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Landscapes: 1972-77

The Landscapes definitive series debuted with the large sized $1 and $2 values in early 1972. An oddity is that the attractive pair were initially produced by both the British American Bank Note Company (steel engraving) and Ashton-Potter Limited (lithographic portion). Later reprints of the $1 were printed solely by BAB. The five medium values were released towards the end of summer in the same year. Some of the initial printings of all values from plate 1 were produced with the migratory OP4 Ottawa tagging. This was short-lived, and all subsequent reprints were done with the more stable OP2 type.

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BRC# Description Perforation Tag Paper Printer Format Issued Scott/U Darnell
Medium Values, 24 x 30 mm
10c Forest
LS-01 a) Type 1, OP4,
Ribbed (Plate 1)
12.5 x 12.0 GT2-3(OP4) A-C(VR) BAB S100 72-09-08 594 621
b) Type 1, OP2
(Plate 1)
12.5 x 12.0 GT2-3(OP2) A-C BAB S100 73-?? 594i 621b
c) Type 1, OP2,
Ribbed (Plate 1)
12.5 x 12.0 GT2-3(OP2) A-C(VR) BAB S100 73-?? 594ii UNL
d) Type 1, Winnipeg,
Ribbed (Blank 1)
12.5 x 12.0 WT2 A-C(VR) BAB S100 72-09-08 594iii 621a
e) Type 1, Winnipeg,
Smooth (Blank 1)
12.5 x 12.0 WT2 A-C BAB S100 73-?? 594iv UNL
f) Type 2, Ribbed
(Plate 2)
12.5 x 12.0 GT2-4(OP2) A-C(VR) BAB S100 74-08-09 594vii 621c
g) Type 2 (Plate 2) 12.5 x 12.0 GT2-4(OP2) A-C BAB S100 74-?? 594v UNL
h) Type 2, New Perf.
(Plate 3)
13.5 x 13.5 GT2-4(OP2) A-C BAB S100 76-01-28 594a 621e
15c Mountains
LS-02 a) Type 1, OP4,
Ribbed (Plate 1)
12.5 x 12.0 GT2-3(OP4) A-C(VR) BAB S100 72-09-08 595 622
b) Type 1, OP2
(Plate 1)
12.5 x 12.0 GT2-3(OP2) A-C BAB S100 73-?? 595i 622b
c) Type 1, OP2,
Ribbed (Plate 1)
12.5 x 12.0 GT2-3(OP2) A-C(VR) BAB S100 73-?? 595ii UNL
d) Type 1, Winnipeg,
Ribbed (Blank 1)
12.5 x 12.0 WT2 A-C(VR) BAB S100 72-09-08 595iii 622a
e) Type 2 (Blank 2) 12.5 x 12.0 GT2-4(OP2) A-C BAB S100 74-?? 595iv 622c
f) Type 2, New Perf.
(Plate 2)
13.5 x 13.5 GT2-4(OP2) A-C BAB S100 76-04-?? 595a 622e
20c Prairies
LS-03 a) OP4, Ribbed
(Plate 1)
12.5 x 12.0 GT2-3(OP4) A-C(VR) BAB S100 72-09-08 596 623
b) OP2 (Plate 1) 12.5 x 12.0 GT2-3(OP2) A-C BAB S100 73-?? 596iii 623b
c) OP2, Ribbed
(Plate 1)
12.5 x 12.0 GT2-3(OP2) A-C(VR) BAB S100 73-?? 596i UNL
d) OP2, Ribbed, Hor.
(Plate 1)
12.5 x 12.0 GT2-3(OP2) A-C(HR) BAB S100 73-?? 596ii UNL
e) OP2, 4mm
(Blank 1)
12.5 x 12.0 GT2-4(OP2) A-C BAB S100 74-?? 596iv 623c
f) OP2, 4mm, Ribbed (Blank 1) 12.5 x 12.0 GT2-4(OP2) A-C(VR) BAB S100 74-?? 596v UNL
g) Winnipeg, Ribbed
(Blank 1)
12.5 x 12.0 WT2 A-C(VR) BAB S100 72-09-08 596vii 623a
h) OP2, 4mm,
New Perf. (Pl. 3)
13.5 x 13.5 GT2-4(OP2) A-C BAB S100 76-04-?? 596a 623d
25c Arctic
LS-04 a) Type 1, OP4,
Ribbed (Plate 1)
12.5 x 12.0 GT2-3(OP4) A-C(VR) BAB S100 72-09-08 597 624
b) Type 1, OP2
(Plate 1)
12.5 x 12.0 GT2-3(OP2) A-C BAB S100 73-?? 597i 624b
c) Type 1, OP2,
Ribbed (Plate 1)
12.5 x 12.0 GT2-3(OP2) A-C(VR) BAB S100 72-?? 597ii UNL
d) Type 1, Winnipeg,
Ribbed (Blank 1)
12.5 x 12.0 WT2 A-C(VR) BAB S100 72-09-08 597iii 624a
e) Type 2 (Blank 3) 12.5 x 12.0 GT2-4(OP2) A-C BAB S100 74-?? 597iv 624c
f) Type 2, New Perf.
(Plate 3)
13.5 x 13.5 GT2-4(OP2) A-C BAB S100 76-04-?? 597a 624d
50c Seashore
LS-05 a) Type 1, OP4,
Ribbed (Plate 1)
12.5 x 12.0 GT2-3(OP4) A-C(VR) BAB S100 72-09-08 598 625
b) Type 1, OP2
(Plate 1)
12.5 x 12.0 GT2-3(OP2) A-C BAB S100 73-?? 598i 625b
c) Type 1, OP2,
Ribbed (Plate 1)
12.5 x 12.0 GT2-3(OP2) A-C(VR) BAB S100 73-?? 598ii UNL
d) Type 2 (Plate 1) 12.5 x 12.0 GT2-4(OP2) A-C BAB S100 74-08-?? 598iii 625a
e) Type 2, New Perf.
(Plate 2)
13.5 x 13.5 GT2-4(OP2) A-C BAB S100 76-04-?? 598a 625c
High Values, 48 x 30 mm
$1.00 Vancouver
LS-06 a) Type 1 (Plate 1) 11.0 x 11.0 None A-U AP/BAB S50 72-03-17 600 626
b) Type 1, Ribbed
(Plate 1)
11.0 x 11.0 None A-U(HR) AP/BAB S50 72-?? 600i 626a
c) Type 2 (Plate 2) 12.5 x 12.0 GT2 A-C BAB S50 73-10-24 599 626f
d) Type 2, New Perf.
(Plate 2)
13.5 x 13.5 GT2 A-C BAB S50 77-07-?? 599a 626h
$2.00 Quebec City
LS-07 a) Smooth Paper
(Plate 1 & 2)
11.0 x 11.0 None A-U AP/BAB S50 72-03-17 601 627

Notes and Identification Characteristics. See Abbreviations for Tagging, Paper, Printer and Format types.
  1. The OP4 tagging has disappeared entirely on some stamps that bore it, leaving the impression that they are untagged. Some examples may have only traces of the tagging, which tends to migrate all over the stamps and even onto album pages. The beige colour on the 50c value sometimes absorbs the OP4 tagging, giving the appearance of fluorescent ink.
  2. The ribbed paper on the Landscapes is not nearly as pronounced as that of the Caricatures. It is more of a textured effect on the front, usually vertical, and can be seen by holding the stamp at a slight angle to normal light.
  3. The 10c Type 1 has distinct cross hatching to the left of Canada, while Type 2 appears to be more solidly inked.
  4. The 15c Type 1 has very little or none of the dark blue photogravure colour in the mountains, while Type 2 has heavy colour in this location.
  5. The 25c Type 2 has heavier shading in the polar bears' shadows than Type 1. It was applied with a second photogravure plate in dark blue, in addition to the dark blue steel engraving. Type 1 was printed with only one photogravure plate, light blue, in addition to the steel engraving.
  6. The 50c Type 1 has very little blue shading in the rough water near the cliff, while Type 2 is considerably heavier.
  7. All Type 1 stamps have 3mm tagging, while Type 2 have 4mm tagging.
  8. The 20c has only one printing type, but exists with both tagging widths.
  9. Plate 2 inscriptions do not exist for the 20c and 25c values
  10. Some varieties were printed only with blank (field) corner blocks. These are marked with the word "blank", followed by the plate number of the type the stamps are similar to, and probably came from.
  11. The Type 1 $1.00 stamps were printed with lithography and steel engraving, the Type 2 with photogravure and steel engraving. The colours are quite distinct in the two printings.
  12. Link to Medium-value Landscapes (1972-76), Robin Harris, Adminware Corp.
  13. Link to Landscapes and Caricatures Checklist, Jean Lafontaine
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