Canada #591xxiii (SG#698) 6c Scarlet Pearson 1972-1978 Caricature Issue Precancel HF Paper Type 5 F-70 NH
A fine NH single of the 6c precancelled bright scarlet Lester Pearson stamp from the 1973-1977 Caricature Issue on the HF paper. Printed on vertical wove paper showing no ribbing on either the front or back, and a smooth, burnished texture on the printed surface. The paper gives a dull fluorescent greyish reaction under ultraviolet light on the face, with low density concentrations of low and medium fluorescent fibres visible. On the back, the paper gives a low fluorescent bluish white reaction with low density concentrations of low and medium 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. Smooth, cream PVA gum with a satin sheen. Unitrade lists 591xx as MF paper and 591xxiii as HF paper and does not list LF paper. This paper is bright enough in comparison to the "MF" examples to be considered HF. In fact I found 8 varieties of tagging and fluorescence that can be considered as the HF paper. This is one of those 8. Unitrade values a F-65 NH single at $1. The stamp offered here grades 70 as follows: Margins/centering: 40/70 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.