Canada #401-402as 1c Brown - 2c Green Queen Elizabeth II, 1962-1967 Cameo Issue, Specialized Group of 30 Stamps Showing Different Perfs, Gums and Tagging

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$9.15
SKU Lot 56

An interesting and attractive specialized grouping of 30 very fine NH (VF-75 to VF-84) stamps covering all of the basic listings for the 1c and 2c values of the 1962-1967 Cameo Issue, plus many unlisted paper, perf, and tagging varieties, as discussed below. As explained in the blog articles here, here, here and here, these stamps can be found with a variety of paper, shade, tagging and gum varieties, some of which are listed in Unitrade, but most of which are not listed. These articles will explain what these varieties are and how you can identify them. 

In terms of paper, Unitrade does not list any varieties for these two values but there are at least two types of DF paper that can be found, as well as NF papers. This lot includes some of both types that have not been specifically identified, but which will generally be 1 of 2 types of the DF paper as follows: 

  1. A vertical wove paper that shows no clear mesh. 
  2. A vertical wove paper that shows clear horizontal mesh when viewed from the back. 

In terms of gum, there are generally three types, two of which are present in this group:

  1. A smooth, cream coloured gum that has a semi-gloss sheen.
  2. A streaky, cream coloured gum that has a semi-gloss sheen.
  3. A grainy cream coloured textured gum with a satin sheen. This is not present in this lot, has been seen to exist on at least the 4c value. 

In terms of shade, subtle variations in both the brown and green can be found. The main differences are in the intensity of the two colours. Deep rich browns and greens can be found, as well as flatter, less intense shades. The stamps in this lot appear to be primarily the deeper shades of both colours. 

The perforations also vary due to the fact that CBN used up to four different machines to perforate sheets during this period. The old machines gauging 12 and 11.9 were used to perforate most of the original printings, and then the newer machines were used for the later printings. One of these new machines gauges 11.95, while the other one introduced sometime in 1961 gauges 11.85. Compounds can also be found of both these gauges, so that all sheet stamps can be found with many different perforation measurements that at least include: 11.95 x 11.9, 11.95 x 11.85, 11.9 x 11.95, 11.9, 11.95, 11.85 x 11.95, 11.85 x 11.9, 12 x 11.9. All of these measurements are included in this lot. Finally the tagging varies, both with regard to the width of the tagging bars, but also the intensity of the tagging, with the bars varying from light to medium, to dark strength. On the 1c, examples of all three types are included, but all the 2c tagged stamps have the dark bands. 

This lot includes:

  • 4 varieties of the 1c untagged stamp (401)
  • the 1c precancel, perf. 11.9 (401xx)
  • 9 varieties of the 1c tagged stamp (401p)
  • 6 varieties of the 2c untagged stamp (402)
  • 6 varieties of the 2c miniature pane stamp each with different straight edge (402as).
  • 4 varieties of the 2c tagged stamp (402p)
  • the 2c precancelled stamp (402xx)

The varieties are all identified on the back of the 102 cards the stamps are contained in and are identified in the same order in which the stamps appear. The Unitrade catalogue value of the stamps in this lot is $9.15, counting them as basic varieties. A wonderful opportunity to get started on a more specialized collection of this issue. 

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