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The Magi - Christmas 2019

Stamp Info

Name Value
Date of Issue November 4, 2019
Year 2019
Quantity 6,000,000
Postal Administration Canada

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Booklet of 12 Stamps

Quantity Produced - 500,000
Original Price: $10.80
Perforation: Simulated perforation
Dimension: 30 mm x 24 mm
Printer: Canadian Bank Note
Printing Process: Lithography in 4 colours
Gum Type: Pressure sensitive
Tagging: General tagging, four sides
Paper: Tullis Russell

Official First Day Cover

Quantity Produced - 6,500
Cancellation Location: King City ON
Original Price: $1.90
Dimension: 190 mm x 112 mm

About Stamp

The Gospel According to Matthew, the first book of the New Testament, recounts the arrival of the Magi in Bethlehem, after they followed a star that heralded the birth of a king. Our latest Christmas issue celebrates their long journey, their discovery of the infant Jesus, their offerings of gold, frankincense and myrrh, and their deep belief in the importance of his birth.

Created by Liz Wurzinger and Timothy King at Subplot Design Inc. and illustrated by Michael Little, the stamp is a simple two-colour design. The look is echoed on the Official First Day Cover, which features the shepherds from the Nativity story in the Gospel of Luke. The cover’s cancel location – King City, Ontario – is an allusion to the Magi, who are also known as the Three Kings or Wise Men.

“Michael’s skill was essential to finding the right balance between fine detail and the larger picture,” explains Wurzinger. “This stamp captures the essence of the journey – one that anticipates the wonder, awe and expectation of the Christmas season.”


Design: Subplot Design Inc. Illustration: Michael Little

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