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Vimy Ridge - 100 Years Ago

Vimy Ridge - 100 Years Ago

Stamp Info

Name Value
Date of Issue April 8, 2017
Year 2017
Quantity 2,000,000
Denomination
PERMANENTâ„¢ (P)
Perforation or Dimension 33 mm x 24 mm
Series Vimy Ridge - 100 Years Ago
Series Time Span 2017
Printer Colour Innovations, [email protected]
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 $2.00
U-VF Used - Very Fine
Used - Very Fine $0.40
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Layouts

Booklet of 10 stamps

Quantity Produced - 200,000
Original Price: $8.50
Dimension: 33 mm x 24 mm
Printing Process: Lithography in 6 colours and 1 matte varnish

Souvenir sheet of 2 stamps (France)

Quantity Produced - 100,000
Original Price: $3.50
Dimension: 130 mm x 85 mm
Gum Type: PVA

Official First Day Cover

Quantity Produced - 10,000
Cancellation Location: Ottawa ON
Original Price: $1.85
Dimension: 190 mm x 112 mm

About Stamp

Issued 100 years after Canada’s courageous soldiers launched an assault on a daunting escarpment held by the Germans near the French town of Vimy, these stamps recognize the service and sacrifice of the Canadian Corps in the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

The four-day battle, which began at 5:30 am on April 9, 1917, is considered by many to be a defining moment in Canadian history. Fighting together for the first time, Canada’s four divisions waged a carefully planned and fearlessly executed uphill battle. The capture of the heavily fortified, seven-kilometre-long ridge won the Canadians international respect and helped define Canada as a strong, independent nation. It also cost the young country dearly, with nearly 3,600 killed and more than 7,000 wounded.

To recognize this important battle in Canada and France, this issue includes two stamps – one designed by each country. Together on joint souvenir sheets, the two designs are linked by different portrayals of the Canadian National Vimy Memorial.

Meeting the challenge of “telling the whole story on such a small scale,” Canadian stamp designer Susan Scott combined the monument’s awe-inspiring twin pillars, which symbolize the two nations, with a reminder of the tragic, human toll – the solemn list of 11,285 Canadians who died in France during the First World War and had no known grave.

"The size of the monument and its masterfully carved statues are impressive, but I find the most moving part is the thousands of names inscribed into the limestone."
Susan Scott, Canadian stamp designer.

The French stamp (image below) focuses on one of the most poignant statues at the site, a cloaked woman. Representing a country in mourning, “Canada Bereft” gazes down at a symbolic tomb at her feet and overlooks the French countryside where Canadians fought for peace and sacrificed for freedom.

Vimy Ridge French Stamp

Creators

Design: Susan Scott, Sarah Bougault | Illustration: Susan Scott, Sarah Bougault | Photos: Chris Howes, Wild Places Photography (Alamy).
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Reference

Canada Post Details Magazine - April 2017, Volume XXVI NO 3

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