|The DAV cover is franked with three "shaved"
5¢ Washington coils (Scott 1304C, Krause-Minkus 747A) and one 3¢
Parkman (Scott 1297, Krause-Minkus 693).
The original blue 5¢ Washington (Krause-Minkus
621, Scott 1283) was issued untagged in sheet form on February 22, 1966
during the 5¢ First Class rate period. The tagged sheet version
(Krause-Minkus 621z, Scott 1283a) was released a day later. On September
8, 1966, a tagged coil (Krause-Minkus 636, Scott 1304) was issued.
Each of these three stamps, issued with shiny gum, depicted the first president
with an unshaven look which caused much public dissatisfaction.
A revised "shaven" Washington version of the 100-stamp
pane, also with shiny gum, was prepared and then released in November of
1967 (Krause-Minkus 646, Scott 1283B).
No coil stamps of the "shaven" Washington were released in 1967 as coils
were used primarily on commercial mailings and there was no pressure from
these large mailers for a new "shaven" version of the coil stamp.
What is unusual is that the unshaven Washington
It was not until 1981 that anyone was aware of
a redesigned coil version of this stamp. A strip of three, postmarked
February 10, 1981, was found in a mixture by a collector (Scott 1304C,
Ken Lawrence (LINN'S, March 16, 1992 and American
Philatelist, Aug., 1993) reported these redesigned coils were made for
DAV purposes. DAV prepared return response envelopes using these
coils during the 15¢, 18¢, and 20¢ rate periods. Other
mass mailers are known to have used these coils during the same time period.