Canada #404, 404ii, 404xx 4c Red Queen Elizabeth II, 1962-1967 Cameo Issue, Specialized Group of 16 Stamps Showing Different Perfs, Shades and Gums

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An interesting and attractive specialized grouping of 16 very fine NH (VF-75 to VF-84) stamps covering all of the basic listings for the untagged sheet stamps 4c red value 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 only lists this value as existing in both DF paper and fluorescent paper for some printings. However, a DF paper with fluorescent fibre inclusions can be found also. One of these is included with this lot. 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. 

Also, in most instances, the paper is opaque, showing only a faint image of the design through the back. However, some stamps are found with more of the design visible on 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, but has been seen to exist on this value. 

In terms of shade, there are two main shades. Most of the stamps contain a very slight hint of brown to the red, and are generally a deep red. A lighter red shade exists from the later printings that lacks the brownish undertone. Both shades are included in this lot. 

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 and 11.85 x 12. Many of these measurements are included in this lot. 

This lot includes:

  • 13 varieties of the untagged stamp (404).
  • a DF-fl untagged stamp, which Unitrade lists as fluorescent (404ii)
  • 2 varieties of the precancelled stamp (404xx)

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 $8.75, counting them as basic varieties. A wonderful opportunity to get started on a more specialized collection of this issue. 

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