Canada #85 (SG#166) 2c Pale Lavender, Carmine & Black 1898 Christmas Re-Entry VF-80 NH
A well centered, fresh and very fine mint NH example in the lavender and aniline carmine shade. Solid inked oceans and four varieties including:
1. There is strong re-entry in the lower cable that shows us doubling of the outer line at the top of the cable, as seen in the attached scan.
2. The left cable is retouched as shown in the attached scan.
3. There is an extra island east of Australia, as shown in the left scan of Australia.
4. There is a very small extra island just off the central west coast of Africa and an extra colony in Northern Africa, as can be seen in the left hand scan of Africa.
The stamp is NH, with full undisturbed OG. The scan makes it look as if there is a gum skip at right, but this is actually a natural uneven area in the gum. Unitrade values a VF-75 NH example without any varieties at $150. The stamp offered here grades 80 as follows:
Paper freshness: 5/5
Absence of visible paper flaws: 5/5