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    RHODE ISLAND

    Numbers began at 1 all years.  Commercial began 4/27/1912.
     
    1904-08 REGISTER BASE   TYPE   PLATES OBSERVED     TOTAL      GAP
                             1          1 -   499      (499)        5
                             1a       505 -   609      (105)      213
                             1b       823 -   824        (2)       47
                             2        872 -  2669    (1,798)       37
                             3       2707 -  2950      (244)       35
                             4       2986 -  3179      (194)      191
     
    Description of Types:
    Type 1 - Short 4 3/4" legend, 1 3/8" wide digits, "54" on black back
    Type 1a - As Type 1, but "64"
    Type 1b - As Type 1, but no marking
    Type 2 - Long 7" legend, 1 7/8" wide digits, white back, no mark
    Type 3 - As Type 2, but 1 5/8" wide digits with slanted ends
    Type 4 - As Type 2, but 1 5/8" wide digits with straight ends
     
    1908-12 BLACK RI BASE   TYPE   PLATES OBSERVED     TOTAL      GAP
                             1       3371 -  3765      (395)       79
                             2         (1)-   715
                             2       3845 -  4176      (332)      138
                             3         (1)-  3281
                             3       4315 -  8640    (4,326)
     
    Description of Types:
    Type 1 - Non-serif "I" of "RI", LR slot centered under "R"
    Type 2 - Non-serif "I" of "RI", LR slot ends between "R" and "I"
    Type 3 - Serif "I" of "RI", LR slot ends between "R" and "I"

    1912-17 WHITE RI BASE   TYPE   PLATES OBSERVED     TOTAL      GAP
                             1          1 -  9804    (9,804)      307
                             2      10112 - 34966   (24,855)

    Description of Types:
    Type 1 - 1 3/4" wide digits                         (1-4-digit)
    Type 2 - 1 1/2" wide digits, slightly shifted slots   (5-digit)

    Numbers 1 - 199 have "RI" and number center-justified.
     
    ANNUAL PLATES
    1918   29265*             1925    84-952*            1932   112-492
    1919   31215              1926    89-139             1933   116-484
    1920   36000              1927    96-763             1934   124-324*
    1921   42511              1928   107-317*            1935   129-937
    1922   49501              1929   108-877             1936   139-403
    1923   61-720             1930   115-072             1937   147-504
    1924   85-538*            1931   115-807

    All numbers reservable at no extra cost 1918-on, except for numbering
    system changes in 1938 and 1957.

    1938-56 FORMATS                   Hyphen after letter 1939-46 only.
    RESERVED            1 -  9999     (10000 by 1947)
    STANDARD          B 1 - Z9999     No A,I,Q,S,U,V,X used.
    NON-PASS:                         A = State/City/County owned
                         (1938-46)    S = State official
                         (1946-55)    X, XA-XZ, AX-ZX = Commercial

    1938   P 8829   (148,815 P)       1938:  R series reportedly made.
    1939   R-4731   (154,716 P)      (Verify 1939-41 pair strikes)
    1940   T-3773   (163,757 P)       1940:  Branch offices began, at
    1941   W-8727   (178,710 P)              Newport and Woonsocket.
    1942   W-7684   (177,667 S)

    1942:  175,000 P reportedly made (but probably 150,000 P),
           then 25,000 S (R-3001 - W-8000?).
           Mates to 25,000 S made late 1942.

    1944-46 BASE
    1944 Type 1: Flattened "42" mate        B-1 -  R-653    (150,638 S)
    1945 Type 2: Undated new plate       R-4621 - W-4230     (19,608 S)
                                                      (TOTAL 174,213 S)

    Replacement series began 1/14/46:     S-501 - S-9999,
    (Presumably with "45" tab)           10-001 - 18-000     (17,499 S)

    Replaced July 1946.

    1946-47 BASE              Aluminum.  No A,I,Q,V,X used.  No U seen.
    Jun.46                    RESERVED         1 - 10000     (10,000 P)
                              REPLACEMENT (S 501?- S7280      (6,780 P)
                              STANDARD       B 1 - Y9330    (169,983 P)
                                                      (TOTAL 186,763 P)

    1947-51:  V = Veteran.  Y was final series added August 1947.
    Z reported with no tab block or slots.  U series reported.

    1948-50 BASE                                     No A,I,Q,V,X used.
    1948 Type 1/2             RESERVED         1 - 10000     (10,000 P)
        (Reported to 19999)   REPLACEMENT  10001 - 16704      (6,704 P)
                              STANDARD       B 1 - Z9999    (209,479 P)
                              STANDARD     30001 - 43092     (13,092 P)
    1950 Type 3               STANDARD     47698 - 57229      (9,532 P)
    1950 Type 4               STANDARD     59503 - 70966     (11,464 P)
                                                      (TOTAL 267,149 P)

    Description of Types:
    1948 Type 1 - Undated, aluminum, tab slots, "48" tab affixed before
                  painting
    1949 Type 2 - Undated, aluminum, tab slots, painted without tab
    1950 Type 3 - Undated, steel, tab slots, painted without tab
    1950 Type 4 - Dated "50", steel, no tab slots

    1951-52 BASE            Steel.  No A,I,Q,V,X used.  Q,V added 1952.
    1951 Type 1:  Dated "51", RESERVED         1 - 10000     (10,000 P)
                  no slots    REPLACEMENT  10001 - 12688      (2,688 P)
                              STANDARD       B 1 - Z9999    (209,479 P)
                              STANDARD     30001 - 33295      (3,295 P)
    1952 Type 2:  Dated "52", STANDARD     41020 - 59404     (18,385 P)
                  no slots    STANDARD       V 1 - V9999      (9,999 P)
                              STANDARD       Q 1 - Q1811      (1,811 P)
    1952 Type 3:  Dated "52", STANDARD     Q3222 - Q8541      (5,320 P)
                  tab slots                           (TOTAL 270,111 P)

    1953-54 BASE                                 Steel.  No A,I,X used.
    1953 Type 1:  Dated "53"  RESERVED         1 - 10000     (10,000 P)
                              REPLACEMENT  10001 - 11298      (1,298 P)
                              STANDARD       B 1 - Z9999    (229,477 P)
                              STANDARD     44105 - 72294     (28,190 P)
    1954 Type 2:  Undated     STANDARD     75397 - 84171      (8,775 P)
                                                      (TOTAL 280,842 P)

    1955-56 BASE                                 Steel.  No A,I,X used.
    1955                      RESERVED         1 - 10000     (10,000 P)
                              REPLACEMENT  10001 - 15000      (5,000 P)
                              STANDARD       B 1 - Z9999    (229,477 P)
                              STANDARD     35276 - 99917     (64,642 P)
                                                      (TOTAL 309,119 P)

    1957-60 FORMATS                               (CAPACITY 442,567 P)
    RESERVED        1 - 10000,
                  A 1 - Z 999    Large letters    (No I,X used)
    STANDARD     AA 1 - WW999    Small letters    (No I,Q,U,X,Y,Z used)
    REPLACEMENT  XX 1 - XZ999, YX 1 - YZ999, ZX 1 - ZZ999

    1957:  Original order used most common first name initials on 1956
           registrations.  AA-AW, EA-EW, JA-JW, MA-MW, RA-RW made up to
           999; all others made in limited quantities.  Other series
           added in seemingly random order.
    1959:  Reserved added AI 1 - WQ 9 using I,Q only in 2nd position.

    1961-66 BASE
    All 1957-60 formats, and additional series added:

    RESERVED   (1961) I 1 - I 200, X 1 - X 99,
                      AU 1 -  WZ 9     (using U,X,Y,Z only in 2nd pos.)
                      IA 1 - IW 20, UA 1 - UR 10, US 1 - US 50,
                      YA 1 - YW 10     (using original letters in 2nd)
    STANDARD   (1965) AI100 - KX449    (using all I,Q,U,X,Y,Z combos)
    REPLACEMENT(1966) UU100 - UU999, UX100 - UZ999
                                                      (TOTAL 525,756 P)
    Replaced 4/1/1967.

    1967-72 DISCOVER BASE               White back.  All letters used*.
    1967 RESERVED    1 - 10000, A 1 - Z 999, AA-1 - ZZ-99   (102,898 P)
    1967 STANDARD            AA-100 - KZ-999                (257,400 P)
    1967                     LA-100 - WW-999*               (180,000 P)
    Dec.69                   XA-100 - XZ-999                 (23,400 P)
    1970                     QA-100 - QZ-999                 (23,400 P)
    1971                     UA-100 - UZ-999                 (23,400 P)
    1971                     YA-100 - ZZ-999                 (46,800 P)
    1972             Remaining reserved plates issued as standard
                                                      (TOTAL 657,298 P)

    *No I,Q,U,X,Y,Z used on Standard LA-WW series.
    1969 SI-365, SI-428 seen.  Replacements discontinued.
    1970:  Unpainted back QT-8, QV-692(Rich Dragon reports QO,QQ,QW,QX)
          (White back     QF-849, QL-8, QN-21)

    1972-79 OCEAN STATE BASE                    New registrations only.
    10-30-72  Type 1:  R.I. dies, aluminum, off-white, holes, slogan
                             LI-100 - WZ-999                 (54,000 P)
    1974      Type 1a  (Reissue of 1967-72 dormant numbers)
    1977      Type 2:  As Type 1a, but snow-white
    1978      Type 3:  N.Y. dies, steel, snow-white, slots, no slogan
                       (dormant numbers in AA-CZ series)     (10,000 P)
    1979      Type 2a

    Type 1:  1st position L-P, R-T, V-W; 2nd position I,Q,U,X,Y,Z.
    Early issues (NI-527) have non-serif "I", WI-216 has serifs.
    #10042 seen.
    All 1967-79 bases replaced 4/1/1980.  A few temporarily renewed
    with 1980 stickers if owner's address had changed since 1979.

    1980-2016 FORMATS            All letters used. (CAPACITY 711,298 P)
    RESERVED        1 -  10000, A 1 - Z 999, AA-1 - ZZ-99
    STANDARD   AA-100 - ZZ-999

                10001 - 100000 gradually added by September 2001
              710-001 - 999-999 added 11/3/06 "JAN 07"
              600-001 - 700-000 added 4/22/10 (were 700-001 - 710-000
              500-001 - 600-000 added 7/?/11   ever issued?)
              400-001 - 500-000 added ?
              300-001 - 400-000 added 2014
               AA-100 -  ZZ-999 resumed 2/?/15

    1980-99 ANCHOR BASE

    Replaced 11/1/1996 to 9/30/1997 (regardless of final sticker date,
    up to "NOV 99") starting with APR expirations in November 1996,
    and ending with MAR expirations in June 1997.

    1992-2017 SAILBOAT BASE              Optional $20 extra-cost issue.
    Apr.92   "MAY 92"          Custom-made for any 1980-present number.

    Currently revalidated.

    1997-2017 WAVE BASE
    10-1-96  "JAN 97"          Formats same as 1980-99 Anchor Base.

    Issued for new registrations only 10/1/1996 to 10/31/1996.
    Stickers not issued for renewal plates until original expiration
    month of previous base came up.
    Last "undated" base valid November 1999.