Volume 45 – #04

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Volume 45#04

June 9 – June 22, 2020

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.

‘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 →

Regular updating revitalizes yearly Unitrade catalogue
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Two stamps mark a century of Canadian radio history
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Maresch ‘shocked’ with strong bidding despite pandemic hurdles
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CSN Marketplace
Are you buying ore selling?
Page 20
Show & Bourse
Check out the shows in your area
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Jesse Robitaille
Guest Commentary
Submit your covers to ignite our hobby
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Peter Mosiondz, Jr.
Collecting 101
Sense of humour more critical to some philatelists than othe
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Ian Robertson
Looking Back
Stunning Canadian Geographic wildlife photos on 2010 stamps
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David Piercey
Philatelic Bookshelf
New book sings praises of Canadian FDC collecting
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Mike Smith
Postcard discoveries lighten 2020’s mood
Page 10
Ian Robertson
News Bites
Snowbirds crash kills pilot, cause unknown
Page 14

Chad Neighbor
Commonwealth Communiqué
As stamp collectors, we can still travel
Page 16
Robin Harris
New Issues
From around the world
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