Canada #86b (SG#168) 2c Deep Blue, Carmine & Black 1898 Christmas Toned Paper VF-75 NH
A well centered and very fine mint NH example in the deep blue and aniline carmine shade, on the toned paper. This paper is not listed by Unitrade, but it is found on this and several other stamps from the subsequent sets, up to and including the Admirals. Clearly lined inked oceans. The stamp also shows the following two varieties:
1. There is an extra island in the South Pacific as shown in the left scan of the South Pacific.
2. There is an extra territory in north east Africa, as shown in the left hand scan of Africa.
Unitrade values a VF-75 NH example on regular paper with no varieties at $187.50. The stamp offered here grades 75 as follows:
Paper freshness: 5/5
Absence of visible paper flaws: 5/5