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Lot 236 Canada #109c 3c Deep Carmine Red (Carmine) King George V, 1911-1928 Admiral Issue, A Fine OG Single, Die 2, Dry Printing, Re-Drawn Frameline

Lot 236 Canada #109c 3c Deep Carmine Red (Carmine) King George V, 1911-1928 Admiral Issue, A Fine OG Single, Die 2, Dry Printing, Re-Drawn Frameline

A fine OG single of the 3c deep carmine red (carmine) King George V from the 1911-1928 Admiral Issue, die 2, dry printing. Re-drawn frameline. The reason for the scarcity of the die 2 sheet stamps in mint condition is that the war-tax which was introduced in 1915 was abolished in 1926, just shortly after these were produced. So, the demand for 3c stamps plummeted after the domestic rate went down to 2c. Most of the existing stocks of 3c stamps that the Post Office Department had on hand were held, and in 1931 when the war-tax was re-introduced, and the demand for 3c stamps rose once more, they were perforated 12 x 8 and issued as #184's.

Unitrade values this at $25. The stamp offered here grades 65 as follows:

Centering/Margins: 35/70

Paper Freshness: 5/5

Colour: 5/5

Impression: 5/5

Absence of Visible Paper Flaws: 5/5

Perforations: 10/10

Unitrade's treatment of the Admiral issue is quite simplified in the sense that only the broad shade groups are listed, and the retouched frameline is only listed on a few values, even though most of the first colours of each value can be found with both retouched frame and normal frame in the upper right spandrel of the design. In terms of shades, what we have done is to sort the stamps into each identifiable shade, name them using the Gibbons Stamp Colour Key and then attempt to assign each shade to one of the groups listed in Unitrade. This is fairly easy to do when you have all the shades identified and laid next to one another. The difference between the retouched and redrawn frameline is another source of confusion for many collectors. Basically, the normal frame, from the early printings has horizontal shading lines that terminate in a uniform straight line, with no vertical line connecting them. The retouched frameline is a light vertical line which has been added to join all the horizontal shading lines. It is generally only found on wet printings. The re-drawn frameline on the other hand is a thicker, heavier line and is only found on dry printings.

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