Own the Scarce 1906-08 Imperforates
US #314 and #315 were created primarily to be sold in special new stamp vending machines. The stamps were printed in full sheets of 400 subjects, which were divided into panes of 100 by horizontal and vertical guide lines. These lines appeared on the private coils every 20 stamps.
US #315, the 5¢ Lincoln, is especially rare, and might have been lost to collectors forever if not for the quick-acting members of the Detroit Philatelic Society. That’s because the 1908 5¢ Lincoln stamp was never intended for sale to the public.
US #315 was intended for sale only to private companies, who would create a special perforated variety for use in their own coil vending machines. Only 13,500 of the stamps were issued, and 10,000 of those were sent to the Indianapolis Post Office for sale to those private companies.
However, a member of the Detroit Philatelic Society discovered the stamps were on sale to the public – in imperforate form – at the Indianapolis Post Office. He notified the club’s president of the Post Office’s mistake, and 825 mint copies were saved. Collectors also purchased approximately 350 copies at the Washington Post Office, and a full sheet of 400 in New York.
Experts believe that these 1,575 stamps saved by collectors were the only mint #315 stamps to survive. Some additional stamps were purchased (by non-collectors) and used for postage. The total number of known #315 stamps, including both mint and postally used stamps, is about 4,000 stamps. All the rest of the stamps received private perforations.
Now you can own both of these stamps with one convenient order.