Canada #85 2c Lavender, Black and Carmine, Mercator Projection 1898 Imperial Penny Postage Issue, a Fine Mint NH Example of the "Muddy Ocean"

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A fresh and fine NH example of the 2c lavender, black and carmine Mercator Projection stamp from the 1898 Imperial Penny Postage Issue, which has begun to oxidize, producing the popular "muddy ocean" variety. Although it is not a true printing variety, it is popular with collectors, and so I am listing it as such. There is a minor diagonal gum bend on the back, but this is mentioned for accuracy only. Unitrade values this stamp in this grade at $50. The stamp offered here grades 70 as follows:

Centering/margins: 40/70
Paper freshness: 5/5
Colour: 5/5
Impression: 5/5
Absence of visible paper flaws: 5/5
Perforations: 10/10