Canada #1352v, vi 5c Rose Hip, 1991-1998 Fruit & Flag Definitive Issue, Four Se-Tenant Pairs, Different Printings, Each Showing "Blue Thread", and "Rose Thorn" Varieties
VFNH pairs of the 5c rose hip from the 1991-1998 Fruit and Flag Definitive Issue, from various printings, each showing either the "blue thread" variety, or the "rose thorn" variety. In each case one stamp in the pair shows the variety, while the other does not. The pairs are as follows:
- Rose thorn pair, from CBN printing on Coated Papers Paper.
- Rose thorn pair, from Ashton Potter Canada printing on Coated Papers Paper.
- Blue thread pair, from Ashton Potter Canada printing on Coated Papers Paper.
- Blue thread pair, from CBN printing on Coated Papers Paper.
These are very small varieties, but the blue thread is a blue "s" shaped line that appears just to the left of the "C" of Canada, while the snake in bush is a small black arc that appears in the middle of the rightmost bush, to the right of the "2". The rose thorn variety is a small black arc that appears inside the right rose-hip bud, near the bottom.
Unitrade lists these pairs at $13 for VFNH. The pairs offered here grade 80 and 84 as follows:
Centering/Margins 50/70 and 54/70
Paper freshness: 5/5
Absence of visible paper flaws: 5/5