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Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria Canada Postage Stamp
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Title

Queen Victoria

Denomination

½d

Date of Issue

November 1, 1858

Quantity

850,100

Postal Administration

Canada

Perforation or Dimension

11.75

Printer

Rawdon, Wright, Hatch & Edson.

Creators

Based on a sketch by William Henry Griffin.

About Stamp

The ½-penny stamps, popularly called newspaper stamps, were originally purchased to pay newspaper postage when the papers were mailed to the public. This denomination also charges for carriers' fees, soldiers' letters, and circulars. A Post Office circular dated 18th July, 1857, announced the price reduction of ½-penny stamps for sale at 5 per cent discount in purchases of not less than twenty stamps. These were also valid for prepaying postage on periodicals, drop or town letters. Portrait of Queen Victoria from a contemporary postage stamp design of Great Britain.

Reference

Patrick, Douglas and Mary Patrick. Canada's Postage Stamps. Toronto, McClelland and Stewart Limited, 1964, p. 11.

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