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Scott a11sa 600 13 pos 18-1

The lower left 13 key

While engraving the 13¢ die, Nathaniel Dearborn of Holland Printing Company in Boston must have set the figures "1" and "3" in the lower left box too shallow. When he entered the plate, these figures apparently failed to make proper grooves in the plate for the ink to fill so the figures failed to print. Dearborn had to enter each figure manually for each of the twenty plate positions. Finding a key to plating the 13¢ eluded collectors until the mid-Twentieth Century when Dr. Robert C. H. Lee of Honolulu printed his study of the differences in each of the figures of the lower left box. [Lee, Dr. Robert C.H., "Hawaii, The Boston Engraved Issue", The American Philatelist, Vol. 66, No.  8 [627], p. 601-607, May, 1953; No. 10 [629], p. 759-764, July, 1953.]

The plate consisted of twenty positions laid out four across and five down. Shown for each position is the lower left 13:

Position 1

Position 2

Position 3

Position 4

Scott a11sa 600 13 pos 1 Scott a11sa 600 13 pos 2 Scott a11sa 600 13 pos 3 Scott a11sa 600 13 pos 4

Position 5

Position 6

Position 7

Position 8

Scott a11sa 600 13 pos 5 Scott a11sa 600 13 pos 6 Scott a11sa 600 13 pos 7 Scott a11sa 600 13 pos 8

Position 9

Position 10

Position 11

Position 12

Scott a11sa 600 13 pos 9 Scott a11sa 600 13 pos 10 Scott a11sa 600 13 pos 11 Scott a11sa 600 13 pos 12

Position 13

Position 14

Position 15

Position 16

Scott a11sa 600 13 pos 13 Scott a11sa 600 13 pos 14 Scott a11sa 600 13 pos 15 Scott a11sa 600 13 pos 16

Position 17

Position 18

Position 19

Position 20

Scott a11sa 600 13 pos 17 Scott a11sa 600 13 pos 18 Scott a11sa 600 13 pos 19 Scott a11sa 600 13 pos 20

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