‘Limited run’ of 2019 QEII booklets reprinted without security underprint

A “limited run” of 2019-dated Queen Elizabeth II booklets printed without the security feature underprint was recently announced by Canada Post.

The reprinted booklets include 10 definitive stamps featuring the same design as the original issue—a 2017 photograph of Queen Elizabeth II taken by Chris Jackson, the official royal photographer for Getty Images. The new booklets do, however, lack the security feature underprint added to the backing (under the adhesive) of the original issue.

The original booklets issued in 2019 include an underlined ‘C’ to note they have an underprint.

“A new philatelic article number was created for the reprint of the 2019 Queen booklet of 10 (411242210),” reads a statement issued by Canada Post in its latest edition of Details magazine. “Collectors with a standing order for reprints will automatically receive this booklet of 10.”

WHAT IS UNDERPRINT?

Canada Post introduced underprinting on some definitive issues in November 2012, according to Elizabethan II Study Group’s online glossary, which defines an underprint as “a stamp with a logo or company initials printed on the underside of the stamp, intended to prevent unauthorised use of the stamp or as a form of advertising.”

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