1859 5 Cents Beaver Plate Flaws

According to Geoffrey Whitworth (The Five Cents Beaver Stamp of Canada, The Royal Philatelic Society, London, 1985), one plate of 100 subjects was prepared for the 1859 5 Cents Beaver stamp. The plate was reworked ten times, and thus exists in 11 states.

In some cases, the appearance of a flaw for particular plate state changed due to plate wear. Whitworth used plate "substates" to document such changes, and appended a letter to the plate state number to indicate a substate. For example, there are substates of states 2, 4, and 6. They are labelled 2a, 4a, and 6a.

This page displays images of the plate flaws, and provides easy navigation to any stamp position and plate state. Whitworth numbered the flaws he documented, as did Clayton Huff, an earlier researcher who published his findings in BNA Topics. The Whitworth (WW) and Huff numbers are given in the flaw descriptions below.

Some researchers have suggested that more than one plate was used and/or the plate(s) consisted of more than one pane. See, for example, the article "Is There More Than One Plate For The 5c Beaver?" by Michael D. Smith, Dots and Scratches, Vol.6, No.4, Sept. 2019.

Select the state (includes substates)

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Plate map for state 10

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How to use the plate map

Each cell in the plate map represents a plate position. Each cell has two colour-coded rows.

Row 1 - current state

  Stamp image and/or flaw data available

  No stamp image or flaw data available

Row 2 - nearest lower and higher states

  Nearest lower state with stamp image and/or flaw data. Nothing for higher states.

  Nearest higher state with stamp image and/or flaw data. Nothing for lower states.

  Nearest lower and higher states with stamp image and/or flaw data

  No stamp image or flaw data for any lower or higher state

The state numbers indicate what is available:

  • 5 (black, bold) - Stamp image and flaw data
  • 5 (black) - Only stamp image
  • 5 (red, bold) - Only flaw data

The state numbers are links. Click on the state to view the stamp image and flaw data for that state.

Position 98, state 10 (row 10, column 8) - Copy 1

Contributor: James Jung

Perf: 12 x 12

TypeLocationWW NoHuff NoDescription
Dot LL PF94c None PF94c is a dot between the framelines in the LL corner.
Dot LL PF45 None PF45 is a larger fuzzy dot to the right of the LL 5 near the lower frameline.
Dot LL PF44a None PF44a is a fuzzy dot on the lower frameline where the frameline meets the oval in the LL spandrel.
Dot PO PF103a None PF103a is a dot in the upper left part of the P of POSTAGE.
UL - Upper left spandrel
CR - Crown
UR - Upper right spandrel
CA - CANADA
VR - VR area
PO - POSTAGE
BE - Beaver & centre
FI - FIVE
CE - CENTS
LL - Lower left spandrel
LR - Lower right spandrel
Stamp image file JJ_pp_98_st_10_1_m.jpg not found.
Division of 5 cent Beaver stamp into design components

Hover over image to see magnified view. Click on image to see entire stamp.

CopyPosStateNo mkupMkupProofBlk Cvr
1 98 10 Display

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