Canada #229 (SG#353) 2c Deep Reddish Brown King George V 1935-1937 Dated Die Issue Coil Pair VF-75
A well centered and very fine OG pair of the 2c deep reddish brown King George V coil stamp from the 1935-37 Dated Die Issue. Printed on horizontal wove paper with no clear mesh, and with smooth light coffee coloured 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 subtle shade differences. Perf. 8 vertical. Unitrade values a VF-75 OG pair at $50. The pair offered here grades VF-75 OG follows:
Paper freshness: 5/5
Absence of visible paper flaws: 5/5
Please click on "more images" to see the back scan of the above pair and the paper, shades and gum types found on this issue.