Sparks Auctions in Ottawa, Ontario has 41 lots of early Canadian pence issues up for auction at the end of May. There are the usual “out of my league” offerings I enjoy mooning over, like lot 40 showcasing a  #10 6d Consort Imperforate on cover, dating to 1858. Sent from Montreal to Boston, the cover has a crisp stamp and two clear cancels and considered Very Fine.  The catalogue price is $10,000, so yea, just a bit out of my price range but enjoyable to look at even from afar.

About half the pence issues are the early beaver stamps #1 & 4 including this imperf pair:

1851 3d red Beaver Imperforate, on Laid Paper - courtesy Sparks Auctions

Any cancel hound will appreciate the centering and clearness of the target cancels.  Combined with the strong, visible margins, this a real score. (see page six of Part 1 — Canada & British North America catalogue). It’s listed for $1,600, and will be interesting to see what it actually goes for.

There are some value lots in this listing. Lot 17 offers a #4ii 1852 3d orange/red Beaver imperforate with a great 4-ring #8 (Chatham, Ontario) cancel and large margins. As with the others, the cancel is well centred but not so heavy as to obliterate the beaver offering a nice balance. The 8 is still sharp and attractive. The stamp has some flaws, two pinholes, so that hurts the price a bit. Doubtful the pin holes will even be noticeable and offers a real chance for new or budget collectors to snag a true Canadian classic. It’s valued at $50.  See page 7 in the same catalogue.

8 #4ii 1852 3d orange red Beaver Imperforate, used with ideal strike of 4-ring #8 . image courtesy Sparks Auctions
For small Queen collectors, there are quite a few lots, each containing hundreds of stamps ranging from $100 to the thousands. For me, the standout is 119:

“#37, 41 1870s to 1890s 3c Small Queen Lot, in a thick stock book, with well over 2,000 used stamps plus about 13 (mostly faulty) covers. We note more than usual early 1870-72 shades than is usually seen in this type of lot, with pages full. We also note several carmine rose shades from 1888-89, many 11½x12 perfs, 15 copies with imprints, many town cancels, and more. ”

Listed at $300, and over 2000 stamps, this could supply hours of investigating fun.

Check out all the lots at https://sparks-auctions.com/ sale 27 on May 29th-30th, 2018.

** all images courtesy Sparks Auctions

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