Canada 1915 2c carmine-red 'WAR TAX' (type 46), lower left corner block of 8 (4x2) with 'OTTAWA-No-2A' imprint, SG229.
A very fine quality mint block of eight with original gum, (five stamps are unmounted including the lower row).
A very scarce and lovely positional piece, with above average centring and exceptional colour.
The War Tax was added in addition to the rate of postage meaning the stamp carried both its face value and the added WAR TAX. The additional revenue raised was used to defray the costs of war. Canada's first war tax stamps were produced with modified printing dies of the 'Admiral' series, first to read WAR TAX, and later issues read 1T¢.
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