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Queen Victoria

Stamp Info

Name Value
Date of Issue July 1, 1859
Year 1859
Quantity 26,725,450
Perforation or Dimension 11.75, 12 x 11.75, 12
Printer American Bank Note Company, New York.
Postal Administration Canada

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Stamp Values/Prices (Beta Mode*)

Condition Name Avg Price
M-NH-VF Mint - Never Hinged - Very Fine
Mint - Never Hinged - Very Fine $980.00
M-NH-F Mint - Never Hinged - Fine
Mint - Never Hinged - Fine $300.00
M-NH-VG Mint - Never Hinged - Very Good
Mint - Never Hinged - Very Good $180.00
M-H-VF Mint - Hinged - Very Fine
Mint - Hinged - Very Fine $320.00
M-H-F Mint - Hinged - Fine
Mint - Hinged - Fine $240.00
M-H-VG Mint - Hinged - Very Good
Mint - Hinged - Very Good $75.00
M-NG-VF Mint - No Gum - Very Fine
Mint - No Gum - Very Fine $130.00
M-NG-F Mint - No Gum - Fine
Mint - No Gum - Fine $89.00
U-VF Used - Very Fine
Used - Very Fine $76.00
U-F Used - Fine
Used - Fine $27.00
U-VG Used - Very Good
Used - Very Good $11.50
* 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 PSG 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.

About Stamp

Two events were taking place at the same time. Canada was undergoing a change in money from sterling to dollar decimal currency, while in the United States, the security printers, Rawdon, Wright, Hatch and Edson were merging with other engravers to form a company under the name of the American Bank Note Company. While these changes were in the process of completion, the needs for canadian postage stamps continued. In March, 1859, Mr. Griffin wrote to the printers in New York and stated that the Postmaster General wished to procure postage stamps expressed in cents instead of pence. On the 16th March, the Department placed an order for 1-cent, 5-cent, 10-cent, 12 ½-cent, and 17-cent denominations of similar designs to those used in the past issues. Special instructions went with this order to maintain the values expressed in sterling: sixpence on the 10-cent denomination and eightpence on the 17-cent stamps. The American Bank Note Company of New York designed all the postage stamps for the Province of Canada from 1859 until confederation in 1867. Portrait of Queen Victoria from a contemporary postage stamp design of Great Britain.


Based on a sketch by William Henry Griffin.

Similar Stamps


Patrick, Douglas and Mary Patrick. Canada's Postage Stamps. Toronto, McClelland and Stewart Limited, 1964, p. 11, 19.

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