Canada #438 (SG#563) 1965 Sir Wilfred Grenfell Issue Art Craft First Day Cover XF-89

$2.99
SKU 222596311729

An extremely fine example of the 5c Prussian blue 1965 Sir Wilfred Grenfell Issue First Day Cover.  Black and white  Art Craft cachet depicting a river scene.  The envelope is on stock giving a dull fluorescent greyish reaction, while the stamp is printed on paper giving a dull fluorescent greyish reaction under ultraviolet light, with a sparse concentration of low and medium fluorescent fibres visible in the paper.  The stamp is tied by a crisp strike of an Ottawa wavy line first day cancel.  The cover offered here grades XF-89 as follows:

Intactness of the cover: 25/25 

Paper freshness from the front: 20/25

Paper freshness from the back: 6/10

Condition of the paper and edges: 15/15 

Appearance of the handwriting: 5/5 (unaddressed)

Clarity of the postal markings: 15/15

Condition of the stamps: 3/5 

Unitrade lists a Rosecraft or Artcraft cachet for a single stamp, on dull paper, on cover for $2. Unitrade does not list the fluorescent papers on FDC, but a reasonable value is $3. Note: the above scan is a stock photo as are all my scans for material after 1952. The cover you will receive has been carefully checked to adhere to the above grading standards, so while it (they) may not be exactly the same, it (they) will be of the same quality. 

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