VERY FINE. AN IMPRESSIVE UNUSED 7-1/2 PENCE GREEN.
Signed Bloch and with 1973 Friedl certificate. SG £11,000. Unitrade C$12,000.00
FRESH AND VERY FINE USED EXAMPLE OF THE RARE BLACK BROWN SHADE.
Signed Bloch and with 1973 Friedl certificate. SG £2,500. Unitrade C$8,000.
VERY FINE. A RARE COVER BEARING THE 2-CENT PORT HOOD PROVISIONAL STAMP.
On December 29, 1898, the postage rate was lowered from 3c to 2c, effective as of January 1, 1899. This created a shortage of 2c stamps. Boggs quotes from the postmaster of Port Hood regarding the shortage:
"When the change in Canadian postage was made -- of which we got notice by wire -- I had only a very few two cent stamps in stock so that before I got my supply from Ottawa I completely ran out out of them, and, to keep my account straight, was compelled to cut threes...about 200 "2" and 100 "1" were used. Those stamps I put on letters for delivery within the county as much as possible..."
Of special note is that there is a light but discernable second handstamp surcharge, and is specifically noted as a double surcharge on the P.F. certificate and with a Stanley Gibbons designation of No. 170a, when Stanley Gibbons listed the double surcharge based on this cover. They no longer list it as some experts feel this is not a true double surcharge.
Signed Stanley Gibbons and Bloch. With 1969 P.F. certificate as noted above, and a 1983 Friedl certificate. Cataloged as the normal provisional. SG £3,000. Unitrade C$8,000.00.
EXTREMELY FINE MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE RARE CANADA SEAWAY INVERT.
The St. Lawrence Seaway provided for passage from the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes. It was a collaboration between the United States and Canada. The Seaway was opened in 1959 with a ceremony led by Queen Elizabeth II and President Eisenhower. Both the United States and Canada issued stamps to commemorate the event. Both stamps have the same basic design, except the Canada stamp has bilingual text at top. The invert is only known on the Canadian stamp.
Ex Prappas. SG £9,000. Unitrade C$16,000.00