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Queen Victoria


Queen Victoria


Date of Issue

July 1, 1859




Postal Administration


Perforation or Dimension

11.75, 12 x 11.75, 12


American Bank Note Company, New York.


Based on a sketch by William Henry Griffin.

About Stamp

Two events were taking place at the same time. Canada was undergoing a change in money from sterling to dollar decimal currency, while in the United States, the security printers, Rawdon, Wright, Hatch and Edson were merging with other engravers to form a company under the name of the American Bank Note Company. While these changes were in the process of completion, the needs for canadian postage stamps continued. In March, 1859, Mr. Griffin wrote to the printers in New York and stated that the Postmaster General wished to procure postage stamps expressed in cents instead of pence. On the 16th March, the Department placed an order for 1-cent, 5-cent, 10-cent, 12 ½-cent, and 17-cent denominations of similar designs to those used in the past issues. Special instructions went with this order to maintain the values expressed in sterling: sixpence on the 10-cent denomination and eightpence on the 17-cent stamps. The American Bank Note Company of New York designed all the postage stamps for the Province of Canada from 1859 until confederation in 1867. Portrait of Queen Victoria from a contemporary postage stamp design of Great Britain.

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Patrick, Douglas and Mary Patrick. Canada's Postage Stamps. Toronto, McClelland and Stewart Limited, 1964, p. 11, 19.

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