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EXTREMELY FINE. AN EXCEPTIONAL USED EXAMPLE OF THE CANADA 12-PENCE BLACK ON LAID PAPER. AN ICONIC CANADIAN RARITY -- AND THAT OF THE ENTIRE BRITISH COMMONWEALTH AND CLASSIC PHILATELY AS A WHOLE. THE REMARKABLE STAMP OFFERED HERE EASILY RANKS AS ONE OF THE FINEST USED EXAMPLES.
The first Pence Issues of Canada were printed by the New York firm of Rawdon, Wright, Hatch & Edson, the same firm that printed the New York Postmaster's Provisional and United States 5c and 10c 1847 Issue. The Pence issues, and particularly the 12-pence, show the same fine quality of engraving that distinguishes the U.S. 1847 Issue. The original die was engraved by Alfred Jones and is based upon the Chalon portrait, which was also used on the stamps of Queensland, Tasmania, Bahamas and New Zealand, among other British colonies. The stamps were printed early in 1851 (12p issued June 14), at the same time that RWH&E's contract for providing United States stamps was coming to an end.
A total of 50,000 stamps were printed from 250 sheets of 200 subjects (two panes of 100). Only 1,450 were sold with the balance being destroyed. Our census, available on our website at https://siegelauctions.com/census/canada/scott/3 , records a total of 36 used singles, two pairs and four covers. Of the singles, less than one-third are sound with four margins, with few equating to the size of the margins and light cancel of the example offered here.
Census no. 3-CAN-18. Ex Lees-Jones, Amundsen, "Malibu" and Collier. With 1950 R.P.S., 1986 Holcombe, and 2006 Greene Foundation certificates. Scott $135,000.00. SG £100,000. Unitrade C$180,000.00