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Queen Victoria

Stamp Info

Name Value
Date of Issue August 1, 1864
Year 1864
Quantity 910,500
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 $1,300.00
M-NH-F Mint - Never Hinged - Fine
Mint - Never Hinged - Fine $330.00
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 $390.00
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-F Mint - No Gum - Fine
Mint - No Gum - Fine $200.00
U-VF Used - Very Fine
Used - Very Fine $210.00
U-F Used - Fine
Used - Fine $140.00
U-VG Used - Very Good
Used - Very Good $73.00
* 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

Need arose for 2-cent postage stamps to prepay postal charges on newspapers mailed to the United Kingdom. From the Postmaster General's Report of 1863 one notation reads: "A provision has been made for the transmission and delivery of Canadian periodicals, addressed to the United Kingdom, at the reduced rate of two cents each." while the 2-cent stamp may have had other uses such as prepaying overweight letters, the basic reason for its issuance was to pay the revised rate on newspapers. Members of the armed forces had the privilege of a 2-cent letter rate when their envelopes bore the signature, rank, and number of the sender and the signature of the commanding officer. Portrait of Queen Victoria, similar to the former ½-penny and 1-cent stamps. The words "Two Cents" replaced the former denominations inscribed within the oval below the Queen's portrait. Portrait of Queen Victoria from a contemporary postage stamp design of Great Britain.


Based on a sketch by William Henry Griffin.

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Patrick, Douglas and Mary Patrick. Canada's Postage Stamps. Toronto, McClelland and Stewart Limited, 1964, p. 11, 20.

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