Date of Issue
August 1, 1864
Perforation or Dimension
11.75, 12 x 11.75, 12
American Bank Note Company, New York.
Based on a sketch by William Henry Griffin.
Need arose for 2-cent postage stamps to prepay postal charges on newspapers mailed to the United Kingdom. From the Postmaster General's Report of 1863 one notation reads: "A provision has been made for the transmission and delivery of Canadian periodicals, addressed to the United Kingdom, at the reduced rate of two cents each." while the 2-cent stamp may have had other uses such as prepaying overweight letters, the basic reason for its issuance was to pay the revised rate on newspapers. Members of the armed forces had the privilege of a 2-cent letter rate when their envelopes bore the signature, rank, and number of the sender and the signature of the commanding officer. Portrait of Queen Victoria, similar to the former ½-penny and 1-cent stamps. The words "Two Cents" replaced the former denominations inscribed within the oval below the Queen's portrait. Portrait of Queen Victoria from a contemporary postage stamp design of Great Britain.
Patrick, Douglas and Mary Patrick. Canada's Postage Stamps. Toronto, McClelland and Stewart Limited, 1964, p. 11, 20.
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