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Canadian Stamp Tips: #7 of a series
Posted Dec 4, 1998)


1994-1995 Architecture

Background

February 21, 1994 saw the release of two high-value Architecture stamps: a $1 Court House and $2 Provincial Normal School.

What was special about these two stamps? They were printed by Leigh-Mardon Pty Limited ... of Australia!

Both values were reissued a year later, on February 20, 1995. This time the printer was the Canadian Bank Note Company.

The above would imply that there were only two printings of each stamp. Wrong! As we will see, there were three printings of the $1 value and four printings of the $2 value.

By studying these stamps with the aid of an ultraviolet light, different "glows" of the front of the building can be seen, which proves that multiple printings were made. Top

$1 Court House

1375 (13k) The $1 value pictures the Court House in Yorkton, Saskatchewan. The central portion of the front of the building is a brown colour while the left and right ends are grey-coloured.

By "lamping" (studying stamps under an ultraviolet light in a dark room) the Leigh-Mardon printing of this stamp, two different "glows" can be seen on the central portion of the building, as listed here:

Printer Perf Glow Estimate
LM 14.6 x 14 glows orangy 67%
LM 14.6 x 14 glows copper 7%
CBN 13.3 x 13 - 26%

This shows that three different printings exist, two by LM and the one by CBN. Also notice that the second printing by LM is relatively scarce. Top

$2 Provincial Normal School

1376 (13k) The $2 value pictures the Normal School Building in Truro, Nova Scotia.

By "lamping" the Leigh-Mardon printing of this stamp, three (3) different "glows" can be seen on the stamp, as listed here:

Printer Perf Building Glow Top/Bottom "bands" Estimate
LM 14.6 x 14 glows orange brown glow brownish 47%
LM 14.6 x 14 glows red-brown glow brownish 21%
LM 14.6 x 14 glows coppery glow grey-brown 3%
CBN 13.3 x 13 no glow glow grey-black 29%

This shows that four different printings exist, three by LM and the one by CBN. Also notice that the third printing by LM is very scarce. Top


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