P&R I Servicio Oficial

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P&R I Servicio Oficial

Notapor rubiera » 20 Jun 2010 08:43

I just received this specimen from an eBay seller. It looks genuine. The stamp:

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The overprint:

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It looks like a 1E4 paper:

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Re: P&R I Servicio Oficial

Notapor rubiera » 20 Jun 2010 09:03

I have just received a small lot of blocks of four and some singles of these stamps. The blocks of four are of the 10c Rivadavia Brown and 15c San Martin.

From the ones I have examined previous to receiving this lot I am postulating that there are several overprint plates on the small format, and probably also several overprint plates on the large format.

I have the following scheme in mind:

1. First range of printings, perhaps with unique overprint plate, from 1938 to the early 1940s.

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2. Second range of printings, with overprint varieties unique to this plate that if found on the first printing would prove that the same plate was used for the overprints. Here is an example of a plate variety unique to this range of issues. There are several easy-to-find varieties like this one with peculiar L's.

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3. Third range of printings, with unique overprint varieties and unique font.

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In reference to the large format stamps, there may be only one plate for the wide overprint and another for the narrow overprint.

There are four placings for the horizontal (40c/2p) format with wide overprint:

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and two placings of the 1p/5p format with wide overprint:

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and two placings (2p, no scan, horizontal, and 25c/50c vertical format) with narrow overprint:

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Its only a curiosity to determine that there are different plates if each issue only has one plate, but it would be interesting if there was more than one plate for some of these issues.
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Re: P&R I Servicio Oficial

Notapor rubiera » 20 Jun 2010 09:03

After examining a large number of these stamps, my assessment is that there are at least three overprint plates over the small format stamps. The scarcest is the 10c Rivadavia Red, which seems to have seen postal use mostly in October and November of 1938. These two overprint varieties are unique to this plate.

"S" of "Servicio" with ink blot.

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Ink blots along top edge of "Servicio."

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Re: P&R I Servicio Oficial

Notapor rubiera » 20 Jun 2010 09:04

I find a few 15c Martin Guemes overprinted with this plate, but the majority are 5c 1E1 and second watermark. I only find the two varieties illustrated here on the 5c.

Small L (1L paper of 1952)

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L pointed as a triangle (straight rays paper 2D)

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Re: P&R I Servicio Oficial

Notapor rubiera » 20 Jun 2010 09:04

The third plate saw use in 1952, and I do not find any of these varieties on the 5c. I find all of these on the 10c Rivadavia Brown and the 15c Martin Guemes, both on three papers: 1L (ondulating rays of 1951), 2D (straight rays diffused from 1943), and NGR (unwatermarked grid from 1945).

I think that there are two possibilities:

1: Printed stamps from when these papers were first issued were in stock and overprinted in 1952.

2: Made to order batches of the base stamp were overprinted with rolls of these papers in stock in 1952, and subsequently overprinted.

Here are the varieties;

Deformed S

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Rounded L in the form of a boot

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L with lengthened leg

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L with shortened leg

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L deformed and thin

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Larger blocks would answer lots of questions. Unfortunately, all I have are blocks of four.
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Re: P&R I Servicio Oficial

Notapor rubiera » 20 Jun 2010 09:05

This variety is peculiar and interesting. I use these two blocks to show that there are at least two of these in the thrid plate. In both blocks, the upper right stamp is a deformed S variety.

For the first block, the lower left stamp is a rounded L variety.

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For the second block, the lower right stamp is a small S variety.

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Again, larger blocks would help...
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Re: P&R I Servicio Oficial

Notapor rubiera » 20 Jun 2010 09:09

These three blocks are good examples of three of the 1E papers (left to right, 50c1E2, 1p1E3, and 25c1E4)

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The first block, of the 50c1E2, has two minor overprint varieties.

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Top left stamp

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Bottom left stamp

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The block of the 1p1E3 has splattered ink for both plates.

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Re: P&R I Servicio Oficial

Notapor rubiera » 20 Jun 2010 09:10

This 1pNGR has a small 'fake blue island' to the right of the map.

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Re: P&R I Servicio Oficial

Notapor rubiera » 20 Jun 2010 18:44

1E1 'Servicio Oficial'

The stamps issued on this paper with the 'Servicio Oficial' overprint are all small format:

1. 3c San Martin Green

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2. 5c Moreno typographed

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3. 10c Rivadavia Red Type II

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4. 15c Small Format Cattle Dark Blue

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Notapor rubiera » 20 Jun 2010 18:45

1E2 'Servicio Oficial'

The stamps issued on this paper with the 'Servicio Oficial' overprint are all large format:

Here are two used specimens. I find these stamps used between 1938 and 1943. These stamps were used infrequently over a long period of time. This usage is in contrast to the regular issue 1E2 stamp, which was exhausted quickly in 1937.

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Here is the back of a pair of the 25c.

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Here is a mint block of the 50c1E2-SO. This stamp is very rare used.

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Here is a single of the 1p1E2-SO, a rare stamp mint or used.

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Re: P&R I Servicio Oficial

Notapor rubiera » 20 Jun 2010 18:48

The NGR 'Servicio Oficial' high values

This selection shows a mint block of six of the 5 pesos and an used single of the 10 pesos. These stamps are considerably more common mint than used. The mint specimens are remainders since, according to Deluca, it was illegal to allow the mint stamps out of Argentinean government control. Luckily, these stamps are not valuable enough to get forgers interested in forging the postmark.

This block has an interesting plate variety.

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The first stamp in the first row has a scratch in the field near the palm.

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This used specimen is considerably scarcer than a mint specimen.

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Re: P&R I Servicio Oficial

Notapor rubiera » 20 Jun 2010 18:48

Two 5 pesos 'Servicio Oficial' plate varieties

I have several used specimens of each of these varieties. All 5 pesos 'SO' stamps are NGR paper.

The first plate variety has a speck of grayish green background top right of the palm tree.

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The second plate variety has a break in the outer line of the denomination box, and a frame scratch pointing out of the design bottom center.

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Re: P&R I Servicio Oficial

Notapor rubiera » 20 Jun 2010 18:49

A variable plate variety on the 5 pesos 'Servicio Oficial'

This plate variety of the 5PNGR-SO has a distinctive break to the horizontal line below the letters 'BLI' of 'REPUBLICA,' and may be from one of the cliche used to make the plate.

I find two types so far, one with small gap to the top outer line, and another with an additional top inner horizontal line break.

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Re: P&R I Servicio Oficial

Notapor rubiera » 20 Jun 2010 18:49

Two minor plate varieties of the 2PNGR-SO

I do not find these repeated yet, and are therefore candidates pending verification.

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Re: P&R I Servicio Oficial

Notapor rubiera » 20 Jun 2010 18:50

Two types of the 2P1L-SO

The first type is a 1L paper similar in texture to the 1L1, but a separate paper, which I refer to for now as the 1L6.

This specimen shows slight doubling of the center, a somewhat common printing variety that could be attributed to at least two printing deviations:

1. Tumbling of the plate causing a shadow image as the center was printed.

2. True double printing when the first center image was deemed to be too light and was overprinted with a second, darker run.

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Here are two scans of the watermark.

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The second type is a 1L Zarate, the 1L5, which upon close examination looks to be a group of two or more papers of which their study I am postponing for later.

This remarkable specimen has the frame slightly double printed. The two possible reasons listed above apply to this stamp.

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Here are the backs showing an almost completely illegible watermark.

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