Canada #405as, bs, qs 5c Violet Blue Queen Elizabeth II, 1962-1967 Cameo Issue, Specialized Group of 13 Booklet and Miniature Pane Stamps Showing Different Papers and Straight Edges

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An interesting and attractive specialized grouping of 13 very fine NH (VF-75 to VF-84) booklet and miniature pane stamps covering all of the basic listings for the 5c violet blue value of the 1962-1967 Cameo Issue. 

In terms of paper, Unitrade only lists this value as existing on DF paper for the miniature pane stamps and on both DF and LF paper for the booklet stamps, though NF paper exists as well. The paper of these stamps is generally horizontal wove, as opposed to vertical wove for the sheet stamps. They can be found both with and without light vertical ribbing on the gummed side. 

    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, and the stamp is also known printed in aniline ink, which suffuses through the back of the stamps. 

    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 the 4c value. 

    In terms of shade, there are several shades, which vary from shades of violet blue, to shades of ultramarine, and include:

    • Deep violet blue
    • Violet blue
    • Light violet blue
    • Deep bright violet blue
    • Bright violet blue
    • Dark royal blue
    • Deep ultramarine
    • Deep aniline ultramarine

    This lot includes a few of these shades, mainly the violet blue and deep ultramarine shades. 

    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, 11.9 x 12 and 11.85 x 12. It is difficult to measure the perforations accurately on these, due to the straight edges, but the booklet and miniature pane stamps exhibit all the variation that the sheet stamps do. 

    This lot includes:

    • 2 varieties of the booklet stamp on DF and NF paper (405as)
    • 8 varieties of the untagged miniature sheet stamp (405bs)
    • 3 varieties of the Winnipeg tagged miniature sheet stamp (405qs)

    The varieties mainly consist of slight differences in shade or gum, or the different configurations of straight edges.  The Unitrade catalogue value of the stamps in this lot is $15.20, counting them as basic varieties. A wonderful opportunity to get started on a more specialized collection of this issue. 

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