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Medium-value Landscapes (1972-76)
Updated Oct 14/02

Tag Tips (2k)  Background
 Type differences

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The release of 5 new medium-value definitives featuring landscapes from across Canada was an innocent beginning. Although only these 5 values are part of this landscape set, there are in fact no less than 33 different major varieties!

During the short time that these stamps were available, 3 different types of tagging was used; 4 of the values were "redrawn" (differences discussed below checklist), and all of the values were reissued with a different printing. In addition, "ribbed-textured" paper varieties exist on all values (and many of the tag changes noted above).

All values were printed in panes of 100 by the British American Bank Note Company.


[ This is a "wide" table, by necessity - too many varieties! ]

  Type I   Type II (Re-drawn)
  12 1/2x12   12 1/2x12 13 1/3
  Wpg Tag OP-4 (migrates) OP-2 (3mm) OP-2 (4mm)   OP-2 (4mm) OP-2 (4mm)
Value   Ribbed Ribbed   Ribbed   Ribbed     Ribbed Hi-brite  
10c Forest Sep 8/72 Sep 8/72 Sep 8/72 (pl 1) Sep 8/72 (pl 1) Sep 8/72 (pl 1)       Jun 74 (pl 2) x x Sep 75 (pl 3)
15c Mountain Sheep   Sep 8/72 Sep 8/72 (pl 1) Sep 8/72 (pl 1) Sep 8/72 (pl 1)       Jun 75   x Jan 76 (pl 2)
20c Prairie   Sep 8/72 Sep 8/72 (pl 1)   Sep 8/72 (pl 1) Dec 73 x         Jan 76 (pl 3)
25c Polar Bears   Sep 8/72 Sep 8/72 (pl 1) Sep 8/72 (pl 1) Sep 8/72 (pl 1)       Dec 74     Jan 76 (pl 3)
50c Seashore     Sep 8/72 (pl 1) Sep 8/72 (pl 1) Sep 8/72 (pl 1)       Mar 74     Dec 75 (pl 2)

The date shown is the date of issue of that specific variety. A "blank" means the item does not exist. An "x" or "(pl #)" indicates that that variety exists but a release date is not known.


Type Differences

    10c Forest printing differences
    Type I The foreground (around 'Canada') has "screened" effect.
    Type II The foreground appears nearly "solid".


    15c Mountain Sheep printing differences
    Type I Hillside is light.
    Type II Hillside is much darker.


    25c Polar Bears printing differences
    Type I Polar bears and shadow are light.
    Type II Polar bears and shadows have a solid and dark patch of colour added.

    50c Seashore printing differences
    Type I Cliffs are light; surf is light; '50' is dark.
    Type II Cliffs are deeper colour; surf is not white.
    Type III Colour of '50' and cliffs are same intensity (only found on perf 13 1/3 and called "Type II" in chart above).



Three types of tagging were used on these values: Winnipeg, General OP-4 and General OP-2.

The General OP-4 tagging is notorious for "migrating" - the tagging material will bleed across the stamp, and onto other stamps and materials that are in contact with the tagging for prolonged periods. OP-4 tagging was superseded by OP-2 tagging in 1972.

Here are other examples of the 25c value, showing the OP-4 migrating tag as it appears passing through the top selvedge. On some single stamps, this kind of tagging may be very difficult to see, perhaps even giving the impression that that the stamps are not tagged. Be very careful in identifying these.

Here are examples of the OP-4 migrating tag on the 50c value, including what it looks like on the back of the stamp.


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