Canada #18a 12.5c Blue Green Queen Victoria 1859-1867 First Cents Issue, a VG Used Example on Thin Stout Wove Paper, Perf. 12
A fine centered, but VG used example of the 12.5c blue green Queen Victoria Chalon head stamp from the 1859-1867 First Cents Issue. Perf. 12, on thin, soft wove paper with no clear mesh. This is comes from one of the later printings made after 1864. Somewhat messy cancel is what takes this from fine down to VG, as it is a perfectly sound stamp.
Unitrade values a VG used example at $30. The stamp offered here grades 64 as follows:
Paper freshness: 5/5
Absence of visible paper flaws: 5/5
Note: on this issue Unitrade uses relative grading, due to the poor centering on the issue in general. So what I would grade as VG will be F in Unitrade. What I would grade as F will be VF and what I would grade as VF would be superlative, and well over the Unitrade value for VF. So to avoid confusion I have altered my grading to correspond to Unitrade's grading scale on this issue only.