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SHADE STUDY: SCOTT NOS. 38, 43a AND 43

Scott 38
Scott 43a
Scott 43

Scott 38
Lilac

Scott 43a
Dull Red

Scott 43
Carmine

These three stamps often are confused, even by knowledgeable folks. Scott 43a is the newest addition to this list. One day around 1985, Wallace Beardsley and I were sitting around talking stamps when I told him all of the 1884 canceled stamps of Scott No. 43 seemed to be of a distinct dull red shade and showed him some examples. Suddenly interested, he said the late 1884 order for the 2 Kalakaua stamps directed the ABNCo. to change the color from dull red to a brighter carmine. It seems the ABNCo. had supplied a dull red stamp to fulfill the 1883 order and we now had proof of a distinct color. We notified the Scott publishers of our findings and a new listing was born. The dull red shade listed as Scott No. 43a is the late 1883 printing of 750,000 stamps (the same size printing as for Scott No. 38 in 1882). The 1884 and subsequent orders are in the carmine shades of Scott 43, of which a large quantity was issued. If you still have trouble seeing the difference, look for Scott 43 stamps canceled in 1884, they will be the dull red Scott 43a. Multiples of four or more of Scott 38 or 43a are scarce. Covers of those stamps are uncommon. On the other hand, Scott 43 is common on or off cover and full sheets are known. Scarce town cancels can jump the price of any of these stamps by multiples of Scott catalogue prices.

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Scott 38 collar
Scott 43a collar
Scott 43 collar
Scott 38
Scott 43a
Scott 43
Scott 38 color 600-1
Scott 43a color 600-1
Scott 43 color 600-1
Scott 38
Scott 43a
Scott 43

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