Canada #85 (SG#166) 2c Pale Lavender, Carmine & Black 1898 Christmas Extra Islands VF-84 LH
A very well centered, fresh and very fine mint LH example in the pale lavender and aniline carmine shade. Lined inked oceans and three varieties as follows:
1. There are three extra islands in the South Pacific as shown in the left hand scan of the South Pacific.
2. There are two extra islands west of Africa as shown in the left hand scan of Africa.
3. There is an extra colony in Northern Africa as shown in the left hand scan of Africa.
Additionally, the carmine is shifted over to the left, causing British Guiana to appear white instead of red. Unitrade values a VF-75 OG example without any varieties at $60. The stamp offered here grades 84 as follows:
Paper freshness: 5/5
Absence of visible paper flaws: 5/5