18¢ Surrey (BEP)
Water-Activated Coils of 100, 500 and 3000
Scott# 1907 Plate # 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
Scott# 1907a Plate # 2, 8, 9, 10, 13 (Imperf)
Scott# 1907b Plate # 5, 6, 8 (Tagging omitted)
Cottrell Plate Pairings
and Roll Sizes Found
1/2 (100, 500, 3K); 2/8 (100, 500, 3K); 3/4 (500, 3K); 5/6 (100, 500, 3K);
7/8 (500, 3K); 9/10 (100, 500, 3K); 11/12 (100, 500, 3K); 13/14 (100, 500, 3K);
15/16 (100, 500, 3K); 17/18 (500, 3K)
Purple Machine Cancel Plate # 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17
Series Transportation
Issue Date & City May 18, 1981, Notch, Missouri
Nationwide Sale May 19, 1981
Designer David K. Stone, Port Washington, NY
Art Director none listed
Typographer Bradbury Thompson (CSAC)
Modeler Clarence Holbert (BEP)
Engravers Thomas J. Bakos, vignette, Edward P. Archer, lettering (Both BEP)
To Press / Initial Quantity April 1981 /  188,381,000
Coil Size 100, 500, 3000
Printer Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Washington, DC
Press Cottrell
Process Intaglio
Where Printed Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Washington, DC
Where Processed Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Washington, DC
Plate Size & Interval 864 stamps per revolution with two plates of 18 x 24 / plate # every 24 stamps
Paper & Gum Water-Activated Type I
Tagging Type Overall
Perf Gauge 9.8 Vertically
Color Brown
Overall Size apx. 0.87 x 0.96 in. / 22.1 x 24.4 mm
Earliest Known Use May 18, 1981
Note: There are joint lines on the right side of the plate number stamp on this printing.
Plate Pairings: Plates 1 and 2, 2 and 8, 3 and 4, 5 and 6, 7 and 8, 9 and 10, 11 and 12, 13 and 14, 15 and 16, 17 and 18.
A strip with two plate numbers will show 2 different numbers as above.
Varieties: Several different gripper cracks.

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