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Robert Baldwin and Sir Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine

Stamp Info

Name Value
Date of Issue June 29, 1927
Year 1927
Quantity 7,632,000
Perforation or Dimension 12
Printer Canadian Bank Note Company, Limited.
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 $36.00
M-NH-F Mint - Never Hinged - Fine
Mint - Never Hinged - Fine $18.00
M-NH-VG Mint - Never Hinged - Very Good
Mint - Never Hinged - Very Good $8.05
M-H-VF Mint - Hinged - Very Fine
Mint - Hinged - Very Fine $24.00
M-H-F Mint - Hinged - Fine
Mint - Hinged - Fine $12.50
M-H-VG Mint - Hinged - Very Good
Mint - Hinged - Very Good $6.75
M-NG-VF Mint - No Gum - Very Fine
Mint - No Gum - Very Fine $9.00
U-VF Used - Very Fine
Used - Very Fine $7.80
U-F Used - Fine
Used - Fine $4.55
U-VG Used - Very Good
Used - Very Good $2.50
* Notes about these prices:
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  • 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

In response to a widespread feeling that a series of stamps depicting some of the principal Canadian statesmen should be brought out, the Department prepared, between February and July, 1926, three special postage stamps. The designs featured portraits of The Honourable Thomas D'Arcy McGee, Sir Wilfrid Laurier, Sir John A. Macdonald, Robert Baldwin, and Sir Louis Lafontaine. They were not issued, however, until the following year when the Diamond Jubilee of Confederation occurred. The stamps were released on 29th June, 1927, the same date as the Confederation series.

Portraits of Hon. Robert Baldwin (1804-1858) and Sir Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine (1807-1864).

Baldwin and Lafontaine were leaders in Upper and Lower Canada, respectively, in the long struggle for representative government. They were advocates of constitutional methods of reform as opposed to armed force.

Baldwin was born in the town of York, now Toronto, in 1804. At the age of twenty-five he entered the legislature for Upper Canada. He was a lawyer by profession, and a moderate reformer. After the union of Upper and Lower Canada, he became a member of the executive council and joined Lafontaine in the promotion of national unity. He died in 1858.

Lafontaine was born in Boucherville, Quebec in 1807. He was admitted to the bar in 1829, then elected in the following year to the assembly in Lower Canada. At first he opposed the union of Upper and Lower Canada, but later favoured it. He was associated with Baldwin in the struggle for responsible government. In 1854, Queen Victoria knighted him; he died in 1864.


Portrait engraved by William F. Ford. Based on a photograph by William Notman.

Original Artwork

Théophile Hamel, "Robert Baldwin", 1848 Musée de la civilisation, Québec, Quebec

Similar Stamps


Patrick, Douglas and Mary Patrick. Canada's Postage Stamps. Toronto, McClelland and Stewart Limited, 1964, p. 51-53.

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