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Beaver

Title

Beaver

Denomination

Date of Issue

July 1, 1859

Year

Quantity

39,792,172

Postal Administration

Canada

Perforation or Dimension

11.75, 12 x 11.75, 11.75 x 12, 12

Printer

American Bank Note Company, New York.

Creators

Designed by Sandford Fleming. Picture probably engraved by Alfred Jones.

About Stamp

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.

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Reference

Patrick, Douglas and Mary Patrick. Canada's Postage Stamps. Toronto, McClelland and Stewart Limited, 1964, p. 8, 19.

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