961038 Scott 158 var Fletcher cancel Zoom

Scott 158 var used 3c 1873 Fletcher patent cogwheel punch cancel CV $400+

Scott 158 var used 3c 1873 Fletcher patent cogwheel punch cancel CV $400+

Availability: Out of stock

Regular Price: $275.00

Now only: $200.00

Product Description


Scott 158 var, 3c Continental Bank Note Company, with secret mark, 1873.  Fletcher patent cogwheel punch cancel.  Scarce and undervalued variety. 

According to Brookman (volume II, page 240 in the 1966 edition) approximately 10,000 of these were produced and are known used and unused (legitimately & genuinely issued .)  This was an experiment to make it difficult to clean and re-use postage stamps.  The Fletcher patent was issued on June 8, 1869, the Continental Bank Note Company ordered the device in June of 1876, 1c and 3c stamps were produced with this cogwheel cancel and they were placed on sale in Washington in 1877.

Scarce item and an important piece for the banknote specialist.

2016 Scott Specialized catalog value: $400+

Additional Information

Additional Information

Item Number 961038
Condition Used
Centering F
Certificate Uncertified
Characteristic Paper variety, EFO (error, freak, oddity)

Extension/Expertization Policy

Expertization/Extension Policy

Any uncertified (single) stamp that I sell may be placed on "extension" while a certificate of expertization is obtained. In addition, stamps with existing certificates issued prior to January 1, 2015 may be placed on extension for a new certificate. Individual stamps from a larger lot may not be placed on extension, unless prior approval has been obtained. The following procedure must be followed for all extensions:

  • All lots must be paid for in advance and the lot will ship once payment clears. Upon receipt, please examine the item. If you agree with my description but want a certificate, then...
  • You must notify me (preferably at time of purchase) that you are requesting a certificate and we must agree on a 3rd party service (APEX, PF, PSAG and PSE are acceptable) to do the certification. This notification must occur within 7 days of receipt but in no event later than 30 days from the purchase date. The item must be submitted within 7 days of receipt, but in no event later than 30 days from the sale.
  • You submit the item as the rightful owner and pay any certification and postage costs required at that time.
  • If the item comes back with an opinion stating "not genuine", with a different identification (different Scott number), or with faults not originally described, you may return the lot and I will reimburse your purchase price plus the cost of the certificate (up to 20% of the purchase price or $100, whichever is lower). The stamp must not be marked in any way, and must be returned in the original condition (not encapsulated). Express service premiums are not reimbursable. Certificate costs are not refundable if the service cannot render an opinion, or if a graded certificate disagrees with any statement regarding grade or estimated grade.
  • Upon receipt of the returned stamp and certificate, I will credit your account (as defined in (4) above) within 24 hours. You can leave the money on account to apply toward future purchases, or request a refund, in which case funds will be sent within 2 business days.

The following expertization services are acceptable: