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Mar 30 2017
11:20:46 AM
Two weeks ago, I purchased a lovely mint USA C15 from a long-time Linn's advertiser. It was described on this company's web page as XF-S Gem lightly hinged w/ two certs along w/ the typical subjective adjectives that may be used for a stamp in this high a grade.
The stamp arrived w/ two"good" certs a 2/29/2016 PSE Cert reading "XF-Sup 95 Mint OGph... it is genuine, etc." and a 03/30/2016 PF Cert reading "it is genuine, previously hinged... PF GRADED XF-S 95". My "problem" is that I can find no evidence of hinging-- not w/ the naked eye, or a number of loops from 5X to 20X, or a B&L 30X Stereo Microscope.
What do you think?
Thank you,
Chas Walters
New Jersey


created on:
Mar 30 2017
03:04:31 PM
There is no way anyone else can deal with your question without looking at the actual stamp, and there is no guarantee that anyone else's eyesight is better than yours. As you probably know, many lightly hinged stamps are disguised and made to look like they are NH since it dramatically increases the value. The PF people may have specialized equipment which allows them to detect this.
Why don't you send it to the PF and ask them to explain why they say it was hinged.

Ben Termini