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Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth

Stamp Info

Name Value
Date of Issue December 20, 2004
Year 2004
Quantity Continuous Printing
Denomination
50¢
Perforation or Dimension Kiss cut = Découpage par effleurement
Series Queen Elizabeth
Series Time Span 2003 - 2004
Printer Canadian Bank Note Company, 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 $0.95
U-VF Used - Very Fine
Used - Very Fine $0.20
* Notes about these prices:
  • They are currently in beta mode, meaning that they should not be relied upon yet as a source of truth and could change frequently. Please notify CPS if you come across values that do not make sense.
  • 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

Booklet of 10 stamps

Quantity Produced - Continuous printing
Cancellation Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Original Price: $5.00
Perforation: Kiss cut
Dimension: 20 mm x 24 mm (vertical)
Printing Process: Lithography in 6 colours
Gum Type: Pressure sensitive
Tagging: Tagging
Paper: Tullis Russell Coatings

Official First Day Cover

Quantity Produced - Continuous printing
Cancellation Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Original Price: $1.50
Perforation: Kiss cut
Dimension: 20 mm x 24 mm (vertical)
Printing Process: Lithography in 6 colours
Gum Type: Pressure sensitive
Tagging: Tagging
Paper: Tullis Russell Coatings

About Stamp

In deep midwinter, it's nice to be reminded that there's a lot more to this country than ice and snow. Canada's colour palette is bright and bold, vast and varied, and it's always changing with the seasons. For the 2005 postal rate change, Canada Post has released vibrant new definitive stamps in three designs that each take their colour cues from nature in all her exuberance.

HER MAJESTY QUEEN ELIZABETH II:

Even when printed in cool, wintry colours, her warm smile charms us still. Elizabeth II, Canada's head of state, appears on a new domestic rate (50¢) definitive in the same portrait as last year, based on a photograph taken by the Canadian rock musician Bryan Adams. In a quick, five-minute photo opportunity outside Buckingham Palace during the Queen's Golden Jubilee year, Adams took this informal portrait that captures, as he says, "a glimpse of the real person."

This year, the Queen appears in shades of slate blue, chosen as a deliberate contrast to last year's rose-brown, to ensure the stamps can be easily distinguished. "The challenge with this stamp was to create a colour distinction from last year, but in shades respectful of the Queen's image," says Danard. "Adams took the original photograph in black and white, so we tinted towards those tones with the blues."

Although the final image is monochromatic, it was printed with six -different colours. "This was done partly as a security measure," Danard says, "but also to produce depth and a more subtle tonal range in the image."

Creators

Designed by Saskia van Kampen. Designed by Stuart Bradley Ash.
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Reference

Canada Post Corporation. Canada's Stamp Details, Vol. 14, No. 1, 2005, p. 6-7.

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