Canada 74i (SG#150) 1/2c Grey 1898-1902 Numeral Issue Plate 1 Block of 8 VF-75/F-70 NH

SKU 222177927043

A reasonably well centered an post office fresh example of a complete plate block from plate 1 showing the full plate inscription above positions 5 through 7. Additionally the shade is the scarcer grey shade and the paper is thick toned cream paper with distinct vertical mesh. Additionally there is a missing perforation pin resulting in a missing hole in the upper margin of position 17 (the stamp immediately to the left of the lower right stamp). Plate blocks from this period are very scarce and are valued by Unitrade at double the price of the component single stamps. There is a small natural paper inclusion visible on the back of position 17, but fortunately this does not show through to the front. Unitrade for the block taking the left block of 4 as fine and the right as VF-75 is $800. A fantastic item for the specialist. This block grades 75 and 70 as follows:

Centering/margins: 45/70 (right 4 stamps) and 40/70 (left 4 stamps)

Paper freshness: 5/5

Colour: 5/5

Impression: 5/5

Absence of visible paper flaws: 5/5

Perforations: 10/10

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