Modern stamp paper
Low-value Traditional Trades (1999-2007)
Updated Sep 19/09
A new series of low-value stamps appeared April 29, 1999 with the release of 9 stamps featuring Trades. This new set of definitives replaced the low-value Berries first seen in August 1992.
Some notable observations:
Illustrations of imprint blocks and full panes can be found below.
There is NO difference between Field and Philatelic stock - all panes have imprints in all four corners.
The barcode issues (1c, 2c, 4c, 5c, 10c, 25c) have a barcode in either the top or bottom imperforate selvedge in columns 5 and 6. The first two printings of each stamp have perforated top and bottom selvedges. Thus, corner plate inscription blocks of 4 are different for all printings.
The date shown is the date of issue of that specific variety. A "blank" means the item does not exist.
A significant perforation shift on the 10c value (CBN printing with barcode) exists that resulted in the top row of stamps being imperforate. However, the post office clerk where these were purchased had already broken the pane into blocks of 10 and, using scissors, cut down between each imperforate stamp.
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