Canada #19 17c Dark Blue Jacques Cartier 1859-1867 First Cents Issue, a Very Good Appearing But Good Used Example Perf. 11.75 x 12
A highly presentable, very good appearing, but good used 17c dark blue Jacques Cartier stamp from the 1859-1867 First Cents Issue. Perf. 11.75 x 12 , on stout wove paper with no clear mesh. There is a small corner crease at upper right, which is not visible from the front, but reduces the grade from VG to good.
Unitrade values a VG used example at $60, so fine should be worth $30 or so. The stamp offered here grades 48 as follows:
Paper freshness: 5/5
Absence of visible paper flaws: 5/5
Adjustment for small corner crease: -10 points
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.