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Cabot's "Matthew", Newfoundland, 1497-1949

Stamp Info

Name Value
Date of Issue April 1, 1949
Year 1949
Quantity 50,850,000
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 $0.20
M-NH-F Mint - Never Hinged - Fine
Mint - Never Hinged - Fine $0.15
M-NH-VG Mint - Never Hinged - Very Good
Mint - Never Hinged - Very Good $0.10
M-H-VF Mint - Hinged - Very Fine
Mint - Hinged - Very Fine $0.15
M-H-F Mint - Hinged - Fine
Mint - Hinged - Fine $0.10
U-VF Used - Very Fine
Used - Very Fine $0.15
U-F Used - Fine
Used - Fine $0.10
U-VG Used - Very Good
Used - Very Good $0.03
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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

On March 31st, 1949, Newfoundland united in Confederation with Canada. When Newfoundland became a province of Canada, the manufacture and issue of Newfoundland postage stamps were discontinued. The terms of Confederation included the condition that Newfoundland postage stamps could be used after the Union until the supply became exhausted. This had the effect of validating Newfoundland postage stamps for the prepayment of postage charges on mail posted anywhere in Canada.

The Matthew

The stamp issued to commemorate this historic event illustrates John Cabot's ship, the Matthew, under sail off the Newfoundland coast. Historical records recognize John Cabot as the first European to discover this island in the year 1497. He claimed the country for King Henry VII of England. The stamps design was based on a model of Cabot's ship, the Matthew made by Ernest Maunder of St. John's, Newfoundland.


Designed by Herman Herbert Schwartz. Picture engraved by Silas Robert Allen.

Original Artwork

Herbert Ernest Maunder, "Matthew", 1947 Bonavista Museum, Bonavista, Newfoundland and Labrador

Similar Stamps


Patrick, Douglas and Mary Patrick. Canada's Postage Stamps. Toronto, McClelland and Stewart Limited, 1964, p. 87.

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