Date of Issue
January 1, 1859
Perforation or Dimension
Rawdon, Wright, Hatch & Edson.
Designed by Sandford Fleming. Picture probably engraved by Alfred Jones.
The 3-pence denomination featuring a beaver building a dam was symbolic of the people in the young country of Canada building their towns, cities, and communities. The secondary purpose of choosing the beaver centred in the original meaning of the beaver skin; it represented a medium of exchange in trade.
Patrick, Douglas and Mary Patrick. Canada's Postage Stamps. Toronto, McClelland and Stewart Limited, 1964, p. 8.
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