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Harbour Porpoise

Canadian Mammals

Title

Harbour Porpoise

Denomination

63¢

Date of Issue

December 28, 1990

Year

Postal Administration

Canada

Series

Canadian Mammals

Series Time Span

1988 - 1990

Perforation or Dimension

14.5 x 14, 13

Printer

Ashton-Potter Limited.

Creators

Designed by Brian Tsang.

Hidden Date

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About Stamp

Three new-rate medium-value definitives featuring large mammals indigenous to Canada were issued on December 28, 1990. As the last set in a series which was begun in 1987, these three stamps bring the total number in the series to 19 different stamps, not including some paper and perforation varieties. A new 63-cent stamp, second step of the domestic rate, depicts the harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena), found in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, the Bay of Fundy and along the Pacific Coast. It is the best known of the seven species of porpoises and the smallest cetacean, seldom exceeding two metres. Although very active, it is shy; generally avoiding boats and rarely leaping above the water. The stamps in this series were all designed by Brian Tsang of Toronto. All three designs are available in panes of 50 stamps, while the 46-cent and 80-cent denomination are also available in handy packs of five stamps.

Reference

Canada Post Corporation. Canada's Stamp Details, No. 1, 1991, p. 10-11.

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