Canada #34 1/2c Black Queen Victoria 1870-1897 Small Queen Issue a VG Used Example of the Late Montreal Printing, Perf. 12, With Unlisted "Printing Void" Variety

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A very good used example of the late Montreal printing of the 1/2c black Queen Victoria stamp from the 1870-1897 Small Queen Issue, showing an unlisted "printing void flaw on the Queen's neck". Perf. 12. and printed on the soft vertical wove paper.

The printing void consists of a large area of missing ink at the lower part of the neck at left. I've considered the possibility of this being a surface scrape, but I dipped the stamp in watermark fluid, and there was no darkening of the design in the area, so I can rule that out. The stamp has a light diagonal crease that reduces the grade from fine to VG. Not listed in Unitrade, but a reasonable value would be $20. 

The stamp offered here grades 55 as follows:

Centering/margins 30/60

Paper freshness: 5/5

Colour: 5/5

Impression: 5/5

Absence of visible paper flaws: 5/5

Perforations: 5/10

Cancellation: 10/10

Adjustment for light crease: -10 points

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