A very fine mint NH lower right plate 1 pair, of the 15c multicoloured mountain sheep definitive from the 1972-1977 Caricature and Landscapes Issue. Type 1, with General Ottawa 3 mm OP-4 tagging, and showing a Ghost Print variety in which the brown inscriptions are doubled. 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: low fluorescent, bluish, with a very sparse concentration of low fluorescent fibres visible..
On the back: dull fluorescent bluish white, with a sparse concentration of low fluorescent fibres, a very sparse concentration of medium fluorescent fibres, very few high fluorescent fibres, and a very sparse concentration of brownish woodpulp fibres being visible in the paper.
Unitrade lists this stamp as being on NF paper, but this is a gross over-simplification, as the above description shows. There are actually at least seven different paper types of the type 1, on dull or low fluorescent vertical ribbed paper with OP-4 tagging. Most of these seem to be of almost equal scarcity. Unitrade values a VF-75 NH pair of the basic NF paper at $1.50. Ghost prints are not listed on this stamp, but other issues from this period, such as the 1971 Papineau Issue (#538) or 1971 Samuel Hearne (#539) issue generally sell for $30-40 per stamp. The pair offered here grades VF-80 NH as follows:
Paper freshness: 5/5
Absence of visible paper flaws: 5/5
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 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.