Canada #229 (SG#353) 2c Deep Brown King George V 1935-1937 Dated Die Issue Coil, A Perfect Mint OG Example
A perfectly centered and gem mint OG single of the 2c deep brown King George V coil stamp from the 1935-37 Dated Die Issue. Printed on horizontal wove paper with no visible mesh, and with smooth deep cream gum, that has a semi-gloss sheen.
Although not mentioned in Unitrade, the coil stamps of this issue exist with at least 4 different paper and gum type combinations, and there are at least two different shades of each value. The paper varies according to the direction of the weave (horizontal versus vertical) and the direction and visibility of the mesh. The gum varies in colour and sheen. In my opinion these varieties are every bit as collectible as perforation and shade varieties on the other issues.
Unitrade values a VF-75 OG single at $25. However, these stamps are notoriously difficult to find with full and even perforations, due to the coarse gauge, as well as difficult to find this close to perfectly centered. Therefore it should be worth a premium over this amount. The stamp offered here grades GEM-100 OG as follows:
Paper freshness: 5/5
Absence of visible paper flaws: 5/5