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Queen Elizabeth II


Queen Elizabeth II


Date of Issue

May 2, 1963




Postal Administration


Perforation or Dimension

12, 9.5 horizontal


Canadian Bank Note Company, Limited.


Designed by Ernst Roch. Portrait engraved by Yves Baril. Lettering and symbol engraved by Donald J. Mitchell.

About Stamp

This stamp completes the low denomination regular issue series started in October 1962. The design, showing Her Majesty in a simple almost classic style was executed by Mr. Ernst Roch of Montreal. As in previous stamps in this series there is a symbol in the upper left corner representative of one of the sectors of Canada's economy. The symbol of the fish on the 3-cent stamp is a recognition of the important part played by the fishing industry in Canada's economy. Canada is bounded on its east and west coast by the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and contains within its territorial boundaries some of the largest fresh water lakes in the world. As a result over 79,000 people are employed as commercial fishermen in Canada and this country ranks third in the export of fish and fish products. Canada is perhaps best known for its cod and its salmon. The Grand Banks, off Newfoundland are world famous for their abundance of cod, while salmon is chiefly associated with the British Columbia coast, although it is by no means restricted to this area. In addition to these two fish Canada also has many other varieties which are caught off its coasts and its inland lakes and rivers. The abundance of fish in all parts of the country has made Canada an attractive country for sports fishermen and has provided many hours of enjoyment to Canadians and to visitors to this country.

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Canada Post Office Department. [Postage Stamp Press Release], 1963.

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