|Date of Issue||June 30, 1964|
|Perforation or Dimension||12|
|Series Time Span||1964 - 1966|
|Printer||Canadian Bank Note Company, Limited.|
M-NH-VF Mint - Never Hinged - Very Fine
|Mint - Never Hinged - Very Fine||$0.30|
U-VF Used - Very Fine
|Used - Very Fine||$0.15|
The hidden date for this stamp can be found near the base of the crown in Quebec's coat of arms.
The white trillium of Ontario and the white garden lily of Quebec are the focal points in two new postage stamps to be issued on June 30th by the Canada Post Office. The new issues are the first of a series that will, during the next three years, illustrate the provincial flowers of all ten Canadian provinces. The armorial bearings of the Province of Quebec are a shield showing fleur-de-lys in the upper section, a lion in the middle, and three maple leaves in the lower section. The design is completed by a crown at the top and the motto "Je me souviens" - I remember, at the bottom. The stamps bearing these designs are being rendered in three-colour printing by a combination of offset lithography and steel-line engraved intaglio printing. It is anticipated that all the stamps in the floral emblem series will be produced by this method. The Ontario and Quebec stamps were chosen as the first in the floral series as these two provinces, along with New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, were the first to enter the Confederation in 1867. Stamps depicting the official flowers and armorial bearings of these two Maritime provinces are planned for 1965, as well as those of several other provinces. In addition to being the two largest and most populous provinces of Canada, Ontario and Quebec have played major roles in the development of the Canadian nation. Founded in the 18th Century by explorers from France, Quebec maintains its French traditions of language and culture. Basically English in origin, Ontario was settled and developed much later that its sister province. Together, the two were known as the "Province of Canada" and separately as Upper Canada and Lower Canada. It was political leaders from these provinces who, at Charlottetown in 1864, persuaded representatives of the Maritime Provinces to expand their idea of a union of all the British colonies in North America to a greater Confederation, a union which was achieved by the British North America Act of 1867 and which led to the Canadian nation of today.