|Date of Issue||April 19, 1999|
|Perforation or Dimension||13|
|Printer||Canadian Bank Note Company, Limited.|
M-NH-VF Mint - Never Hinged - Very Fine
|Mint - Never Hinged - Very Fine||$1.60|
U-VF Used - Very Fine
|Used - Very Fine||$0.35|
The hidden date for this stamp can be found near the bottom-right corner.
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.