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Prince Albert

Title

Prince Albert

Denomination

6d

Date of Issue

May 12, 1851

Year

Quantity

100,400

Postal Administration

Canada

Perforation or Dimension

Imperforate = Non dentelé

Printer

Rawdon, Wright, Hatch & Edson.

Creators

Portrait engraved by Alfred Jones.

About Stamp

The first postage stamps issued by the Province of Canada featured the beaver on the 3-pence stamp, H.R.H. Albert, the Prince Consort on the 6-pence denomination, and Her Majesty Queen Victoria on the 12-pence.

These stamps were produced on laid paper without perforations. Rawdon, Wright, Hatch and Edison, the New York security printers, received the contract to print Canadian postage stamps, producing all the requirements until May 1, 1858. On that day the company name changed, following amalgamation, to the American Bank Note Company with headquarters remaining in New York City. The new firm continued the former printing contract until Canadian Confederation in 1867.

The portrait of H.R.H. Albert, the Prince Consort, came from a contemporary engraving of another portrait.

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Reference

Patrick, Douglas and Mary Patrick. Canada's Postage Stamps. Toronto, McClelland and Stewart Limited, 1964, p. 8-9.

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