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    MAINE

    1905-11 UNDATED BASE                    TOTAL       GAP
    6-1-05  Type 1          1 -   532        (532)      121
    Sep.05  Type 1a       654 -   799        (146)       21
    Apr.06  Type 2        821 -   829          (9)       43
    May 06  Type 3        873 -   960         (88)       88
    Jul.06  Type 4       1049 -  1384        (336)       24
    Mar.07  Type 4a      1409 -  1444         (36)       74
    Apr.07  Type 5       1519 -  1977        (459)       49
    Aug.07  Type 6       2027 -  2479        (453)       45
    May 08  Type 7       2525 -  3082        (558)       36
    Sep.08  Type 8       3119 -  3371        (253)       66
    Apr.09  Type 9       3438 -  3552        (115)       84
    May 09  Type 9a      3637 -  3978        (342)       96
    Jun.09  Type 10      4075 -  7296      (3,222)       42
    Feb.11  Type 9b      7339 -  7595        (257)       12
    Apr.11  Type 11      7608 - 10034      (2,427)
     
    Description of Types: (Types 1 & 11 black back, all others white)
    Type 1  - "55", serial font A, 1" high "MAINE", square corners,
              small slots & holes, no grommets, deep red, 7 1/2" long
    Type 1a - "85", otherwise as Type 1
    Type 2  - "36", serial font A, 3/4" high "MAINE." in M/C-style
              lettering, 7" long
    Type 3  - "46", 1" high "MAINE" fired over 3/4" high "MAINE.",
              otherwise as Type 2
    Type 4  - "36", otherwise as Type 1, 9 1/4" long
    Type 4a - "46", otherwise as Type 4
    Type 5  - "37", serial font B, round corners, large slots only on
              front plate of pair, small holes, no grommets, medium red,
              9 1/2" long
    Type 6  - "87", serial font B, round corners, slots on pair, holes,
              no grommets, bright red
    Type 7  - "28", serial font B, slightly round corners, medium slots,
              small holes, no grommets, medium red
    Type 8  - "88", serial font B, round corners, large slots, small
              holes, no grommets, bright red
    Type 9  - No mark, serial font B, round corners, zinc grommets
    Type 9a - Baltimore seal
    "ENAMELED/IRON SIGNS", otherwise as Type 9
    Type 9b - Same as Type 9
    Type 10 - Baltimore seal "ENAMELED IRON/SIGNS", serial font B,
              square corners, large slots & holes, zinc grommets, bright
              red
    Type 11 - No mark, serial font C, square corners, large slots & holes,
              brass grommets, orange-red
     
    It appears that some of the original Type 2 order, #873 - 960, was
    sent back to the factory to refire the state name as Type 3, just in
    time to be issued by at least May 14, 1906.

    1912-13 plates are undated.  TB 1913.
    S series issued 1913-15 for transfers, starting at S1.
    Highest seen:  1913  #S322, 1914  #S593, 1915  #S799

    Reserving of numbers began for 1918 up to #3-000, then increased to
    #5-000 in 1928, and increased again to #7-000 in 1932-40.  A $1
    fee was added in 1940, but was reportedly planned to be waived in
    tab years 1951-55, and ultimately dropped.  Reserved numbers were
    still somewhere below 8-000 as of 1947.  Starting 1948, all numbers
    up to the current issue were reservable by December 1 (November 1
    by 1961).  Numbers available:  1948  2 - 175-000, 1950 ?, 1956 ?,
    1962  2 - 325-000, 1968  2 - 344-000, 1974 ?.

    1912   1 -  9181*      1923   1 -  89-631       1936   1 - 156-423*
    1913   1 - 10839*      1924   1 - 104-871       1937   1 - 161-893*
    1914   1 - 14499       1925   1 - 112-943       1938   1 - 156-976*
    1915   1 - 21234       1926   1 - 121-798       1939   1 - 159-749*
    1916   1 - 28750       1927   1 - 129-987       1940   1 - 164-083*
    1917   1 - 38-075      1928   1 - 139-172       1941   1 - 169-257
    1918   1 - 41-402*     1929   1 - 144-608       1942   1 - 176-442
    1919   1 - 47-629      1930   1 - 149-193       1944   1 - 154-994*
    1920   1 - 53-872      1931   1 - 138-033       1945   1 - 152-504
    1921   1 - 67-234      1932   1 - 163-996*
    1922   1 - 78-661      1933   1 - 156-661*

    1940:     165-000 highest assigned.
    1942:     177-000 highest manufactured.
    1944-45:  155-000 highest assigned.

    1934-35                                          No H,J,O,X,Y used.
     
    Due to the Depression, Maine was left with thousands of unsold 1932
    plates, so during 1933, plans were made to design smaller plates to
    cut costs.  The law specified 4" tall numbers but did not mention
    alphabetic letters; through this loophole, officials decided to try
    an alpha system very similar to that in use in Connecticut since
    1932, using smaller stackable letters. This system began with the
    1934 plates, as the 1933 series had already been ordered and
    manufactured.  The public immediately disliked the lettered plates,
    but again, due to the lead time needed to produce new plates, the
    state could not change back to all-numeric plates until 1936.  This
    gave officals time to purchase new equipment for plate manufacture
    at the Maine State Prison and a chance to get the law changed
    regarding number height.

    1934   1 - 9-999, A 1 - W 999, A/A 1 - F/N 203          (146,066 P)
    1935   1 - 9-999, A 1 - W 999, A/A 1 - G/F   1, M/D 1   (160,850*P)

    Non-Pass. Prefixes:  H, H/A-H/B, O, O/A-O/C, X, Y, Z, X/A-Z/B.


    1946-47 BASE
    1946 Type 1:  Heavy steel             1 - 181-047       (181,047 S)
    1947 Type 2:  Light steel         A1246 -   A8649         (7,404 S)
    1947 Type 3:  Brass             184-369 - 203-873        (19,505 S)
                                                      (TOTAL 211,277 S)


    1948-49 BASE
    1948 Type 1                           1 - 154-348       (154,348 S)
    1948 Type 2                     155-557 - 168-353        (12,797 S)
    1948 Type 1a                    169-598 - 172-553         (2,956 S)
    1948 Type 2a                    172-690 - 196-898        (24,209 S)
    1949 Type 1b                    196-906 -
    1949 Type 2b                    201-830 - 206-538         (4,709 S)
    1949 Type 3                     207-098 - 222-429        (15,332 S)
                                                      (TOTAL 222,429 S)

    Description of Types:  Type 1 - Brass, 1936-46 dies     (157,305 S)
                           Type 2 - Aluminum, 1936-46 dies   (41,715 S)
                           Type 3 - Aluminum, 1950-55 dies

    All tabs 1949-67 have no serial.


    1950-55 UNDATED BASE
    1950 Type 1                           1 -    6819         (6,819 P)
    1950 Type 2                        6902 -    9814         (2,913 P)
    1950 Type 1a                     11-011 - 336-170       (325,160 P)
    1954 Type 3                     339-899 - 354-932        (15,034 P)
    1955 Type 4                     355-022 - 366-976        (11,955 P)
    1955 Type 5                     367-406 - 375-213         (7,808 P)
                                                      (TOTAL 375,213 P)

    Description of Types:
    Type 1 - 1950-55 dies, bolt slots, 6 1/4" height,
             long 3 1/2" "MAINE"                            (331,979 P)
    Type 2 - As Type 1, but short 3 1/4" "MAINE"
    Type 3 - 1950-55 dies, bolt slots, 6" x 11 1/2", bottom edge cut
    Type 4 - 1956-93 dies, bolt slots, 6" x 12"
    Type 5 - 1956-93 dies, bolt holes, 6" x 12"


    1956-61 BASE
    1956 Type 1, 1F                       1 - 263-856       (263,856 P)
    1957 Type 2, 2F                 264-044 - 290-259        (26,216 P)
    1958 Type 3                     291-906 - 381-305        (89,400 P)
    1959 Type 4                     384-719 - 386-714         (1,996 P)
    1959 Type 3a                    388-490 -
    1960 Type 4a                    394-024 - 406-711        (12,688 P)
    1960 Type 5                     408-978 - 447-181        (38,204 P)
    1961 Type 6                     448-237 - 460-981        (12,745 P)
    1961 Type 7                     462-163 -
                                                      (TOTAL 462,163 P)

    Description of Types:
    Type 1 - Dated "56", bright gold, small holes, tab under UR
             hole, "M" of "MAINE" under UL hole, deep female strike
    Type F - "MAINE" to right of UL hole, shallow female strike
    Type 2 - As Type 1, but undated
    Type 3 - As Type 2, but dull gold
    Type 4 - As Type 3, but large holes, tab left of UR hole, alum.
    Type 5 - As Type 4, but galvanized steel
    Type 6 - As Type 4, but plain steel, short 6 1/2" 1956 slogan
    Type 7 - As Type 6, but long 6 5/8" 1962 slogan

    TYPES 1-2:    1 - 815, 28-195 - 37-527, 49-094 - 150-953,
                  193-156 - 207-765, 224-178 - 225-000,
    228-216 - 268-797,
                  272-561 - 276-668, 278-998 - 290-259
    TYPES 1F-2F:  1111 - 24-254, 41-811 - 48-775, 162-514 - 178-990,
                  209-588 - 218-992, 225-841 - 227-158, 271-613,
                  277-110


    1962-67 BASE
    1962 Type 1                           1 - 380-191       (380,191 P)
    1963 Type 2                     384-856 - 429-087        (44,232 P)
    1964 Type 3                     430-046 - 451-583        (21,538 P)
    1964 Type 2a                    457-011 - 466-135         (9,125 P)
    1965 Type 3a                    467-257 - 617-020       (149,764 P)
                                                      (TOTAL 617,020 P)

    Description of Types:
    Type 1 - Dated "62", beaded surface
    Type 2 - Undated, beaded surface       (53,357 P)
    Type 3 - Undated, scotchlite surface  (171,302 P)

    1968-73 BASE
    1968 Type 1                           1 - 394-958       (394,958 P)
    1969 Type 2                     395-113 - 403-013         (7,901 P)
    1969 Type 3                     403-523 - 680-653       (277,131 P)
    1972 Type 4                     680-805 - 792-991       (112,187 P)
                                                      (TOTAL 792,991 P)

    Description of Types:  Type 1 - Dated "68", tab slots, decal bar
                           Type 2 - Undated, tab slots, decal bar
                           Type 3 - Undated, no slots, decal bar
                           Type 4 - Undated, no slots or decal bar


    1974-88 BASE                                     All letters used.*
    1974              Type 1              1 -  81-500        (81,500 P)
    1974              Type 2         81-501 - 488-000       (406,500 P)
    1974    (Undated) Type 3        488-001 - 505-512        (17,512 P)
    Apr.75  "APR 76"  Type 4        505-739 - 509-260         (3,522 P)
    Feb.75  "FEB 76"  Type 5        510-002 - 532-900        (22,899 P)
    Aug.75  "AUG 76"  Type 3a       536-376 -
    Sep.75  "SEP 76"  Type 5a       539-300 - 552-523        (13,224 P)
                      Type 3b       553-961 -
    Sep.75  "SEP 76"  Type 5b       555-899 - 598-037        (42,139 P)
    Feb.76  "FEB 77"  Type 6        599-260 - 611-797        (12,538 P)
    Feb.76  "FEB 77"  Type 7        612-147 - 779-489       (167,343 P)
    Feb.77  "FEB 78"  Type 6a       779-507 - 874-987        (95,481 P)
    May 78  "MAY 79"  Type 8        875-517 - 999-999       (124,483 P)
    Feb.79  "FEB 80"  Type 8a            1A - 70581 B       (170,580 P)
    Aug.80  "AUG 81"  Type 8b       740-20B - 764-76B         (2,457 P)
    Aug.80  "AUG 81"  Type 8c       77129 B - 70000 K       (793,863 P)
    Feb.86  "FEB 87"  Type 9        70001 K - 35090 M       (165,088 P)
    Dec.86  "DEC 87"  Type 10       54829 M - 85109 M        (30,281 P)
    Aug.86  "AUG 87"  Type 11       92523 M - 53980 N        (61,457 P)
                                                    (TOTAL 2,254,966 P)

    Description of Types:
    Type 1  - Dated "74", with decal bar
    Type 2  - Dated "74", no decal bar, "M" of "MAINE" under UL hole
    Type 3  - Undated, "M" of "MAINE" under UL hole, off-white
    Type 4  - Dated "74", "MAINE" to right of UL hole
    Type 5  - Undated, "MAINE" to right of UL hole, off-white
    Type 6  - As Type 5, but snow-white
    Type 7  - As Type 3, but snow-white
    Type 8  - Undated, "MAINE" centered, painted border, no hologram
    Type 9  - As Type 8, but no painted border, no hologram
    Type 10 - As Type 9, but "86" hologram
    Type 11 - As Type 8, but "87" hologram (reported start 90000 M)

    1A - 9999A have no space.  1-5-figures centered with space
    1 B - 9999 G, letter at far right 1 H - 9999 N.
    *I series issued from 1 to 999 only.

    Replaced July 1987 to June 1988.


    1987-2000 LOBSTER BASE                           All letters used.*
    7-1-87  "JUL 88"  Type 1/2          1 O - 99999 Z     (1,100,088 P)
    May 90  "MAY 91"  Type 1a          1 AA - 9999 ZZ       (229,977 P)
    Sep.91  "SEP 92"  Type 1b          1 AB - 9964 AY       (239,941 P)
    Apr.93  "APR 94"  Type 3/4      1012 AZ - 9881 ER       (918,779 P)
    Jun.99  "JUNE00"  Type 5          33 ES - 1139 ES         (1,107 P)
    Jun.99  "JUNE00"  Type 4c       1149 ES - 2175 ES         (1,027 P)
                                                    (TOTAL 2,492,124 P)

    Description of Types:
    Type 1 - Wide dies, unpainted back
    Type 2 - Wide dies, light green back
    Type 3 - Thin dies, unpainted back, numbers flush left
             (reported start 1 AZ)
    Type 4 - As Type 3, but numbers one space to the right  "MAY 97"
    Type 5 - As Type 4, but embossed slogan

    Any 1974-87 number could be reserved, expire "OCT 87" to "SEP 88".
    Type 1:    *O series issued 1 - 99 only.
    Type 1a:   Repeating-letter combinations only; FF,II,OO omitted.
    Type 1b:   CI series reported.
    Types 3-4: BB,CC,DD,EE,EO omitted.  2999 ES last number made.
               919 FM, 101 FW, 35 FX specially made.

    Replaced July 1999 to June 2000.


    2000-11 CHICKADEE BASE                                   No O used.
    7-1-99  "JULY00"                   1 GA - 5605 TS     (2,835,322 P)

    Omitted suffixes:  GG,HH,II,JJ,KK,LL,MM,NN,PI,PP,PU,QE-QZ,RR,SS.
    Original batch up to 9999 KR (1,119,888 P).  KS seen 2/5/02.
    JU series recalled after few issued.
    NG is National Guard series.


    OPTIONAL EXTRA-COST ISSUES:

    1994-2011 LOON BASE                     $20 annual fee.  No I used.
    4-1-94  "APR 94"                 C/R  1 - C/R 99999      (99,999 P)
    Jul.96  "JUL 97"                 C/R 1A - C/R  238M     (110,227 P)
                                                      (TOTAL 210,226 P)
    U-Z suffixes reserved for non-pass.

    2003-11 OPTIONAL BASES                                 No I,O used.
    Lobster $20 initial fee, $15 renewal fee, Sportsman and Breast
    Cancer $20 initial and renewal.

    New Lobster         5-1-03 "AUG 03"  101-AAA - 999-ABZ   (43,152 P)
                        9-1-10           101-AEB - 126-AEB       (26 P)
    Black Bear         11-3-03 "    04"  101-ACA - 458-ACW   (18,338 P)
    Low Speed Vehicle                    101-AEA - 126-AEA       (26 P)
    Wabanaki           8-12-05           101-AFA - 307-AFB    (1,106 P)
    Agriculture        10-1-07 "FEB 08"  101-AGA - 101-AGY   (19,779 P)
    Custom Vehicle      7-1-06           101-AHA -
    Support Our Troops 11-1-07           101-AJA - 142-AJJ    (7,234 P)
    Sportsman           4-7-08 "MAR 09"  101-AKA - 836-AKS   (15,120 P)
    Breast Cancer      10-1-08           101-ALA - 409-ALQ   (12,895 P)
    Animal Welfare     10-1-09           101-AMA - 363-AMH    (6,556 P)