Canada #238 1c Green King George VI 1937-1942 Mufti Issue Very Fine Mint NH/OG Narrow Spacing Coil Strip of 4 of the 1941-1942 Printing
A well centered and very fine mint NH/OG narrow spacing strip of 4 of the 1c green King George VI coil stamp from the 1937-1942 Mufti Issue. This issue is found printed on several different types of paper, including a horizontal wove paper that shows vertical ribbing, and a soft, fibrous horizontal wove paper that is usually found with a smooth cream gum. This strip is printed on a horizontal wove paper, with a crackly light cream gum. This generally comes from the printings made toward the end of this issue's life, as it matches the paper used for the early printings of the War issue coils.
The narrow spacing occurs on the middle of the strip, where the spacing is 3 mm as opposed to 3.5-3.75 mm. This occurs because the paper web is pulled back when the printing cylinder starts its next revolution. For this reason it is generally not possible to find a strip like this with perfect centering. The centering is judged based on an average of the two pairs that comprise the strip. The left pair is NH, and the right pair is hinged on the third stamp and NH on the fourth.
Unitrade values the normal spacing strip in this grade at $16 for hinged. Even though one stamp is hinged there should be some premium on the other three NH stamps and also for the narrow spacing, which is not found that often on these early coil issues. So, my estimate for this is $25. The strip offered here grades 75 as follows:
Paper freshness: 5/5
Absence of visible paper flaws: 5/5