Most early Canadian issues after 1897 have a plethora of proof material to collect and this aspect of most issues is generally the most expensive and challenging. The Admiral Issue of 1911-1928 is no exception. In fact it is especially challenging due to the number of denominations in the set and also the number of colours that were issued during its life. The BNA Proofs website gives a comprehensive listing of proof material for this issue - 73 items in all. The website gives estimated market values that cover an extremely wide range from as low as $500 for some of the trial colour proofs, up to $20,000 for the composite dies of the 1c. Most items however are estimated in the $2,000-$5,000 range. My intent here is not to copy their work, but to give you a brief synopsis, and a link where you can go look at their page yourself for more information.
The Categories of Proof Material
The 73 items that BNA proofs lists fall into 4 categories:
- Essays - 5 items.
- Composite die proofs - 2 items.
- Die Proofs in issued colours, or black (only one) - 30 items.
- Trial colour proofs - 36 items.
- 11 items for the 1 cent.
- 8 items for the 2 cent.
- 8 items for the 3 cent.
- 4 items for the 4 cent.
- 6 items for the 5 cent.
- 3 items for the unissued 6 cent value.
- 9 items for the 7 cent.
- 3 items for the 8 cent.
- 6 items for the 10 cent.
- 4 items for the 20 cent.
- 8 items for the 50 cent.
- 3 items for the $1.