Canada #F2i 5c Green 1875-88 Registered Issue, A Fine Used Example of the Second Ottawa Printing, Perf. 12 on Soft Horizontal Wove Paper, With February 10, 1892 Calgary Split Ring CDS Cancel
A fine used example of the Second Ottawa printing of the 5c green registered stamp. Printed on soft horizontal wove paper, and perf. 12. Very interestingly, it is cancelled with a February 10, 1892 Calgary CDS. What is interesting is that (1) it is very early for Calgary and (2) the cancel reads "Alta" at the bottom, rather than "Assa". It is interesting because Alberta did not officially become a province until 1905, and up to that time most Alberta and Saskatchewan cancels appear as Assiniboia cancels, which is what this territory was called before 1905.
The registered letter stamps were printed and issued at the same time that the Small Queen Issue was in use. However, the perforations found and the papers used do not always match those found on the equivalent Small Queen stamps. Many of the Montreal printings have perforations measuring 12.1, 12.1 or 12.25 on at least one side, while the scarce Montreal printing listed as perf. 12 x 11.5 is most often 12 x 11.75 in actuality.
It should be realized that the scarcity of the stamps follows the rates that were in effect for registration. So, for domestic registration the rate was 2c until May 1889 when it increased to 5 cents. So, Montreal printings of the 2c registered stamps are much more common than second Ottawa printings, and for the 5c stamp the exact opposite is true. The Montreal printings of the 5c stamps and the 8c stamps were only used for certain foreign and US-bound destinations, and consequently are much scarcer.
Unitrade values a F-65 example of the normal used stamp at $3, but the cancel should make it worth more. The stamp offered here grades F-65 as follows:
Paper freshness: 5/5
Absence of visible paper flaws: 5/5