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Portrait of an Officer in the North West Mounted Police, Royal North West Mounted Police Officer Meeting Stoney Natives

Royal Canadian Mounted Police - 125th Anniversary (1873-1998)

Stamp Info

Name Value
Date of Issue July 3, 1998
Year 1998
Quantity 10,300,000
Denomination
45¢
Perforation or Dimension 12.5 x 13
Series Royal Canadian Mounted Police - 125th Anniversary (1873-1998)
Series Time Span 1998
Printer Ashton-Potter Canada Limited.
Postal Administration Canada

Stamp Values/Prices (Beta Mode*)

Condition Name Avg Price
M-NH-VF Mint - Never Hinged - Very Fine
Mint - Never Hinged - Very Fine $1.30
U-VF Used - Very Fine
Used - Very Fine $0.40
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Interesting Details

The horsemen on this stamp continue through the selvedge and onto an adjacent stamp.

Layouts

Pane of 20 Stamps

Quantity Produced - 650,000
Original Price: $9.00
Perforation: 12.5 x 13
Dimension: 48 mm x 27.5 mm
Printing Process: Lithography in 6 colours with foil stamping and embossing
Gum Type: PVA
Tagging: General, 4 sides
Paper: Tullis Russell

Souvenir Sheet

Quantity Produced - 2,975,000
Original Price: $0.90
Perforation: 12.5 x 13
Dimension: 160 mm x 102 mm
Printing Process: Lithography in 6 colours with foil stamping and embossing
Gum Type: PVA
Tagging: General, 4 sides
Paper: Tullis Russell

Souvenir Sheet Portugal Overprint

Quantity Produced - 275,000
Original Price: $0.90
Perforation: 12.5 x 13
Dimension: 160 mm x 102 mm
Printing Process: Lithography in 6 colours with foil stamping and embossing
Gum Type: PVA
Tagging: General, 4 sides
Paper: Tullis Russell

Souvenir Sheet Italy Overprint

Quantity Produced - 275,000
Perforation: 12.5 x 13
Dimension: 160 mm x 102 mm
Printing Process: Lithography in 6 colours with foil stamping and embossing
Gum Type: PVA
Tagging: General, 4 sides
Paper: Tullis Russell

Souvenir Sheet Signed

Quantity Produced - 25,000
Perforation: 12.5 x 13
Dimension: 160 mm x 102 mm
Printing Process: Lithography in 6 colours with foil stamping and embossing
Gum Type: PVA
Tagging: General, 4 sides
Paper: Tullis Russell

Uncut Press Sheet of 10

Quantity Produced - 25,000
Original Price: $24.95
Perforation: 12.5 x 13
Dimension: 660 mm x 600 mm
Printing Process: Lithography with foil stamping and embossing
Gum Type: PVA
Tagging: General, 4 sides
Paper: Tullis Russell

Official First Day Cover

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Cancellation Location: Regina SK
Perforation: 12.5 x 13
Printing Process: Lithography in 6 colours with foil stamping and embossing
Gum Type: PVA
Tagging: General, 4 sides
Paper: Tullis Russell

About Stamp

The Canadian Mountie is probably the symbol of Canada most recognized by individuals around the world, more so even than the maple leaf. The Mounties' scarlet tunic and flat-brimmed Stetson have become national icons, and the officers behind the uniforms have become celebrated defenders of our vast country. To celebrate the 125th anniversary of this most revered Canadian institution, Canada Post is issuing a set of two domestic-rate commemorative stamps.

The North-West Mounted Police (NWMP) was created in 1873 in Ottawa to establish law and order on Canada's western plains. This para-military body's duties included stopping liquor traffic among the natives, collecting customs dues and performing all traditional duties of a police force. The NWMP began with only 150 recruits, men from all walks of life. Some came from military circles, others were clerks, tradesmen, farmers, sailors, lumberjacks, bakers, butchers and university students.

NWMP posts sprung up throughout the west. Officers were successful at fostering friendly relations with the Natives and eliminating the lawlessness that had been rampant. They became allies of the Natives, assisting them with preparation for treaty negotiations and medicating conflicts with new settlers. Their battle against liquor trafficking climaxed in 1874 with the famed March West. Six NWMP troops equipped with artillery, oxen, cattle, horses and agricultural equipment set out for Fort Whoop-Up, a notorious stronghold of the whiskey traders. They successfully located the fort, but only to discover that the traders had fled. By the late 1800s, The Mounties had taken on many duties of civil authority beyond policing; they acted as mail carriers, customs collectors, Indian agents and census takers. By 1914, over a million people had moved to the Prairies, and the NWMP became land agents, immigration and welfare officials, and agricultural advisors.

When gold fever struck the Yukon in the 1890s, the Mounties presence ensured that the Klondike Gold Rush remained orderly. Officers took on the added roles of magistrates, coroners, and mining recorders. Their involvement ensured strict enforcement of the regulations and prevented unprepared prospectors from dying of starvation or exposure to the elements. In 1920, the NWMP merged with the Dominion Police, a federal force formed in 1868 to guard government buildings and enforce federal statutes. Dubbed the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, it was given responsibility for enforcing federal laws across Canada, and its headquarters moved to Ottawa. Shortly afterward, the force became involved in high-level security and intelligence work.

Now 125 years old and 15,000 members strong, the RCMP provides provincial policing services in all but two provinces (Quebec and Ontario). It continues to play a vital role enforcing Canadian law. Intelligence operations have moved to Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), but the RCMP maintains responsibility for enforcing federal statutes and dealing with infractions of the Customs and Excise Acts. The force is involved with combating organized crime, narcotics trafficking, and commercial fraud. Though they have abandoned their red coats and Stetsons for more modern dress, the historic uniforms are still donned by Mounties for ceremonial purposes and for duty on Parliament Hill. Training in horsemanship is another tradition that has been dropped from recruit training, but the red-coated male and female officers can be seen mounted on magnificent black horses in the famed Musical Ride.

Designed by Robert Peters of Circle Design of Winnipeg, The Canada Post RCMP stamp set contrasts the Mounted Police Force of yesteryear with the face of the RCMP today. The first stamp presents an historic image of Mounties clad in red coat and Stetson. Together these images give a sense of longstanding position the RCMP has held in our society. These 1998 stamps are the latest honouring the RCMP. Previously issued were the 1935 Constable on Horseback, also the 1973 Musical Ride and the 1982 Stamp on Stamp. The stamps will be released July 3, 1998.

Creators

Designed by Robert L. Peters. Designed by Catharine Brandy. Designed by 'Segun Olude. Based on illustrations by Andrew Valko.
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Reference

Canada Post Corporation, Canada's Stamp Details, Vol. 7, No. 4, 1998, p. 5-10.

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