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Narwhal, Monodon monoceros


Stamp Info

Name Value
Date of Issue October 2, 2000
Year 2000
Quantity 2,000,000
Perforation or Dimension 12.5 x 13
Series Whales
Series Time Span 2000
Printer Ashton-Potter Canada 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 $0.65
U-VF Used - Very Fine
Used - Very Fine $0.40
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Pane of 16 Stamps

Quantity Produced - 500,000
Original Price: $7.36
Perforation: 13+
Dimension: 56 mm x 27.5 mm (horizontal)
Printing Process: Lithography (eight colours)
Gum Type: P.V.A.
Tagging: General, four sides
Paper: Tullis Russell

Official First Day Cover

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Cancellation Location: TADOUSSAC (QUEBEC)
Original Price: $2.14
Perforation: 13+
Dimension: 56 mm x 27.5 mm (horizontal)
Printing Process: Lithography (eight colours)
Gum Type: P.V.A.
Tagging: General, four sides
Paper: Tullis Russell

About Stamp

Each day off the coasts of various parts of Canada, hopeful passengers embark on tours that take them on a unique search that of spotting whales at rest or play. Passengers are often rewarded with a glimpse of these majestic creatures; the luckiest disembark with a photo or two. On October 2, 2000, Canada Post will issue four domestic-rate ($0.46) commemorative stamps featuring whales that inhabit Canadian waters. Of the 35 species recorded in these waters, 21 are "common" or "regular." From these 21, two baleen (not-toothed) and two toothed whales have been selected for Canada Posts Whales issue.

The Tusked Narwhal

Perhaps responsible for the myth of the unicorn, the narwhal is easily recognized by a single long tusk on most males. The tusk, which develops from a tooth in the upper left jaw, can measure two metres in length and is used in fights to establish dominance in the hierarchy. Subsisting on a diet of squid, shrimp, and fish, narwhals are common in Baffin Bay and the Davis Strait, where occasionally, a tusk may be seen above water.

About the Artist

When Vancouver designer and illustrator Keith Martin began researching the subject matter for the Whales issue, scale became one of the most compelling aspects. His challenge in designing the stamps lay in using the space afforded by a postage stamp to accurately portray the majesty of the largest living animal ever. Resolution came by way of arranging the species into a single scene over the entire stamp pane, with each stamp focusing on a single whale and also carrying a fragment of the blue whale. By this arrangement, all whales are accurately portrayed in their range of relative size and physical characteristics. To carry the scene of this ethereal environment, metallic ink was used to mimic the play of light and current underwater.


Designed by Keith Martin.

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Canada Post Corporation, Canada's Stamp Details, Vol. 9, No. 5 , 2000, p. 10, 12.

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