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Lot 26 Canada #O8-112iii 5c Grey Violet King George V, 1912-1925 Large OHMS, A Very Good Used Single

Lot 26 Canada #O8-112iii 5c Grey Violet King George V, 1912-1925 Large OHMS, A Very Good Used Single

A very good used single of the 5c grey violet King George V from the 1912-1925 Large OHMS, wet printing with retouched frameline, OHMS position C.

Unitrade values this at $60, but our estimate is $30. The stamp offered here grades 60 as follows:

Centering/Margins: 20/60

Paper Freshness: 5/5

Colour: 5/5

Impression: 5/5

Absence of Visible Paper Flaws: 5/5

Perforations: 10/10

Cancellation: 10/10

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All of the 5-hole OHMS perfins were originally listed and priced in Unitrade, until a number of them were de-listed last year. This was done at the recommendation of the BNAPS study group, whose members felt that because they couldn't satisfy themselves that these items were officially issued, that the items in question had to be forgeries. My personal feeling is that this was a highly irresponsible move, and that they should have left them in the catalogue with a cautionary note, rather than removing them. The circumstances of the 5-hole OHMS overprint's issuance is such that I consider their move to be misguided as well. The 5-hole perfins were issued at the Department of Finance on an as needed basis only. Anyone who has worked in an office environment knows that the correct procedures are often not followed, and the rules are bent all the time, and that in most of these instances, there is no record kept. Therefore they are not like other stamp issues that are planned and designed, with every step of the process being documented. I would submit that as expert as the members of the BNAPS study group are, that none of them were alive and at the Department when these stamps were being produced, and that therefore, while they can see that a specific item is fake, because they compare it to a genuine perfin, they cannot assert, with any certainty that a certain stamp cannot exist with the perfin, as any stamp in use at that time could have been perforated. The fact that many have never been seen by the members of the group, does not by itself, prove that such an item does not or cannot exist. All the 5-Hole perfins offered here were bought from reputable dealers who are knowledgable in this area, and so there is no compelling reason to think that any of them are not authentic.

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