
Scott 482A was issued imperforate by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing and sold to the Schermack Company for use in its patented stamp-affixing machines. The Schermack "Sealer and Stamper" machine typically applied stamps one at a time, and, in most cases, the hyphen-hole perfs on one side would be cut off as a result of the cutting blade not aligning with the space between stamps. The release of imperforate sheets printed from the experimental Type Ia plates escaped the notice of contemporary collectors, resulting in a very small survival rate.