Canada #596 (SG#704) 20c Prairies 1972-1978 Caricature Issue GT-2 OP-4 Tagging Paper Type 12 VF-80 NH

SKU 222697003492
A well centered and very fine mint NH single of the 20c multicoloured prairies definitive from the 1972-1977 Caricature and Landscapes Issue, with general Ottawa 3 mm OP-4 tagging. Comb perf. 12.5 x 12. Horizontal wove paper with vertically ribbed 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.
  • On the back: dull fluorescent bluish with a low density concentration of low fluorescent fibres and a sparse concentration of medium fluorescent fibres being visible in the paper.
Unitrade lists this stamp as being on DF paper, but this is a gross over-simplification, as the above description shows. There are actually at least twelve different paper types of the comb perf. 12.5 x 12 with 3 mm GT-2 OP-4 tagging. Most are of equal scarcity, although some are quite scarce. This variety is one of the scarcer ones, as I have only come across one block. Unitrade lists a common VF-75 NH single at $0.75.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 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.