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Lot 306 Canada #BK40b 1949-1953 Postes-Postage Issue, Complete 25c Bilingual Booklet Containing 2 Panes of the 3c Rose-Purple King George VI, Harris Front Cover Type IIIc, Back Cover Gi, No Rate Page

Lot 306 Canada #BK40b 1949-1953 Postes-Postage Issue, Complete 25c Bilingual Booklet Containing 2 Panes of the 3c Rose-Purple King George VI, Harris Front Cover Type IIIc, Back Cover Gi, No Rate Page

A well centered, fresh and very fine example of the 25¢ bilingual booklet from the 1949-1952 Postes-Postage Issue, containing two panes of 4 + 2 labels of the 3c rose-purple, being one of the two of the back cover types for front cover type IIIc. The contents have the following characteristics:

Paper type: Horizontal ribbed vertical wove paper.

Printing method: Engraving

Printer: Canadian Bank Note Company

Perforation or die cut: 12 Line

Stamp colours: rose-purple

Rate Page: no rate page

Gum Type: Shiny cream

The covers display the following characteristics:

Cover fluorescence: Dull Fluorescent

Cover seal type: Unsealed

Cover design: Canada Arms and Canada Postage

Cover markings or type: Type 2

Front cover: Harris Type IIIc

Cover binding type: 17 mm Staple

Back cover: Harris Type Gi

Interleaving inside? Yes

The Unitrade catalogue value for a VF-75 mint example of this booklet is $19.50. The booklet offered here grades 75 as follows:

Cover freshness: 10/10

Centering of the panes: 50/70

Condition of cover edges: 5/5

Freshness of the panes: 5/5

Absence of visible cover flaws or stains: 5/5

Condition of interleaving and contents: 5/5
The booklets of this issue exist with several different types of front and back covers. These covers were printed from separate dies, and have all been identified by the late Peter Harris in his book "Canadian Stamp Booklets - Dotted Cover Dies 1935-1955". Each major colour of larger booklet typically exists with two front cover dies and four back cover ones, resulting in 8 different combinations. The English chewing gum booklets, on the other hand exist with four front and back cover dies, for a total of 16 different booklets. The bilingual larger booklets exist with two front and two back cover types, while the bilingual chewing gum booklets exist with 15 different front and back cover dies, for a total of 225 possible booklets, although many of these have not, as yet been reported. None of these are listed in Unitrade. The pictures shown are stock pictures, however, there will be no significant difference between the booklet you receive and the one shown here. The centering of the panes will be as shown in the grading breakdown and may be better or inferior to the panes shown in the stock picture.

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