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American Lotus - Nelumbo Lutea

Lotus Flowers

Title

American Lotus - Nelumbo Lutea

Denomination

PERMANENTâ„¢ (P)

Date of Issue

March 1, 2018

Year

Quantity

5,085,000

Postal Administration

Canada

Series

Lotus Flowers

Series Time Span

2018

Perforation or Dimension

Simulated Perforation

Printer

Lowe-Martin

Creators

Design: Parcel | Illustration: Eunike Nugroho

Interesting Details

The dragonfly on this stamp is printed with a spot glass varnish and is visible when tilting the stamp under good lighting. This creature is commonly seen around lotuses.

Layouts

Booklet of 10 Stamps

Quantity Produced - 1,000,000
Original Price: $8.50
Perforation: Simulated Perforation
Dimension: 26 mm x 32 mm
Printing Process: Lithography in 5 colours, varnish
Gum Type: Pressure sensitive
Tagging: General, 3 sides
Paper: Tullis Russell

Souvenir Sheet

Quantity Produced - 85,000
Original Price: $1.70
Perforation: 13+
Dimension: 120 mm x 84 mm
Printing Process: Lithography in 5 colours, varnish
Gum Type: PVA
Tagging: General, 3 sides
Paper: Tullis Russell

Official First Day Cover

Quantity Produced - 7,000
Cancellation Location: Waterdown ON
Original Price: $2.70
Perforation: Simulated Perforation
Dimension: 190 mm x 112 mm
Printing Process: Lithography in 5 colours, varnish
Gum Type: Pressure sensitive
Tagging: General, 3 sides
Paper: Tullis Russell

About Stamp

Dregs of winter laying your spirits low? Would the thought of colourful lotuses gently bobbing on warm breezes over the water’s surface help? Our annual flower stamp issue depicts two lotus species: the sacred lotus (Nelumbo nucifera) and the American lotus (Nelumbo lutea).

The pink and white sacred lotus is the national flower of India, and has religious significance for Buddhists and Hindus. It is cultivated in North America and can become wild. Our only indigenous lotus, the rare and threatened yellow American lotus grows along the warm sunny shores of lakes Erie and St. Clair in southern Ontario.

Stamp designers Gary Beelik and Kristine Do of Parcel used watercolour portraits by Eunike Nugroho to depict different bloom phases in a set of connected (se-tenant) stamps. The blue background evokes a watery habitat, while a spot gloss varnish reveals a Chinese Bulbul bird, a koi fish and a dragonfly – creatures that share surroundings with lotuses.

Reference

Canada Post Details Magazine - March - April 2018, Volume XXVII NO 3

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