Canada #586xxii (SG#693) 1c Macdonald 1972-1978 Caricature Issue Precancel Horizontal Ribbed Paper Type 1 Elliptical Perf. VF-84 NH
A very well centered and very fine NH bottom sheet margin block of 6 of the 1c orange Sir John A. Macdonald stamp from the 1973-1977 Caricature Issue, showing unusual elliptical perfs at the bottom and half way up the sides of the bottom stamps. Printed horizontal wove paper showing clear horizontal ribbing on the face and giving the following reactions under UV light:
- On the Front: Non-fluorescent greyish.
- On the Back: Low fluorescent bluish white.
General OP-2 Ottawa tagging, 4 mm wide, of moderate strength (clearly visible to the naked eye, but not dark), and glowing deep bright yellow under ultraviolet light. Comb perforated 12.0 x 12.5, with the bottom half of the perfs on the lower stamps being punched using a comb that contained elliptical, rather than round pins. This was the very first issue printed by the CBN that was comb perforated, rather than line perforated. So there was a lot of experimentation that went on before the perforating was perfected. Very scarce, as I only found this variety on the bottom row of 1 sheet, out of over 40 sheets. Smooth, creamy PVA gum with a satin sheen. Unitrade lists the horizontal ribbed paper as being DF/LF, which does exist, but this is clearly NF on the face, which is not listed. The more common DF/LF paper lists a VF-75 NH single at $0.40. But perforation varieties like this are scarce and the price of this block reflects that scarcity. The block offered here grades 84 as follows:
Margins/centering: 54/70 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.