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Volume 45#04 Jun 9 – Jun 22, 2020, 2020

‘Phenomenal’ images taken by VSC6000 uncover surreptitious stamp alterations

Relatively unassuming in appearance, the VSC6000 packs a powerful punch when it comes to philatelic expertization. Its high-resolution colour camera, zoom lenses and various light sources and filters – from ultraviolet (UV) to visible and infrared wavelengths – give the user an unparalleled power to see a stamp’s invisible features. “You get very consistent lighting in a dark environment, and it gives absolutely constant readings,” said Garfield Portch, president and chair of the Vincent Graves Greene Philatelic Research Foundation. Continue reading →

The VSC6000 detects a variety of inks, including optically variable ink (top right) and phosphor ink tagging (bottom right), both of which were added to the $5 moose stamp issued in 2003.

Also In This Issue
Regular updating revitalizes yearly Unitrade catalogue

Since his first round of updates in 2006, Unitrade catalogue editor Robin Harris has made yearly improvements to bolster the reference guide’s benefit to collectors.

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Two stamps mark a century of Canadian radio history

A pair of colourful stamps celebrating 100 years of radio history was issued by Canada Post on May 20, exactly one century after an early broadcast by one of the world’s first radio stations...

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Maresch ‘shocked’ with strong bidding despite pandemic hurdles

Described by auctioneers as “very rare and fine,” a used block of four Penny Black stamps was among the top-earning lots in the latest sale by R. Maresch & Son Auctions.

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