Modern stamp paper
Low-value Edible Berries (1992-99)|
Updated Dec 24/08
The low-value edible berries first made their appearance August 5, 1992. The designs were the first Canadian low-value definitives to have the design appear continuous across the pane of stamps (pane of 100).
All but 2 values have been reprinted 3 additional times. Unfortunately, when only a single stamp is available, only 2 of the 4 printings can be identified - by use of paper identification. To identify each of the 4 printings of a given stamp you will need a corner inscription block. The inscription indicates the printer and paper.
The Coated and Harrison paper varieties can be distinguished on single stamps. Click here for a discussion of identifying modern-day Canadian postage stamp paper.
Many constant plate varieties exist on these stamps.
The 2c and 25c values each contain the same plate flaw! There is a small plate scratch near the right edge of the design, just below the denomination. It occurs on the stamps in the first column (rows 2-10) on the last 3 printings. Thus, there are 9 stamps on a pane of 100 on 3 different printings on 2 different stamps!
Imperforate pairs of many of these values have surfaced. However, it is thought that these are "back door" items from the printers (Ashton-Potter). A number of questionable imperforate errors began to surface in the late 1990's, all from stamps printed by Ashton-Potter.
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