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Confederation, 1867-1917

Stamp Info

Name Value
Date of Issue September 15, 1917
Year 1917
Quantity 98,650,000
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 $57.00
M-NH-F Mint - Never Hinged - Fine
Mint - Never Hinged - Fine $38.00
M-NH-VG Mint - Never Hinged - Very Good
Mint - Never Hinged - Very Good $12.50
M-H-VF Mint - Hinged - Very Fine
Mint - Hinged - Very Fine $37.00
M-H-F Mint - Hinged - Fine
Mint - Hinged - Fine $14.00
M-H-VG Mint - Hinged - Very Good
Mint - Hinged - Very Good $8.05
M-NG-VF Mint - No Gum - Very Fine
Mint - No Gum - Very Fine $9.50
M-NG-F Mint - No Gum - Fine
Mint - No Gum - Fine $4.50
U-VF Used - Very Fine
Used - Very Fine $1.20
U-F Used - Fine
Used - Fine $0.35
U-VG Used - Very Good
Used - Very Good $0.25
* Notes about these prices:
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  • 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

Despite the effort put forth by Canada during the First World War, the fiftieth anniversary of Confederation on 1st July, 1867, did not pass unnoticed in 1917. As part of the program adopted for the occasion, the Dominion Cabinet approved on 13th June, the issuance of a special 3-cent stamp to commemorate the anniversary

 "The Fathers of Confederation" from a photograph of the original oil painting by Robert Harris, C.M.G., R.C.A., formerly in the Railway Committee Room of the Centre Block, Parliament Building, Ottawa. It was destroyed by fire on 3rd February, 1916. The painting is not shown in its entirety. Eight members of the group of the original work were omitted from the stamp for reasons of space and balance in design. The omission was rectified when the subject was again used for the 2-cent stamp of the Confederation issue of 1927. The view through the windows is of the scenery and shipping on the St. Lawrence River from the old Parliament Buildings at Quebec. In the middle foreground, the items are two maps rolled under a stool. A light overcoat lying on it serves as an effective composition.


Engraved by Edwin H. Gunn.

Original Artwork

Robert Harris, "The Fathers of Confederation", 1883-1884

Similar Stamps


Patrick, Douglas and Mary Patrick. Canada's Postage Stamps. Toronto, McClelland and Stewart Limited, 1964, p. 48.

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