Date of Issue
July 1, 1859
Perforation or Dimension
11.75, 12 x 11.75, 11.75 x 12, 12
American Bank Note Company, New York.
Designed by Sandford Fleming. Picture probably engraved by Alfred Jones.
The 5-cent 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, 19.
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