Canada #229 (SG#353) 2c Deep Brown King George V 1935-1937 Dated Die Issue Coil Pair With Mis-Aligned Perforations VF-80 OG


A well centered and very fine OG pair of the 2c deep brown King George V coil stamp from the 1935-37 Dated Die Issue, showing mis-alignment in the vertical perforations between the stamps. This mis-alignment shows that two separate strikes of the perforating wheel were used to perforate the coils and the mis-alignment results where one strike ends and the next one begins. Printed on horizontal wove paper with no clear mesh, and with smooth, somewhat streaky, deep cream gum, that has a semi-gloss sheen. The spacing between stamp impressions in the pair is 4 mm, which is the normal spacing for this issue. Although not mentioned in Unitrade, the coil stamps of this issue have at least 4 different paper and gum type combinations, and there are at least two different shades of each value. The paper varies according to the direction of the weave (horizontal versus vertical) and the direction and visibility of the mesh. The gum varies in colour and sheen. In my opinion these varieties are every bit as collectible as perforation and shade varieties on the other issues. The scans under "more images” show the various gum and paper types in more detail, as well as the shades. Perf. 8 vertical. Unitrade values a VF-75 OG pair, without the mis-alignment at $50. The pair offered here grades VF-80 OG follows:

Margins/centering: 50/70

Paper freshness: 5/5

Colour: 5/5

Impression: 5/5

Absence of visible paper flaws: 5/5

Perforations: 10/10

Please click on "more images" to see the back scan of the above pair, the shades, and the paper and gum types found on this issue.

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