1¢ Omnibus (BEP)
Water-Activated Coils of 500, and 3000
Scott # 1897 Plate 1, 2 (40534-1) (40535-2) Paired when printed.
Issue Date and City August 19, 1983 / New York, New York
To Press / Impressions Apr. 21, 1983 / 183,250
Maximum PNCs 3,298,500
Coil Size 500 & 3000
Printer Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP)
Presses Cottrell (801)
Process Intaglio
Where Printed Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Washington, DC
Plate Size & Interval 18 rows of 24 stamps - Plate 1 and 2
Paper & Gum Type I / Dull gum with apx 45 degree gum ridges.
Tagging Type Overall
Perf Gauge 9.8 Vertically
Color Violet
Earliest Known Use Plate 1 - Jan. 10, 1984 / Plate 2 - July 28, 1984
Varieties Chill Roller Doubling - Many positions of rolls from plates 1 & 2 have a doubling of the printed image, caused by a set-off from the chill roller.
Scott # 1897 Plate 3, 4 (40536-3)(40537-4) Paired when printed.
To Press / Impressions July 15-16, 1985 / 221,565
Maximum PNCs 3,988,170
Coil Size 500 & 3000
Printer Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP)
Presses Cottrell (801)
Process Intaglio
Where Printed Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Washington, DC
Plate Size & Interval 18 rows of 24 stamps - Plate 3 and 4
Paper & Gum Type I / Dull gum with apx 45 degree gum ridges.
Tagging Type Overall
Perf Gauge 9.8 Vertically
Color Violet
Earliest Known Use Plate 3 - Jan. 19, 1986 / Plate 4 - April 3, 1985
Varieties Untagged Error, Plate Cracks


(Left) - Plate crack 2L through "s" of "1880s" and upward from edge of bus roof. (Right) - Continuation of crack into next row above at 2L, upward from bottom edge.


Chipped plate on left side of joint line at about third perf hole from bottom.

Scott # 1897 Plate 5, 6 (40558-5)(40559-6) Paired when printed.
To Press / Impressions Jan. 23, 1985 & Aug. 13, 1985 / 507,343
Maximum PNCs 9,132,174
Coil Size 500 & 3000
Printer Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP)
Presses Cottrell (801)
Process Intaglio
Where Printed Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Washington, DC
Plate Size & Interval 18 rows of 24 stamps - Plate 5 and 6
Paper & Gum Type I, II, and III / Dull gum.
Tagging Type Overall
Perf Gauge 9.8 Vertically
Color Violet
Earliest Known Use Plate 5 - March 14, 1985 / Plate 6 - March 15, 1985
Varieties Imperforate, Plate Cracks on plate 6


Plate crack 1R from right end of foot of "1" in "1880s" to roof of bus.

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