Modern stamp paper
Updated Dec 16/05
The date shown is the date of issue of that specific variety. A "blank" means the item does not exist.
The 85c and $1.45 Flower booklet panes each come with TWO different widths of tagging:
The $1.45 booklet comes with the paper designation/colour dots in two different locations:
The $1.45 booklet can also be found with dull and shiny tagging as well as being printed on Tullis Russell Coating paper (even though the paper designation says "F" in the inscription).
* shiny and dull tagging varieties exist
$1.45 Booklet Constant Plate Variety
A constant variety has been found in the inscription of the $1.45 booklet with the colour dots on the left side. It is a break in the letter R of "Lacroix".
If you take any of the original printings of these coil stamps, you will get various die cuts, ranging from 7.9 to 8.9! (and almost every number in between).
They have been reprinted with a serpentine die cut 7 horizontal - these started showing up in late February 2005.
If you are counting "peaks", the original had 9 or 10 peaks, the new perf has 8 peaks. Be warned though - counting peaks is not the same as "perfing" the stamp.
Top: original perf 8.6
The boxes of 10 rolls that the coils are shipped in now have a UPC barcode handstamped on the side of the box.
Coil Gutter Inscriptions
TWO types of inscriptions exist on the original printings of the three Flower coil definitives (ie. the 'perf 8 1/2' version). The difference is in the location of the paper designation and colour dots compared to the inscription text.
A picture is worth a thousand words...
It turns out that BOTH types of inscriptions have probably been around since the stamps were first issued on Dec 20, 2004.
Notice that the "F above O" seems to have a bolder text font than the "F above R" inscription.
Coil Inscription Error
The $1.45 Flower coil has been found where the inscription, found in the gutter every 10 stamps, has a "0" (zero) character added to the front of the printer's name.
* very difficult to find at this time
Coil Die Cut "Ski Slope" Variety
A constant die cutting variety can be found on all three coil stamps:
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