Lot 29 Canada #3TC 12d Queen Victoria Trial Colour Die Proof in Vermilion, on India paper, from the composite die proof. The so-called “scar” die proof, as it has a line in “CE” of PENCE. A rare and very fine item. Accompanied by a 2021 Greene Foundation certificate. Unitrade CV$11,000.
Lot 181 Canada 12½c Small Queen Engraved Die Essay in Blue, on thin hard wove paper measuring 23 x 30 mm, very fine. A rare die essay for a value intended to replace the 12½c Large Queen issue. Illustrated in Hillson and Nixon Canada’s Postage Stamps of the Small Queen Era 1870-1897 on page 29. Ex Gillilan, Brigham, Cantor. Estimate $5,000.
Lot 290 New Brunswick #3 1851 12d Bright Red Violet Heraldic Imperforate, used with light oval grid cancel, with bright colour and four large to well clear margins. There is a very light pressed-out crease (barely visible only in fluid), else a fine-very fine stamp. Accompanied by a 1962 Alberto Diena certificate (with his pencil signature on stamp) and a 2021 Greene Foundation certificate. Unitrade CV$ 6,000.