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Ships of 1851 & 1951

Centennial of British North American Postal Administration

Stamp Info

Name Value
Date of Issue September 24, 1951
Year 1951
Quantity 5,050,000
Perforation or Dimension 12
Series Centennial of British North American Postal Administration
Series Time Span 1951
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 $2.05
M-NH-F Mint - Never Hinged - Fine
Mint - Never Hinged - Fine $1.20
M-H-F Mint - Hinged - Fine
Mint - Hinged - Fine $0.75
U-VF Used - Very Fine
Used - Very Fine $1.50
U-F Used - Fine
Used - Fine $0.95
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About Stamp

This centennial commemorative issue of four postage stamps honoured the transfer in 1851 of the administration of postal service from Great Britain to British North America. The three low denominations emphasize the development of communications by land, water, and air, a feature of Canadian history closely related to the development of postal service. The fourth stamp in the series features the first postage stamp issued in 1851 by the Province of Canada. The first day of issue coincided with the stamp exhibition called CAPEX (Canadian Association for Philatelic Exhibitions). The Postmaster General, the Hon. G. Edouard Rinfret, K.C., M.P., was the Honorary President.

Ships of 1851 and 1951

The 5-cent postage stamp displays the City of Toronto, a side-paddle wheel steamship, reproduced through the courtesy of Canada Steamship Lines, Limited. The original drawing was by G. A. Cuthbertson. This steamship, built at Niagara-on-the-Lake, Upper Canada, for the Royal Mail Line sailed from Lake Ontario ports to Prescott on the St. Lawrence River. In the upper half of this stamp a reproduction appears of the Canadian National Steamship, Prince George, built in Victoria, B.C. It was operated at the time of issue from Vancouver, B.C., to Alaska.


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

Original Artwork

George Adrian Cuthbertson, "S.S. City of Toronto Royal Mail Line" , circa 1930 Canada Steamship Lines, Montréal, Quebec

Similar Stamps


Patrick, Douglas and Mary Patrick. Canada's Postage Stamps. Toronto, McClelland and Stewart Limited, 1964, p. 92-93.

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