Canadian Stamp Auctions
Stamp Market Commentary
As most collectors of Large Queen stamps know, copies of the stamps on “laid paper” are rare, particularly mint copies. Unitrade estimates that there are fewer than 10 unused copies each of the 1¢ and 3¢ stamps. There are no unused copies known of the 2¢ stamp, only two used copies.
Since 1973, when we began keeping records of stamps sold at auction, we have only recorded the sale of four 1¢ mint and four 3¢ mint stamps. In all this time, there has been no sale of the 2¢ used at auction to the best of our knowledge. Any such sales have taken place privately.
The last sale of a mint Scott 31, the 1¢ on laid paper, took place in 1996. In the 15 subsequent years, we recorded no further sale. Where they are at present is a mystery!
For the record, we present below the four copies that are found in our research files
known copies of Scott 31 mint:
Well centered, some perfs short at left, crease UR corner, R.P.S. certificate
states “S.G.55a 1¢ Laid unused without gum, genuine”
Rich colour,o.g., One of the gems of the Dale-Lichtenstein collection,
probably the finest mint copy existing with 1971 Philatelic Foundation
Description: Fresh, unused, rich colour,v.f., unusually well centered for this great variety, with 1958 Philatelic Foundation certificate.
Description: fresh unused, a great rarity, with tiny faults and the 1971 Royal certificate that does not mention them, fine, showpiece. (This copy looks remarkably like lot 281 in the 1973 Sissons’ sale above....and if so, this means that we have only recorded 3 mint copies and not 4)
in 1998, Unitrade valued Scott 32, the 2¢ Large Queen on laid paper,
at $250,000. 13 years later, in 2011, it still values the stamp at $250,000.
Like we said, it must be very hard to estimate a value for stamps that
don’t appear at auction.