Canada #O48 4c Bright Red Queen Elizabeth II, 1962-1967 Cameo Issue, a Group of 4 VFNH Singles With "G" Overprint, Each a Different Perf

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An interesting and attractive specialized grouping of 4 very fine NH (VF-84) singles of the 4c bright red "G" overprint stamp from the 1962-1963 Cameo Official Issue. 

In terms of paper, Unitrade only lists this value as existing on DF paper. There are at least two types of DF paper that can be found, as follows: 

  1. A vertical wove paper that shows no clear mesh. 
  2. A vertical wove paper that shows clear horizontal mesh when viewed from the back (sometimes referred to as "ribbed")

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.

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 unoverprinted 4c value. 

In terms of shades, there are at least two for this value - a bright red and a deeper red with a brownish undertone.

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. 

The perfs of the stamps in this lot are: 11.9, 11.85 x 11.9, 11.95 x 11.9, 11.9 x 11.85. 

The Unitrade catalogue value of these stamps, counting them all as basic varieties is $6.60 in this grade. 

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