Earlier this year I bought an online copy of the 2019 Maury France catalog. Everytime I try reading it closely, I find some new, brain-busting rabbit hole to jump down. Our French siblings are, well, nuts.

In several entries I found a variety listing for "anneau-lune," I don't know French, so I ran it through the translator and got "moon ring." Huh. With a little searching I found that a moon ring is a printing flaw found in typography. When a bit of trash gets between the paper and the inked impression mat, the bit of trash shows as a blob with a ring around it. Thus:
The left stamp has a perfect moon. The French put a premium on stuff like this. I think I might have tossed it. Now we know.


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