Search Provinces Series Blog About Contact

International Geophysical Year, 1957-1958

Stamp Info

Name Value
Date of Issue March 5, 1958
Year 1958
Quantity 25,200,000
Perforation or Dimension 12
Printer Canadian Bank Note Company, Limited.
Postal Administration Canada

Buy on ebay

Sorry, our call to ebay returned no results. Click on the button below to search ebay directly.
More Results

Stamp Values/Prices (Beta Mode*)

Condition Name Avg Price
M-NH-VF Mint - Never Hinged - Very Fine
Mint - Never Hinged - Very Fine $0.30
U-VF Used - Very Fine
Used - Very Fine $0.15
* 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.

Interesting Details

This stamp contains the designer's initial in the bottom-right corner near the base of the microscope. The initial P belongs to Alan L. Pollock.

About Stamp

The International Geophysical Year beginning on 1st July, 1958 and lasting until 31st December, 1958 had its antecedent in the International Polar Year of 1882 and 1883. Similar scientific activities took place from 1902 to 1903, but greater co-operative research began with the Second International Polar Year of 1932 and 1933. These projects centred in the Polar regions of the world as their names suggested. The Third International Polar Year with the name changed to the International Geophysical Year, or the I.G.Y., incorporated studies of the universe in all parts of the world.

Some sixty-one nations participated; more than twenty-five countries or stamp-issuing states marked the I.G.Y. with postal issues, cachets, or special postmarks. Canada had an extensive interest in the I.G.Y. activities owing to the location of the North Magnetic Pole in the Canadian Arctic, and to the Maximum Auroral Belt crossing Canada.

International Geophysical Year

This Canadian postal issue contributes additional suggestions of the studies that scientists have made of the universe. The microscope in a solid blue emphasizes scientific study. In lighter tones the background includes the Polar Zenithal projection of the world featuring North America.


Designed by Alan L. Pollock.

Similar Stamps


Patrick, Douglas and Mary Patrick. Canada's Postage Stamps. Toronto, McClelland and Stewart Limited, 1964, p. 110-111.

Improve Stamp Information

Did you notice an error in this stamp's information?
Do you have any interesting information about this stamp that you would like to share?
Please click here to send us an email with the details.