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Queen Victoria

Stamp Info

Name Value
Date of Issue August 8, 1899
Year 1899
Quantity 8,539,800
2¢ / 3¢
Perforation or Dimension 12
Printer American Bank Note Company, Ottawa.
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 $60.00
M-NH-F Mint - Never Hinged - Fine
Mint - Never Hinged - Fine $30.00
M-NH-VG Mint - Never Hinged - Very Good
Mint - Never Hinged - Very Good $5.05
M-H-VF Mint - Hinged - Very Fine
Mint - Hinged - Very Fine $25.00
M-H-F Mint - Hinged - Fine
Mint - Hinged - Fine $10.00
M-H-VG Mint - Hinged - Very Good
Mint - Hinged - Very Good $3.40
M-NG-VF Mint - No Gum - Very Fine
Mint - No Gum - Very Fine $10.00
M-NG-F Mint - No Gum - Fine
Mint - No Gum - Fine $5.00
U-VF Used - Very Fine
Used - Very Fine $5.40
U-F Used - Fine
Used - Fine $3.30
U-VG Used - Very Good
Used - Very Good $1.70
* 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

(Black surcharge on 3-cent, carmine, Numeral issue of 1898)

Manufactured and surcharged by the American Bank Note Company, Limited, Ottawa. The current 2-cent purple stamp was in heavy demand for domestic postage purposes. It was not of the colour (red) prescribed by the Universal Postal Union regulations for the inland letter rate. As a temporary measure, the existing 3-cent red stamps were surcharged to reduce their face value to two cents. The reduction of the domestic letter rate from three to two cents per ounce, effective 1st January, 1899, found the Post Office Department with large stocks of the 3-cent carmine stamps, originally issued on 15th January and 21st June, 1898. In order to utilize them and prevent confusion with the forthcoming 2-cent carmine issue, the Department instructed the manufacturers to overprint the 3-cent stamps with a surcharge in one line reducing the face value to two cents. The surcharge was arranged in a distinctive manner, concave at the top, so as to obliterate effectually the original words and numerals value. Wearing of the electrotypes caused variations in the apparent thickness of the surcharges.

Portrait of Queen Victoria, the same design as the ½-cent black issue of 21st June, 1898. Maple leaves at the tops and numerals at the bottom of the design. Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Victoria, from a photograph by Messrs. W. & D. Downey, London, England, and taken in 1897 for the occasion of her Diamond Jubilee.


Portrait engraved by Charles Skinner.

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Patrick, Douglas and Mary Patrick. Canada's Postage Stamps. Toronto, McClelland and Stewart Limited, 1964, p. 36, 39.

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