Lot 171 Canada #39 1872-73 6c yellow brown Small Queen, Perforated 11.85 x 12, First Ottawa printing “one dot state” (plate position 94), nicely centered and fresh, mint never hinged, very fine. Accompanied by a 2019 Greene Foundation certificate. Catalogue value is for a “normal” #39 and does not take into consideration the rarity of mint stamps from the First Ottawa printing. This lot and the two following lots were in a strip of three plated as being from positions 92 to 94 from the “A” plate. The strip of three was pictured in Hillson’s article on the 6c value published in The London Philatelist. The stamps are from a very early printing, as denoted by the perforation and the small single guide dots. We note that high-quality never hinged examples of First Ottawa printing 6c are exceptionally rare. In fact, based on our research, we have not identified any premium never hinged example being offered at auction prior to these three examples. The rarity of this stamp should not be confused with the much more common, yet still elusive, 6c yellow-brown from the “three dot state” which can be seen infrequently offered in premium never hinged condition. The strip of three was separated into three singles to give three collectors the opportunity to acquire one of these rare premium examples of the 6c from the First Ottawa printing. From the John Hillson Collections. Unitrade CV$ 2,400, sold for $2500 plus 15% buyer’s premium.
Lot 196 Canada #39a 1873 6c yellow brown Small Queen Diagonal Half Used on Cover, mailed from Wilmot N.S. on AUG.20.1873 to Bridgetown N.S. (partial receiver on back), franked with a diagonal half of an early printing (one dot state) 6c Small Queen, paying the domestic rate. The stamp is properly tied by a grid cancel. Light overall soiling, still very fine and accompanied by a 1993 Robineau (Paris, France) certificate. From the John Hillson Collections, and illustrated in H&N, page 169. Unitrade CV $5,000.
Three extremely fine mint 1897 Queen Victoria “Jubilees” deserve highlighting. Surely one or more of these is a record price; we’re looking into it.
Lot 193 Canada #55i 1897 6c yellow brown Jubilee, with Re-Entry, mint never hinged, with large, even margins and showing a re-entry in POSTAGE (from position 44). An extremely fine stamp. Accompanied by a 2015 Greene Foundation certificate. Unitrade CV$2,700, sold for $2900 plus buyer’s premium ($3335).
Lot 200 Canada #57 1897 10c brown violet Jubilee, mint never hinged, with four large and even margins, extremely fine. Accompanied by a 2015 Greene Foundation certificate. A remarkable stamp. Unitrade CV$750, sold for $750 plus buyer’s premium ($862.50).
Lot 202 Canada #58 1897 15c steel blue Jubilee, mint never hinged, fresh and extremely fine. Accompanied by a 2017 Greene Foundation certificate. A gorgeous stamp. Unitrade CV$1,200, sold for $2600 plus buyer’s premium ($2990).