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Sikh Canadians

Stamp Info

Name Value
Date of Issue April 19, 1999
Year 1999
Quantity 3,000,000
Denomination
46¢
Perforation or Dimension 13
Printer Canadian Bank Note Company, Limited.
Postal Administration Canada

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Layouts

Pane of 16 Stamps

Quantity Produced - 187,500
Original Price: $7.36
Perforation: 13
Printing Process: Lithography
Tagging: General, 4 sides
Paper: Tullis Russell Coatings

Official First Day Cover

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Perforation: 13
Printing Process: Lithography
Tagging: General, 4 sides
Paper: Tullis Russell Coatings

About Stamp

The first Sikh groups arrived in Canada approximately a hundred years ago as part of a British army unit returning to India from Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee. Today, 300,000 live in communities across the country. Active citizens, Sikhs serve in every walk of life, including as police officers, lawyers, doctors, professors and schoolteachers, making valuable contributions to our society and its diversity.

In April, at the Museum of Civilization in Hull, Quebec, a special gathering was held to celebrate Baisakhi and the place of Sikh Canadians in the nation's culture. The intricate symbol featured prominently on the stamp is called the "Khanda". It takes its name from the double-edged sword at its centre, which represents divine knowledge: the sharp blade of the Khanda cleaves truth from falsehood. Encircling the sword is the "Chakra". Symbolizing God, it is a ring-a shape without beginning or end.

To celebrate, Canada Post issued a single commemorative stamp available as a single, pane of 16, corner blocks and official First Day Cover.

Creators

Designed by Stacey Zabolotney

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Reference

Canada Post Corporation, Canada's Stamp Details, Vol. 8, No. 3, 1999, p. 6-7.

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