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Mistaken Point - UNESCO World Heritage Site

UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Canada

Title

Mistaken Point - UNESCO World Heritage Site

Denomination

PERMANENT™ (P)

Date of Issue

January 16, 2017

Year

Quantity

Continuous Printing

Postal Administration

Canada

Series

UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Canada

Series Time Span

2014 - 2017

Perforation or Dimension

24 mm x 20 mm

Printer

Canadian Bank Note

Creators

Design: Lara Minja, Lime Design Inc. Photo: Mistaken Point, © Mistaken Point Ambassadors Inc., Barrett and MacKay Photography.

Layouts

Booklet of 30 stamps

Quantity Produced - Continuous printing
Original Price: $25.50
Dimension: 24 mm x 20 mm
Printing Process: Lithography in 4 colours

Booklet of 10 stamps

Quantity Produced - Continuous printing
Original Price: $8.50
Dimension: 24 mm x 20 mm
Printing Process: Lithography in 4 colours

Souvenir sheet of 5 stamps

Quantity Produced - 100,000
Original Price: $4.25
Dimension: 130 mm x 71 mm
Printing Process: Lithography in 4 colours
Gum Type: PVA

Souvenir sheet Official First Day Cover

Quantity Produced - 8,000
Cancellation Location: Trepassey NL
Original Price: $5.85
Dimension: 190 mm x 112 mm

About Stamp

World Heritage Sites are chosen by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), which “seeks to encourage the identification, protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritage around the world considered to be of outstanding value to humanity.”

Canadians are invited to discover the country’s early historic settlements and to envision the origins of complex organisms on this planet by new stamps depicting UNESCO World Heritage Sites. “These sites are treasures for Canada and the world – and we hope that these stamps instill pride and arouse a sense of wonder in every Canadian,” says Canada Post President and CEO Deepak Chopra. Crafted by Lara Minja, of Lime Design, this definitive stamp showcases a place in Canada that has a special status because of its importance to the common heritage of humanity.

This stamp depicts Mistaken Point (N.L.) which, at the southeastern tip of Newfoundland, gives us some sense of what life looked like when organisms began to get larger than microbes and complex. Embedded along this gorgeous coastline are groups of the oldest known fossils of ancient soft-bodied life forms, dating back 560 to 580 million years. These strange multi-celled organisms ranged in size from as small as a fingernail to as long as a metre and had no legs or eyes. They are believed to be the planet’s first large life forms.

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