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Five Cents Beaver


This is an issue that has been very heavily studied over the years. There have been several good references published on this single value, but the best to date is the 1985 handbook by Geoffrey Whitworth, THE FIVE CENTS BEAVER STAMP OF CANADA, published by The Royal Philatelic Society, London. This 89 page softcover book covers all aspects of this stamp, but the most valuable feature is the 100 diagrams showing all of the various states of every single position on the plate with its many, many re-entries and flaws. This is invaluable for plating purposes and represents an incredible amount of work. I had the pleasure of corresponding with Geoffrey for a number of years about numerous re-entries of the Decimal Issue, but the 5¢ Beaver is by far the most interesting. Many of the stamps shown here have been plated by me using Whitworth, but I have not rechecked them for a number of years and intend to do so. There are also several that I have not yet plated or indeed, been able to plate, using Whitworth's book. If anyone can help provide me with additional plate numbers, or corrections to those that I have given, please don't hesitate to contact me.


 

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Scott #15

Five Cents

The Major Re-entry

Plate Position #28

State 10 R.1

 

 

 

 

 

This is one of Canada’s most spectacular re-entries. Virtually every part of the design is doubled, and the doubling gets stronger as you move to the left on the design.

The single steel plate of 100 images that was used to print this stamp was repaired or reworked at least ten distinct times, giving rise to a total of 11 different states of the plate. This fabulous re-entry occurred on the 10th, or second to last, state.

All of the values of the Decimal Issue were laid down quite close to each other on the plates. This makes finding perfectly centred copies very difficult. While perfectly centred is ideal, if it *has* to be off-centre, it is best for this particular re-entry if it is shifted to the right, as the copy you see below. This allows the very strong doubling of the framelines on the right to be clearly seen. I have seen copies shifted to the left and the impact of the doubling is not nearly as powerful as it is here.

The earliest reported date of this re-entry is November 19, 1867.

Note that I have added a copy of the Major Re-entry on cover at the bottom of listing #1 below. Have a look!

Above is an incredible proof block of four with The Major Re-entry in the upper left corner.

Courtesy of Beverly Fox of Weeda Stamps

Below are scans of several copies of this marvelous major.

^ From the RETrimble Collection ^

^ From the RETrimble Collection ^

 

Below is a copy with a real ‘killer’ of a cancel!

^ From the RETrimble Collection ^


Above copy courtesy of Michael D. Smith  ^


 

The Major on Cover

Henry J. Delesalle, of Richmond, B.C., has discovered a copy of the Major Re-entry on cover and very nicely sent it to me so I could scan it and share it with you here. It is a Registered cover and the stamp was applied upside down. While the date stamp on the front is not clear, the receiving mark on the back is clearly ‘Kingston MR 6 68 C.W.’ The stamp itself is well off-centre, with the bottom edge sticking up above the edge of the envelope, but it is clearly tied to the cover.

Not the prettiest cover I’ve seen, but hey, how often do you see the Major Re-entry on cover???

If interested in this cover, it will be a part of Bob Lee’s final auction in the fall. It will be interesting to see how much it brings.

Thanks, Henry!

NOTE: As of Feb. 2006, I am pleased to say this cover now resides in my collection. Unfortunately, since I scanned it awhile ago, the lower right corner has been torn, likely catching on the protective cover in which it was kept.

I have also added a second cover that I now own below the one to the right (scroll down) and the centering on this latest one shows the doubling on the right side of the re-entry. Oddly, SO many copies of the major that I have seen are off-centre to the right, so those details are often missing or obliterated by the perforations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Below is a close-up of the stamp on the cover.

^ From the RETrimble Collection ^

My second cover with the major - below v

^ From the RETrimble Collection ^   Note that his copy shows the doubling on the right side of the stamp clearly - most do not.

 


 

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Scott #15

Five Cents

Re-entry

Plate Position #55

State 7/8  R.31

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Scott #15

Five Cents

Re-entry

Plate Position #16

State 1  R.17

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Scott #15

Five Cents

Re-entry

Plate Position #83

State 8  R.13

State 10   R.15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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R.13

Below is another copy I have found, but this one is a different state and different re-entry number.

R.15

Below is another copy of this state that I have found.

R.15


 

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Scott #15

Five Cents

Re-entry

Plate Position #75

State 8  R.18

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Scott #15

Five Cents

Re-entry

Plate Position #22

State 6  R.4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Below is another copy I have found.

Below is a third copy I have found.


 

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Scott #15

Five Cents

Re-entry

Plate Position #45

State 8-10  R.7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Scott #15

Five Cents

Re-entry

Plate Position #9

State 5  R.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Scott #15

Five Cents

Re-entry

Plate Position #58

State 4  R.10c

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Scott #15

Five Cents

Re-entry

Plate Position #40

State 5/6  R.21

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Below is another copy I have found.


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Scott #15

Five Cents

Re-entry

Plate Position #38

State 8-9  R.25

Here we see an interesting comparison between different states of the same plate position. Among the many markings visible, note the various dots of colour in ‘IVE CENT’ in the first two stamps. Also note the small vertical dash in the bottom of the ‘D’ which is key in the identification of this position.

Note the angled line in the lower margin below the ‘V’ and another in the white border above the first ‘A’ of CANADA.

This is an excellent example of how drastically the stamp changed from one state to the next, and why it can be so very tricky making an idenification.

Both of the two stamps are Courtesy of Earl Noss.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Both copies above, Courtesy of Earl Noss


 

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Scott #15

Five Cents

Re-entry

Plate Position #61

State 4  R.83

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Five Cents

Re-entry

Plate Position #42

State 10  R.60

Note the sharp doubling in both of the lower 5’s.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Below is a second copy I have found.


 

*14 Scott #15

Five Cents

Re-entry

Plate Position #31

State 10  R.43

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Five Cents

Re-entry

Plate Position #21

State 10  R.49 ?

State 9  R.49

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Below is another copy I have found showing the imprint in the left margin.


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Five Cents

Re-entry

Plate Position #57

State 9   R.98

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Five Cents

Re-entry

Plate Position #15

State 1/2  R.24

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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*18 Scott #15

Five Cents

Re-entry

Plate Position #95

State 5-6  R.12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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*19 Scott #15

Five Cents

Re-entry

Plate Position

State   R.

 

 

 

 

 


 

*20 Scott #15

Five Cents

Short Entry on Right

Plate Position ??

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*21 Scott #15

Five Cents

Re-entry

Plate Position ??

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Five Cents

Re-entry

Plate Position

State   R.

 

 

 

 

 


 

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Five Cents

Re-entry

Plate Position #32

State 5  R.8

State 7  R.8b

Note the short entry on State 7 R.8b in the UR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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R.8

Below is another copy I have found with a later state.

R.8b


 

*24 Scott #15

Five Cents

Re-entry

Plate Position 5

State 6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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*25 Scott #15

Five Cents

Re-entered Imprint

Plate Position #30

Imprint Position

State 6a  R.37

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ralph E. Trimble

Specialist in BNA Re-entries
retrimble@rogers.com