Canada #586ii (SG#693) 1c Orange Macdonald 1972-1978 Caricature Issue DF Paper Type 2 Block of 4 VF-75 NH
A very fine NH block of the 1c orange Sir John A. Macdonald stamp from the 1973-1977 Caricature Issue. Printed on horizontal wove paper showing no ribbing on either the front, or the back. The paper gives a dull fluorescent greyish white reaction under ultraviolet light on both the face, and the back, with a sparse concentration of low fluorescent fibres visible in the paper. General OP-2 Ottawa tagging, 4 mm wide, of moderate strength (clearly visible to the naked eye, but not dark), and glowing a bright yellow under ultraviolet light. Comb perforated 12.0 x 12.5. The block shows several instances of unpunched perforation holes, which highlights some of the difficulties that the CBN encountered with these first comb perforated stamps. Smooth, creamy PVA gum with a satin sheen. Unitrade lists #586ii as DF paper, but I have found at least two varieties of the smooth DF paper, of which this is one variation. Unitrade values a VF-75 NH block at $1. The block offered here grades 75 as follows: Margins/centering: 45/70 Paper freshness: 5/5 Colour: 5/5 Impression: 5/5 Absence of visible paper flaws: 5/5 Perforations: 10/10 Note: the above scan is a stock photo as are all my scans for material after 1952. The item(s) you will receive has (have) 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. Also, I do not provide back scans of NH stamps or blocks after 1952 unless they are required to illustrate some attribute of the paper or gum.