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A Classification System of Re-entries & Misplaced Entries

by Ralph E. Trimble ©


Back in 1990 while a number of fellow collectors and I where involved in 'Stamp Camp' at Bill Simpson's home in Chatham, Ontario, Bill asked me if I could formulate some sort of 'system' to use for classifying the many different types of re-entries we were finding and recording. The following is what I came up with at that time. It may need some 'tweaking' here and there, but it will do for now. This has appeared in BNA TOPICS.

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A CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM OF RE-ENTRIES & MISPLACED ENTRIES

 

CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM - PART 1 : RE-ENTRIES

 

CLASS 1           MAJOR RE-ENTRY [Extreme Majors] - involves significant doubling of lettering and/or numerals.

                                                                                                - very prominent and often easily seen with the naked eye.

                                                                                                - e.g. 2¢ & 6¢ S.Q.'s, 1¢ Admiral, 5¢ Beaver [#28], 5¢ KE7 [3R89]

 

CLASS 2           STRONG RE-ENTRY [Lesser Majors] - involves doubling of lettering and/or numerals, but to a lesser degree than 'Majors.'

                                                                                                - still quite prominent and easy to see with low power glass.

                                                                                                - e.g. 10¢ Decimal Majors #29 & 51, 20¢ Quebec, many Numerals.

 

CLASS 3           RE-ENTRY ['Normal' Re-entry]     - good clear shift; significant, but not spectacular.

                                                                                                - easily seen at low power

                                                                                                - may involve some doubling of lettering and/or numerals.

                                                                                                - e.g.

 

CLASS 4           MINOR RE-ENTRY                      - slight doubling of some portion of the design.

                                                                                                - clear, but not at all significant.

                                                                                                - e.g. 50¢ Widow Weeds, etc.

 

CLASS 5           EXTREMELY MINOR RE-ENTRY - very slight areas of doubling.

                                                                                                - just a hint of extra lines - may even blur together.

                                                                                                - many, many examples.

 

NOTE:  Classifications are based more on DEGREE than EXTENT, that is, the size of the shift in design, as opposed to how much of the design is affected.

 

 

CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM - PART 2 : MISPLACED ENTRIES

(It is proposed that ALL Misplaced Entries are automatically CLASS 1 RE-ENTRIES.)

 

CLASS A           MAJOR MISPLACED ENTRY   - the misplaced design is FAR from where it belongs.

                                                                                                - e.g. 10¢ Decimal Double Epaulettes; 2¢ S.Q. Latents; 5¢ KE7 3R79;

                                                                                                - numerous 1¢ Numerals - 4.3 mm U.R., leaf in RNB, etc.

 

CLASS B           STRONG MISPLACED ENTRY - design is offset by a millimetre or more.

                                                                                                - e.g. 1¢ Numeral - 1.0 mm U.R., etc.

 

CLASS C           MISPLACED ENTRY                   - design offset by at least 0.5 mm

                                                                                                - not spectacular, but offset more a typical Major Re-entry of Class 1 type.

                                                                                                - e.g. 1¢ Numeral - 0.5 mm U.R., etc.

 

NOTE:      SYSTEM VARIES WITH TIME PERIODS

 

         Due to advancements in technology, earlier period 'Majors' may be much more 'dramatic,' while 'Modern' majors may be considered 'slight' in comparison. For example, while the re-entry on the 50¢ Victoria Parliament, Scott #226, may be considered a 'Major' re-entry, it is not at all in the same class as any of the Major re-entries on the 6¢ Small Queen. For this reason, Canadian re-entries can be 'grouped' into three different periods:

 

         PERIOD 1     -The 'Classics' - Pence Issues through Small Queens

 

         PERIOD 2     -Jubilees through Admirals

 

         PERIOD 3     -'Modern' - Post-Admiral

 

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Ralph E. Trimble

Specialist in BNA Re-entries
retrimble@rogers.com