Canada #85 (SG#166) 2c Lavender, Carmine & Black 1898 Christmas Extra Colonies VF-78 OG
A well centered, fresh and very fine mint OG example in the lavender and aniline carmine shade. Solid inked oceans and several varieties including:
1. The carmine is shifted significantly to the left causing it to appear in the left cable.
2. There is an extra island in the South Pacific as shown in the scan on the left. The right scan shows the normal configuration of South Pacific Islands.
3. There is an additional colony in North Africa as shown in the scan at left, the right being the normal appearance for Africa.
Unitrade values a VF-75 OG example at $60. The stamp offered here grades 78 as follows:
Paper freshness: 5/5
Absence of visible paper flaws: 3/5