Canada #598a (SG#706a) 50c Seashore 1972-1978 Caricature Issue Type 2, Perf. 13.3, DF Paper Type 6 Plate 2 LL VF-84 NH

SKU 322922560317
A very well centered and very fine mint NH lower left plate 2 block of 4 of the 50c multicoloured type 2 seashore definitive from the 1972-1977 Caricature and Landscapes Issue, with general Ottawa 4 mm OP-2 tagging. Comb perf. 13.3, with the lower selvage perforated all the way through. Horizontal wove paper with smooth 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.
  • On the back: dull fluorescent greyish with a low density concentration of low fluorescent fibres, and a very sparse concentration of medium fluorescent fibres 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 at least ten different varieties of the type 2 plate 2 stamp, perf. 13.3 on paper that is close to DF in appearance. Unitrade lists a VF-75 NH block at $13. The block offered here grades VF-84 NH as follows:
Margins/centering: 54/70
Paper freshness: 5/5
Colour: 5/5
Impression: 5/5
Absence of visible paper flaws: 5/5
Perforations: 10/10

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