Canada #85 2c Lavender, Black and Carmine, Mercator Projection 1898 Imperial Penny Postage Issue Fine and Very Fine Used Examples, Each Showing a Different Configuration of the Islands ,

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Three very fine mint OG examples of the 2c lavender, black and carmine Mercator Projection stamp from the 1898 Imperial Penny Postage Issue. Each stamp shows differences in the number of islands - particularly the Pacific islands. There are also different number of territories marked in carmine inside the African continent. These differences can be used to plate these stamps. Unitrade values these stamps in these grades at $30. The stamps offered here grade 73, 76 and 78 as follows:

Centering/margins: 40/60 and 35/60
Paper freshness: 5/5
Colour: 5/5
Impression: 5/5
Absence of visible paper flaws: 5/5
Perforations: 10/10 and 8/10
Cancellation: 8/10