Lot 458 oCanada, 1853, Beaver, 3d brown red, top left sheet margin single, deep rich color, large margins including huge sheet margins, bold "21" four-ring cancel of Montreal, an Extremely Fine gem, ex-Reford; with 1964 Diena, 1965 & 1966 Bolaffi, and 2016 Eichele certificates. Scott No. 4a $250.
Unitrade No. 4a C$350 ($260).
THE FINEST 3D 1853 BEAVER CORNER MARGIN SINGLE RECORDED.
Illustrated in Robson Lowe Encyclopedia on page 167.
Lot 459 oCanada, 1853, Beaver, 3d brown red, large margins all around, rich color on bright paper, blue target cancel, fresh and Extremely Fine gem; with 1976 Bolaffi and 2016 Eichele certificates. Scott No. 4a $250.
Unitrade No. 4a C$350 ($260).
Lot 460 oCanada, 1852, Beaver, 3d orange red, thin paper, horizontal pair, Plate II, Positions 69-70, large margins including part of adjacent stamp at left, each stamp cancelled by concentric rings, Extremely Fine and choice pair; with 1976 Bolaffi and 2016 Eichele certificates. Scott No. 4d $450 as singles.
Unitrade No. 4d C$600 as singles ($450).
Lot 461Canada, 1855, 6d slate gray, large margin single neatly tied by target cancel on cover to Braintree, Vt., "Montreal, L.C., Ju 11, 1855" origin cds at left, with four page enclosure, minor cover tear at upper left, Extremely Fine.
Scott No. 5 Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
A CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THE 1855 6D SLATE GRAY USED ON CROSS BORDER COVER TO THE UNITED STATES.
Lot 462Canada, 1898, 10¢ brown violet, o.g., never hinged, nearly perfectly centered with large margins and razor sharp impression, small natural gum skip, fresh and Extremely Fine. Unitrade No. 83 C$1,500 ($1,120).
Scott No. 83 $850.
Lot 463Canada, 1959, 5¢ St. Lawrence Seaway, center inverted, o.g., never hinged, well centered amid wide margins, bright and Post Office fresh, Extremely Fine and choice; with 2013 R. Gratton certificate.
Scott No. 387a $9,500.
A CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THE 1959 5¢ ST. LAWRENCE SEAWAY ISSUE WITH CENTER INVERTED.
The stamps, issued on June 26, 1959, coincided with the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway by Queen Elizabeth II and President Dwight D. Eisenhower. The planning and production of the stamps to commemorate the event took almost as long as the construction of the Seaway itself with proposals coming forward in 1954 in the US and in 1956 in Canada. The first report of the discovery of the Seaway Inverts was when a young office boy from the Marlborough Hotel in Winnipeg purchased 30 stamps from a Post Office outlet in the Eaton store on August 20, 1959. It is believed that approximately 200 examples exist today.
Lot 464Canada, 1959, 5¢ St. Lawrence Seaway, center inverted, tied on small piece by wavy line machine cancel, exceptional centering and margins, rich bright colors, Extremely Fine, an especially choice used example; with 1969 B.P.A. certificate.
Scott No. 387a $7,500.
ONE OF THE FEW USED OFF-COVER EXAMPLES OF THE 1959 5¢ ST. LAWRENCE SEAWAY WITH CENTER INVERTED.
There are about 200 mint Seaway Inverts in private hands. Quite a few of the Seaway Inverts were actually used by the public before they realized what they had. With only 16 examples recorded on cover, it would seem even a used example would be far rarer than mint however catalog values seem to indicate to the contrary.
Lot 465Canada, 1959, 5¢ St. Lawrence Seaway, center inverted, vertical pair, o.g., never hinged, bright and fresh with strong bold colors, Very Fine.
Scott No. 387a $19,000.
AN ATTRACTIVE AND RARE MULTIPLE OF THE 1959 5¢ ST. LAWRENCE SEAWAY ISSUE WITH CENTER INVERTED.
The known 5¢ St. Lawrence Seaway inverts are believed to come from two sheets of 200. Of these, over 100 where found in postal stock and return to Ottawa for destructions. The remaining examples were released to the public leaving a small number of used examples (with 16 on cover usages known) and about 200 mint examples. Very few multiples are still existence.