Canadian Stamp Auctions
Recent Auction Highlights
24 January, 2007 - Vance Auctions Ltd.
Our auction houses are starting off the year with a show of the most interesting stamps. This Vance auction contains all kinds of varieties and, most importantly, some real gems. We start off however, with a forgery, a category of collecting that surprisingly always seems to attract interest, even when the quality of reproduction is not that great, as demonstrated by the first stamp below:
We don’t know how auctioneers determine their estimates for forgeries of Canadian stamps, but looking at the results, we have to give Vance credit, their estimate was pretty good.
The “Cents” stamps were the first Canadian stamps to use the decimal system. They were issued in 1859, the year Canada switched to the decimal system for both its postage and its currency. The stamps were printed by the American Bank Note Company in New York. You will note how very narrow the margins are for this particular issue. Taking into account the type of printing machines used in those days, it is not surprising most of the stamps in this set were usually off-center.
This was Canada’s first set of stamps with perforations. Four different perforating machines were used over the 10 years the stamps were in use, each with slightly different perforations. This is according to Geoffrey Whitworth’s “The First Decimal Issue of Canada 1859-1868“. Getting as many stamps on the page as possible was the objective in order to save on the cost of paper. While the stamps of the set are not that rare, centered copies certainly are.
Each of the above stamps is mint and came with original gum. They are choice copies which, not surprisingly, attracted strong bids.
There are three
types of watermark varieties in the set. Here is a list, showing, as
appropriate, the Scott and Unitrade values.
Pirie & Sons - Script Watermark
The Bothwell and Pirie watermarks were found on paper produced in Scotland. As can be seen, these are valuable stamps. In the past ten years, we have recorded the sale of only one copy of Scott 21b and nine copies of Scott 30d.
They just don’t come much finer than this, described by Vance as a “spectacular stamp with mathematical centering”. We don’t keep track of prices for used copies of this set but would guess that this must be one of the best. Many of these high dollar jubilees were canceled with “killer strikes”. As a result, one does not often see a copy with such a very light cancel. It is a real pleasure to see such a beautiful example of this stamp.
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There were 4 new record prices in the sale.