Canada #599i (SG#709b) $1 Vancouver 1972-1978 Caricature Issue Perf. 12.5 x 12 HB Paper Type 1 VF-80 NH

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A well centered and very fine mint NH single of the $1 multicoloured Vancouver Skyline definitive from the 1972-1977 Caricature and Landscapes Issue, perf. 12.5 x 12, with strong general Ottawa 4 mm OP-2 tagging and on the so called "HB" paper. Comb perf. Strong tagging bars that glow pale yellow under UV and have a mottled appearance. Vertical wove paper with smooth chalk surfacing, that shows very fine horizontal striations. Smooth creamy PVA gum with a satin sheen. Under ultraviolet light, the paper gives the following readings:
  • On the front: high fluorescent bluish.
  • On the back: low fluorescent greyish with a very sparse concentration of low fluorescent fibres, 1-2 high fluorescent fibres, and a sparse concentration of brownish woodpulp fibres visible in the paper.
Unitrade lists this stamp as being on HB paper, but this is a gross over-simplification, as the above description shows. There are actually no truly HB papers for this stamp, but compared to the other paper types, they appear HB. There are at least four different varieties of the so called "HB" paper in this perforation. Unitrade lists a VF-75 NH single at $7.50. 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 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.

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