Canada #451-452 (SG#576-577) 3c-5c 1966 Christmas Issue Rose Craft First Day Cover XF-91

$2.49
SKU 222573194655

An extremely fine example of the 3c carmine red and 5c orange 1966 Christmas Issue combination First Day Cover. Green and red Rose Craft "Madonna and child" cachet. The envelope is on stock giving a high fluorescent bluish white reaction under ultraviolet light, while the stamp is printed on paper giving a dull fluorescent greyish reaction under ultraviolet light. The stamps are tied by a crisp strike of an Ottawa wavy line first day cancel. The cover offered here grades XF-91 as follows:

Intactness of the cover: 25/25

Paper freshness from the front: 20/25

Paper freshness from the back: 8/10

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 of either denomination on cover for $2. 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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