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Klondike Gold Strike

Yukon Gold Discovery, 1896-1996

Title

Klondike Gold Strike

Denomination

45¢

Date of Issue

June 13, 1996

Year

Quantity

2,400,000

Postal Administration

Canada

Series

Yukon Gold Discovery, 1896-1996

Series Time Span

1996

Perforation or Dimension

13.5

Printer

Ashton-Potter Canada Limited.

Creators

Designed by Steven Slipp.

Hidden Date

The hidden date for this stamp can be found along the right edge of the stamp.

About Stamp

June 13th marks the anniversary of one of the most dramatic and famous eras in the Canadian history - a time that filled the minds of a nation with visions of riches, and the pocket of every card shark and barkeeper west of the Rockies with cold hard cash. Canada Post marks the discovery of gold in the Yukon with the release of five domestic rate stamps. Design of the series was accomplished by the talented Steven Slipp of Halifax. Steven's designs are both elegant and nostalgic, reminding us of a time when adventurers risked it all for a shot at finding the motherlode. The 1848 discovery of gold on Sutter's Creek, California began a search for free gold along the Pacific coast of North America. The first stamp in the series shows the man who made that discovery, Skookum Jim Mason. He stands, pan in hand, in front of a claim stake. Behind him is a claim document, Bonanza Creek where gold was found, and a stylized drawing of a frog - Jim's spiritual helper. The great drama of the Yukon gold rush has never been forgotten - an important chapter of the history of Canada. This summer, as centennial celebrations throughout the West recall those thrilling days 100 years ago, collectors can remember with this inspiring and evocative Yukon Gold Discovery Commemorative series.

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Reference

Canada Post Corporation. Canada's Stamps Details, Vol. 5, No. 3, 1996, p. 21-22, 24.

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