A well centered and very fine mint NH single of the 10c multicoloured forests definitive from the 1972-1977 Caricature and Landscapes Issue. Type 1. Comb perf. 12.5 x 12. Horizontal wove paper with visible vertical ribbing on the chalk surfacing. Smooth creamy PVA gum with a satin sheen. Under ultraviolet light, the paper gives the following readings:
On the front: Dull fluorescent, greyish white (DF GW).
On the back: Dull fluorescent greyish white, with very sparse concentrations of low and medium fluorescent fibres being visible in the paper, as well as very few brownish woodpulp fibres.
Unitrade lists this stamp as being on NF paper, but this is a gross over-simplification, as the above description shows. There are actually several different paper types of the type 1 with OP-4 general tagging. This one seems to be the common one, as I had a full sheet. Unitrade values a VF-75 NH single of the basic NF paper at $1.50. The stamp offered here grades VF-80 NH as follows: Margins/centering: 50/70 Paper freshness: 5/5 Colour: 5/5 Impression: 5/5 Absence of visible paper flaws: 5/5 Perforations: 10/10 Note any vertical or horizontal line shown in the scan is the edge of the acetate strip that the stamp was resting inside on the stockcard. Note: the above scan is a stock photo as are all my scans for material after 1952. The stamp or stamp you will receive has 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 stamps after 1952 unless they are required to illustrate some attribute of the paper or gum.