Canada #1350v/1355vii 2c Wild Strawberry, 10c Kinnikinnick & 25c Saskatoon Berry, 1991-1998 Fruit & Flag Definitive Issue, VF Used Examples, Different Printings, Each Showing Different Constant Varieties
A group of 6 VF used singles and 2 VF used pairs of the 2c wild strawberry, 10c kinikinnick and 25c Saskatoon Berry from the 1991-1998 Fruit and Flag Definitive Issue, from various printings, each showing one of the listed constant varieties as follows:
- 2c snake in bush pair, Ashton Potter Canada printing. In this pair the variety is on both stamps.
- 2c blue thread single from the Ashton Potter printing.
- 2c rose thorn single, from the CBN printing on Coated Papers paper.
- 10c smiling berry single from the Ashton Potter printing.
- 10c blue thread single from the Ashton Potter Canada printing.
- 25c blue thread pair from the CBN printing on Harrison paper.
- 25c snake in grass single from the Ashton Potter Canada printing.
- 25c rose thorn single from the Ashton Potter Canada Printing.
These are very small varieties, but the blue thread is a blue "s" shaped line that appears just to the left of the "C" of Canada, while the snake in bush is a small black arc that appears in the middle of the bush to the right of the "2". The rose thorn variety on the 2c is a small black arc that crosses the stem of the middle strawberry. The smiling berry is two arcs inside the rightmost berry at the top. The snake in grass on the 25c is a small black arc in the grass, just above the first row of distant trees over on the right. The rose thorn variety on the 25c is a small black arc just below the top berry.
The printings are distinguished for used singles by looking at the paper and the colours of the berries, grass and sky. Ashton Potter printings and CBN printings have deeper colours, whereas the APC printings show brighter and lighter colours for all three elements of the design. AP printings tend to show very faint ribbing across the design whereas CBN printings do not. Harrison paper is thinner than CPP paper and tends to curl horizontally, even on used stamps, whereas CPP paper is thicker and always lies flat.
Unitrade lists these stamps at $13.50 for fine used. The stamps offered here grade between 75 and 84 as follows:
Centering/Margins 44/60, and 40/60
Paper freshness: 5/5
Absence of visible paper flaws: 5/5
Cancellation: 10/10 and 8/10