Canada #589 (SG#696) 4c Black King 1972-1978 Caricature Issue LF Paper Type 13 VF-84
A very well centered and very fine NH single of the 4c black William Lyon Mackenzie King stamp from the 1973-1977 Caricature Issue on the LF paper. Printed on vertical wove paper showing no ribbing on either the front or back. The paper gives a dull fluorescent grey blue reaction under ultraviolet light on the face and back, with a low density concentration low fluorescent fibres, a sparse concentration of medium fluorescent fibres, a very sparse concentration of high fluorescent fibres, and very few brownish woodpulp fibres visible in the paper. General OP-2 Ottawa tagging, 4 mm wide, of light strength (barely visible to the naked eye), and glowing a bright yellow under ultraviolet light. Comb perforated 12.0 x 12.5. Smooth, creamy PVA gum with a satin sheen. Unitrade values a VF-75 NH single at $0.25, however examples this well centered are the exception rather than the norm. The stamp 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.