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A variant is a stamp type that differs from another type in a small but deliberate way. Variants include die types, re-engravings, secret marks, and the like. In general, variants are changes to the design specifically.

Variants do not include unintentional variations such as errors or plate flaws.

In the current data, variants sometimes refer to overprint variations or other properties; these should be represented as changes in the descriptions of those properties.