Lot 73 Canada #201 13c Slate Violet Old Quebec Citadel, 1932-1935 Medallion Issue, A VFOG Example, Brownish Cream Gum With a Semi-Gloss Sheen, Showing Unlisted "Bullet Hole" Above "DA" of "Canada"
A VFOG example of the 13c slate violet Old Quebec Citadel from the 1932-1935 Medallion Issue showing unlisted "bullet hole" above "DA" of "Canada". With brownish cream gum with a semi-gloss sheen. Although not listed specifically by Unitrade, the stamps of this issue exist with several different gum types, as well as shade variations of every value in the set. The gum types found vary depending on whether the stamp is a wet rotary press sheet stamp, dry rotary press stamp, or a coil stamp. The wet rotary press and coil stamps usually have either cream, deep cream or yellowish cream, semi-gloss gum. This gum can have either vertical, or in the case of coils, horizontal striations, or it can be without these.
The dry rotary press sheet stamps and booklet stamps can have at least seven types of gum.
(1) Cream with a semi-gloss sheen.
(2) Deep cream with a semi-gloss sheen.
(3) Yellowish cream with a semi-gloss sheen.
(4) Deep yellowish cream with a semi-gloss sheen.
(5) Brownish cream with a semi-gloss sheen.
(6) Mottled brownish cream with a semi-gloss sheen.
(7) Light cream with a satin sheen.
These differences in gum can aid in dating individual printings by comparing the gum to that found on the commemoratives of the period. Based on these comparisons:
1. Mottled brownish cream and brownish cream gums come from December 1932 and very early 1933.
2. Deep cream, cream and yellowish cream gum comes from mid to late 1933.
3. Light cream gum with the satin sheen comes from 1934 and early 1935.
This example shows an interesting plate flaw in the form of a bullet hole above the DA of Canada. This is the first such example I have seen or offered.
Unitrade values this at $60 for a normal stamp. However it should be worth more with this variety. The stamp offered here grades 84 as follows:
Paper Freshness: 5/5
Absence of Visible Paper Flaws: 5/5