Lot 150 Canada #225 20c Olive Green Niagara Falls 1935-1937 Dated Die Issue, A VFOG Example, Vertical Wove Paper With Vertical Mesh , Cream Gum With a Semi-Gloss Sheen, Showing Diagonal Line Through "A" of "Canada" & "R" of "Niagara"
A VFOG example of the 20c olive green Niagara Falls from the 1935-1937 Dated Die Issue showing diagonal line through "A" of "Canada" & "R" of "Niagara". Printed on vertical wove paper with vertical mesh and cream gum with a semi-gloss sheen. Although not listed specifically by Unitrade, the stamps of this issue exist with several different paper and gum types. In terms of paper so far I have been able to ascertain that there are five basic types:
(1) A horizontal ribbed paper.
(2) A horizontal wove with light vertical ribbing visible on the gum, found only on some coils.
(3) a vertical wove paper that is smooth on the surface, but shows distinct horizontal mesh through the back.
(4) A soft vertical wove paper that shows distinct vertical mesh, even without backlighting (clear vertical mesh). On some coils this paper is horizontal wove.
(5) A crisp vertical wove paper that shows no distinct mesh. On the coils this is horizontal wove.
(6) A medium vertical wove that shows vertical mesh, but only when backlit. (vertical mesh).
The gum found on these issues includes:
(1) Cream with a semi-gloss sheen.
(2) Cream with a satin sheen.
(3) Yellowish cream with a semi-gloss sheen.
(4) Deep yellowish cream with a semi-gloss sheen.
(5) Streaky cream with a satin sheen.
(6) Streaky cream with a semi-gloss sheen.
(7) Brownish cream with a semi-gloss sheen.
(8) White gum with a satin sheen.
(9) Deep cream with a satin sheen.
(10) Crackly cream gum, so far only seen on the 13c.
These differences are useful because they give clues as to the order of the printings, and an individual stamp can be assigned to an approximate year based on these characteristics. For example, the late printings will share the same characteristics as the early printings of the 1937-1942 Mufti Issue. For this issue, that would appear to be the ribbed papers, the smooth paper with the horizontal mesh on the back, the cream and deep cream gums with the satin sheen, the streaky cream gum with the satin sheen and the white gums. These would appear to be from late 1936 or early 1937. The other types will be from 1935 and 1936.
This example shows a spectacular plate flaw in the form of a diagonal hairline running through the A of Canada and R of Niagara. In addition there are some very small dashes in the C of Cents. This is one of three hairline flaws I have discovered on this design. In my opinion, these are at least as good as the Hairline from Hand on #208, the Man on Mast from #158, or any of the listed plate flaws from this period.
Unitrade values this at $20, for a normal stamp. Our estimate for this variety is $100. The stamp offered here grades 80 as follows:
Paper Freshness: 5/5
Absence of Visible Paper Flaws: 5/5