Canada #415 15c Deep Bright Aniline Blue Canada Geese, 1962-1967 Cameo Issue, A VFNH LL Inscription Pair on DF Paper, Perf. 11.9 x 11.95, Printed in Aniline Ink

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A VFNH plate 2 inscription pair of the 15c deep bright aniline blue Canada Geese stamp of the 1962-1967 Cameo Issue, printed on translucent dull fluorescent vertical wove paper, with smooth gums, and perf. 11.9 x 11.95. 

The aniline inks are not listed in Unitrade, but they occur on many of the blue stamps of the 1950's and 1960's. They are all scarce, turning up only a handful of times in many hundreds of mint examples, and quite often thousands of stamps. It has been suggested by some that these are colour changelings brought about by storage conditions, but I have recently sold a cover that was franked with several stamps, with only a few on the envelope being aniline. This supports the notion that these are legitimate differences in the chemical composition of the inks. On this issue the blue is actually a completely different shade from what is usually seen. Normally this stamp is printed in a violet blue. This shade is much brighter. Also, the scan of the back shows the suffusion of colour through to the surface of the paper that is characteristic of stamps printed with aniline inks. 

    Unitrade does not list the aniline ink, but a reasonable estimate is $50 for the pair. The pair offered here grades 80 as follows:

    Centering/Margins 50/70

    Paper freshness: 5/5

    Colour: 5/5

    Impression: 5/5

    Absence of visible paper flaws: 5/5 

    Perforations: 10/10


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