The 1911-1928 Admiral Issue - An Overview
The death of King Edward VII on May 6, 1910 necessitated a new series of stamps to be issued bearing a likeness of his son, George V. The design for this new issue, came to be known as the Admiral design because it shows King George V dressed in an Admiral's navy uniform. The actual design was a composite in which the head taken from a photograph by W. & D. Downey and the chest and uniform from a photograph by W. Barnett. The design was engraved by Robert Savage and the first stamps of the series were issued on December 22, 1911. The American Bank Note Company of Ottawa was the printer as with the earlier issues. It changed its name to the Canadian Bank Note Company in 1923.
Of all the modern issues before the current reign, it is this one which offers collectors a vastness of scope that cannot be rivaled. It is the first issue to feature regularly issued coil stamps and booklets which are within reach of the collector with modest means. It offers different printing methods, shade and paper varieties as well as the usual range of imperforates, proofs and re-entries to challenge even the most experienced philatelist. It is also the only issue to feature War Tax stamps, as we shall see.
The issue appeared in three general stages:
- December 22, 1911-February 1913: the first colours of the 1c, 2c, 5c, 7c, 10c, 20c, 50c, first coils and booklets of the 1c, and 2c.
- April 1915-August 1918: the War Tax stamps and the 3c brown in all its formats.
- April 5, 1922-October 16, 1926: the second and third colours of the 1c, 2c, 3c, 5c, 7c and 10c; the 4c, 8c and $1, as well as the remaining coils, booklets and the surcharged stamps.
- Wet and dry printing varieties
- Shade varieties
- Paper and gum varieties
- Die types
- Retouched and re-drawn framelines in the upper right spandrel
- Plate blocks, position pieces and pyramid guide lines
- Imperforate pairs
- Proof material
- Postal history
- Booklet panes and complete booklets
- Experimental coil stamps
- Issued coil stamps
- The philatelic imperforates and part perforate coils
- The 1926 surcharges
- The war tax overprints on the 5c, 20c and 50c
- 200 subjects divided by a vertical gutter into two panes of 100 stamps each.
- 400 subjects divided by vertical and horizontal gutters into four panes of 100 stamps each.
- 200 subjects arranged in 10 rows of 20 with a guide arrow between the 10th and 11th rows.
- 400 subjects arranged in 20 rows of 20 with guide arrows between 10th and 11th rows and 10th and 11th columns.
- 2c green
- 3c carmine
- 5c violet
- 10c blue
- $1 orange
- 4c olive bistre
- 5c violet
- 7c red brown
- 8c blue
- 10c bistre brown
- 20c olive green
- 50c brown black
- $1 orange
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