Canada #592iii (SG#699) 7c Sepia St. Laurent 1972-1978 Caricature Issue NF Paper Type 3 Plate 2 UR VF-75 NH
A very fine NH plate 2 upper right block of the CBN printing of the 7c sepia Louis St. Laurent stamp from the 1973-1977 Caricature Issue. Printed on vertical wove paper showing no ribbing on either the front or back, and with a burnished smooth texture on the printed surface. The paper gives a dull fluorescent greyish reaction under ultraviolet light on the face and back. 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, with the selvage fully perforated through in both directions. Smooth, cream PVA gum with an eggshell sheen. Unitrade lists 592iii as NF paper, but I have found at least 7 different variations of tagging and fluorescence that qualify as either DF or NF overall. This is one of those variations. Unitrade values a VF-75 NH plate block of the basic NF paper at $1.25, but the CBN printing is undercatalogued compared to the more common BABN printing, as this was very short lived, given that there was no 7c rate in 1977. 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.