Canada #18ii 12.5c Green Queen Victoria 1859-1867 First Cents Issue, a Fine Mint NH Example, Perf. 12
A fresh and fine NH example of the 12.5c green Queen Victoria Chalon head stamp from the 1859-1867 First Cents Issue. Perf. 12, on stout wove paper with no clear mesh. This is comes from one of the late printings made after 1864.
The gum appears to be consistent with that found on other known genuine OG stamps of this issue, and I note that while the perforation tips are not soft to the touch, they seldom are with the stamps of ths issue. Furthermore, several of the perforation tips have the requisite microfibres on the ends that a stamp with OG would have. There is no stray gum present on the face. There is a very small amount of gum crazing at the edges in places, but the gum is otherwise undisturbed and free of any hinge marks. I believe this is an excellent candidate for a VG Greene certificate.
Unitrade values a fine unused example with no gum at $600, with OG is $1,500 and if certified NH would catalogue $4,500, based on a further 300% premium as noted in Unitrade. I believe the gum may be original, based on the above comments, but I cannot guarantee this, so you should bid accordingly. The stamp offered here grades 69 as follows:
Paper freshness: 4/5
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.