Canada #1376/1376c $2 Truro Normal School, 1991-1998 Fruit and Flag Issue, a Specialized Group of 4 VFNH Examples, Being Both Leigh Mardon and CBN Printings

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A specialized group of 4 VFNH examples of the $2 Truro Normal School stamp from the 1991-1998 Fruit and Flag Issue. Three are the perf. 14.6 x 14 Leigh Marson printings, while one is the CBN printing.

The Leigh Mardon printings generally show the colour of the facade ink under UV light as "orangy brown" or "red brown".  The paper varies also, having either a non-fluorescent front and DF back (NF/DF) or a non-fluorescent face and non-fluorescent back (NF/NF). So the printings are as follows:

  • NF/DF-fl, orange brown facade under UV, perf. 14.6 x 14 (1376).
  • NF/DF, orange brown facade, perf. 14.6 x 14 (1376).
  • NF/NF, red brown facade., perf. 14.6 x 14 (1376i)
  • NF/NF, brown orange facade, perf. 13.3 x 13.0, and a greenish undertone to the background colour. 

    Unitrade lists these stamps at $25 for VFNH. The stamps offered here grade between 75 and 84 as follows:

    Centering/Margins 45/70, 50/70 and 54/70

    Paper freshness: 5/5

    Colour: 5/5

    Impression: 5/5

    Absence of visible paper flaws: 5/5

    Perforations: 10/10