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harley14
15 Mar 2015
12:35:23pm
Can someone tell me what the significance is of the circular date cancel. There is a note in Unitrades 2015 stamp catalogue on page 235. Just wondering about it ...Thinking

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Shibumi
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15 Mar 2015
12:58:56pm
re: circular date cancels

I assume they mean a hand or machine cancel that has a clear date displayed (within a circle).

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15 Mar 2015
02:00:56pm
re: circular date cancels

This is a stamp with a CDS.

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Such used stamps are actively sought out by collectors, as opposed to the usual inkjet or wavy lines cancels. They are scarce enough on modern Canadian stamps that those who want them find they are in competition with others and have to pay a premium. Such stamps frequently fetch prices of $0.50 to $1.00 each, with some as high as $2. This is in comparison to the same stamp that nobody wants at 10c if it has a wavy-line cancel.

I know dealers who make a specialty of this quality of modern stamp, and they are always busy at the stamp shows. Maintaining a stock of such material is a challenge. Thus the note in the catalogue.

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harley14
15 Mar 2015
03:24:43pm
re: circular date cancels

thanks for the info...interesting..guess I better keep watching for them... I've come across some but only a few that are complete...

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15 Mar 2015
03:30:11pm
re: circular date cancels

There's a fair number of people who actively search out CDS centered on blocks. I've just sold a vast quantity of such to a Western Canadian dealer. Granted - some / many were COD (as far as I could tell - but not sure - as they were without gum) - but they make a pretty album entry.

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15 Mar 2015
07:05:02pm
re: circular date cancels

Recent circle cancels are difficult to find as many handstamps are rectangle or square in in shape. I collect the Canadian pictorial cancels which are only in use for a short period of time.

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16 Mar 2015
09:08:49am
re: circular date cancels

Harley,

just to add to the good information already given, CDS are not always rare; in the 19th century, prior to the advent of spray ons and wavy killers, they predominated, both as machine and as hand stamps. The CDS was one part of a two-part machine, with CDS plus a second piece that would include a flag, wavy lines, a slogan, a picture, or.......


Even in the 20th century, CDS are not rare. In the US, they often don't strike the stamp, so for collectors of off-paper stamps, they WERE, but no longer ARE, present on the piece of mail.

The CDS are also valued because they help to ID where and when a stamp originated.

David

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