In addition to eye appeal, Canadian stamps offer a springboard for fascinating studies of inks, papers and cancellations. For the collector who loves shades, look no further than the Large Queens, Small Queens, or Admirals. For those interested in fluorescence, the Centennial issue is unrivalled in its complexity. I well remember the listing for this issue in Lyman’s when I was a boy being covered in a page with no more than the basic stamps plus the tags. Now there are no fewer than 200 recognized varieties and the list continues to grow. In fact, the modern stamps of the Elizabethan period offer a fantastic opportunity for specialization as it can be obtained in quantity and has only recently received the attention from philatelists that it deserves.
Lastly, Canadian stamps offer a challenge in terms of the scarcity of many early issues. For example, there were only 1,045,000 printed of the 50 cent Bluenose stamp shown above, and 561,000 of the Parliament Dollar. Only a small fraction of these have survived in the condition that you see above.
In terms of their overall appearance, the early stamps of
up to about 1935 are very similar to US material from the same period, but a lot less expensive and every bit as beautiful. Canada
In this blog, I will explore all of the subtle nuances of Canadian philately that I have seen in my 33 years as a collector. It is my hope that you will find my posts helpful and entertaining.
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