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Universal Postal Union, 125th Anniversary, 1874-1999

Stamp Info

Name Value
Date of Issue August 26, 1999
Year 1999
Quantity 6,000,000
Denomination
46¢
Perforation or Dimension 12.5 x 13
Printer Canadian Bank Note Company, Limited.
Postal Administration Canada

Stamp Values/Prices (Beta Mode*)

Condition Name Avg Price
M-NH-VF Mint - Never Hinged - Very Fine
Mint - Never Hinged - Very Fine $0.80
U-VF Used - Very Fine
Used - Very Fine $0.20
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Layouts

Pane of 20 stamps

Quantity Produced - 300,000
Original Price: $9.20
Perforation: 13+
Dimension: 56 mm x 27.5 mm (horizontal)
Printing Process: Lithography (six colours)
Gum Type: P.V.A.
Tagging: General, four sides
Paper: Tullis Russell

Official First Day Cover

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Cancellation Location: OTTAWA ON
Original Price: $0.76
Perforation: 13+
Dimension: 56 mm x 27.5 mm (horizontal)
Printing Process: Lithography (six colours)
Gum Type: P.V.A.
Tagging: General, four sides
Paper: Tullis Russell

About Stamp

The world's postal system was a complex web of regulations impeding global trade when, at an 1874 conference in Berne, Switzerland, representatives of 22 nations established the General Postal Union ­ later renamed the Universal Postal Union (UPU).

To mark the 125th anniversary of the UPU, Canada Post presents this handsome domestic-rate issue featured on a pane of 20 and on Official First Day Covers.

Designed by Pierre-Yves Pelletier, the stamp bears the official emblem of the UPU suspended over a map of the world. Comments Pierre-Yves: "The colour green illustrates the single territory created by the UPU, permitting the free flow of mail." The emblem was inspired by René de Saint-Marceau's turn-of-the-century sculpture depicting five messengers ­ symbolizing five continents ­ passing letters around the globe.

Sorting out the Mail

On October 9, 1874, now celebrated as World Post Day, the Treaty of Berne established the union that became the UPU. Today, as mail volumes continue to increase, the UPU continues to support the world's largest physical distribution network.

Creators

Designed by Pierre-Yves Pelletier.

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Reference

Canada Post Corporation, Canada's Stamp Details, Vol. 8, No. 4, 1999, p. 16.

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