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Maple Leaf

Stamp Info

Name Value
Date of Issue December 19, 2003
Year 2003
Quantity Continuous Printing
Denomination
49¢
Perforation or Dimension Simulated perforation on top and bottom, kiss cut = Dentelure simulée (bords supérieur et inférieur), découpage par effleurement
Printer Ashton-Potter (USA) 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 $0.90
U-VF Used - Very Fine
Used - Very Fine $0.20
* Notes about these prices:
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  • They are not based on catalogue values but on current dealer and auction listings. The reason for this is that catalogues tend to over-value stamps.
  • They are average prices and might not be fully accurate. The actual value of your stamp may be slightly above or below the listed value, depending on the overall condition of your stamp.

Layouts

Coil of 100 stamps

Quantity Produced - Continuous printing
Original Price: $49.00
Perforation: Simulated perforation on top and bottom edge
Dimension: 20 mm x 24 mm (vertical)
Printing Process: Lithography in 6 colours
Gum Type: Self-adhesive
Tagging: General, 4 sides
Paper: Tullis Russell Coatings

Official First Day Cover

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Cancellation Location: Ottawa ON
Original Price: $1.49
Gum Type: Self-adhesive
Tagging: General, 4 sides
Paper: Tullis Russell Coatings

About Stamp

The maple leaf was an emblem of Canada long before it appeared as the centerpiece of the new flag. In fact, it may have been used to represent this country and its people as early as 1700. The maple leaf of the past was not always red, however, and did not always appear singly, facts which stamp designers have often recalled in their work.

Between 1876 and 1901, all Canadian coins bore images of the maple leaf, and the penny still does today. Its design, which has changed very little since 1937, depicts two leaves on a common twig. Similarly, since 1921, Canada's royal coat of arms have included three maple leaves, but in 1957 their colour was changed from green to red, to conform with the nation's official colours.

Canada Post's new coil domestic rate (49¢) maple leaf definitive stamp is a multi-coloured design created by Joe Gault. Its bright colours suggest power and strength, and a maple key superimposed over the leaf represents rebirth through the circle of life. The stamp's denomination appears planted at the bottom of the leaf, suggesting growth, both in nature and in the nation.

Creators

Designed by Joseph Gault. Based on a photograph by Michael Rafelson.
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Reference

Canada Post Corporation. Canada's Stamp Details, Vol. 12, No. 4, 2003, p. 24-26.

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