Canada #85 2c Lavender, Black and Pale Carmine, Mercator Projection 1898 Imperial Penny Postage Issue, A Very Fine Used Example With Light Cancel

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A well centered and very fine used  example of the 2c lavender, black and pale carmine Mercator Projection stamp from the 1898 Imperial Penny Postage Issue. Widely recognized as being the world's first Christmas stamp! Unitrade values this stamp in this grade at $12. The stamp offered here grades 78 as follows:

Centering/margins: 40/60
Paper freshness: 5/5
Colour: 5/5
Impression: 5/5
Absence of visible paper flaws: 5/5
Perforations: 8/10

Cancellation: 10/10